Vatican Protester Cools His Heels in Jail Cell

Protest on Dome of St Peters

The Italian business owner who scaled the dome of St. Peter's Basilica this week has finally come down, after spending two nights perched precariously atop the basilica, only to spend last night in a jail cell.Marcello Di Finizio was protesting policies of the European Union which may result in closure of his sea-side restaurant in the northeastern Italy town of Trieste.  This was the fourth time he had climbed the 138 meters (453 feet) to the top of the Dome:  Di Finizio had staged similar d … [Read more...]

Catholic Priest Awarded 2014 Templeton Prize

Tomas Halik

Monsignor Tomáš Halík, professor at Charles University in Prague, has been named winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize for religious and spiritual progress.Monsignor Halík, who has taught sociology of religion since 1997, is a convert to Catholicism and cites as influences in his life Mother Teresa, first recipient of the Templeton Prize in 1973, and Catholic novelist Graham Greene.  He is a  onetime Czech political activist and an advocate for religious freedom in Czechoslovakia.  He has wo … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Seminary’s “Black Jesus”: Symbol of God’s Love and of Racial Reconciliation

Black Jesus 2

I was one of those kids who really wasn't sure what I'd like to do after graduating high school. An honors graduate with specialization in business classes, I found an office job—working as an executive secretary for Michigan Blue Cross-Blue Shield. For several years before beginning college, I boarded a bus each morning for the 15-mile commute to my office in downtown Detroit.So it was that on Monday, July 24, 1967, the day that life changed for the city of Detroit, I was at my desk.In t … [Read more...]