Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Nail and the Screw

The Master always insisted that we must learn by ourselves – teach ourselves — rather than depend on other people’s authority. This had its limits, of course, as when a bright young fellow was convinced he ought to try drugs as a means … Continue reading

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Transcript of Pope’s Appearance on Italian TV

“We Cannot Be Christians Alone, Following a Christianity Based on Our Own Ideas” VATICAN CITY, APRIL 22, 2011 ( Here is a Vatican translation of the transcript from Benedict XVI’s appearance today on a television program titled “A Sua Immagine” … Continue reading

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A meditation for Holy Saturday

This Holy Saturday reading on the descent of the Lord Jesus into Hell is used in the Roman Church’s Office of Readings for Holy Saturday, with the accompanying biblical reading of Hebrews 4:1-13. The “harrowing of hell” and the rescue … Continue reading

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Pope marks Good Friday in St. Peter’s Basilica

From Vatican Radio: Pope Benedict XVI led the faithful in the passion liturgy and veneration of the Cross on Good Friday in St. Peter’s Basilica. As is customary, the preacher of the papal household, Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa delivered the … Continue reading

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Taking the Measure of Relics of the True Cross .

Whenever the subject of bogus relics comes up, you can count on someone saying, “There are enough pieces of the True Cross to rebuild Noah’s Ark!” Whoever delivers that punch line probably does not know that he or she is … Continue reading

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What are the seven last words of Christ?

Condensed from a book by Archbishop Fulton Sheen “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Lk 23:34) When Jesus was hanging on the cross he asked for forgiveness for the people who were responsible for this great … Continue reading

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The Feast of Divine Mercy

The Novena to the Divine Mercy starts on Good Friday, ie today!! In her diary “Divine Mercy in my Soul”, Sister Faustina Kowalska wrote about having over twenty apparitions of the Blessed Virgin, as well as over thirty visions of … Continue reading

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The Suffering and death of a Shepherd

Biblical Reflection for Good Friday By Father Thomas Rosica, CSB TORONTO,  ( For our Good Friday Reflection this year, and in preparation for the beatification of the Servant of God Pope John Paul II on Sunday May 1, I have … Continue reading

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When was the Last Supper?

An extract from Pope Benedict’s book Jesus of Nazareth II. The problem of dating Jesus’s Last Supper arises from the contradiction on this point between the Synoptic gospels on the one hand and St John’s Gospel on the other. Mark, … Continue reading

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Urgent: The Rosary on Good Friday

Greetings! Imagine what might happen if every Catholic in the world would pray a Rosary on the same day! We have an example in October of 1573, when  Europe was saved from the invasion of the mighty Turkish fleet, by the … Continue reading

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 VATICAN CITY, 20 APR 2011 (VIS) – In this morning’s general audience, celebrated in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope spoke on the Easter Triduum, “the three holy days in which the Church commemorates the mystery of Jesus’ passion, death, and … Continue reading

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A year in the life of a Pope.

Five foreign trips, one Synod of Bishops, two Motu Proprio’s, one Post Synodal Exhortation, a special Year for Priests – these are just some of the ingredients that make up the average year in the life of Pope Benedict XVI, … Continue reading

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The Little Elf with Horns – who Tempted Christ

This is a reprint, (with full permission) of a recent article from Catholic & Welsh. It is provided here as one in the series of contributions by guest authors. If you would like to be a guest author, please get … Continue reading

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A homily by Msgr Keith Newton

During his recent visit to Rome, Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, was invited to give a homily at the Venerable English College in Rome. At a Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes, … Continue reading

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Love and the Cross: a reflection for Holy Week

Holy Week has arrived. The Lenten season draws to a close and reaches its climax. The spotlight falls fully on the passion, crucifixion and death of Our Lord. No matter how good, bad or indifferent our Lent has been, now … Continue reading

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