Religious association – Catholics Come Home Boston http://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 17:05:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T154232.929.png Religious association – Catholics Come Home Boston http://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ 32 32 Have we really found the birthplace of Mary Magdalene? https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/have-we-really-found-the-birthplace-of-mary-magdalene/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 09:29:21 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/have-we-really-found-the-birthplace-of-mary-magdalene/ IIt is a rare thing indeed that being mistaken for a sex worker brings someone fame and everlasting fame. And yet, this is exactly what happened to Mary Magdalene, the financier of Jesus, whose mistaken identification as a prostitute has followed her for 1,500 years. In an increasingly religious society, Mary has consolidated her place […]]]>

IIt is a rare thing indeed that being mistaken for a sex worker brings someone fame and everlasting fame. And yet, this is exactly what happened to Mary Magdalene, the financier of Jesus, whose mistaken identification as a prostitute has followed her for 1,500 years. In an increasingly religious society, Mary has consolidated her place as a cultural icon.

Now she sells digital newspapers: Numerous media have proclaimed over Christmas time that archaeologists excavating “Magdala” may well have identified her birthplace. But do they have?

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According to the first reports in the Jerusalem Post, a “salvage excavation” (the kind of excavation carried out before construction in culturally rich areas) co-organized by the University of Haifa and the Israel Antiquities Association, unearthed the remains of a 2,000-year-old synagogue in Migdal, Israel. Migdal is located on the Sea of ​​Galilee and has traditionally been identified as Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene. In a statement, excavation director Dina Avshalom-Gorni said: “We can imagine Mary Magdalene and her family coming to the synagogue here, along with other residents of Migdal, to participate in religious and community events. “

The unearthed synagogue is in fact the second such find in the city. In 2009, a larger and more ornate synagogue was unearthed along with an intricately carved stone that featured a seven-branched menorah. Both synagogues date from the Second Temple period, when Jesus lived and preached in the area. The smaller synagogue consisted of a main hall and two other smaller rooms (one of which may well have housed Torah scrolls). The remains of the accoutrements of ancient ritual life were present at the site. Pottery lamps, molded glass bowls, rings and a few stone utensils surrounded the remains.

But does all of this bring us to Mary Magdalene?

Only a few days after the publication of the news, specialists of the Bible and experts of Marie-Madeleine Professeur Joan taylor, from King’s College London, and doctoral student at Duke University Elizabeth schrader published a major investigation into the first evidence of “The Meaning of ‘Magdalen'” in the Biblical Literature Journal. Three years of preparation, this article reviews the literary data for much of what we know about Mary and comes to compelling and revealing conclusions about the meaning of her name.

Basically, the association of Mary Magdalene, the apostle of Jesus, with this city on the Sea of ​​Galilee is based on two hypotheses. First, that Madeleine is a sort of surname that recalls her geographic origins as old names often did. Second, that this seaside town was called “Magdala” in the first century AD. Once you’ve broken into the historical foundations of the argument, Schrader and Taylor show, cracks start to appear.

There was, Schrader told me, considerable disagreement over the meaning of Mary’s name. The 5th century translator, Saint Jerome, thought it was a nickname meaning “tower”. Nicknames like this were common in ancient times, especially among followers of Jesus. Just as Peter was the “rock” and James was the “righteous”, so Mary was the “tower of faith”. Some ancient writers thought it referred to his birthplace, but no ancient writers thought the same. The prolific 3rd-century theologian Origen identified Magdala as Mary’s hometown, but never specified where it was. This is all the stranger since Origen spent much of his life in Caesarea and traveled around the Sea of ​​Galilee. How well known could the city have been if Origen didn’t know where it was? In fact, he spends more time pointing out that his name meant “magnification” and was an appropriate title for a “prominent” witness to the resurrection. Taylor told me that “Since ‘Magdala’ means ‘the tower’ (as well as ‘magnified’) in Aramaic and there were many places that were called ‘the tower of something’, Origen … and others could choose different identifications. Given all these differences of opinion, Schraeder said, we should certainly not rush to conclusions based on geography: “Since there was no consensus in antiquity about the meaning of her name, modern assumptions that she came from a place on the Sea of ​​Galilee are highly suspect.

Her name aside, the ancient opinion about Mary’s origin also varied. Several of the early commentators on the Gospels, for example the 3rd century writer Hippolyte of Rome, assumed that Mary Magdalene was the sister of Martha and Lazarus mentioned in the Gospel of John. If this is true, it would mean that Mary, like her siblings, was from Bethany and is the woman who anoints Jesus in John 12. (This woman, according to Schrader and Taylor, is distinct from the anonymous sex worker who also anoints Jesus in Luke 7 It should be noted that the anointing was not a unique matter in antiquity). To make matters even stranger, the early 4th century historian Eusebius of Caesarea believed there were two Mary Magdalene. Eusebius had in fact visited a “Magdala himself” but, according to him, the city was in Judea, in the south. We are clearly irrelevant. Schrader and Taylor conclude that “the old position that Mary Magdalene was from Bethany remains within the realm of sensible exegetical possibility”, but her name relates more to her religious character than anything else.

