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Christians: The world’s most persecuted people

By Paul Vallely in The Independent The former Chief Rabbi [Jonathan Sacks] is appalled at the lack of protest about the treatment of Christians round the globe, and so should we be.   One woman, at least, is safe. Throughout … Continue reading

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Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Virgin Mary

From the very first centuries, tradition said that the parents of the Virgin Mary were called Joachim (“God grants”) and Anne (“Grace – the graceful one”). Devotion to Saint Anne appeared around the 6th century in the East—in some liturgies—and … Continue reading

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Near breakdown of 2017 Luther celebration

Catholic Herald View from the Protestants try to calm row ahead of Luther celebration Plans by German Catholics and Lutherans to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 have hit the rocks. Catholics are offended that the … Continue reading

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“As for what concerns our relations with our fellow men, the anguish in our neighbour’s soul must break all precept. All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, because God is … Continue reading

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Funeral in New Orleans for Unborn Baby killed by Abortion

During a funeral in New Orleans, Fr. Frank Pavone blesses the body of an unborn child killed by abortion.

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Expulsion of Christians a ‘crime against humanity,’ Mosul bishop says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Backed up by death threats and property seizures, the expulsion of the entire Christian community from Mosul is “a crime against humanity,” said an archbishop from Mosul. Chaldean Archbishop Amel … Continue reading

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Saint or Ain’t? A Sermon for the 16th Sunday of the Year

By: Msgr. Charles Pope (on Archdiocese of Washington blog) We live in difficult times for the Church, and from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal, there are also deep concerns … Continue reading

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Malaysian Airlines 17, Death and You

From Fr. Z’s blog The black boxes from Malaysian Airlines 17 might indicate that the pilots attempted a vain evasion. I doubt it. I suspect that exploding death was sudden. Who knows who may have survived the initial blast and … Continue reading

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A concert pianist explains why he rejects the Assisted Dying Bill

Parliament is discussing the Assisted Dying Bill today (PA) From the Catholic Herald online by Matthew Schellhorn: When my mum was diagnosed with late-stage cancer she turned to me and said: “We will get through it.” At the time, I … Continue reading

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Demons – a terrifying proof of the divine order

Father Fortea answers the following question at Catholic Spiritual Direction: Father Fortea, why does God not just annihilate the demons? God, in His great love, has pledged not to destroy any intelligent being He has created. Demons, by their very existence, are … Continue reading

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Virginity and the Little Flower of the Mohawks

By Fr. Dwight Longnecker on Patheos In learning more about St Kateri Tekakwitha [whose feast day we celebrated yesterday, 14th July] I was struck by the connecting points between her and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Both were orphaned. Both suffered from … Continue reading

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This Insidious Bill

In response to Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying bill which receives its Second Reading in the House of Lords on Friday 18 July, Laurence England has written a superbly argued and moving post “Protecting the Vulnerable”:   Until his dying day, Lord Falconer … Continue reading

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Summorum Pontificum has put us in touch with our history

By Father Alexander Lucie-Smith at the Seven years have passed since Summorum Pontificum, the motu proprio by which Benedict XVI liberated the traditional Latin Mass from all restrictions. As we contemplate this anniversary, it is interesting to ask ourselves what … Continue reading

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A few words of hard-hitting truth from Fr. John A Hardon S.J.

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Saint Elizabeth of Portugal

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