Monthly Archives: November 2010

Life holds one tragedy; not to have been a saint

Is it just my impression, or has this year seen an upsurge in the number of people seeking to tell the Pope who can, and cannot, be a saint? The list of those people object to is long: John Paul … Continue reading

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John Smeaton, Director of SPUC, addresses Pope Benedict

For many decades, John Smeaton, the director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, has worked tirelessly to defend the rights of the unborn. No sooner had he graduated from Oxford, than he established a branch of SPUC in … Continue reading

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A man for our times

The iconic New Zealand hero is the strong and silent type. He says little, though what he says is honest, wise, and to the point. He is reliable, sensible, and loyal. In a crisis, he makes rapid and sensible judgements, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

It is that wonderful time when we can start planning our resolutions for the new year ahead. “But it is only November!”, I hear you say. I am of course referring to the Church year, you silly billies! The first … Continue reading

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The Miraculous Medal

Today we remember St Catherine Labouré. It is on this day in the year 1830 that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the young French nun entrusting to her the devotion to the miraculous medal. Standing before her with arms outstretched … Continue reading

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The blood of martyrs waters the seed of faith

After the tragedy in Baghdad on 31th. Oct. this year, Arabian Christians haven’t given up their hope and trust in Lord. They see their faith strengthened in the 44 martyrs who were killed; among them Father Thair Sad-alla Abd-al and … Continue reading

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Light of the World: Excerpts from the Interview Book with Pope Benedict

The Facebook pages for this book (the English translation is being published by Ignatius Publishing House) provides excerpts from Peter Seewald’s Interview book with Pope Benedict, which, due to the breach of the publishing embargo by L’Osservatore Romano, has been … Continue reading

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Did Pope recommend the Condom? – A dossier of Catholic Voices

1) Father Lombardi’s Clarification: the Pope does not reform or change Church teaching, but reaffirms it, placing it in the perspective of the value and dignity of human sexuality as an expression of love and responsibility.

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By this shall all men know – part 4

The doctor kept insisting that our son’s balance and co-ordination were within normal limits – right up until I organised a small demonstration. I stationed the doctor with me at one end of a hospital corridor, and the two younger … Continue reading

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The Making of a Cardinal

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, recalled that “discipline in the seminary practically evaporated” following 1968. The “rebelliousness” he observed was particularly manifest in “disregard” for canon law, but “by the grace … Continue reading

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A perfect Christmas gift?

I have always had a fascination for watches, and yesterday I came across my dream model. Please note, I have no connection with this firm (Mr Jones Watches), and this is not an advert, and no money has changed hands. … Continue reading

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Ecumenism is not compromise, says the Holy Father

In a November 18 address to members of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, Pope Benedict XVI underlined the importance of ecumenical work, yet cautioned that ecumenism cannot be seen as a political effort. The Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, … Continue reading

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I am aware that Michael Voris is not to everybody’s taste, but I have just enjoyed an hour being educated, and ‘brought up to speed’ on the current state of the Catholic Church by watching one of his recent videos. … Continue reading

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