Story based on legend highlights overlooked Biblical passage, forces heavy conversations

EWTN news anchor Raymond Arroyo debuts his “Legend Series” of self-contained episodic children’s stories with “The Spider Who Saved Christmas.” Based on the Eastern European legend of the Christmas spider, Arroyo places the titular arachnid in Israel shortly after Christ’s birth. The book provides an origin to the practice of the Nephila spider basking in the sun. The spider, also known as a “golden silk … Continue reading Story based on legend highlights overlooked Biblical passage, forces heavy conversations

Children’s Christmas tale offers parents catechetical opportunities

As we approach the Christmas season, Catholic children’s author Anthony DeStefano offers a voice to a character in the Nativity of Our Lord through whom we can witness the birth of Jesus through new eyes. The titular, yet nameless, ox is, as the title suggests, both grumpy and old, as well as blind and lame. His master mistreats him, which adds to the grumpiness. His … Continue reading Children’s Christmas tale offers parents catechetical opportunities

Christmas cookbook shares easy recipes, others with ingredients difficult to find

Coming four years after “The Vatican Cookbook” became a best-seller by revealing the secrets of the papal palette, authors David Geisser and Thomas Kelly have a sequel geared specifically for the holiday season in “The Vatican Christmas Cookbook.” The cookbook is full of historical tidbits mixed in with recipes ranging from the sweet to the savory … for those that can afford them. The authors … Continue reading Christmas cookbook shares easy recipes, others with ingredients difficult to find

In virtual seminar, Catholics urged to stand for faith in public square

PHOENIX — Ahead of what has been described as one of the most contentious elections in the United States, the Diocese of Phoenix offered a perspective on the role and responsibility of Catholics in the voting booth during its recent “Catholics in the Public Square Seminar” livestreamed from the Diocesan Pastoral Center. This biennial event normally draws several hundred attendees. But this year, pandemic restrictions limited in-person … Continue reading In virtual seminar, Catholics urged to stand for faith in public square

Biden’s pick for veep has history of anti-Catholic hostility

Former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who has a history of showing hostility to the Catholic Church, to be his running mate. She had previously been one of Biden’s challengers for the presidential nomination before dropping out of the race and endorsing him. Continue reading Biden’s pick for veep has history of anti-Catholic hostility

Two discontinued Arizona newspapers receive 17 Catholic Press awards in final full year of publication

Two Arizona Catholic publications that were discontinued earlier this year due to economic concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic received a total of 17 awards from the Catholic Press Association this year. Continue reading Two discontinued Arizona newspapers receive 17 Catholic Press awards in final full year of publication