RTE: Rare medieval manuscripts answer prayers of researchers into history of Irish saints

RTE: Rare medieval manuscripts answer prayers of researchers into history of Irish saints . “Research into ‘forgotten’ medieval chants and prayers is shedding new light on the history of the cult of Irish saints, including St Patrick. Trinity College Dublin’s Amra project is aiming to digitise and make freely available over 300 manuscripts containing liturgical material associated with some 40 Irish saints.”

Houston Chronicle: How to find Catholic priests ‘credibly accused’ of abuse in Texas

Houston Chronicle: How to find Catholic priests ‘credibly accused’ of abuse in Texas. “Dioceses across Texas on Jan. 31 released the names of Catholic priests who were ‘credibly accused’ of child sex abuse since the 1950s in the state. This data is based on the information provided by the dioceses. Because people may have served in multiple dioceses, an individual may show up multiple times in this data.”

PR Newswire: Nationally-recognized Attorney Launches Comprehensive Database of Clergy Accused of Sexual Misconduct in the Diocese of Scranton (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Nationally-recognized Attorney Launches Comprehensive Database of Clergy Accused of Sexual Misconduct in the Diocese of Scranton (PRESS RELEASE). “Adam Horowitz, a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of clergy sexual abuse, announces the launch of a new database of clergy and lay employees accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Scranton. The database, which includes 79 priests, 1 nun, and 5 lay employees as of today, is believed to be the most comprehensive list of accused offenders available. For the benefit of survivors and journalists alike, Horowitz and his team have painstakingly prepared individual profiles on dozens of accused offenders to consolidate available information about their backgrounds, alleged crimes, and, in the case of offenders who are still alive, their current locations.”

National Catholic Register: New Project Lets the Church Fathers Speak to the World

National Catholic Register: New Project Lets the Church Fathers Speak to the World. “The other day in class, one of my theology students at Bishop McNamara High School (Forestville, Maryland) had a question about how the Catholic Church can help determine the meaning of a particular passage of Scripture. I was able to pull up a new website… and share with the student what some Fathers of the Church had to say about exegesis/scriptural interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition within the Deposit of Faith (comprising Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition).”

Los Angeles Times: Using artificial intelligence, researchers are teaching a computer to read the Vatican’s secret archives

Los Angeles Times: Using artificial intelligence, researchers are teaching a computer to read the Vatican’s secret archives. “The archives’ heavily laden shelves stretch 53 miles down dimly lighted corridors and are packed with papal correspondence dating to the 8th century and penned by the likes of Mary Queen of Scots and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The only problem: There is so much of it. More than 1,000 scholars are let in annually to scour the shelves, but much has yet to be read, let alone inventoried, digitized or translated. Which is why one IT professor in Rome decided it was time to let algorithms loose in the hallowed halls of the Vatican, using artificial intelligence software taught to read medieval Latin.”

Seton Hall University: Digitized Catholic Advocate Provides a Window to Newark’s Past During Vatican II

Seton Hall University: Digitized Catholic Advocate Provides a Window to Newark’s Past During Vatican II . “A notable era of local Catholic history has been preserved through a cooperative effort between Seton Hall University’s Special Collections and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA). Archival issues of the Catholic Advocate, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark, were recently digitized from their original format and made available online for public access. The selected issues are specific to the Second Vatican Council, commonly known as Vatican II (1958-1964), and not only provide insight to its impact on the Newark Catholic community, but the general everyday lived experience of that time as well.”