Daily Archives: May 22, 2015

From France 24 :

French law to force markets to donate unsold food to charity



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Depardieu sweats it out as Cannes endures ‘Chronic’ pain



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make music part of your life series: Krystian Zimerman plays Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (Maurice Ravel)

Krystian Zimerman plays Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (Maurice Ravel) – Complete


Historic Musical Bits: , Mendelssohn:, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Berliner Philharmoniker conductor: Ferenc Fricsay) Rita Streich & Diana Eustrati (1950)

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ferenc Fricsay) Rita Streich & Diana Eustrati


Is Islam a religion of war or peace? Both – and Muslims must decide, priest says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


Rome, Italy, May 21, 2015 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).-

Following last week’s online release of an audio message from the caliph of the Islamic State, one expert says the group’s understanding of Islam calls on all Muslims to re-evaluate Islamic history.

“The only solution is a radical reform to the internal reading of Islamic history,” Fr. Samir Khalil Samir, an Egyptian-born Jesuit and acting rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, wrote May 15 at AsiaNews.

A day prior, the Islamic State had released a recording of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying, “There is no excuse for any Muslim not to migrate to the Islamic State … joining (its fight) is a duty on every Muslim. We are calling on you either to join or carry weapons (to fight) wherever you are.”

The recording also says that “Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting. No-one should believe that the war that we are waging is the war of the Islamic State. It is the war of all Muslims, but the Islamic State is spearheading it. It is the war of Muslims against infidels.”

Fr. Samir said al-Baghdadi’s message is “very shrewd because it corresponds to the expectations of

via Is Islam a religion of war or peace? Both – and Muslims must decide, priest says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).


Rabbi: Vatican II’s interreligious document was ‘life-saving’ :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


.- A 50 year-old declaration of the Second Vatican Council established a new era in Christian-Jewish relations and enabled members of both religions to unite against present-day secularism, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reflected on Wednesday.

Nostra aetate, the council’s declaration on the relation of the Church to non-Christian religions, acknowledged what is true and holy in other religions, particularly Judaism, and began a period of dialogue with them.

The declaration “has borne much fruit,” remarked Cardinal Dolan May 20, at a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the document held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

The declaration enabled dialogue between Christian and Jewish leaders, which spurred St. John Paul II to lead a joint response to atheism and secularism.

The shortest of Vatican II’s documents, Nostra aetate was widely approved by the Council’s fathers (2,221 to 88), though it met with sharp opposition from some Catholic circles for its perceived indifferentism.

Despite this, it marked a turning point in the Church’s relationships with other religions, and Jewish leaders are still marveling 50 years later at the positive effects it has produced.

It was “nothing short of a life-saving document,” Rabbi Noram Morans, director of interreligious relations for the American Jewish Committee, told the conference in response to Cardinal Dolan’s address. Prior to the declaration there existed a centuries-old tension between Catholics and Jews, marked by harrassment and violence of Jews for alleged deicide and scorn for them not recogizing Jesus as the Messiah.

The welcoming tone of Nostra aetate was well received by the Jewish community, as they were now seen as the “elder brothers” to the Christians, remarked Morans.

The document was only the first step toward improving Catholic-Jewish relations, noted both Cardinal Dolan and Morans. Leaders of both religions had to put it into practice and they did exactly that. The U.S. bishops conference played a “singular role” in strengthening the relationship after Vatican II, Morans said.

The relationship has “never been stronger,” remarked Cardinal Dolan, adding it “has been remarkably successful” in the United States.

It carries an immense importance with it today as Christians and Jews unite to discuss the most pressing problems for both religions. Chief among these problems is secularism, especially among the youth, Cardinal Dolan insisted.

The “most obvious imperative,” he said, is “to reclaim the primacy of God in a world that prefers not to take him seriously, to ignore him, or even to deny him,” Cardinal Dolan said. St. John Paul II put this fight against secularism at the core of the Church’s post-Vatican II relationship with the Jews because he saw secularism as the chief enemy of the Church, and the Jews among her greatest allies, the cardinal added.

Both devout Jews and Christians acknowledge they world they live in is “simply irreligious,” Cardinal Dolan said, quoting Bl. John Henry Newman.

What hasn’t helped is the many Christians who ignore talk of sin and redemption, he said, which columnist David Brooks has pointed out in his recent work. Churches preach that everyone is “okay” without acknowledging the need for a savior and redeemer, so attendees begin to look at other ecclesial communities, particularly evangelial megachurches, that preach the need for repentance and salvation.

