Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fr. Andrew Kim And The Korean Martyrs (19th Century)

20th September is the feast day of Fr. Andrew Kim and the Korean Martyrs. There have been over 10.000 Korean martyrs who have shed their blood for Christ and the Catholic Church, heroically providing ‘the seed’ for the thriving and … Continue reading

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Why homosexual acts cannot be approved or celebrated by the Church

By Msgr. Charles Pope: In recent years, homosexuality has frequently been in the news. An increasingly nationwide effort to make homosexual acts something to celebrate has gained great ground and sowed serious confusion even among those who describe themselves as Christian … Continue reading

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As a junior doctor I was most taken by a senior colleague’s description to medical students of life-support as “air going in and out, and blood round and round”. Such simplicity of exposition! I have used that expression ever since, to … Continue reading

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Bishop Anthony Fisher OP new Archbishop of Sydney

Bishop Anthony Fisher of the diocese of Parramatta (western Sydney) has been appointed as the new Archbishop of Sydney, succeeding Cardinal George Pell who has lately moved to the Vatican. Bishop Fisher, a friar of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), … Continue reading

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Vatican Diary / Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

“[T]he impeccable prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura, is on the verge of being demoted to the purely honorary role of “patron” of an order of knighthood…”, says Sandro Magister on (Chiesa) [This is a slightly shortened version … Continue reading

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Premarital Sex is a Mortal Sin

By Msgr. Charles Pope: We live in times in which many call good or “no big deal” what God calls sinful. This is especially true in the area of sexuality, where whole sectors of our society not only tolerate but even … Continue reading

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What Does Opposition to the Traditional Mass Really Signify?

On the 14th September, 2007 we commemorated the seventh anniversary of the implementation of Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum. Whilst it was welcomed with great joy by a large portion of the Catholic Church, there have been obstacles placed … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Sorrows – 15th September

“And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:35) Our Lady of Sorrows – the feast that follows the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – demonstrates that even the Mother … Continue reading

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Carrier Signal

As a teenager, I inherited a Russian made multi-band  AM/FM radio from my elder brother, after he had left university. In those pre-internet days, a teen’s highway to the wide world was by radio. With this machine, I could tune … Continue reading

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Saint John Chrysostom on the ‘Folly’ of the Cross

An excellent post from one of our regular commenters.

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From Catholic Spiritual Direction: Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, an open, sincere heart, loving the truth, seeking and desiring it at any cost. MEDITATION “Lord, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle, or who shall rest in Thy holy … Continue reading

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Pope ‘deeply saddened’ by brutal killing of missionary nuns

By Ann Schneible on EWTN News/CNA Pope Francis has expressed his condolences following the brutal murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi over the weekend, assuring the community of his closeness. “The Holy Father begs the Lord to welcome into … Continue reading

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The Holy Name of Mary – The Power of Her Name

By St Alphonsus de Liguori Richard of St Laurence states “there is not such powerful help in any name, nor is there any other name given to men, after that of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth … Continue reading

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Armour And Amour

“Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.” Pope John Paul II Violence can either be repelled with more violence, or absorbed and transmuted, with Love, or a judicious bit of both*, I suppose. … Continue reading

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Niece of Nun Held Hostage by ISIS Recounts Family’s Agony

By Amal Marogy, from Aleteia Where Is God Today In Iraq? A few weeks ago, while desperately trying to get some news about Mosul and my aunt, Sister Utuur, I felt shell-shocked as I read the news I feared most: … Continue reading

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