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Monday, February 6, 2006

As Promised

Here is my translation of P. Benedict XVI's introduction to "Deus Caritas Est. " Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 5, 2006

The Pope's Introduction To His "Deus Caritas Est"

Pope Benedict XVI in a gesture rarely seen from other authors has published his own introduction to the first encyclical he authored via the italian magazine Famiglia Christiana. The introduction is in italian but I hope to make a translation of it in English. You can find it here. Link: Mother of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

God Is Love: A Preview of Benedict XVI's First Encyclical

God is love. Whoever is in love dwells in God and God dwells in him. These words from the letter of St. John express with singular clarity the center of the Christian faith, the christian image of God and even the resulting vision of man and of his journey." With these words -- according to what we... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Family and Education: Some Insights

Below is a Zenit dispatch about research showing that the structure of the family influences the education of children A Marriage of Family and Education Stable Home Life Helps Children Learn NEW YORK, JAN. 14, 2006 ( Zenit.org ).- Family structure has a significant influence on children's... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 5, 2006

Men and Women Use the Internet Differently

Consider these figures from the PewInternet Report on how men and women use the Internet: 67% of the adult American population goes online, including 68% of men and 66% of women 86% of women ages 18-29 are online, compared with 80% of men that age. 34% of men 65 and older use the Internet, compared... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

From St. Nicolas to Santa Claus: A History

When I was still a student in Rome back in the 1980s, we went to Bari to vist the Cathedral of St. Nicolas, Bishop of Myra. It was there that I heard the story for the first time about the Bishop of Myra brought to Italy, found by the American soldiers and brought back to the United States with the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

20 Things Perhaps More That You Don't Know About Windows XP

Are you a WindowsXP user? I am not. But when I read this forum post about 20 Things about WindowsXP that most people don't know about, I got interested. I am a Windows 98 faithful, and I'd like WindowsXP users to confirm this post before I change allegiance. Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Young People Volunteering To BE With "The Poor of This Earth"

They call themselves the "Augustinian Voluteers" and describe themselves thus: Augustinian Volunteers are Catholic men and women who wish to serve God’s people in partnership with the Augustinians and others. The work of the volunteers is with established educational, social, and health service... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Jewish Private Schools Ban Use of Internet

This report reminds me of the time I attended a symposium on the use of the internet in a school where I was assigned. During the open forum, a male student stood up and said: "The internet is bad no one should use it." I said during that time that the internet is like a bottle of wine: people may... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Random Creation VS Intelligent Design?

I thought that the problem of Evolution vs. Creation is more felt between fundamentalist creationists and scientists. I had no idea that it is also a felt problem within the Catholic Church, that is, between the members of its scientific communities on the one hand, and the pastors on the other. Or... Sign in to see full entry.

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