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Full text: Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy letter

from The Catholic Herald posted Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 Pope Francis (PA) The Pope has written to Archbishop Rino Fisichella To My Venerable Brother Archbishop Rino Fisichella President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization With … Continue reading

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POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

BREAKING NEWS FROM  Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE] The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016. It is about to be announced that the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: ‘International community must act to stop anti-Christian persecution’

by Cindy Wooden on Catholic Herald Francis said he hopes the beatification of martyred Syriac Bishop Flavien-Michel Malke will give the persecuted faithful ‘courage and hope’ “Do something to put a stop to the violence and oppression,” Pope Francis asked … Continue reading

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Doorstop

From Sword of Peter:

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Earth, Sea And Sky

I would like to note a beautiful saying of Mahatma Gandhi … Gandhi refers to the three habitats of the cosmos and how each of these provides its own mode of being. The fish live in the sea, and they … Continue reading

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St. John the Baptist: Beheaded for Defending Marriage

At that time: Herod sent and apprehended John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her. For John said to Herod: It is not lawful for thee … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Food for the Heart By Archbishop Francesco Follo Roman Rite Dt 4, 1-2.6-8; Ps 15; Jas 1, 17-18.21-22.27; Mk 7, 1-8.14-15.21-23 1)  Pure religion. After having proposed – divided among five Sundays- the sixth chapter of St John, the liturgy … Continue reading

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Advice to Catholics on the “Periphery”, faithful to Church Tradition – Bishop Athanasius Schneider

The Spanish-Language website, Adelante La Fe (Advance the Faith) obtained an exclusive interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, first published 10th August, 2015, and re-blogged in full on our blog here. To make his excellent points stand out more fully, we will … Continue reading

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“There’s No Such Thing as Moderate Islam”: An Iraqi Priest Describes the Christian Genocide

Padre Douglas al Bazi recounts the Christian Genocide in Iraq by Matteo Matzuzzi on Rorate Caeli “Wake up! The cancer is at your door. They will destroy you. We, the Christians of the Middle East are the only group that has … Continue reading

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“ISIS has just ripped a community’s heart out”

On 21st August 2015 the Catholic Herald reported: ISIS bulldozes ancient Syrian monastery Today, 27th August, Emma Loosley in the Catholic Heral reports: ISIS has just ripped a community’s heart out  The monastery of Mar Elian, destroyed by ISIS, was a … Continue reading

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The First 365 Days

For those of us who have forgotten.

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Whom Will I Serve?

Yesterday’s sermon by Fr Larry Richards. http://thereasonforourhope.org/mp3_homily/20150823.mp3

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Pope Francis’s TV guide

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Near Death, Nearer to God

by Joseph Pearce I would not describe myself as a mystic, nor would I say that I am particularly attracted to mysticism. On the contrary, I tend to shy away from such things. I would even go so far as … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Be With the One Who Gives Life to Life   By Archbishop Francesco Follo (ZENIT.org) Roman Rite Jos 24, 1-2.15-17.18; Ps 34; Eph 5.21 to 32; Jn 6.60 to 69 1) An unsettling question that cuts across the centuries. The … Continue reading

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