March 2013

First Words of our New Pope

March 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY, March 13, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Here is a translation of the brief greeting Pope Francis gave from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Square following his election as the Successor of St. Peter. * * * Brothers and sisters, good evening! You know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a [...]

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New Free Conclave App – (Link Fixed)

March 12, 2013

The app allows you to watch video from the Vatican, follow what is being said on Twitter, read news stories, as well as access all the important documents concerning the history and procedure of the conclave. It even has biographies of all the cardinal electors and ranks them according the “buzz” they are receiving on [...]

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What Will Happen Once the Pope Is Elected?

March 12, 2013

Proceedings From Election to 1st Apostolic Blessing VATICAN CITY, March 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Drawing from the booklet “Conclave” by Monsignor Charles Burns, the ecclesiastical adviser at the British Embassy to the Holy See, here is a summary of the proceedings that will occur once the cardinals choose a new pope. * * * As [...]

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White Smoke, Black Smoke

March 12, 2013

How to Signal the Election of a New Pope VATICAN CITY, March 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Beginning with the Conclave in 2005, in order to better distinguish the colour of the “fumate” (smoke signalling the election or non-election of a pontiff), a secondary apparatus is used to generate the smoke in addition to the traditional [...]

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Comments and Farewells from our Pilgrimage; Is it Safe to Travel to Israel?

March 9, 2013

I thought you would enjoy comments from the pilgrims and our farewells. One of the questions addressed repeatedly was the safety of a pilgrimage to Israel.

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Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea Swim, Camel Rides

March 9, 2013

Bishop Cistone’s Final Homily of the Pilgrimage > 713_0011 PART ONE: PART TWO:

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Special Offer for the Year of Faith

March 7, 2013

Jesse Ray here. We just finished producing my dad’s newest recorded talk on CD. Proclaiming the Gospel: Back Then – And All Over Again. It is available now for a special price along with his popular book called Faith for Beginners – Understanding the Creeds.  Sample 1 | Sample 2 Click HERE to learn more.

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Praying REAL Stations of the Coss, Touching Calvary, Mass at Christ’s Tomb, Holy Shroud, Walk Around Jerusalem Walls and More

March 7, 2013

I always tell people that they will thank me later :-) and they do. We got a wake up call today at 4:00 AM to leave for the Via Dolorosa, touching the top of Calvary and High Mass at the Tomb of Christ. We get up early because the streets are empty and the can [...]

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Updated: Mount of Olives, Mass at Gethsemane, Mount Zion, Entry to the Tomb and Meeting Jerusalem’s Bishop

March 5, 2013

Magnificent day! Great pilgrims – ahead of schedule the whole way. Very late right now so I am just posting Videos 1 and 2 for today. Video 3 will follow tomorrow – the most exciting part. We had a solemn entry with pipe organs and singing Franciscans as we entered the Tomb of Chris, then [...]

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Bethlehem All Day: Touching Birthplace of Jesus, Mass in a Cave, Dancing and more

March 4, 2013

Today was exciting and every moment we were ahead of schedule! This is a great group and they love every minute of our adventures today – especially the dancing! Shopping started the day. Most groups go shopping almost every day but we limit it so that we have more time to visit holy sites and [...]

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Boat Ride across Galilee to Mass at Capernaum; Up to Jerusalem and the Visitation

March 3, 2013

Yes, it is already Day 4 and the pilgrimage is 1/2 over – very sad, that! It was beautiful weather and the group stayed together with great grace and style. We have been ahead of schedule throughout the trip. Bishop Cistone and his priests have been marvelous! The homilies are inspiring and insightful. The Saginaw [...]

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All About Peter and the Papacy Today; Day 3 of the Saginaw Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

March 2, 2013

This was our second full day on the Saginaw Michigan Holy Land Pilgrimage with Bishop Joseph Cistone. We are all celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Saginaw.  We are also traveling through the Holy Land at the very same time a new pope is being elected in Rome and we are praying daily [...]

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Transfigured and Marriages Renewed. “The Word Became Flesh HERE!” Day 2

March 1, 2013

Great second day of our pilgrimage. Climbing the mountain of Transfiguration (cheated by using taxi cabs :-), renewing marriage vows in Cana, authentic Nazareth lunch and visiting the cave where the Word became flesh. Enjoy the videos of the Saginaw Diocese pilgrimage to the Holy Land Day 2.  PART 1 PART 2 Bishop Cistone’s Homily [...]

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