Archaeological evidence shows that the city on the Sea of ​​Galilee known today as Magdala was certainly a first century fishing village. And that was exactly the kind of place that Jesus recruited disciples from. The geography and timeline, however, are a bit off. Taylor told the Daily Beast: “In Jesus’ day there was a village called Migdal Nuniyya (the ‘fish tower’) located nearby, only a ‘mil’ (about 1 km) beyond. the northern limit of Tiberias. , a city located further south than the current city. The Christian pilgrimage site of Magdala is about 6 km from Roman Tiberias on the other side of Mount Arbel, and archeology increasingly indicates that it was a separate and important city. There is no evidence from Christian sources that the pilgrimage site was called “Magdala” until the 6th century when the site began to become a destination for religious tourists.

The fact that the traditions associated with the archaeological site have developed and developed over time parallels the larger phenomenon of the explosion of traditions of Mary in general. Several early Christian documents that do not appear in the New Testament, including the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Philip, and the Pistis-Sophie– portray Mary as one of the closest disciples of Jesus, whose authority has been challenged in Orthodox circles. Several generations of Taylor’s significant archaeological and historical work have rejected mistaken but dear historical assumptions. While others, like Karen King, have explored the ways in which the importance of Mary was contested in the early church because she served as a code for issues of female authority in general. The ecclesiastical tussle over its memory and importance meant that while some traditions and details of its history were gaining ground and developing, others were contested and erased.

This contestation, Schrader argued, has spread to the copying and editing of New Testament manuscripts. “There are also some major textual issues surrounding the word ‘Mary’ in the crucial manuscripts of the Gospel of John (especially throughout John 11 and John 20:16). The fact that there have been ancient controversies surrounding Mary’s legacy, as well as significant inconsistencies in important manuscripts of the Gospel of John, alerts us to the possibility that her story may have been altered by course.

The preservation of evidence of textual alterations as well as the discovery of new Christian documents, Schrader said, open up new possibilities for how we view the Magdalen’s legacy. It joins the recent work of art historian Ally Kateusz, author of Mary and the First Christian Women: Hidden Leadership, who argues that Christian artwork was augmented in order to disguise the leadership of women in the early church.

Beginning with the influential misidentification of Mary as a sex worker by Gregory the Great, Mary Magdalene was identified with the anonymous wife of Dwarf who anointed Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. As nature abhors a vacuum, patriarchal history despises excess of women. The fact that Mary Magdalene is not from Magdala on the Sea of ​​Galilee – a city that does not seem to have existed under that name in the first century – should not mean that we reflexively collapse into our bad habits of interpretation. As Taylor writes in the article, “Western Christendom’s central exegetical error that must be corrected is not the idea that Mary Magdalene could be from Bethany; it is rather the idea, following Gregory the Great, that all the anointing women of the Gospels can be elected into one. As an alternative, we suggest that Biblical scholars can celebrate Mary Magdalene’s release from inaccurate portrayals while simultaneously recognizing that Mary’s provenance need not be “Magdala” to maintain this hard-won position. “

This does not mean that the excavations on the Sea of ​​Galilee are somehow meaningless. It’s not always about Christianity, after all. These findings give us a richer picture of the varieties of ancient Jewish religious life in Roman times. More importantly, they displace an assumption that is common to the stories of Judaism; namely that the synagogues only gained importance following and in compensation for the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The existence of not one but two synagogues barely 200 meters apart, said Avshalom-Gorni, of the vibrancy of first-century Torah study, social gatherings and religious life outside Jerusalem.



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Today’s Events for January 1 | Entertainment https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/todays-events-for-january-1-entertainment/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 23:25:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/todays-events-for-january-1-entertainment/ SUNDAY Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) will hold virtual services on Sunday. Services are open to everyone and visitors are warmly welcomed. Silent worship begins at 10 a.m., followed by online fellowship for those who wish to linger. For more information and the Zoom link, call Brenda at 803-648-6020. MONDAY Aiken Women in Black and […]]]>

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Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) will hold virtual services on Sunday. Services are open to everyone and visitors are warmly welcomed. Silent worship begins at 10 a.m., followed by online fellowship for those who wish to linger. For more information and the Zoom link, call Brenda at 803-648-6020.

MONDAY

Aiken Women in Black and Moms Demand Action to organize vigil for peace and non-violence 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the entrance to Aiken Estates, opposite the Fresh Market along Whiskey Road. Participants are encouraged to stay for the entire time or as long as they can. If you cannot stand, chairs are welcome. Witnesses against war and all forms of violence meet on the first and third Monday of the month and take place rain or shine and on public holidays. Everyone, including children and men, is welcome. Participants can bring their own signs as long as they are non-partisan. Masks and social distancing are encouraged until COVID is behind us. For more information, call Lynn at 501-499-4485 or Brenda at 803-648-6020.

