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

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 Car … [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...]

In Argentina, Pope Francis’ Family Members Die in Crash

Sad news today from Buenos Aires, where three relatives of Pope Francis died in a car crash early this morning.According to police reports, the car was being driven by the pope's nephew, 38-year-old Emanuel Bergoglio, when it slammed into the back of a truck at 12:30 a.m.  The family had been returning from a holiday weekend when the accident occurred.  Killed in the crash were the wife and two children, two-year-old Antonio and eight-month-old Jose Bergoglio.  The pope's nephew remains hos … [Read more...]