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Rev. Brian Daley, S.J., to receive 'Nobel Prize' in theology from Pope Benedict

Author: Michael O. Garvey

 

Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will receive the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology from Pope Benedict XVI in a ceremony Oct. 20 in Rome.

The two winners of this year’s award, which has been nicknamed the “Nobel of Theology,” were announced this morning at a Vatican news conference. The other 2012 Ratzinger Prize will be awarded to French philosopher Remi Brague.

At this morning’s news conference, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Ratzinger Foundation’s academic committee, praised Father Daley as “a great historian of patristic theology, but also a man entirely committed to the life and mission of the Church, an exemplary model of the fusion of academic rigor with passion for the Gospel." Read More

ND Expert: Pope Benedict’s Lebanon visit has 'symbolic value'

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Pope Benedict XVI is in Beirut today, beginning a three-day visit to Lebanon and a Middle East region convulsed by religious violence ignited by the release of an online movie trailer which mocks the Prophet Mohammed. Gabriel Said Reynolds, Tisch Family Associate Professor of Theology, believes that the Pope’s visit couldn’t be more timely.

“On the one hand the Holy Father’s visit to Lebanon is pastoral,” said Reynolds, whose scholarship largely concerns interactions between Christians and Muslims. “Lebanon is a country in the heart of the Arab world with over a million Christians from a rich diversity of traditions and rites, both Catholic and Orthodox, and a country whose saints are venerated throughout the world. On the other hand the visit has a particular symbolic value. Read More

New Book Celebrates Notre Dame’s Campus Chapels

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The Chapels of Notre Dame, by Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, and Matt Cashore, senior university photographer at the University of Notre Dame, has been published by University of Notre Dame Press. The book features a collection of some 200 full-color photographs taken by Cashore interspersed with Cunningham’s commentary on the theological, artistic, architectural, and historic dimensions of the 57 chapels embedded throughout Notre Dame’s campus. Read More

Sacred Music at Notre Dame Hosts Inaugural Conference

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The University of Notre Dame’s inaugural Sacred Music Conference will be held Thursday through Saturday (September 13 through 15). The conference will feature sacred music from the Renaissance to the present day and will bring together composers, scholars, and conductors of sacred music to discuss, share, and perform their work. Several concert events are open to the public and free of charge. Read More

Theologians publish new book on Eucharist

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The Eucharistic Liturgies: Their Evolution and Interpretation,” by theology professors Paul F. Bradshaw and Maxwell E. Johnson, has recently been published by Liturgical Press of Collegeville, Minn.

The book concerns the historical development of the theology and liturgy of the Church’s most important prayer, from the early Christian communal meals to the diverse Eucharistic liturgies of Eastern and Western Christians. “We’ve tried to demonstrate the ongoing importance of historical-liturgical scholarship in coming to understand the centrality of the Eucharistic Liturgy in Christian life and faith,” said Johnson. Read More

New book celebrates Notre Dame’s campus chapels

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The Chapels of Notre Dame, by Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, and Matt Cashore, senior university photographer at the University of Notre Dame, has been published by University of Notre Dame Press.

The book features a collection of some 200 full-color photographs taken by Cashore interspersed with Cunningham’s commentary on the theological, artistic, architectural and historic dimensions of the 57 chapels embedded throughout Notre Dame’s campus. Ranging in focus from the storied Log Chapel on the south bank of St. Mary’s Lake, where Mass has been celebrated since 1831, to the sparsely adorned Flanner Hall chapel on that building’s second floor, where students and staff members often spend a few moments in quiet prayer, it provides a unique and intimate glimpse of faith as it is lived at Notre Dame. Read More

Notre Dame Forum Events to Explore Future of American Democracy

Author: Susan Guibert

The 2012-13 Notre Dame Forum, “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy,” will present a series of events throughout the academic year that will explore profound questions about the state of the U.S. political system and its capacity to deal with the rapidly changing domestic and international challenges it faces. Read More