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ALPHONSA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Today the Church remembers Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, the first native woman saint of India. Here is the story of her life taken from the Vatican Website: Blessed Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception was born in Kudamalur, the … Continue reading

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Lectio divina: XVII Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

By Archbishop Francesco Follo     2 Kings 4.42 to 44; Ps 145; Eph 4, 1-6; Jn 6.1 to 15 The Miracle Is Born From God’s Faithfulness to Man   1) Bread to share. Beginning this Sunday the liturgy interrupts … Continue reading

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Enough is enough, Asia Bibi’s false imprisonment must end immediately

By Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on the Catholic Herald Pakistan’s blasphemy laws claim jurisdiction over those who are not Muslim, which is simply outrageous Congratulations to Pakistan’s Supreme Court. They have decided that a totally innocent woman should not be hanged after … Continue reading

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Crowds still flock to ‘moving statue’ site at Ballinspittle, three decades on

By Eddie Cassidy on the Irish Examiner (on 22nd July 2015) It is 30 years since the first statue appeared to move in Ballinspittle, but it was to become a summer of such phenomena, writes Eddie Cassidy. Academics named it … Continue reading

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Saint Bridget of Sweden – faithful disciple of God and Co-Patroness of Europe

Today the Church remembers Saint Bridget of Sweden. Pope Benedict XVI gave the following address about the Saint at a General Audience on Wednesday, 27 October 2010: Dear Brothers and Sisters, On the eve of the Great Jubilee in anticipation of the … Continue reading

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TOLKIEN SPEAKS: THE SECRET TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE

J.R.R. Tolkien was a romantic. When he met his future wife, Edith, at the age of 16, he was instantly smitten with her and immediately began an informal courtship, taking her to local tea houses on a regular basis. When … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Appoints Fr. Robert Barron Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

ROME – This morning, Pope Francis formally announced Father Robert Barron’s appointment as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Bishop-Elect Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, host of the award-winning CATHOLICISM film series, and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and homosexuality: confusing signs

By John-Henry Westen, co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews. If “actions speak louder than words,” as the saying goes, the message of Pope Francis on homosexuality is increasingly confusing. On the one hand, he has reiterated the Church’s teaching that marriage is … Continue reading

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Immodesty

From Rorate Caeli: Some excerpts from the writings of the late Don Vincenzo Cuomo, exorcist, (R.I.P. July 18, 2009) against the indecent fashions that are now spreading even into sacred places. Unfortunately, we rarely hear anyone today condemn these shameless … Continue reading

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Litany to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, God the Holy Ghost, Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy … Continue reading

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The Lake Garda Statement: On the Ecclesial and Civilizational Crisis

 From Catholic Family News CFN intro: I just returned home from the 23rd Roman Forum at Lake Garda, a unique event held at one of the most glorious locations on the face of the earth. The Symposium ran from June … Continue reading

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Same Sex Marriage SCOTUS Decision

First Published on Jul 13, 2015 on Sensus Fidelium. The Supreme Court, somehow, created that marriage is a ‘right’ and that two people of the same gender can ‘marry’. This is the disastrous end result of a contraceptive society. Time … Continue reading

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Another Day is Gone

From: Thoughts for July 13 from Fr Willie Doyle “The soft chimes of the angelus bell mark the fall of evening. Another day is gone. Another precious day, our measurement of God’s most precious gift, time, has passed away and … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: XV Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

We Are Missionaries Because We Are Disciples By Archbishop Francesco Follo Acts 7.12 to 15; Ps 85; Eph 1, 3-14; Mk 6, 7-13 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.1) Disciples are the people that have been called. The evangelist Mark, as he … Continue reading

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Prayer of Saint Benedict of Nursia

O Lord, I place myself in your hands and dedicate myself to you. I pledge myself to do your will in all things: To love the Lord God with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength. Not to … Continue reading

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