TUESDAY

the Awesome group Aiken Al-Anon meets 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive.

Nar-Anon Aiken family group for comfort meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in person in the Boardroom near the Main Shrine of St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. SW and via Zoom. For more information, send an email to momofoscar4@gmail.com.

Celebrate recovery, a 12-step group for men and women, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Road.

WEDNESDAY

the The Aiken Section of the Association of Military Officers will meet at noon on Wednesday January 5 at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. SW Chelsea Stutz, Park Manager at Redcliffe Plantation, will be the guest speaker.

JAN. 6

4 cats in the kennel will play jazz from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays at Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave.

JAN. 8

The House of Provision and the Oakwood / Randall Branch Baptist Church will be holding a new years party dinner starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8 at Gyles Park, 406 Park Ave. SE Free hot meals to take out will be provided.

the Back to basics Alcoholics Anonymous Group meets in person at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road. Masks are compulsory for everyone.

JAN. 11

the Aiken Newcomers Club will meet Tuesday at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. Doors open at 9:30 am followed by meeting at 10:15 am. The program will be a presentation on Joye in Aiken. Donations for Joye in Aiken will be accepted. One must reserve. The cost is $ 20 per person and is payable at the door. To make or cancel a reservation, call Karen Carmen at 757-593-9013 or email newcomers29803@gmail.com. Reservations or cancellations must be made by noon on Thursday January 6.

JAN. 13

the Aiken County Disability Council to Meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 13 at 1016 chemin Vaucluse. For more information, call 803-642-8800.

JAN. 14

A inauguration ceremony to celebrate the library renovation project will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday January 14 at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. SW. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

JAN. 15

The Aiken Civic Orchestra and members of the Aiken Composers’ Guild will perform a New year concert, new voices at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Etherredge Center on the USC Aiken campus, 471 University Parkway. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikencivicorchestra.org.

JAN. 18

Aiken beekeepers will offer a initiation to beekeeping The course will start on Tuesday January 18th. The class will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. over six Tuesdays at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road, starting January 18. The cost is $ 70 per person and children under 17 are free with an adult. Places are limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 912-660-7423.

JAN. 19

A American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 19 at American Legion Post No. 26, 636 Old Airport Road. For more information, visit redcrossblood.org.

JAN. 22

A Lollapalooza Kids’ Day Library will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 22 at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. SW. The event will feature entertainment and presenters throughout the day. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

JAN. 23

USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College will host the 2022 Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m. on Sunday January 23 at the USCA Convocation Center, 2049 Champions Way, Graniteville. The United States House Majority Whip, James E. Clyburn, will be the keynote speaker. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit usca.edu.

JAN. 25

A adult book club will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25 in the boardroom of the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. SW, and online via Zoom. The selection of books for December is “Heartberries” by Terese Marie Mailhot. Registration is done at the information desk. Masks are mandatory for those present in person. For more information, visit abbe-lib.org.

JAN. 27

Jaimee Paul and Leif Shiers to perform “Broadway Our Way” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday January 27 and Tuesday January 28 at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. SW The concert is part of the Aiken Performing Arts season 2021-2022. Tickets cost $ 45. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aikenarts.com or call 803-648-1438.

JAN. 28

The Family and Marriage Coalition will hold a Marriage is worth celebrating the gala at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at the Woodside Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive. Cherell Butler, Owner and Director of Complete Care Counseling, will be the guest speaker. The event will include a meal, fellowship and a message celebrating marriage and family. Tickets cost $ 70 per couple or $ 35 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Roger Rollins at 803-640-4689 or email rogerrollins@gmail.com.


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India imposes stricter rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/india-imposes-stricter-rules-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19-during-the-holiday-season/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:20:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/india-imposes-stricter-rules-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19-during-the-holiday-season/ A woman reacts as a health worker takes a swab sample from her to test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a train station in Ahmedabad, India on December 29, 2021. REUTERS / Amit Dave Register now for FREE and unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MUMBAI, December 30 (Reuters) – Indian authorities on Thursday began imposing […]]]>

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MUMBAI, December 30 (Reuters) – Indian authorities on Thursday began imposing strict rules to prevent mass gatherings at parties and public places ahead of New Year’s celebrations as the country spikes in COVID infections -19.

Nighttime curfews have been imposed in all major towns and restaurants to limit clientele, officials said.

However, state authorities were struggling to limit overcrowding at markets, religious sites and vacation destinations as they were allowed to remain open, officials said.

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The country has reported 13,154 new cases of COVID-19 and 268 deaths in the past 24 hours, the federal health ministry said, with urban centers reporting a big jump. This is the highest number of daily infections since October.

