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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. and the courage to change the things I can... On Twitter: @marion_luscombe

Mgr. Pope and St. Patrick. The Post the Archdiocese of New York didn’t want you to read.

  Time to End the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner? By: Msgr. Charles Pope The time for happy-clappy, lighthearted engagement of our culture may be nearing an end. Sometimes it takes a while to understand that … Continue reading

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Full transcript of Pope’s in-flight interview from Korea

Aboard the papal plane, Aug 18, 2014 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- Speaking to journalists aboard the Aug. 18 flight to Italy from South Korea, Pope Francis said he supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there … Continue reading

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Chaldean Patriarch to Christians of Mosul: “We your shepherds will stay with you to the end.” “Our suffering will be salvation to us and others.”

This letter, reproduced from needs no words from me other than to beg your prayers for Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako and the Christians of Iraq in this their persecution. I’ll start my speech by the Word of Christ … Continue reading

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The Vatican II Generation: Weeds Amongst the Wheat

Originally posted on diocesanspirituality:
For a number of years I have struggled with resentments towards what is typically termed the “Vatican II generation.” Keep in mind that this phrase does not mean to generalize an entire bracket of people from…

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The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosul’s Christians

from: May the soul of Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. (©Afp) (©Afp) Christians leave Mosul Chaldean website says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

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Cardinal Brandmüller Corrects Francis on Celibacy

Francis Speaks, Scalfari Transcribes, Brandmüller Shreds As a Church historian, the German cardinal refutes the notion according to which clerical celibacy was an invention of the 10th century. No, he objects: its origin is with Jesus and the apostles. And … Continue reading

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The right to die bill is really a right to kill. It must not pass

Tomorrow the House of Lords will debate the Assisted Dying Bill.  The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis defines this Bill thus: While I appreciate the honest and empathetic intentions that have led Lord Falconer to propose, and others to support, the … Continue reading

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Assisted Dying Bill: Statement by Cardinal Nichols and leaders of other Faiths.

16/07/2014 The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain are amongst the 24 faith leaders who have today … Continue reading

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Nanteos Cup stolen – Was it The Holy Grail?

Few of our readers may have heard of the Nanteos Cup. In the last two days, this cup has been stolen, it is feared for some nefarious purpose, and we have been asked to bring this to the notice of … Continue reading

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Are Catholics ignorant of Church teachings?

If what the document issued by the Vatican as the basic discussion paper for this coming October’s Synod on the family says is true, massive numbers of Catholics around the world are ignorant of what the Church teaches on marriage … Continue reading

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World Youth Day 2016 logo and prayer

By Catholic News Service on Thursday, 3 July 2014 The World Youth Day 2016 logo The official logo and prayer for World Youth Day 2016 were unveiled in the event’s host city — Krakow, Poland — by the city’s archbishop, … Continue reading

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Christianity and Islam: A Common Heritage?

William Kilpatrick Recently two prominent American bishops joined two leading Shiite Muslim scholars in Iran in issuing a statement on weapons of mass destruction. According to the statement, “Christianity and Islam cherish a common heritage that emphasizes, above all, love … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church will not be changing its views on sex. It cannot and it should not .

from The Daily Telegraph by Dr. Tim Stanley   The media presents us today with a typical non-story that tells us two completely unsurprising things about the Roman Catholic Church. A) The results of its family survey reveal that millions … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Homily for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

  On this Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the principal patrons of Rome, we welcome with joy and gratitude the Delegation sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch, our venerable and beloved brother Bartholomaios, and led by Metropolitan Ioannis. Let us … Continue reading

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Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family

from The Catholic Herald by Francis Rocca   The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, … Continue reading

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