Rome’s Sant’Ignazio: Surprises Everywhere

Sant Ignazio 001

So we were walking around Rome... trudging, actually... for what seemed like hours.  And miles.  Or kilometers, I suppose, since we were in Rome.Anyway, we wandered toward Campus Martius, past gelato stands and trattorias and open markets, past offices and apartments, surrounded by pedestrians and taxis and Vespas, and then.... there on our right, standing in the middle of a bustling city block, was a church.  (Click on this and other images to see the fine details.)It was Sa … [Read more...]

Bishop Rozanski Named to Lead Springfield Diocese

Bishop Rozanski (left) will replace retiring Bishop McDonnell (right)

More changes emanating from Rome!Today Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, auxiliary bishop in Baltimore, was named by Pope Francis as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts.  Bishop Rozanski, 55, will replace Bishop Timothy McDonnell, who is retiring at the age of 76.  The announcement was made today in Washington DC by Archbishop Carlo Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.The Diocese of Springfield has a strong Polish contingent who will certainly appreciate B … [Read more...]

Iconoclasm Alive and Well: Man Lops Head Off Jesus Statue in Charleston

Sacred Heart statue - destroyed

A man has destroyed a statue of Jesus in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, decapitating the 6-foot figure with a sledgehammer.The statue had stood for two decades outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Charleston before Charles Jeffrey Short, 38, exercised a kind of political theater, demonstrating his view that the Ten Commandments should be taken literally.It seems the vandal didn't even know the specific Scripture verse which required him to destroy the religious art. … [Read more...]


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