Daily Archives: June 9, 2015

‘Blood cells’ found in dino fossils

From BBC :  ‘Blood cells’ found in dino fossils



From CNN : Rumsfeld: Democracy in Iraq was ‘unrealistic’

Rumsfeld: Democracy in Iraq was ‘unrealistic’






From France 24 : G7 , FOSSIL FUEL , 2100

G7 leaders pledge to give up fossil fuels by 2100



From France 24 : MERS OUTBREAK

South Korea reports seventh casualty from MERS outbreak



historic musical bits: Andrés Segovia: Guitar Concerto N°1, Op.99 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Andrés Segovia: Guitar Concerto N°1, Op.99 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Discover why was this pressed: Will Ukraine upset the odd-couple bond between Putin and the pope? | Crux

By John L. Allen Jr.

Associate editor June 9, 2015

Judging solely on the basis of personality, Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin may seem an odd geopolitical couple. Francis is a man of compassion and peace, while Putin is quite possibly the single world leader you most wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alley.

Yet when Francis and Putin meet on Wednesday in the Vatican, it will bring together two figures who’ve forged an improbably strong partnership. What remains to be seen is whether the potential fly in the ointment between Rome and Moscow ruins the party: Ukraine.

First, however, consider the areas where Francis and Putin have managed to do business.


In September 2013, the drums of war were beating as the United States and other major Western powers geared up to deploy military force against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, based on claims that Assad had used sarin gas against his own people.

Given Russia’s role as a patron of Syria, Putin was strongly opposed. Yet his position arguably was less consequential than that of Pope Francis, who convened a special day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria and denounced an expansion of the conflict on multiple occasions.

via Will Ukraine upset the odd-couple bond between Putin and the pope? | Crux.

great compositions/performances: ,Hilary Hahn – Mozart – Violin Concerto No 4 in D major, K 218

Hilary Hahn – Mozart – Violin Concerto No 4 in D major, K 218

image of the day: Civil War Photo

Civil War Photo

A group of officers pose at the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac in Petersburg, Virginia in August 1864. Photo: Library of Congress

Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families.

The bishops from Poland will be on the front line at the synod, giving an overall view of the family and not focusing merely on the contentious issues of access to Communion for the divorced and remarried, and pastoral openings to homosexual relationships.

A source in a congregation at the Roman Curia told CNA that “the feeling of the Polish bishops is that John Paul II’s teaching on marriage and family has been betrayed” by the “shadow council” led by some German bishops at the Pontifical Gregorian University on May 25.

The lecture delivered the last week of May to the Polish bishops’ conference’s general assembly by Fr. Dariusz Kowalczyk, SJ, gives one to understand the issues at stake for the Polish bishops.

Grounded in St. John Paul II’s pastoral care and speaking about granting access to Communion for the divorced and remarried, Fr. Kowalczyk indicated two criticisms.

“The first question we should ask ourselves,” he said, “is this: Does the Church have the authority to give sacramental absolution and Holy Communion to divorced persons cohabiting in non-sacramental unions? This question of Communion for those people is comparable to the issue of the mandatory celibacy of priests, or on another the level, to that of ordaining women.”

He then continued: “If we answer the question of Communion for remarried divorcees by saying that a change in the Church’s current doctrine and practice is possible, then a second question can be asked: From the pastoral viewpoint, would the new, proposed sacramental practice be useful? Would it edify the Church or not? After all, the fact that something could be possible from the doctrinal point of view, does not necessarily imply that it would be good for the Church from a pastoral point of view.”

Fr. Kowalczyk then concluded that “We have two arguments here: one is doctrinal and the other pastoral – a risk of confusion on the indissolubility of marriage. Both concern the sacramental sign, which has theological, anthropological, and didactic meanings.”

The doctrinal argument, he said, “can be considered from two perspectives: that of sin, which contradicts sacramental Communion (understood both as a sacramental sign and as grace), and that of the relation between the meanings of each of the sacraments.”

The arguments presented by Fr. Kowalczyk – that admitting the divorced and remarried to Communion would contradict the nuptial significance of the Eucharist, and it would also confuse people about the indissolubility of marriage – will be core issues at October’s Synod of Bishops.

via Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).


Saint of the Day for Tuesday, June 9th, 2015: St. Ephrem

Image of St. Ephrem

St. Ephrem

“I was born in the way of truth: though my childhood was unaware of the greatness of the benefit, I knew it when trial came.” Ephrem (or Eprhaim) the Syrian left us hundreds of hymns … continue reading

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