Monthly Archives: March 2013

She’s Got There Before All The Rest Of Us.

This morning, I dragged my wife and son Aidan out with me to visit my daughter’s grave. (I have written about Gracie before, here. Gracie died in Baptismal innocence ten years ago, aged 20 months. She died before her grandparents). Aidan … Continue reading

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Photos of Pope Francis at Easter Sunday Mass

I’m afraid this is now the third post with pictures taken by my son! These are from today’s Easter Sunday Mass, so I hope you enjoy looking at them.   For a full set, please visit http://www.flickr.com/pchidell    

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Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter, 2013 [Full text]

(Vatican Radio) Below we publish the full text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter 2013. Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! What a joy it is for me to announce this message: … Continue reading

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Alleluia! He Is Risen!

From America magazine The Gospels unanimously report that the Lord first appeared to Mary Magdalene following his resurrection. Three of the four Gospels, moreover, maintain that Jesus’ first post-resurrection appearance was to Mary alone, and all the accounts include some … Continue reading

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Homily for Easter Day – Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

This was first posted on Easter 2012, but is so popular I think it deserves reposting for everyone to be inspired by it (again). -BB In addition to our usual Biblical Reflection for this joyous day, I ask forgiveness for … Continue reading

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Biblical Reflection for Easter Sunday

Stay With Us, Lord! by Fr. Thomas Rosica Easter Sunday – March 31, 2013 The readings for Easter Sunday are Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; 2 John 20:1-9 or Luke 24:1-12 or Luke 24:13-35Pounding hearts, wounded hearts and … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ is Risen Today (Surrexit Christus Hodie)

(Text from Wiki Source) This hymn originated in a 14th century Latin carol from Bohemia: Surrexit Christus hodie Humano pro solamine. Mortem qui passus pridie Miserrimo pro homine. Mulieres ad tumulum Dona ferunt aromatum,

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Text of the 2013 Good Friday Sermon in St. Peter’s Basilica, preached by Capuchin Friar Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher of the Papal Household:

Vatican: Passion of Our Lord Sermon [Full text] (Vatican Radio) In silent procession, wearing red vestments, Pope Francis made his way down the nave of St Peter’s basilica as the sunset over the dome on Friday evening. There before the … Continue reading

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We’re All In The Jesuits Now!

Since for the first time in history our Pontiff, Commander in Chief of all Christians, is a Jesuit, this means that, like it or not, we have all been conscripted into that order. This does not mean that we can … Continue reading

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Good Friday service led by Pope Francis

Here are some photographs of today’s Good Friday service in St Peter’s Basilica, which my son Philip took. Pope Francis presided over the liturgy, and many Cardinals and Bishops were present. A few more photos will be uploaded tomorrow at … Continue reading

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Commemorating Good Friday – The “Grey Passion” by Hans Holbein the Elder

The central event of the Passion Christi is not included in this picture cycle as art historians suppose that it was originally a wood carving serving as the central part of a Triptychon, while the paintings we see here serve … Continue reading

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New experiments on Shroud show it’s not medieval – it’s older!

Professor Giulio Fanti and journalist Saverio Gaeta have published a book with the results of some chemical and mechanical tests which confirm that the Shroud dates back to the 1st century ANDREA TORNIELLI ROME (Vatican Insider) New scientific experiments carried … Continue reading

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Stay here and keep watch with me

In Rome, there is a tradition of visiting seven ‘Altars of Repose’ on Maundy Thursday. Different Churches decorate these in their own way. These are the seven Churches we visited this evening after the Mass of the Last Supper.   … Continue reading

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The Holy Father: Homily for Chrism Mass [full text]

 Below please find the official text of Pope Francis’ Homily for Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday 2013: Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning I have the joy of celebrating my first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome. I greet all … Continue reading

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What If The Crucifixion Never Happened?

Just suppose that God became incarnate and grew up to become the greatest teacher of Divine wisdom the world has ever seen, as would be appropriate for the Son of God. Just suppose that his every word was recorded for … Continue reading

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