Cases of infection with the Omicron variant have risen to 961 across India.

Police in the financial capital Mumbai have banned public gatherings of five or more residents until Jan. 7, as they saw a sharp rise in the number of cases with 2,510 infections, the biggest daily increase since May, the officials said. local authorities.

“We see that the social gatherings are going on unrestricted with people flouting all social distancing standards… we are doing our best to control the spread of the virus,” said Rajesh Tope, the Minister of Health for the United States. Western state. of Maharashtra of which Mumbai is the capital.

Tope said the next 48 hours are critical for authorities to prevent an escalation of new cases of COVID-19.

Earlier this week, India ramped up vaccine distribution by approving Merck’s COVID-19 pill and two other vaccines for emergency use.

Asia’s third-largest economy has already said it will allow COVID-19 booster shots for part of its population.

Emergency approvals come at a time when action is being taken to increase the oxygen supply and hospital beds.

But an ongoing strike by thousands of young doctors against the government has increased pressure on fragile health infrastructure.

About 13,000 young doctors across the country are continuing their strike to protest the delays in admission to graduate school, said Dr Manish, president of the Federation of Resident Doctors Associations in India.

“We are continuing the agitation,” said Manish, who uses only one name. “If (COVID-19) cases are increasing, then how does the government plan to deal with the situation without these doctors in hospitals?

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Indian government denies renewal of foreign funding registration to Mother Teresa’s charity – JURIST https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/indian-government-denies-renewal-of-foreign-funding-registration-to-mother-teresas-charity-jurist/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 11:36:51 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/indian-government-denies-renewal-of-foreign-funding-registration-to-mother-teresas-charity-jurist/ India’s Home Office (MHA) confirmed on Monday that it had refused to renew the foreign funding registration for the Missionaries of Charity (MoC), a Catholic religious congregation established by Saint Teresa of Calcutta, due to ‘unfavorable entries in their application file. Registration under the The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) is necessary for any association […]]]>

India’s Home Office (MHA) confirmed on Monday that it had refused to renew the foreign funding registration for the Missionaries of Charity (MoC), a Catholic religious congregation established by Saint Teresa of Calcutta, due to ‘unfavorable entries in their application file. Registration under the The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) is necessary for any association to receive funding or foreign donations.

The issue created significant controversy after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged Monday afternoon that the central government illegitimately froze all MoC bank accounts. leaving “their 22,000 patients and employees… without food or medicine. In response, the Indian government ministry issued a statement saying that it had only refused the renewal of the missionary organization’s registration and denied allegations that it had frozen the organization’s bank accounts. The MHA also said it had not received any request for a review of its decision and that the The MoC itself has asked its bank, the State of Bank of India, to freeze its accounts.

The Ministry of Commerce issued a clarification confirming the position of the MHA:

We would like to point out that the FCRA registration of Missionaries of Charity has not been suspended or canceled. In addition, there is no freeze ordered by the Ministry of the Interior on any of our bank accounts. We have been informed that our FCRA renewal request has not been approved. Therefore, as a measure to ensure that there is no expiration, we have instructed our centers not to operate any of our FC accounts until the issue is resolved.

According to the annual report of the missionary group, its foreign revenues for the year 2020-21 amount to ??$ 751,903,116.67 ($ 10,042,177.42). Any organization receiving funding from abroad must comply with audit requirements under the FCRA and the rules of regulation of foreign contributions. It is now possible for the MoC to request a review of the MHA’s decision or to request a new registration certificate.

The government’s action comes weeks after the statutory body for children’s rights, the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights, lodged a police complaint against one of the children’s homes of the Ministry of Culture for religious conversion of minors.



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Ursuline staff create award-winning research course | Local news https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ursuline-staff-create-award-winning-research-course-local-news/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 18:00:00 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/ursuline-staff-create-award-winning-research-course-local-news/ Chatat Two members of the College of Ursulines staff, with the help of an adjunct professor, developed an undergraduate academic research course for the College’s English department, which is now recognized with a national master’s degree award. ‘information. Kate Trostel, Assistant Professor of English, and Mara Shatat, Reference and Instruction Librarian, together created EN-124 – […]]]>






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Two members of the College of Ursulines staff, with the help of an adjunct professor, developed an undergraduate academic research course for the College’s English department, which is now recognized with a national master’s degree award. ‘information.

Kate Trostel, Assistant Professor of English, and Mara Shatat, Reference and Instruction Librarian, together created EN-124 – a semester-long research course that incorporates five library sessions. Adjunct English Professor Rhonda Filipan also helped develop the course, which has been shown to improve students’ skills and confidence by using the university’s library and its systems for writing research-based assignments, according to a press release from Pepper Pike college. The course has been available for two semesters, with student survey results showing increased confidence in research skills, the statement said.

