Saint Francis or Onassis?

 Theodoros P. Lianos is an Emeritus Professor and former Rector of the Athens University of Economics and Business. His books – some scientific popularity – are mainly circulated by the Kastaniotis, Papazisis and Gutenberg publications Theodoros P. Lianos, a professor at the University of Davis, California, and a professor of political economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business, does not sound the alarm of mankind today. It warns us that we are already a few phases after this impact. In the book, with scientific rigor, but which is not afraid to use the pure, pure and effusive reason…

Welcome to Saint Lucia – My St. Lucia

  Romantic bays, lush tropical greenery and a gentle climate, in addition to exceptional accommodations, Creole zest for life and hearty people – Saint Lucia.offers a unique variety of holiday, discovery and adventure 365 days a year. The island is a wild natural beauty, which is also called the “beautiful Helena of the West” due to its scenic diversity and lush vegetation. With its 616 square kilometers, the Lesser Antilles island in the eastern Caribbean is smaller than Hamburg or Berlin – but which city in the world alone has two Nobel laureates to offer?   Why Saint Lucia? Quite…

Especially in the abuse scandal we need the saints!

The abuse scandal has shown the ugly face of the church. But the church also has a very nice side, says Prelate Günter Assenmacher. The saints help us to discover them, he writes in the point of view. All Saints Day . A day that has become even more personal since 1992, than it already was. The day before, on a gray, dreary Saturday, my mother had died. The day after, the sun was shining. All Saints means to me: in the saints the church is beautiful. Not to run away, to give up, to be ashamed. Let’s look at…

Found bones of the oldest saints in Austria?

For years it was not clear to which person the bones found in 1991 under the altar of a church in southern Carinthia belonged. Now there is an exciting suspicion: is it the corpse of the oldest saint of Austria? Researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) may have succeeded in identifying the bones of the oldest saints in Austria. This was reported by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) on Thursday on its website. According to this study, two archaeologists of the ÖAW have since 2016 examined bones of an unknown woman whose body was found in 1991 under…

Training as a substitute saint: How to become certified Nikolaus

A Nikolaus visit in his childhood catholic.de editor Matthias Altmann so scared that he has to nibble on it today. Now he has faced his fear and let himself train for Santa Claus. As I make my way to Cologne on a rainy Saturday morning in mid-November, I must inevitably think of that fateful Christmas eve over 20 years ago. It was the first time that Santa came to our home – and it was to be the only time. I was so afraid of this threatening man in red and with the mask on my face that my parents…

Palm Sunday: joy and sorrow

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week. Probably on no other day in the church year are joy and suffering as close together as here. Katholisch.de explains liturgy and customs on Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday has the beginning and the end in it. During the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus is celebrated like a king. A miraculous, peaceful ruler, whose fate is already sealed – the Holy Week and thus the days of the Passion and death of Jesus are imminent. But this king of the Jews, who has ridden on a donkey into the city, faces this unimaginable task. The evangelist…

Means of communication of the grace of God

Catholics accompany their sacraments from the cradle to the grave – or from baptism to the Anointing of the Sick. But what is a sacrament anyway? And how did they come about? The term “sacrament” goes back to the Latin word “sacramentum” and in ancient times referred to the oath of allegiance of Roman legionnaires. With their oath, the soldiers not only subordinate themselves to the ruler, but also to the respective cult god and thus transferred themselves to the area of ​​the “sacred” (Latin for “sacrum”). Entry into the church was given the word by the late antique Latin…

Sacraments: Sign of the love of God

The Catholic Church knows seven sacraments. In them the believers meet Jesus Christ. He fulfills his salvation. Katholisch.de introduces her.   Sacraments are visible signs of an invisible reality. In the individual sacraments, the sacramental nature of the Church unfolds into the concrete situations of human life. Christ meets people and fulfills their salvation. The Catholic Church has seven Sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Repentance, Consecration and Anointing of the Sick. Katholisch.de introduces the sacraments. baptism Baptism is the first and fundamental sacrament through which a person is received into the community of the Church. Baptism is a real symbol…

Do godfathers know their important task?

You must be good Christians and ready to assist the baptized in his life as a Christian: That’s what the catechism says about godparents. So a significant task – is aspiring godparents aware of this? “You shall become a godfather.” Hardly anyone will reject this wish of young parents. For many chosen ones – whether from family or circle of friends – it is “honor thing” to take over the office. On the big day of the baptism , the godparents are then the main characters in addition to the baptism and parents: at the church ceremony, in the photos…

The ten most beautiful sayings on baptism

I will bless you and be a blessing (Gen 12,2) God speaks this sentence to Abraham at an important station of his life. He wants Abraham to set out, leave his homeland and move to another country, which he will show him. It takes a lot of courage. God promises Abraham his blessing and protection on this journey. Connected with this is the wish that Abraham himself may become a blessing to others. It is precisely this blessing of God that is attributed to the baptism in this baptismal message. May every baptized person feel strengthened and protected by God….