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Out of Africa: latest papal in-flight press conference

From Rome Reports: Following his five-day journey through Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic, Pope Francis spoke with reporters about a wide range of topics on the papal plane. COMPLETE TEXT OF THE POPE’S PRESS CONFERENCE In Kenya, you met poor … Continue reading

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It’s not a matter of following your conscience

Diana Montagna reports for Aleteia on 30th November: VATICAN CITY — Earlier this month, Pope Francis stirred controversy when he expressed  comments about intercommunion while addressing a gathering of Lutherans in Rome. Responding to a question from a non-Italian Lutheran woman who … Continue reading

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Roses amid Thorns – (thought for the day from St Thomas À Kempis)

“The custody of the senses is the bedrock of purity, as discipline is of peace and one’s cell is of devotion. When anger takes hold of a person’s thinking, wisdom then departs even from one who is prudent. Whoever speaks … Continue reading

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Preparing Our Hearts for Advent

Ready is my heart, O God, ready is my heart (Ps. 107:2) Written by Hannah M. Brockhaus One of my favorite ways to pray during Advent is by candlelight. Easily distracted by the anxieties and to-do lists of everyday life, … Continue reading

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Of scapulars, devotions and Russian jet fighters

Another excellent post from Fr. John Zuhlsdorf; Some people are quite disciplined in the matter of wearing a scapular. This comes from Latin scapulae, shoulder blades. Scapulars are garments, usually associated with religious habits, which fall down from the shoulders, … Continue reading

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Archbishop Gänswein praises Cardinal Sarah for his prophetic witness

By Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register: Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Gänswein … Continue reading

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The astonishing prayer of Fatima

by Stephen Bullivant (and first published in the ‘Catholic Herald’) Surely the ‘O my Jesus’ prayer is too deep for three shepherd children to have invented all by themselves? On Sunday the Bullivant family went to Barnes, to visit the … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B

King of Truth and Love   Paris, ( Archbishop Francesco Follo Roman Rite Dn 7, 13-14; Ps 93; Rev 1, 5-8; Jn 18, 33b-37   A King crowned with thorns, a witness (martyr) of the truth of love. On this … Continue reading

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The Need for Catholic Manhood in a World of Disruption and Disorder

By Maike Hickson and published on ‘OnePeterFive‘ After the first terrorist attack in Paris in January of 2014, I began working on this essay. Following the most recent attacks, I decided it was time to finish it and see it … Continue reading

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Only Christianity can rescue Europe

by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali Some have seized on attacks by Islamists to smear all religions by association. But the Christian faith can play a key role in awakening the West from its slumber The large numbers of people arriving on … Continue reading

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Feed my sheep

Our Lord told Peter, “feed my sheep.” Not tie balloons to their tails and watch them chase around in panic and confusion.  

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Marital Imagery

A Meditation by Msgr. Philip Reilly In the beginning, in Genesis, we are told that God made man in His image, “in the image and likeness of God”, and that He made us male and female. For most of us, it … Continue reading

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Traditional Catholicism and the Charismatic Movement

from: There is a world of difference between a solemn Tridentine Mass and a charismatic mass.  Many of my friends are charismatic and may not like what I am writing.  Let us put our emotions aside and look at … Continue reading

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Ven. Archbishop Sheen’s Prophetic warning of 50 years ago: Mary and the Moslems; The Significance of Fatima

As Posted On (The following was written in 1952 and reprinted in the October 2001 Mindszenty Report.) The Power of Islam by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Misunderstanding the notion of the Trinity, Mohammed made Christ a prophet, announcing Him … Continue reading

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Pope Francis stirs debate on Lutheran spouses of Catholics receiving Communion

From the Catholic Herald online: The Pope tells Lutheran woman to ‘talk to the Lord’ in discerning whether or not to participate in Communion Pope Francis has suggested a Lutheran spouse of a Catholic should “talk to the Lord” in … Continue reading

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