As a result, Trostel and Shatat receive the first annual Modern Language Association-EBSCO Collaboration for Information Literacy Prize. Announced on December 14, the award will be presented on January 8, 2022, at the association’s annual convention in Washington, DC. A University of Colorado professor and library will also be honored at the convention.

According to the selection committee, the Collège des Ursulines course “demonstrates a thoughtful and rigorous commitment to information literacy at the first-year college level,” saying the committee was “impressed” by the team’s ability. to include Librarian Shatat as an active and collaborative instructor. throughout the course, the statement said.

Trostel, 34, of Cleveland Heights, told the Cleveland Jewish News that they felt “a great sense of accomplishment” to be honored for their work in developing and facilitating EN-124 at Ursuline College. She attends services at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, where her daughter attends preschool and religious school.

“This is a vast area that had to be tackled at the College of Ursulines,” she declared. “We did it for the students, recognizing that they came to college with little understanding of the research and what it means, or even how to ask a question.”

Shatat, 40, of Pepper Pike, told CJN it’s a problem many college librarians see year after year with new freshmen.

“Getting people in the door and orienting them in an efficient and useful way is always a challenge,” she said. “We also have teachers who are really involved in this whole process as well. Katie set up this dream platform for us to do just that.

Being honored by MLA-EBSCO is a big deal, the pair said. Trostel added that the small size of the College of Ursulines makes it an even bigger accomplishment.

“We’re such a small college – I’m a department of one, and Mara is one of five librarians, so it’s big,” she said. “We are proud to be able to represent our students. But, I think our students are also representative of many students across the country who come to the school as first generation students and maybe not as prepared to start writing a research paper right away. independently.

Although Ursuline is a liberal arts college, Shatat said many students pursue the school’s research-intensive nursing program. Perfecting that research and English skills makes a big difference to these students, she explained.

“Getting freshmen in and giving them a solid idea of ​​what is expected of them when they move into this nursing program gives them a little push, shows them where to go and what to expect. ‘they have to do,’ she said. “This is meant to give them a bait. It is fundamental. “

Shatat said his favorite part is seeing change in students – when everything clicks for them and they gain the confidence to do research.

“What we are seeing is that most students come in with very low confidence, having no idea what they are looking for,” she said. “When they leave, their confidence skyrockets. They report that they are more willing to come to the library. They are more than willing to begin their research with the library and are willing to speak to a librarian. That alone is a huge step forward.

Before the class, Trostel said she felt her students thought they were alone in the research process.

“Ever since we built it, they feel like the library is helping them and is their link,” she said. “The incompetent state of mind and the feeling of being completely overwhelmed are gone. “

In the future, the couple hope that more Ursuline departments and schools across the country implement the coursework.

“I think it shows other faculty members what the library has to offer,” she said. “All of our resources are now online for the public. Maybe other colleges can take that and work with it. I think they will see a better outcome – students who can think critically and do their research with confidence.


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Karnataka: RSS bursts into baptism ceremony of child alleging religious conversion | Bangalore https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/karnataka-rss-bursts-into-baptism-ceremony-of-child-alleging-religious-conversion-bangalore/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 19:45:21 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/karnataka-rss-bursts-into-baptism-ceremony-of-child-alleging-religious-conversion-bangalore/ Members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday interrupted the baptismal ceremony of a child in the district of Hubli, alleging a religious conversion. The incident was reported as the anti-conversion bill was passed by the Karnataka assembly on Thursday. The incident took place in the village of Koliwad in the district, located about […]]]>

Members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday interrupted the baptismal ceremony of a child in the district of Hubli, alleging a religious conversion. The incident was reported as the anti-conversion bill was passed by the Karnataka assembly on Thursday.

The incident took place in the village of Koliwad in the district, located about 400 km from the capital Bengaluru. A group of RSS members reportedly broke into Nilavwa Bhajantri’s home on Wednesday evening. The group disrupted a gathering of children and their parents. Following this “raid”, a pastor and a resident of the neighborhood were summoned for questioning by the police.

Nagaraja Gunjala, an RSS leader, told media that at least 10 conversions had been reported in the village in recent years and the pastor was trying to convert more people. “What is the need to teach the Bible at a baptismal ceremony? It is an attempt at conversion and we will oppose it, ”he said.

HT was unable to verify the RSS leader’s claim, and even police said they found no evidence to support the activist’s claim.

The pastor was not available for comment, but in a statement given to police, he and guests present denied the allegations made by RSS employees. A day after the incident, on Thursday, police called both the head of the RSS and the pastor for questioning. Both parties were released after a discussion with the police.

P Krishnakant, the police commissioner of Hubli rural, said that no complaint had been lodged by the two parties because no FIR had been registered in the matter. “We have investigated the matter. So far, we have not come across any evidence of religious conversion. We were informed of an attempted conversion, but it turned out to be false. The owner of the house also made a statement stating the same, ”the officer said.

