Fr. Hubert Schiffer and the Jesuit Priests Who Survived Hiroshima

Fr. Schiffer - news clipping

I wish I could tell you that I'm related to Jesuit Father Hubert Schiffer.  I've asked family members, hoping someone will be able to prove that he's a second cousin twice removed....  But while we know of two priests among my husband's ancestors, Father Schiffer's name doesn't come up.I like to imagine, though, that we have some kind of special link.  Two Schiffers with a common destination.Father Schiffer's story has been on my mind lately for at least two reasons:On July 29 Theo … [Read more...]

400-Year-Old Crucifix Uncovered in Newfoundland

The 3-centimeter crucifix which was unearthed in Newfoundland

An undergraduate student assisting at an archeological dig on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula has made a spectacular discovery:  a 400-year-old copper crucifix.The crucifix is considered particularly important since the colony which once stood at that spot was English, and Catholics were severely persecuted in England at the time.  It was, then, most likely owned by someone who fled religious persecution in England and found freedom here.Anna Sparrow, who attends Memorial University in S … [Read more...]

Jonah’s Tomb Smashed by ISIS Militants

Militant Islamists smashing the tomb of Jonah the Prophet

News footage has emerged, showing a member of the Islamic State terror group ISIS wearing a balaclava and black mask, smashing centuries-old tombs in Mosul--including the tomb of Jonah the Prophet.Jonah is revered by both Christians and Muslims; but Muslim law prohibits special veneration of tombs.It's reported that the tomb of the Prophet Seth was also demolished.In the same week, 50 blindfolded bodies were discovered in Baghdad, gunshot wounds to their heads. *     *     *     *   … [Read more...]


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