November 2007

Encyclical on Hope – Spe Salvi

by Steve Ray on November 30, 2007

www.CWN.com says "It's not a quick read. This is heavy material, and the document spans 76 pages. But Pope Benedict has a real gift for putting profound ideas into simple sentences. You won't have trouble following his exposition. But it will take time, because you'll want to stop and think, again and again. This is rich, beautiful material. Make it a weekend read. Don't miss it!"

Read the full text of the Pope's new encyclical. For several good reviews, see Jimmy Akin's blog here.

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Merry Toss-mas

by Steve Ray on November 30, 2007

Every gotten sick of retailers removing Christmas and making it a generic "holiday"?? I for one am offended by their condescending political correctness and their removing Christ from Christmas — actually removing Christmas from our vocabulary.

Ironically, even "holiday" comes from the phrase "holy day" — which is also a very Catholic term with a Catholic history!!

I suggest you watch this clever video and send it on to your favorite offending retailers.

Here is Merry Toss-mas!

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Who Are the Cardinals?

by Steve Ray on November 29, 2007

College of Cardinals: a Profile: 70 Nationalities Show Church's Catholicity
By Jesús Colina

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 27, 2007 (www.Zenit.org).- The College of Cardinals is a representation of the Church's catholicity, Benedict XVI affirmed Monday, and the 70 countries represented by those wearing red hats is proof enough.

With the new cardinals elevated in Saturday's consistory, the College of Cardinals has 201 members. Of those, 120 could vote in a conclave to elect a Pope. Eighty-one cardinals are over the age 80, and thus no longer eligible to vote.

Cardinals.jpgMore than half of the cardinals are European: a total of 104, of whom 60 are possible electors.

Latin America has 34 cardinals (21 electors), while 20 come from the United States or Canada (16 electors).

From Africa come 18 cardinals (nine electors); from Asia, there are 21 (12 electors); and from Oceania, four (two electors).

Italy is historically the country with the largest number of cardinals: Currently it has 42 (21 electors). It is followed by the United States, which has 17 (13 electors). Spain has 10 cardinals (six electors); France and Brazil both have nine (six and four electors, respectively).

Continuing this list is Poland with eight cardinals (four electors) and Germany with seven (six electors). Mexico and India both have six cardinals (four and three electors, respectively). Argentina has four (two electors).

Six countries have three cardinals each: Australia, Ireland and Switzerland (one elector each); Philippines (two electors); and Colombia and Canada (3 electors each).

Great Britain, Portugal, Hungary, Ukraine, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Chile, Nigeria, Ghana, Vietnam and Korea have two cardinals each.

There are 39 cardinals from religious congregations.

Of the current cardinals, seven were elevated by Pope Paul VI, all of whom are now over the age of 80. Pope John Paul II elevated 156 of the current cardinals; 90 of them are still electors. And Benedict XVI has elevated 38 cardinals, 30 of whom are electors.

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Over 750 Conversion Stories to Read & Listen to!

November 28, 2007

My new friend Tim Cooper has provided a marvelous new service. He has cataloged over 750 conversion stories — cataloged by what the converts were before they became Catholic. You can see this wealth of stories here. This is all part of his wonderful new website and Catholic database at This is the Faith. Check it out. By [...]

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Another Episcopal Bishop Joins the Catholic Church

November 28, 2007

Retired bishop announces plans to become Roman Catholic By Mary Frances Schjonberg, November 26, 2007 — [Episcopal News Service] John B. Lipscomb, who recently retired as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, has announced his intention to leave the Episcopal Church to join the Roman Catholic Church. In a November 20 letter, Lipscomb [...]

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Myth of Ecumencial Bible Studies – Relevant Radio Interview

November 27, 2007

In Preparation for Chuck Neff's "Searching the Word" show tomorrow To listen over the internet, click here Steve's article in  THIS ROCK Magazine"Should Catholics Attend 'Ecumenical' Bible Studies" My article Should Catholics go to Non-Denominational Bible Studies? appears in the January 2007 issue of THIS ROCK Magazine. In the article I recommend another article I wrote [...]

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100′s of Pictures from our Rome, Israel & Egypt Pilgrimages

November 27, 2007

We always have excellent photographers on our pilgrimages. Check below and see what I mean. October 2007 Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi- Over 400 pictures by Suzanne Slupesky here and here- Over 300 pictures by the Mikelonis family here and here and here- Pictures with maps and details descriptions by the Wilcox's here- Photo Album with [...]

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New Audio CD on Apostolic Fathers

November 26, 2007

Apostolic Fathers –            Friends of the Apostles & thoroughly Catholic!One Audio CD    60 minutes          After filming the life and teaching of the very first Christians on location, Steve gave a talk to explain in detail the life, tradition, persecution, and martyrdom in the early Church. At one point he says, "If the Roman soldiers marched into [...]

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From Antioch Turkey

November 25, 2007

Here is a kind endorsement from the only priest in Turkey within hundreds of miles of Antioch (Antakya). He is the priest of the small Catholic Church in the important New Testament city of Antioch, where we were first called Christians (Acts 11:26). Dear Steve,I have received the DVD of "Apostolic Fathers" : thank you [...]

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Myth & Danger of Interfaith Bible Studies

November 24, 2007

Steve will be discussing THE MYTH AND DANGER OF INTERFAITH BIBLE STUDIES with Chuck Neff on Relevant Radio's "Searching the Word" at 1 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, November 28. You can listen on-line here. For more on this topic from past interviews, click here and for my article on this topic, click here. For [...]

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CSS Pilgrimage Day 8

November 22, 2007

We just returned back from a whirlwind and exciting day. It was the optional day, not really part of the spiritual pilgrimage, but a day of adventure and exploration. We left at 7:30 AM to drive south along the Dead Sea to Masada. We watched a short documentary and then ascended to the top of [...]

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Ben Stein — Full-blooded Jew — Comments on Christmas

November 22, 2007

Some of you may have already read this since Ben Stein gave this commentary on CBS in 2005, but it is worth repeating since Christmas is approaching — and because it is good stuff. I wanted to make sure it was accurate so I checked it out on Snopes and found it was accurate, though [...]

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CSS Pilgrimage Day 7

November 21, 2007

 Videos for Day Seven has been moved to my Pilgrimage site — Click here First we left at 6:00 AM to walk the Via Dolorosa — the Stations of the Cross, the Way of Sorrows — and ended up at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre — at Calvary and the Tomb. We took the pilgrims [...]

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Not to Late to Join us in the Holy Land!

November 21, 2007

  It's not too late to join us in the HOLY LAND . . . . . . fill the last few seats visit our pilgrimage site here. Join us in January or February

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CSS Pilgrimage Day 6

November 20, 2007

Video of Day Six has been moved to my Pilgrimage site — Click here Today was Day 6 and we got a lot done. We visited all the major sites on the Mount of Olives including Pater Noster, Dominus Flavit, Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony. We had Mass at the Church of All [...]

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What the Heck is the Big Thing?

November 20, 2007

CAN YOU GUESS, WHAT THIS IS?  Its a hard disk from 1956…. with the volume and size of 5MB memory storage! In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive (HDD).The HDD weighed over a ton and stored only 5MB of data. Makes you appreciate your 4 GB [...]

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