When asked if any further action had been taken by RSS employees, the officer said no complaints had been made and if “detectable issues” were revealed, action would be taken. taken.

In another incident, Christmas celebrations at a school in Mandya district were interrupted Thursday by activists from Hindutva, alleging a religious conversion. Crowds broke into English High School and Middle School in Nirmala as the Christmas celebrations were underway. School officials said the parent of one of the students informed right-wing groups that the school preached Christianity during the celebrations.

Video of the incident went viral on social media on Friday. No police complaint has been registered to date.

A 150-year-old church was reportedly vandalized by unidentified people on Wednesday in Chikkaballapur district, 65 km from Bengaluru. The disbelievers vandalized the statue of Saint Anthony, at the Saint Joseph church, in the region of Susaipalaya. The incident came to light when a parishioner, who arrived for prayer around 6 a.m., found the broken statue and notified the parish priest. In a complaint, the church authority said a large stone was found near the broken statue.

The incident occurred hours before the Karnataka Legislature passed the controversial “anti-conversion bill” amid the din to prevent “illegal conversions”. These attacks are also the latest in a series of attacks against various Christian groups. Members of right-wing groups torched Christian religious books alleging a religious conversion by the church while a viral video reportedly showed a man chasing a priest with a machete earlier this month.

A viral video on social media last month showed Bajrang Dal members breaking into a prayer hall and stopping a service halfway through Hassan District. In a similar incident in September, a group of right-wing activists broke into a Christian prayer hall in Karkala in Udupi district and reportedly attacked worshipers while a prayer meeting was underway.

An investigative report by several civil society organizations in early December claimed that Karnataka witnessed one of the largest incidents of attacks on Christians due to the government’s “attitude”.

The report from the United Christian Forum (UCF), the Association for the Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) and United Against Hate also claimed that Karnataka ranks third among the states with the highest number of attacks against the community and their places of worship in India. A separate report released by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) last week documented 39 cases of attacks on Christians in the state this year.


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Playing chicken with Christmas | Brantford Exhibitor https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/playing-chicken-with-christmas-brantford-exhibitor/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 22:25:19 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/playing-chicken-with-christmas-brantford-exhibitor/ Breadcrumb Links Opinion Column Author of the article: Rick gamble • For the exhibitor Release date : Dec 22 2021 • 24 minutes ago • 4 minutes to read • Join the conversation A statue of Colonel Sanders is disguised as Santa Claus at a KFC restaurant in Tokyo. Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters Photo […]]]>

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In Japan, he is the epitome of Christmas with his designer suit, white beard and mustache, open smile and the treats he offers. No, not Santa Claus – Colonel Sanders. Yes, that Colonel Sanders.

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It’s the bizarre story of how Kentucky Fried Chicken became a Christmas staple in a country where Christians make up 1% of the population.

And, make no mistake about it. millions of Japanese will celebrate the holiday with KFC party barrels, with sides such as coleslaw, shrimp gratin, and chocolate or berry tiramisu cake. Sales will increase tenfold in December, giving the Japanese division of the channel a third of its annual revenue.

When the Spanish and Portuguese introduced Christianity to Japan in the 1600s, it was banned by authorities who feared cultural infiltration. Then, when the Americans introduced Western ideas to the islands in the 1850s, the Japanese authorities wanted to modernize their country.

Thus, they encouraged Western clothing and traditions – including Christmas with all its festivities, but without any religious association. The holidays were secular from the start.

Almost a century later, American troops occupied Japan after WWII and popularized both Christmas and consumerism. As the country recovered, locals pursued what they have dubbed the Three Sacred Treasures: a black-and-white television, refrigerator, and washing machine.

Then, at a trade show in Osaka in 1970, a KFC recruiter offered entrepreneur Takeshi Okawara an office job. Instead, he applied to be the in-store manager of Japan’s premier outlet so he could learn the trade. He learned – the hard way.

The English signs and the store’s red and white striped roof confused people, who often thought the place was a barbershop.

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But Okawara believed in the product. He took a break when a local Catholic school hired him to dress as Santa Claus and distribute fried chicken at a kindergarten Christmas party. Then he got another gig at school and he started dressing Col. Sanders statue from his store as Santa Claus.

It saved his business.

The announcement of the holiday novelty spread, and Okawara gave an interview to the national television station NHK. When asked if KFC for Christmas was common overseas, he lied and said yes.

He later said he regretted the lie but knew people would buy more chicken if they thought it was the custom in Europe and North America. And they did.

As historian Nathan Hopson told Business Insider, Christmas was associated with an exotic and romantic take on the West, unrelated to religion or history. It was an “empty symbol” into which anyone could “pour their own hopes and dreams”.

Now, for millions of people, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without KFC.

For millions of others here, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a number of things they’ve added to the mix. Ironically, our situation is not much different from where Japan started.

