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Throwback Thursday

Villanova graduates gathered in Convention Hall in Philadelphia on May 12, 1969, for commencement. The ceremony featured remarks from University President the Reverend Robert J. Welsh, OSA, and commencement speaker the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. of the United States District Court.


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'Caturday: Pope Francis Draws Wildcats from Near and Far

Wildcats are traveling from the suburbs and cities to participate in the World Meeting of Families and to see Pope Francis this weekend. Here’s one Wildcat’s-eye view of the train station activity in Paoli, PA, one of two SEPTA regional rail stations on the Paoli Thorndale line that will accept passengers with special passes to Philadelphia today and tomorrow. We hope everyone enjoys the Francis Festival and the address by Pope Francis at Independence Hall!

Read all of our Pope Francis and World Meeting of Families blogs that were published this week.

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The Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families: a retrospective

 

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There is a palpable buzz about the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Philadelphia September 22 to 27. Not just because of the disruption to a typical week at Villanova University and the numbers of anticipated pilgrims from around the world to the region, but because this is truly a historical event with an interesting past.


A MAP SHOWING PAST WMOF LOCATIONS


 

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Here is a list of the 8 WMOFs showing the location city, year, theme, and a fun fact:

· World Meeting of the Holy Father with Families (Rome: 1994) “Family: Heart of the Civilization of Love.” Part of the International Year of the Family, and occasion for Letter to Families from St. Pope John Paul II

· World Meeting of the Holy Father with Families (Rio de Janeiro: 1997) “The Family: Gift and Commitment, Hope for Humanity.” Like other WMOFs, it was in conjunction with an international theological-pastoral congress, this time resulting in The Rio Declaration on the Family.

· World Meeting of the Holy Father with Families (Rome: 2000) “Children, springtime of the family and society.” WMOF 2000 was a part of the larger celebration the Jubilee of Families.

· World Meeting of the Families (Manila: 2003) “The Christian Family: good news for the Third Millennium.” St. Pope John Paul II’s speech was streamed live to the event from Rome since the Pope was too ill to attend in person.

· World Meeting of the Families (Valencia: 2006) “The Transmission of Faith in the Family.” WMOFs include preparatory catecheses, reflections meant to teach about the purpose of the meeting.

· World Encounter of Families (Mexico City: 2009) “The family, teacher in human and Christian values.” Each WMOF has a unique logo created with a specific significance in mind.

· World Meeting of Families (Milan: 2012) “The Family: work and celebration.” WMOFs are organized by The Pontifical Council for the Family, instituted by St. Pope John Paul II in 1981, which replaced the Committee for the Family created by Pope Paul VI in 1973.

· World Meeting of Families (Philadelphia: 2015) “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” The WMOF and Youth Congress 2015, will culminate with a papal visit by Pope Francis to the city of brotherly love as a part of his Apostolic Journey to the United States.


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Article by Darren Poley, outreach librarian, theology and humanities subject specialist, and curator for the Augustinian Historical Institute.


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Foto Friday: Avoid the crowds; meet with Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families through the printed page

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Selected books by or about Pope Francis:

  • A big heart open to God : a conversation with Pope Francis / Call Number: BX1378.7 .F712 2013
  • Fioretti : the little flowers of Pope Francis : heartwarming stories of the Gospel in action / Call Number: BX1378.7 .T66513 2014
  • Francis : man of prayer / Call Number: BX1378.7 .E8313 2013
  • I ask you to pray for me : opening a horizon of hope / Call Number: BX1378.7 .A25 2013b
  • The church of mercy : a vision for the church / Call Number: BX1378.7 .A25 2014

 Selected books about marriage and family:

  • A Christian theology of marriage and family / Call Number: BX2250 .R825 2003
  • Marriage : the rock on which the family is built / Call Number: BX2250 .M39 2009
  • Marriage and family : experiencing the Church’s teaching in married life / Call Number: BX2250.M37 1989
  • The splendor of love : John Paul II’s vision for marriage and family / Call Number: BX2250 .S355 2003
  • Vocation to virtue : Christian marriage as a consecrated life / Call Number: BX2250 .L357 2014 Located: Falvey West – 1st Floor

