2011 has seen its share of news, events and controversy. Change was evident throughout the world and on Long Island from Occupy Wall Street, The Pope tweeting to Christians demanding the Christmas tree keep its name. Below are just a few examples of how prevalent Catholicism was in 2011.
The Pope Tweets
Welcome to the new millennium where the Pontiff and the Vatican tweet news and updates for all Catholics. How’s that for utilizing social media to spread the Lord’s word!
Changes at Mass
One of the biggest changes for Catholics on Long Island and the entire English Speaking world are the changes in responses and acclamations at Mass. After 40 years a new Roman Missile took effect beginning this past Advent, which is a more literal and spiritual translation, however, some churches like Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream introduced the new version to parishioners back in October. Weekly Mass goers are becoming more accustomed with the help of specially printed cards in the pews.
Occupy Wall Street
A dismal economy turned out protesters on Wall Street, the United States and the free World. Found amongst a few of the harsh messages of the marchers in NYC was one of hope through the Gospel.
Extreme Advertising and Brutal Words
The Italian based clothing company, Benetton doctored pictures of world leaders for an anti-hate campaign. Of the images used, the most controversial was of Pope Benedict XVI and a top Egyptian Imam embraced in a kiss, however, the ad was pulled almost immediately. On Long Island, Susan Sarandon, while at the Hampton’s Film Festival, lashed out and called Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi, which united religious groups speaking against a hateful remark.
A Christmas tree
Christians began to take notice and fight back against changes in the names of religious symbols and how we greet one another during Christmas for the sake of political correctness. Spurred on by Candace Gonzalez-Donin, the Long Island town of Mount Sinai changed their annual “Holiday Tree Lighting” event to the “Christmas Tree Lighting”.
In the darkest of times, His light finds a way. Here is to a Blessed, healthy and prosperous new year.
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