Iconic Cross on Ireland’s Highest Peak Has Been Cut Down

The iconic cross atop Carrountoohil, as it appeared last winter

Carrountoohil, the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range, stands 1,038 feet high and is Ireland's tallest mountain peak.  For almost 40 years, a five-metre (16 foot) steel cross  has been a familiar landmark atop Carrountoohil.  It took more than 100 men to erect the heavy cross, which was brought to the mountaintop in several pieces, then assembled on site.  RTÉ,RTE, Ireland's national broadcast network, filmed the installation of the cross live in 1976.Since that time, the … [Read more...]

Anna and Joachim Present Their Daughter Mary at the Temple (How Do We Know That?)

The Holy Family featured on the icon for the World Meeting of Families includes Jesus' grandparents, Joachim and Anna

NOVEMBER 21 MEMORIAL OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Where in the Bible do we learn that the Virgin Mary’s parents were named Anna and Joachim? Can’t figure out what chapter and verse it is?  That’s because it’s not really in the Bible.  Saint Anna and Saint Joachim (sometimes spelled “Ioacim”) show up in a separate book called the Protoevangelium of James or, more simply, the Gospel of James. Not one of the canonical gospels, the Gospel of James is considered apocryphal—not … [Read more...]

So Bill Murray Likes the Latin Mass? Well, His Sister Nancy, a Catholic Nun, Likes Catherine of Siena

Bill Murray - St. Vincent

Everyone's talking today about Bill Murray, after he said that he liked the Traditional Latin Mass.  The actor was in Toronto promoting his new comedy "St. Vincent", and he talked with The Guardian about the recent canonizations, sacred music and the Latin Mass.Speaking about the liturgy, Murray tells The Guardian reporter Catherine Shoard: "...I tend to disagree with what they call the new mass. I think we lost something by losing the Latin. Now if you go to a Catholic mass even just in Har … [Read more...]