Although the number of Christians here is well over one percent, the majority of the last two generations know little about Jesus or the Bible, let alone the church. For them, and for many named Christians, Christmas is an empty symbol into which they have poured their own hopes and dreams.

These hopes include strong family bonds, relief for the poor, instilling in their children a sense of compassion and service (at least during the holidays) and peace on earth – between nations and neighbors.

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Of course, none of this is separate from the excessive consumerism that drives both the holidays and the guilt that drives a large chunk of charitable giving each December. Details vary from year to year, depending on what’s hot, but the pursuit of the Three Sacred Treasures is still ongoing:

For many people today, Christmas was and will remain a century old celebration. It is entirely up to them. But vacations were never designed to focus primarily on family, world peace, or even giving.

Instead, it was a celebration of peace and reconciliation with God, accomplished through the cross and the forgiveness of the sin that separated us from Him.

For Christians, this is always the message. Our three sacred treasures are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and we must be as faithful as possible to the story of how God became flesh to restore our relationship with Him.

But could I suggest that we stop wasting time and energy playing chicken with skeptics who have a competing view of Christmas?

Their version contrasts sharply with that of faith, so there is little confusion between the two. And as the annual orgy of excess is not about to end, at least we can console ourselves in the good done during the holidays.

As Paul says, it is not our responsibility to judge the behavior of those outside the church, but to ensure appropriate attitudes and behavior within it (1 Cor. 5 : 12, 13).

So focus with other believers on preserving Emmanuel’s true meaning, “God with us”. But as I Peter 3:15 tells us, “Always be ready to give a gentle and respectful response to anyone who asks you for the hope you have” when they begin to feel that there must be more to Christmas than ‘a barrel of fun.

Share your thoughts with Rick Gamble at info@followers.ca. He runs an independent, non-denominational church in Brantford called Followers of Christ (bit.ly/3fs3NCd) and teaches media at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Amherst Co-Owners Association Bans Prohibition Signs https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/amherst-co-owners-association-bans-prohibition-signs/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 01:44:57 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/amherst-co-owners-association-bans-prohibition-signs/ AMHERST – Residents of an Amherst condominium complex change site’s main act to ensure that no one living there will be prevented from posting posters supporting political candidates or promoting their religious or moral beliefs. In a free speech exercise, in part following a successful ACLU case earlier this year that allowed a Belchertown resident […]]]>

AMHERST – Residents of an Amherst condominium complex change site’s main act to ensure that no one living there will be prevented from posting posters supporting political candidates or promoting their religious or moral beliefs.

In a free speech exercise, in part following a successful ACLU case earlier this year that allowed a Belchertown resident to retain her Black Lives Matter registration, residents of Hampshire Village Condominium voted for file a revised master deed with the Hampshire County Register. Acts.

“We deeply appreciate the directors and residents of Hampshire Village recognizing the importance of the fundamental right to speak,” said Bill Newman, attorney at the ACLU Massachusetts office in western Massachusetts, in a statement.

A Hampshire Superior Court judge ruled in January that a woman should be allowed to display a Black Lives Matter sign outside her Summer Hill Estates home in Belchertown, citing the Massachusetts Constitution’s free speech provision by ruling against the development of the co-ownership.

And in 2019, a federal district court permanently barred Holyoke from enforcing an order banning “temporary” lawn signs on private city property for three months of the year and banning bumper stickers all year round. ‘year. Plymouth recently agreed to stop enforcing similar orders following the ACLU’s action.

The new Hampshire Village rule, inspired by legal analysis provided by the ACLU, states that “All unit owners have the right to display non-commercial signage (e.g., sign, flag, banner). or other decoration), including display of a political, religious, moral, cultural or scientific nature, or which otherwise contributes to the free market of ideas.

The new language limits the size of panels to 20 inches by 30 inches, and limits where panels can be placed, such as the garden bed adjacent to a unit owner’s building, or on the front door of a unit. a unit owner or their executive, or in a unit owner window.


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The Ministry of Religious Affairs postpones the departure of Umrah until early 2022 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/the-ministry-of-religious-affairs-postpones-the-departure-of-umrah-until-early-2022/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 04:15:02 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/the-ministry-of-religious-affairs-postpones-the-departure-of-umrah-until-early-2022/ TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The departure of the Indonesians Umrah pilgrims will be postponed to 2022 after President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called on the Indonesian people to avoid traveling abroad. Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas has also advised people to postpone their travel plans abroad. The Director General of Hajj and Umrah at the […]]]>

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The departure of the Indonesians Umrah pilgrims will be postponed to 2022 after President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called on the Indonesian people to avoid traveling abroad.

Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas has also advised people to postpone their travel plans abroad.

The Director General of Hajj and Umrah at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Hilman Latief, noted that the decision was taken after his team held a meeting with the Association of Umrah Travel Organizers (PPIU).

