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The Hard Work of Re-Establishing an Artistic Tradition - The Icons of Dr Stephane Rene

Some NLM readers will be aware of the Neo-Coptic iconography of Dr Stephane Rene. He is one of the main figures in the group of iconographers who are working to maintain the momentum of the revival of the Coptic style of iconography, a student of the man who is generally seen as responsible for reestablishing Coptic iconography in the mid-20th century, the late Dr Isaac Fanous.
In my opinion, the Coptic revival demonstrates just how a tradition can not only be re-established after a hiatus in practice, but it can be done so in such a way that the new work surpasses the quality of the old. This latter point is just a personal opinion, but I am struck by how powerfully distinctive and instantly recognizable the neo-Coptic style is. It participates in the tradition of Coptic iconography, but at the same time has a wide appeal to contemporary Christians from other rites and churches, as well as, presumably, Coptic Christians. I have seen Stephane’s icons in Catholic churches…
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Runaway slave-turned-priest moves closer to beatification

The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause took another step forward this week.
A document summarizing the life, virtue, and alleged miracles of Servant of God Fr. Augustus Tolton, known as the positio, was unanimously approved as historically correct by a committee of six Vatican officials this week, clearing the way for the priest’s cause for canonization to continue moving forward.
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Present condition and role of the Catholic Church in Poland

First let us ask what do the statistics say about the Catholic Church in Poland. In the context of the Western countries of Europe the Catholic Church in my country manifests to be quite strong institution and living community of believers. Over 30 % of the entire population of the Poles are dominicantes and this means that they participate in Mass every Sunday. One needs to add that in the South of Poland the percentage of dominicantes is higher and in some places it reaches 40%. Though the number of dominicantes and comunicantes keeps to be exceptionally high, there is a remarkable tendency of downfall. In the recent year 2017 the fall reached 3, 2 % and it should be already alarming.  
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O Deus de Albert Einstein

Terminei, faz uns dias, de ler a biografia de Albert Einstein escrita por Walter Isaacson. Bastante abrangente e didática, consegue explicar a ciência toda (o que eu não entendi é culpa minha mesmo) e ao mesmo tempo nos faz conhecer bem a personalidade do físico, com seus lados positivos e negativos (marido infiel, pai ausente, essas coisas).
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Ilha de Tristão da Cunha abriga a paróquia mais remota da Terra

Paróquia de São José na ilha de Tristão da Cunha, na África do Sul, é considerada a paróquia mais remota da Terra. Para visitá-la, uma vez ao ano um sacerdote faz uma viagem de duas semanas de barco. Contrariamente ao que se poderia esperar nestas condições, a Fé dos católicos locais se mantêm firme e é alimentada pela recordação de uma heroica leiga, segundo relatou o Administrador Apostólico das Ilhas Malvinas, Abade Hugh Allan O. Praem, em um artigo publicado por The Catholic Herald.
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De Mattei: “Europe will be Muslim, if it is the will of Allah”

For years now the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been officially celebrating May 29th 1453 which saw the conquest of Constantinople by Mohamed II, along with the date of August 26th 1071, when the Seljuks of Alp Arslān defeated the Byzantine army at Manzikert and founded the first Turkish State in Anatolia.

Let’s imagine for a moment that the European Union made a proposal to celebrate solemnly the victory of Lepanto in 1571 and the liberation of Vienna from the Turks in 1683. The mass-media world-wide, controlled by “the powers that be” who run world politics, would protest with all their might against this provocative act and Islamophobia. But the European Union would never take upon itself such an initiative as in the act of its constitution, The Treaty of Lisbon of December 13th 2007, it definitively renounced every reference to its historical roots. And while Edrogan claims the Ottoman identity with pride - which defines itself as against Christian Europe - the E…

Experiencing The Beautiful Eritrean Catholic Church

I found myself in the city of Chicago after I heard about a small community of Catholics which met at a Roman Catholic parish once a month. What piqued my interest about this small community was that they were not Roman Catholic, but Eritrean Catholic. I had become familiar with some of the other liturgical traditions of the Church, but not this one. The Eritrean Catholic Church is one of three sui iuris Churches which worship according to the Alexandrian Rite. The Alexandrian Rite can actually be further divided into two subgroups. This division is mainly based on language. The first subgroup, sometimes called the Coptic Rite, is used by the Coptic Catholic Church. The liturgical language most often used is Coptic, as well as Arabic. The second subgroup, used by both the Ethiopian and Eritrean Catholic Churches, is called the Ge’ez Rite. The Ge’ez language, like Latin and Church Slavonic, is basically a dead language. However, just as Latin and Church Slavonic are the p…