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  • Rome march defies anti-Semitism, celebrates Jewish/Catholic friendship

    Rome march defies anti-Semitism, celebrates Jewish/Catholic friendship

    Romans marched on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of when over one thousand Jews were taken from their homes by Nazis in 1943 and sent to the concentration camp of Auschwitz. As anti-semitic sentiments rise in Europe and the United States, Catholic and Jewish organizers of the event praise fruitful dialogue and invite faithful not to forget the lessons from the past.

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  • Finding artistic inspiration from Michelangelo: A pilgrimage to Rome

    Finding artistic inspiration from Michelangelo: A pilgrimage to Rome

    Brooklyn artist James Raczkowski, who painted in March a 20.5 by 23 foot rendering of the ‘Creation of Adam’ along with two fellow artists in New York, finally got a chance to see the real deal when he visited the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican museums and looked up to its impressive vault painted by Michelangelo. An Iraqi war veteran, Raczkowski showed with his artistic pilgrimage that no matter how many centuries go by, the work of the Florentine master continues to be a source of inspiration for artists today.

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  • Former students of Benedict XVI to discuss Christian persecution and martyrdom

    Former students of Benedict XVI to discuss Christian persecution and martyrdom

    A group of former students of Joseph Ratzinger – who later became Pope Benedict XVI – will gather this weekend in Rome to discuss the persecution of Christians and martyrdom. The annual gathering is called the Ratzinger Schuelerkreis, and the group has been meeting for nearly 40 years to discuss the teaching of their former professor.

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