Selected books about conjugal love:

  • Fruitful and responsible love / Call Number: BV4639 .J55 1979
  • On human life : Humanae vitae / Call Number: HQ766.3 .C33 2014
  • Sexuality, marriage, and family : readings in the Catholic tradition / Call Number: BX1795.S48 S53 2001
  • The Catholic Church on marital intercourse : from St. Paul to Pope John Paul II / Call Number: BX1795.S48 O23 2009
  • The nuptial mystery / Call Number: BT701.3 .S3613 2005

Selected books about Theology of the Body:

  • Called to love : approaching John Paul II’s theology of the body / Call Number: BX1795.B63 A53 2009
  • Gift & communion : John Paul II’s Theology of the body / Call Number: BX1795.B63 K8713 2014
  • Men and women are from Eden : a study guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the body / Call Number: BX1795.B63 J6434 2005
  • Theology of the body explained : a commentary on John Paul II’s “gospel of the body” / Call Number: BT741.2.J643 W47 2003

Questions? Email: darren.poley@villanova.edu


Article by Darren Poley, the theology subject specialist, scholarly outreach librarian and curator for the Augustinian Historical Institute. Book collage by Joanne Quinn.Darren

 

 


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Pope Francis: Weekend Library Hours

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Robert Indiana, AMOR, 1998, Polychrome aluminum painted red and blue, 72″x72″x36″, © 2015 Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

For the duration of Pope Francis’ visit to the area, the regular library hours will remain unchanged.

The library will offer basic circulation services. Some processing delays may be experienced by library patrons.

Friday, Sept. 25: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

A librarian will be on-call Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached via the Ask a Librarian chat on our homepage.

We will also have a librarian on call Sunday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 8 p.m., also via the Ask a Librarian chat.

Holy Grounds @ Falvey will maintain the following hours:

Friday, Sept. 25: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 27: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

 


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Pope Francis: Family and a Frugal Table

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From left to right, standing, Alberto Horacio, Jorge Mario (now Pope Francis), Oscar Adrian, Marta Regina. Seated, Maria Elena, mother Regina Maria Sivori, and father Mario Jose Francisco.

It may be hard to imagine Pope Francis as a child, answering to the name Jorge, going to school, interacting with his four siblings or dancing with friends as a young man. After his calling to serve God, he remained the friendly, approachable, and kind person who liked “to go out and meet people.”

It’s less difficult to imagine Pope Francis cooking at home or for his fellow priests. According to one article, his earliest memory of cooking involved his mother, Regina Maria Bergoglio, who was recuperating from the birth of her fifth child. She could not walk and would direct her eldest son, Jorge Mario Bergolgio, as he was then, in the preparation of veal scaloppine.

Jorge Bergoglio cooking for JesuitsHe was also known to cook for his fellow Jesuit priests, one of whom commented on his excellent rendition of paella. Dulce de leche, a dessert, is another of the Pope’s favorites. It was added to the Vatican menu for the Pope and appears in a Vatican cookbook assembled by one of the Swiss Guard. As further evidence of  his desire to “go out and meet people,” the Pope sometimes makes an appearance in the cafeteria, lunching with Vatican workers.

Although he has risen to the highest post in the Catholic church, Pope Francis remembers his own family and embraces strangers as if they were family.

Another crowd-pleasing food that Pope Francis enjoys is bagna cauda. It’s a simple recipe of olive oil, garlic, anchovies and butter that is cooked and “placed in a big pan in the center of the table for communal sharing.” According to The Catholic Beat, the Pope would sometimes visit a local nunnery to enjoy this dish served with bread or vegetables.

To honor the idea of family and its central role in the coming World Meeting of Families, and to honor the Pope’s great respect and love for his mother, I ventured to make veal scaloppine in my own kitchen. I’m sure it can’t compare to Jorge Bergoglio’s recipe, but I feel confident that Pope Francis would gladly share my family table anyway.

