An unbelievable discovery: Uncovering the site of John the Baptist’s martyrdom

from Vatican News Artistic depiction of the martyrdom of John the Baptist  WORLD PONTIFICAL ACADEMIES CULTURE AND SOCIETY HOLY LAND SACRED SCRIPTURE INTERVIEW For more than a decade, Dr Győző Vörös – who on Tuesday was presented with the Gold Medal of the Pontificate by the Pontifical Academies – has been investigating the ancient biblical site of Machaerus, a desert fortress of Herod Antipas and the site of St John the Baptist’s imprisonment and execution. In this interview with Christopher Wells, Dr Vörös speaks about the “unbelievable” archaeological site. Herod [Antipas] had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; because John said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and pleased Herod, so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” And the king was sorry;...

Highlights of the Holy Father’s Visit to the Clergy & People of Greece and the Hope Generated by It

Pope Francis thanks Greece for warm welcome POPE GREECE ORTHODOX CHURCH POPE FRANCIS APOSTOLIC JOURNEY ECUMENISM Pope Francis expresses his appreciation for the warm welcome he has received in Greece, and recalls that “thanksgiving” is at the heart of our Christian faith and life. By Devin Watkins As the Pope wrapped up Mass in Athens on Sunday, he thanked the people of Greece for welcoming him in their midst. Using the Greek word for “thank you” (Ευχαριστώ), Pope Francis noted that the Greek language gave the entire Church a term to sum up the gift of Christ: Eucaristia, or Eucharist, “thanksgiving”. “For us Christians, thanksgiving is at the heart of our faith and life,” said the Pope. And he prayed that the Holy Spirit might “make of everything we are and everything we do a ‘Eucharist’, a thanksgiving to God and a gift of love to our brothers and sisters.” 05/12/2021 Pope at Mass in Greece: Conversion helps us move beyond existential deserts Carrying Greece with him as he departs With this grateful attitude in mind, the Pope expressed his appreciation to the Greek civil authorities and the nation’s Catholic bishops for their invitation and help in preparing his Apostolic...

Reclaiming Vatican II

During the past five decades, the Second Vatican Council has been alternately celebrated or maligned for its supposed break with tradition and embrace of the modern world. But what if we’ve gotten it all wrong?Have Catholics—both those who embrace the spirit of Vatican II and those who regard it with suspicion—misunderstood what the council was really about?Fr. Blake Britton discovered the truth and beauty of the council while he was in seminary and he has witnessed firsthand the power of its teachings in the life of his own parish.In Reclaiming Vatican II—a partnership between Ave Maria Press and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries— Fr. Britton presses beyond the political narrative foisted upon the post-conciliar Church and contends that Vatican II was neither conservative nor liberal, but something much more beautiful and challenging.Watch the short video here: books.wordonfire.org/reclaiming.Fr. Britton clears up misconceptions about the council and reveals how—when properly understood and applied—it fosters a richer experience of being in the Church.Fr. Britton says Vatican II promotes a radical return to the Church Fathers and the Scriptures, holding both a commitment to tradition and the need for constant renewal in life-giving balance, recenters the Church on sacred liturgy and encourages both active participation...

RECLAIMING VATICAN II: WHAT IT (REALLY) SAID…

Friends,I am happy to share with you a new book from Word on Fire, Reclaiming Vatican II: What It (Really) Said, What It Means, and How It Calls Us to Renew the Church.The Second Vatican Council was one of the most significant cultural and ecclesiastical events of the twentieth century. Though practically everyone acknowledges its importance, Catholics have been debating its precise meaning and application for the past sixty years. Consequently, the great missionary vision of Vatican II remains largely unrealized.Fr. Blake Britton’s new book, Reclaiming Vatican II, shows how to recover it, primarily by returning to the council’s four major constitutions. Fr. Britton is an able guide, radiant and thoughtful, with an infectious joy and love for the council. He stands on the vanguard of a new generation tasked with finally bringing the council’s vision to fruition.I warmly commend this book to anyone wanting to understand Vatican II, but especially to young Catholics confused about the council and those skeptical about its relevance today: books.wordonfire.org/reclaiming.Peace,+ Bishop Robert...

Meeting on the Global Compact on Education: “Religions and Education”

06 October 2021 Foto © Vatican Media Vatican City, Vatican – October 2021 – On 5 October, Pope Francis chaired the meeting on Education with the participation of representatives of various religions on the theme ” Religions and Education: Towards a Global Pact on Education”. During his speech, the Holy Father Francis highlighted, among other things, education as a global initiative “to rekindle the dedication for and with the young people, renewing the passion for a more open and inclusive education, including patient listening, constructive dialogue and better mutual understanding,” and he invited everyone “to unite efforts in a broad educational alliance, to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism, and to restore the fabric of relationships for the sake of a more fraternal humanity.” The Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education on its official website, (https://www.educationglobalcompact.org/en/) has presented three tools in five languages which will make it possible to concretely implement the Education Global Pact: https://www.educationglobalcompact.org/resources/Risorse/vademecum-english.pdf   RELATED ARTICLE(S) Italy – Relaunch Global Educational Pact to safeguard our “common...