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General News Archive - December 10, 2008

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The holiday season is the busiest shopping time of the year - According to the National Retail Federation, more than 172 million shoppers hit the stores on Black Friday weekend this year – up from 147 million in 2007.

Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.