The first diocese established in North America was not Mexico City or Quebec but Greenland. Viking Leif Erikson, son of Erik the Red, brought along Catholic missionaries when he sailed to Greenland from Norway in the year 1000.
The word “saunter,” which means to “wander about,” is derived from Saint Terre (Holy Land). The connection is this: After the age of the catacombs, with the ascent of Constantine and Theodosius to the imperial Roman throne, Christians were free … Continue reading
Zenit News has a very interesting article affirming the fact, with documentation, that Pius XII saw the sun dance in the sky and change colors four times, October 30, 31, November 1, and November 8, 1950. He defined the dogma … Continue reading
For most of my stay here in Rome, I have been worshipping at a church that the Holy Father gave to The Fraternity of Saint Peter as a “personal parish,” i.e., a church with all the privileges and duties of … Continue reading
This past Sunday, I went to Mass at the Church of Jesus and Mary: Chiesa di Gesu e Maria. This Church, built by a rich cardinal in the 1600’s, is on the Via Del Corso, a main street in Rome, … Continue reading
The original name of Los Angeles, California, as a Franciscan mission, was El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula (The Village of Our Lady Queen of the Angels of the Portiuncula). The Portiuncula was the … Continue reading
Here in the Eternal City, I’ve been seeing many of the holy places, and attending Mass every day in the traditional rite. What follows are some notes and impressions of an American pilgrim in Rome, blessed with wonderful opportunities here, … Continue reading
The names for three different kinds of electrical measure: amps, volts, and coulombs, come from the surnames of three Catholic scientists who were each pioneers in their respected fields. André Marie Ampere was a French mathematician, chemist, and physicist.
Dumbbells, the smaller one hand weights used by body builders, were named after a tool used by church bell ringers in teaching the art of steeple bell ringing to their apprentices. The tool was a special bell that would not … Continue reading
This dramatic title, which sounds as if it belongs to a pretentious tragic novel, means that there will be no Ad Rem for about two weeks. I’m a pilgrim in the capitol of Christianity right now, and will not be … Continue reading
In the New Orleans Confederate Civil War Museum there is a crown of thorns, weaved for Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, by Blessed Pope Pius IX. At the behest of an Irish priest, who had befriended Davis and who … Continue reading
Not only hundreds of cities, towns, and rivers, but many counties throughout the United States bear a Catholic origin, either on account of being named after a saint, our Lady, or some mystery of the Faith. These following, however, stand … Continue reading
The Fathers of the Synod of Bishops on "the Word of God" finally decided last Friday not to take a piece of heterodox ‘bait’ that had been slipped into their Instrumentum Laboris . The IL was the working document prepared for the Synod by elite biblical scholars … Continue reading
If you use an RSS Reader to get your favorite web sites’ reading material, or if you have a blog on which you like to post feeds, you should know that our site now has several distinct RSS feeds. Here … Continue reading
Our new site has been up since October 15, not quite a fortnight ago. We are still making adjustments to the site, and more features are forthcoming. We are interested in your thoughts. The comboxes below will allow you to … Continue reading