Veal Scaloppine

Veal scaloppine3 T. olive oil

1/2 C. flour

1 t. salt & 1/4 t. salt (measured separately)

1/2 t. pepper & 1/4 t. pepper (measured separately)

1 lb. very thin veal cutlets

1/2 stick unsalted butter, cubed

1 1/2 T. red-wine vinegar

1 1/2 T. drained small capers

2 T. chopped flat-leaf parsley

Combine flour, 1 t. salt, and 1/2 t. pepper. Pat veal dry with paper towels, then coat both sides of each piece with flour mixture. Shake to remove excess. Heat large, heavy skillet over medium high heat, then add olive oil. Cook veal cutlets in small batches. When both sides are browned and cooked through, set aside on a plate. Reduce heat to medium. Pour off excess oil from skillet, add butter. Cook butter until light brown. Add vinegar, capers, and 1/4 t. each of salt and pepper. Return veal to skillet to heat through and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with salad or vegetables. Feeds a family of 4.


Food blog written by Luisa Cywinski, editorial coordinator on the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader of the Access Services team.

 


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Pope Francis: Where in the World?

The Pope is coming to visit us in our stomping grounds this weekend, but are you interested in familiarizing yourself with his childhood neighborhood?

Pope Francis was born in the Flores barrio of Buenos Aires, Argentina. To situate yourself geographically, check out the following maps.

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Argentina (1996) via University of Texas Libraries

 

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Buenos Aires (1985) via University of Texas Libraries

 

Flores via http://www.latidobuenosaires.com/mapasfloresbarriobuenosaires.html

Flores via http://www.latidobuenosaires.com/mapasfloresbarriobuenosaires.html

 

Now zoom all the way to street level in the barrio of Flores!

If you’re brushed up on your Spanish, you can find a few images here and here. CNN also has an enjoyable, snappy piece on a journalist’s tour of the Pope’s hometown.


Featured Links:

http://www.latidobuenosaires.com/mapasfloresbarriobuenosaires.html

http://tinyurl.com/ohnou6l

http://argentinatango.es/Barrio-de-Flores-Buenos-Aires-Argentina…-con-su-tango/377

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/world_cities/buenosaires.jpg (1985)

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/americas/argentina_rel96.jpg (1996)

http://www.google-earth.es/foros.php?t=10137

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/17/travel/pope-hometown-argentina/


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Resources selected by Merrill Stein, liaison librarian for geography and political science.


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2015 Apostolic Journey: Pope Francis in the USA

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2015 Apostolic Journey: Pope Francis in the USA

Wednesday, Sept. 23:

Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House.

Meetings between popes and U.S. Presidents:

·     Pope Benedict XVI met with President George W. Bush at the White House.

·     St. Pope John Paul II met on several occasions with Presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton

1984 was the first time a U.S. president and pope met outside of the White House or Vatican when John Paul II and Pres. Reagan met in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Friday, Sept. 25:

Pope Francis is scheduled to address the General Assembly of the United Nations organization in New York City.

Previous popes who gave speeches at UN headquarters:

·     Pope Benedict XVI / April 18, 2008

·     St. Pope John Paul II / Oct. 5, 1995 and Oct. 2, 1979

·     Pope Paul VI / Oct. 4, 1965

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 & 27:

Pope Francis will visit the city of Philadelphia

It was 36 years ago in October 1979 that the Bishop of Rome, aka the Pope, first and last visited Philadelphia.

Papal visits to the United States:

·     The most recent previous apostolic visit was by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.

·     Between 1979 and 1999, St. Pope John Paul II visited the United States 7 times.

·     In 1965, Pope Paul VI was the first pope to visit the United States.

Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 22 to 25:

Philadelphia will host the World Meeting of Families 2015, and Youth Congress.

The culmination of events will be a papal visit by the visible head of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis will celebrate 2 major events on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia:

·     Festival of Families, Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.

·     Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Sunday, Sept. 27, 4:00 p.m.

Source: www.USCCB.org

For more information about the World Meeting of Families 2015 or Pope Francis’ visit, go to:

www.worldmeeting2015.org.