“We are prioritizing the protection of Umrah pilgrims amid the COVID-19 pandemic, especially after the emergence of the new variant called Omicron. For this reason, the departure of Umrah pilgrims will be postponed until early 2022. We hope the situation will improve soon, “Latief noted in a written statement on Saturday.

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Latief added that the PPIU also supported the government’s decision to postpone Umrah. He admitted to feeling disappointment over the prolonged delay in Umrah’s plan, but all parties understood that the pandemic was not over yet and that a new variant had also emerged.

“There is still hope for the departure of Umrah, although the number has decreased. In general, the PPIU association understands and respects government regulations to postpone travel abroad,” he said. he points out.

Latief expressed optimism that this call would apply to all overseas flight plans and not just Umrah.

Latief said the Ministry of Religious Affairs, as regulator and supervisor of the implementation of the Umrah pilgrimage, continues to coordinate with all parties involved to ensure a healthy and safe Umrah.

He noted that the implementation of Umrah during the pandemic was also a pilot for the implementation of the Hajj pilgrimage in AH 1443 / AD 2022.

“Of course, this postponement is a bitter decision. However, it is done for the common good. We are optimistic that all parties would understand, and we hope that lessons will be learned from this decision,” added Latief.

Read: The association of Hajj organizers requests 3 quarantine options for Umrah pilgrims

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Rashad Hussain confirmed as first Muslim ambassador for religious freedom to the United States https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/rashad-hussain-confirmed-as-first-muslim-ambassador-for-religious-freedom-to-the-united-states/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 18:26:10 +0000 https://catholicscomehomeboston.org/rashad-hussain-confirmed-as-first-muslim-ambassador-for-religious-freedom-to-the-united-states/ (RNS) – Rashad Hussain has been confirmed as the U.S. Goodwill Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, making him the first American Muslim to hold the post. Hussain was confirmed by the US Senate on Thursday (December 16) by an overwhelming majority of 85 to 5. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has welcomed the […]]]>

(RNS) – Rashad Hussain has been confirmed as the U.S. Goodwill Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, making him the first American Muslim to hold the post.

Hussain was confirmed by the US Senate on Thursday (December 16) by an overwhelming majority of 85 to 5.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has welcomed the decision regarding Hussain, who served as director of partnerships and global engagement on the National Security Council.

“With his years of knowledge and experience, Ambassador Hussain is well positioned to advance the promotion of international religious freedom by the US government,” USCIRF President Nadine Maenza said in a statement.

Hussain, 42, previously served as White House legal adviser under the Obama administration, special envoy to the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and US special envoy to the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications.

When President Joe Biden announced his appointment as Hussain in July, the White House highlighted his work to combat anti-Semitism and defend religious minorities in majority Muslim countries. Hussain, who served as a court clerk at the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals and editor of the Yale Law Journal, speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Urdu. He is also a hafiz, or someone who has memorized the whole Quran in Arabic.

“(A) As a Muslim American, I have seen the impact of fanatic and guilt-by-association tactics used against minority communities, including the message they send and the dangers they pose to young people. “Hussain said in his prepared remarks at the October confirmation hearing. .


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The Muslim Public Affairs Council hailed Hussain’s new role.

“Rashad has served our community and our country at the highest level of integrity and intelligence”, noted MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati. “Above all, he has served as a mentor and role model to Americans of all walks of life, sharing with them the importance of public service and serving our country.”

Sam Brownback, who served as a religious freedom ambassador during the Trump administration, had applauded the recent movement of the confirmation process for Hussain and applauded his result.

“Religious persecution is rampant around the world and the international community looks to the United States for leadership that can make a difference,” said Brownback, now a senior member of the international persecution watchdog Open Doors USA, in a press release. “That is why I am happy that Rashad Hussain has been confirmed by a two-party senatorial majority.”

A former religious freedom ambassador, Rabbi David Saperstein, joined Princeton University professor Robert P. George in supporting Hussain during his confirmation hearing. The two men, who noted in a comment to the Religion News Service that they had very different political perspectives, said Hussain was determined to protect the rights of Christians and had garnered deep respect in the Muslim community.

“Hussain enjoys enormous credibility with a wide range of faith groups, building on years of leadership in efforts for religious freedom,” they wrote. “His appointment has garnered enthusiastic praise from groups ranging from the Commission on Ethics and Religious Freedom of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance to the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and the Union for Reform Judaism, as well as much praise from the Muslim community.

The Secular Coalition for America also joined in congratulating Hussain on the confirmation vote.

“The Ambassador has the potential to be a powerful voice for the rights of non-theists and apostates who face persecution abroad,” tweeted the organization, which represents atheist, humanist and free-thinker groups. “SCA is looking forward to working with him. “

White House candidate for anti-Semitism envoy, Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt, has yet to have a confirmation hearing after being appointed in July on the same day as Hussain.


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