If people only attended church to make friends, they would have an easier time doing it at a coffee shop or a bowling alley, Cardinal Dolan added.

Both Catholics and Jews can preach the “Biblical reality that popular soothing spiritually would rather have us forget, namely sin and redemption,” Cardinal Dolan said.

“They must proclaim ‘I am flawed’,” he continued. “That is our forte. That’s the Jewish and Christian vocabulary. That’s what the prophets and the saints proclaimed.”

Other problems that both religons face are an abandonment of faith by young members once they become adults or teenagers. Cardinal Dolan related how one rabbi told him that a boy’s bar mitzvah would be the last time he would attend synogogue until his son’s bar mitzvah. “We Catholics have that, it’s called the Sacrament of Confirmation,” he recalled jokingly.

The problem is real and serious, he added. “We can hardly ignore their challenge,” he said of the youth leaving the religion of their childhood. “It’s alarm clock time for both of us.”

Another problem that unites the two religions is the international persecution of both Christians and Jews, Morans noted. Christians are the victims of ethnic cleansing by Islamist terrorists in the Middle East and North Africa, and anti-Semitism is making an ugly resurgence in Europe.

These threats demand “mutual admiration and support,” he added.

The two religions have found much common ground, particularly through “mutual theological study” and a new candor between leaders over controversies that have arisen since the document. Arguments that previously tore the two faiths apart now strengthen the relations like arguments between members of a family, Cardinal Dolan remarked.

Tensions do exist. Among them, from the Jewish perspective, are the Vatican’s official recognition of the state of Palestine, and the role of Venerable Pius XII in the Second World War,  Morans suggested.

However, “we have come a long way in 50 years,” he admitted, and there is “too much at stake” for these tensions to divide Christians and Jews.

 Tags: Judaism, Nostra aetate

via Rabbi: Vatican II’s interreligious document was ‘life-saving’ :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).


Saint of the Day for Friday, May 22nd, 2015: St. Rita

Saint of the Day for Friday, May 22nd, 2015

today’s holiday/commemoration: Fiesta of Santa Rita


Fiesta of Santa Rita

Villagers in Apastepeque, San Vicente Department, El Salvador, celebrate Santa Rita‘s feast day with a dance-drama called the Dance of the Tunco de Monte, or Wild Pig, an Indian dance going back to pre-Christian times. One person dresses in pig skins and pretends to be a pig, while other dancers portray various other stock characters. They enact the chasing and, finally, killing of the pig. At the concluding “feast,” the hunter who has caught the pig alternates between praying to Santa Rita for the welfare of the village and cracking jokes. More… Discuss

quotation: What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.


Quotation of the Day: Jane Austen

What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss


today’s birthday: Laurence Olivier (1907) (the best ever Hamlet!)


Laurence Olivier (1907)

One of the most revered actors of the 20th century, Olivier took on more than 120 stage roles and appeared in nearly 60 films over the course of an award-winning career spanning more than six decades. A versatile performer, he earned accolades for his portrayals of Shakespearean characters, like Henry V and Hamlet, as well as for his performances in modern dramas. He won four Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globes, and five Emmys, and was the first actor to receive what honor? More… Discuss 

Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet

This day in the yesteryear: Great Chilean Earthquake: Strongest Ever Recorded (1960)

Great Chilean Earthquake: Strongest Ever Recorded (1960)

Measuring 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale, the Great Chilean Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. The tsunami it produced sent waves of up to 82 ft (25 m) racing across the Pacific Ocean to Chile, Argentina, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, and the Aleutian Islands. It is estimated that between 2,000 and 6,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The tsunami reached Japan how many hours after the initial earthquake? More… Discuss

The Michelin Guide


The Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide (Le Guide Michelin) is a series of guide books to over a dozen countries published annually by the Michelin company. André Michelin published the first edition of the guide in 1900 to help drivers maintain their cars, find decent lodging, and eat well while touring France. Today, the Michelin Red Guide is the oldest and best-known European hotel and restaurant guide. International food critics have accused the guide of what type of bias? More… Discuss


word: obtrude



Definition: (verb) To impose (oneself or one’s ideas) on others with undue insistence or without invitation.
Synonyms: push out, thrust out
Usage: He never hesitated to obtrude his opinion on others, believing that everyone must value what he had to say. Discuss.