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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 … 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. … 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 … Continue reading Christmas cookbook shares easy recipes, others with ingredients difficult to find

Bishop Olmsted to lead Vatican ‘Vos estis’ investigation of California bishop

SAN JOSE, California (CNA) — The Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops has ordered an investigation into Bishop Oscar Cantú’s handling of allegations of clerical sexual abuse and misconduct. The investigation is being carried out under the provisions of Vos estis lux mundi, Pope Francis’ 2019 law for holding bishops accountable in the handling of sexual abuse cases. Continue reading Bishop Olmsted to lead Vatican ‘Vos estis’ investigation of California bishop

Author’s book on the vocation of women is much-needed light in the world

Maybe it’s Divine intervention that in the middle of this crazy year, Melissa Maleski’s book ‘The Supreme Vocation of Women’ hit bookstores. With everyone hiding behind masks, Catholics being deprived of the Eucharist and the term “social distancing” a part of our everyday vocabulary, the importance of connection and relationship is being revealed to all of humanity. Continue reading Author’s book on the vocation of women is much-needed light in the world

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