DarrenPoleyArticle by Darren Poley, the theology subject specialist, scholarly outreach librarian, and curator for the Augustinian Historical Institute. 


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Author Arthur Cola Visits Falvey Memorial Library

arthur colaToday, Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m. in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library, author Arthur Cola will present a lecture titled “The Silent Chime of the Bell, Immigrants, Riots and Old St. Augustine” about his new book, Pure and Tarnished Hearts.

Arthur Cola was born in Chicago’s “Little Italy” neighborhood on the near west side. His family later moved to Oak Park, Illinois. He attended Loyola University, Chicago, where he met his future wife. He, his wife and family now live in Wisconsin. Cola received his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and performed post graduate work at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Archdiocese of Chicago and Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Cola’s seventh novel, Pure and Tarnished Hearts, is a tale of three teens under the leadership of The Rev. Thomas O’Malley, OSA who came to America from Ireland during the famine era. However, it is more than just a coming of age adventure story; it is historically accurate in presenting actual events taking place in the United States during the famine era. This period of history saw riots and protests against new immigrants and Catholics. Villanova University, called Villanova College at the time, is featured in the story, as is the St. Augustine Church and a variety of iconic places in and around the Philadelphia area.

Copies of Cola’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Light refreshments will be served. This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the American Catholic Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

Banner Riots

If you are interested in learning more about the riots in Philadelphia in 1844, Villanova University’s Digital Library hosts an online exhibit detailing the events leading up to and surrounding the unrest.

If you would like to know more about author Arthur Cola, check out his website.

 “Chaos in the Streets” image courtesy of Digital Library@Villanova


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'Caturday: Philadelphia 'Cat Food

We had a Philly theme on the library blog this week so, hey, let’s continue the trend and kick off August with a Philly ‘Caturday. I’ve listed a few cafes in the area that feature cats in one way or another.

A Philadelphia first, Kawaii Kitty Cafe, a kitty cafe that houses adoptable cats, is coming soon to the Old City section. Check out their Facebook page to track their progress toward opening day! (You can help them along by kicking in some cash on IndieGogo.)

Contact PAWS or wait for the Kawaii Kitty Cafe to open if you're interested in adopting a cat!

Contact PAWS (Pennsylvania Animal Welfare Society) or wait for the Kawaii Kitty Cafe to open if you’re interested in adopting a cat!

According to the Rocket Cat Cafe‘s Facebook page, they feature “delicious locally roasted fair trade and organic coffee and espresso drinks, local vegan and non-vegan leisure foods, and a wide variety of real food- made on site, to order.” They also post cute photos of kitties and have cool cat-themed artwork in the cafe. (Mayor Nutter drank coffee here!)

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If you’re looking for a place with more food offerings, try the Blue Cat, a Latin inspired kitchen. It’s located in the Fairmount/Art Museum neighborhood. They explain on their website that the “eponymous “BlueCat” is our very own Kitty, a domestic grey foundling who thinks he is a Russian Blue. The BlackCat is his sweet little brother, Lovie. We found him too.”

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The Black Cat Cafe is about 20 miles west of Philadelphia, on the Main Line, but its mission, to turn “out some of the best sandwiches, salads and desserts around, while helping countless abandoned and homeless animals find new homes” fits right in with our theme.

Contact PALS (The Pet Adoption and Lifecare Society), a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to rescuing pets, or visit the Black Cat Cafe to help rescue pets from the streets or from euthanasia at a high-kill shelter.

Contact PALS (The Pet Adoption and Lifecare Society), a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to rescuing pets, or visit the Black Cat Cafe to help rescue pets from the streets or from euthanasia at a high-kill shelter.

 

We have excellent resources on animal ethics, but you can also contact the Ethics subject librarian, Rob LeBlanc, or the Philosophy subject librarian, Nikolaus Fogle.

And whether you visit a cat cafe, research animal rights, or consume a latte with a cat on your lap, we hope you and the pets you care about have a Happy ‘Caturday!

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Blog post by Luisa Cywinski, editorial coordinator on the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader of the Access Services team.


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