VATICAN LAUNCHES ASTRONOMY CLASS, GOOD MOVIES, AND OTHER ITEMS

I was surprised to learn that the Vatican has an Observatory. I have always known they did scientific research and space research but never really thought about how.

VATICAN LAUNCHES ASTRONOMY CLASS, THE VATICAN OBSERVATORY, an astronomical research and educational institution supported by the Holy See(that’s us Catholics) has announced that for the first time it will be hosting a workshop analyzing the RELATIONSHIP OF FAITH AND ASTRONOMY for parish educators, which is slated to take place in 2015. THE WORKSHOP, which will take place January 19-23, 2015, at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Tucson, Arizona, will be led by Br. Guy Consolmagno,SJ, an American research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Observatory.  The course is designed to give those who work in Catholic parishes and updated vision of what is happening in the universe and will touch on topics ranging frpom the BIG BANG to the search for life in the universe and our exploration of the planets. (CatholicNewsAgency.com)

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DID YOU KNOW?   WORLD DAY OF PEACE IS ON JAN. 1ST EACH YEAR. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has announced the theme selected by Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace in 2015.  The theme “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters” was the title of the pope’s message for the 48th World Day of Peace, Jan.1,2015. It marked the second time Pope Francis celebrated the Day of Peace since rising to the papacy.  the World Day of Peace, initiated by Pope Paul VI is celebrated on the first day of each year, by the Catholic Church and others, world wide. The Holy Father’s message is sent to all the world’s foreign ministers and indicates the Holy See’s diplomatic line during the coming year.

This may explain his current trip to SRI LANKA which took place this week and his trip to the Philippines this week also.  I is talking to all different religious leaders to try to bring cooperation and peace between the different religions in those areas.

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LIST OF GOOD FILMS FOR THE LENTEN SEASON WHICH STARTS IN FEBRUARY.

AMAZING GRACE (2006); VEGGIETALES:AN EASTER CAROL (2004); HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (2014); THE ULTIMATE GIFT (2006)’ THE ROBE (1953); THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (2003); THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004); A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966) The Gospel of John, The Passion of the Christ and A Man for all Seasons all received an A+ on DecentFilms.com -From the description all the films but Veggietales, I would say good for teens and up. You all know Veggietales is good for kids.

The Gospel of John is a retelling of St. John’s Gospel, it is a literary film that is taken almost verbatim from the American Bible Society’s Good News translation. Depicting the story of life of Jesus as witnessed by John, very accurate telling.

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THESE FILMS DURING LENT.

All this information came from my copy of the CATHOLIC DIGEST, Jan/Feb 2015 FAITH AND FAMILY LIVING.

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