Monthly Archives: December 2010

Hold the front page!

This is just a short announcement: We have been ‘on the air’ for just under 6 months. We have had approaching 160,000 site visits. We have published 210 unique articles which have attracted 4290 comments, all of which are clean! … Continue reading

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These things will destroy the human race:

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness. (Thanks to Anthony De Mello, One Minute Wisdom) As always, I post to start … Continue reading

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Thanks be to God for meddlesome priests

Today is the feast day of St Thomas a Becket, who tried to turn down the post of Archbishop of Canterbury, seeing in it the end of his lifestyle, as well as his close friendship with Henry II of England. … Continue reading

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Bringing Back Tradition to the Liturgy

We all remember Mgr. Guido Marini when the Holy Father visited us earlier in the year, attending to his every need, and ensuring all protocols were observed. I came across this article that recently appeared in the Washington Post and think … Continue reading

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A kiwi take on the Nativity story

Here’s a treat for Boxing Day. This is the second year a nativity by Kiwi children from St Paul’s Baptist Church in Auckland has gone viral.

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Full Text of Pope Benedict’s ‘Urbi et Orbi’ today in Rome

Verbum caro factum est” – “The Word became flesh” (Jn 1:14). Dear brothers and sisters listening to me here in Rome and throughout the world, I joyfully proclaim the message of Christmas: God became man; he came to dwell among … Continue reading

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The infinite distance is overcome…

Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Benedict XVI gave at tonight’s Christmas Eve Mass, celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica. Dear Brothers and Sisters! “You are my son, this day I have begotten you” – with this passage from … Continue reading

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A reflection on the Nativity: Pope Leo the Great

All share in the joy of Christmas Our Saviour, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us … Continue reading

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Full text of Benedict XVI’s Thought for the Day

The Pope records the address in an antechamber of the Paul VI Hall after Wednesday’s general audience Recalling with great fondness my four-day visit to the United Kingdom last September, I am glad to have the opportunity to greet you … Continue reading

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What to do in Winter in Jerusalem? The Jerusalem Post suggests “Hear a Christmas Mass”

The Jerusalem Post has an article titled “Winter Wonderland: Top 10 things to do in J’lem”, which notes: The rain is just arriving and temperatures are inching down. Now’s the time for some unique winter activities to enjoy in Jerusalem. … Continue reading

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Light of the World – Clarification from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The following clarifies the points that the ‘media’ seemed to have misinterpreted following the publication of the Holy Father’s book – Light of the World. It would have had less impact had the note on the ‘Trivialisation of Sexuality’ been … Continue reading

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Where’s the line to see Jesus?

Becky Kelly, a young Christian country artist has recorded a song with a seasonal message, one that seems particularly apt in these final days of preparation for the Christmas festivities. Where’s the Line to See Jesus? is a recent release … Continue reading

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Look to Saint Joseph to prepare for Christmas

At the Angelus on the fourth Sunday of Advent, Pope Benedict invited us to prepare for Christmas by reflecting on the figure of St Joseph. He then entrusted the world’s pastors to the foster father of Jesus and universal patron … Continue reading

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European Parliament for Human Rights: Christians in Iraq have the same rights as Muslims

On the 14th. Dec. a delegation of Iraqi Bishops visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where they addressed the parliament on anti-Christian violence: We want Europe and the West to put pressure on the Iraqi government to guarantee the rights … Continue reading

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