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14 August – St. Maximilian Kolbe : priest, martyr, #HamRadio operator

Posted by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: Today, 14 August, is the Vigil of the Assumption.  It is also the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest put to death at Auschwitz. St. Maximilian Kolbe, has a special relevance for Catholic media. … Continue reading

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On the Empty Altars Dwell the Demons

“On the Empty Altars Dwell the Demons” – Specola ‘The Devil hates the Ancient Mass. He hates it because it is the most perfect reformulation of all the teachings of the Church’ – Alice von Hildebrand St Peter’s Square. It is … Continue reading

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, August 14 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Roman Ordinary calendar St. Maximilian Kolbe Book of Jeremiah 38,4-6.8-10. In those days, the princes said to the king: “Jeremiah ought to be put to death; he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in … Continue reading

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The Anointing of the Sick and Apostolic Pardon – Don’t Leave Earth Without It!

By Susan Tassone: During the Covid lockdown my family experienced two Covid deaths and three unexpected deaths. All in a row. We had 6 Aunts and 2 uncles and as a result lots of cousins. Sadly, only one aunt remained, Aunt … Continue reading

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Another red hat for a McCarrick ally

by Philip Lawler (Catholic journalist) Four years have passed since Theodore McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals. We are still coping with the aftershocks of the scandal he caused. Moreover—the reason I write about this subject today—we are still coping … Continue reading

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Beautiful Saint Clare: a True Heroine

She heard a talk by St Francis of Assisi, left all wealth and comfort behind, and slept on the floor of the order of nuns she founded for forty-one years St. Clare was born Chiara Offreduccio on July 16, 1194, … Continue reading

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How a Carmelite Philosopher and Journalist Became Catholic Martyrs 80 Years Ago: The Witness of Sts. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Titus Brandsma

By Father Raymond J. de Souza The Holocaust Museum at Auschwitz includes exhibitions documenting the Shoah in various countries. In the Dutch pavilion there is searchable computer database for those murdered at Auschwitz by the Nazis. If “Stein” is entered, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Considering the chaos surrounding ‘Traditionis custodes’ could we say that, in effect, it is no law at all?

CP&S comment: The shock, confusion and upset caused by Francis’ Apostolic Letter, “Traditionis custodes”, has no precedent in the Church. The cruelty of vastly limiting the celebration of the ancient, but timeless, Sacrifice of the Mass – that has nourished … Continue reading

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

St. Cajetan Sunday, August 7 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Roman Ordinary calendar Book of Wisdom 18,6-9. The night of the passover was known beforehand to our fathers, that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, they might … Continue reading

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Offer Reparation for the Sins Committed Against the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today is an opportunity for everyone to begin the First Five Saturday Devotion. Would you like to practice a devotion that is a true-win-win on so many levels? It is known as the First Saturday Devotion, also called the Five … Continue reading

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The Dedication of St Mary Major

by Gregory Dipippo on The New Liturgical Movement The Roman basilica of Saint Mary Major, whose dedication is celebrated on August 5th, is also known by several other titles, among them, “the Liberian Basilica”, after its putative founder, Pope Liberius … Continue reading

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Saint John Vianney, pray for us!

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When Will Some Courageous Shepherds Just Say NO?

From Les Femmes – The Truth: The other night I watched, once again, the 1973 film, The Catholics, with Martin Sheen and Trevor Howard. The title was later changed to Conflict.  If you want to understand where we’re going, watch the movie.  … Continue reading

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Cdl. Cupich bans Institute of Christ the King from saying public Masses, confessions in Chicago

LifeSiteNews was previously told that Cardinal Cupich ordered the local priests of the Institute of Christ the King to sign a document which went ‘against their charism.’ By Maike Hickson at LifeSiteNews: The Shrine of Christ the King, run by … Continue reading

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Abp. Viganò: Pope Francis’ pagan smudging ritual was an ‘act of submission to the New World Order’ 

Seeing Bergoglio impassively watch the satanic rites of evocation of the dead performed by a shaman unbelievably worsens the scandal of having rendered idolatrous worship to the infernal pachamama in the Vatican Basilica. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò (LifeSiteNews) — Redde rationem … Continue reading

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