Pope's prayer intentions for March 2015
The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for March 2015. The Pope's universal intention is: “That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person." His intention for evangelization is: “That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always."
USCCB urges President Obama, Congress to do more to assist persecuted Christians
“This urgent megacrisis requires scaling up development assistance to host countries and communities that are struggling to provide employment opportunities, education and health services to both their local populations and displaced persons,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Bishop Oscar Cantú added. “In addition, it is important to deliver both humanitarian and development assistance through trusted NGOs, including faith-based organizations like CRS, who are focused on displaced populations.”
Pope reflects on Christ’s transfiguration
The goal of the Lenten journey of conversion, the Pope said, is participation in the glory of Christ. In his transfiguration, which strengthened the apostles before his passion, “Jesus reveals Himself as the perfect icon of the Father and the fulfillment of revelation.” The words from heaven addressed to the apostles, the Pope continued, are addressed to us as well: “listen to him.” Following Jesus involves entering the logic of the Paschal Mystery, making our lives a gift to others, “docile obedience to the will of God,” detachment from material things, and interior freedom.
Chart-topping Benedictine nuns to drop new album for Easter
“Many people do not realize that the Easter season lasts well beyond Easter Sunday – for a full 50 days in fact! Hopefully our recording will help bring many to a fuller awareness of the the Easter season in its entirety,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the community, told CNA. It's the Benedictines' fourth album with the label, which had made the cloistered community chart-toppers. The group has been Billboard's Best-Selling Classical Traditional Artist for three years in a row, and their albums for Lent and Angels and Saints were Billboard's Top Traditional Classical Albums in 2013 and 2014.
Why ‘Star Trek’ — and Mr. Spock — Matters
To a young kid in the 1970s, the Gorn was terrifying in the way that the Sleestak on Land of the Lost were terrifying, slow and inhuman and incalculable behind a rigid, inexpressive mask. (A few years ago, I showed “Arena” to my kids, and there was much hooting and merriment at the first appearance of the Gorn, who looks much cheesier on our widescreen TV than I remember him on my grandparents’ console television. “Taste my foam rubber fist!” my oldest son chortled. Kids these days.)