- Jan 18, 2020
CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Catholicism is sensual. It’s a religion that engages the senses to bring mankind closer to the Divine. Taste is, of course, one of the senses — one of the ways people have been equipped to experience and apprehend creation. And if tasting offers any pathway to
Catholic monks have been brewing beer for over 1,500 years, and they’re as active today as ever. Such is the case with the Monks of Norcia at the monastery of St. Benedict, a thirteenth century cloister built over St. Benedict’s birthplace in the Italian city of Norcia, 100 miles from Rome.
ROME — When Pope Francis launched a two-year process last October to discuss family issues, including contentious topics such as divorce and sexuality, he ran the risk of raising the faithful’s expectations too high, and then not delivering. And with some bishops pushing for the synod to proclaim established teaching even
NORCIA, Italy — I have visited Benedictine monasteries around the world and have always been found St. Benedict’s instructions to treat guests “as Christ” to be part of their welcome. The monks have always opened their door to me with a quiet confidence and simple joy. They are the happiest