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Providence And Predestination

by Msgr. Charles Pope. Today, let’s wade into the waters of a difficult, mysterious subject. Predestination, and in a wider sense, God’s providence, raises a lot of conundrums in our mind, bound as we are by time and the limits … Continue reading

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Christian girls in Iraq credit Virgin Mary with their survival

Seven young women in Kirkuk, Iraq, credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath beds while Islamic State group fighters used their room as a hideout during an assault on the city. KIRKUK, … Continue reading

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Four World-Shattering Anniversaries Coming Next Year

              By Roberto de Mattei Two anniversaries overlap each other in 2017: the 100 years of the Fatima apparitions, occurring between May 13th and October 13th 1917, and the 500 years of Luther’s revolt, … Continue reading

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A statue of Luther in the Vatican and a new papal definition of ‘lukewarm’

By John-Henry Westen, October 25, 2016, LifeSiteNews Pope Francis will travel to Lund, Sweden, next week to assist in the launch of a yearlong commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the door … Continue reading

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Is Facebook listening to your Confession?

By Diane Montagna VATICAN CITY — As our smartphones become smarter and social media expands, so does the risk that your privacy will be increasingly breached. In light of this, how much of a danger is it to bring your … Continue reading

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Cardinal Kasper: Can the ‘remarried’ now receive communion? ‘Yes. Period.’

  By Jan Bentz, October 24, 2016 , LifeSiteNews In a recent publication of the German journal Stimmen der Zeit (Journal for Christian Culture), Cardinal Walter Kasper published an article calling Amoris Laetitia a “paradigm shift” in the Church’s teaching. “Amoris Laetitia: Break or Beginning” is the title … Continue reading

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Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Burial and Cremation

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation: 1. To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away … Continue reading

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What Will You Do When the Persecution Comes?

By Anthony Esolen on CRISIS MAGAZINE I know there are plenty of Catholics who are, in one way or another, looking forward to the relentless institutional persecution that is coming our way unless we surrender the One Thing Needful to … Continue reading

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The coming Isolation and Desolation

Originally posted on Veil of Veronica:
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 We have entered into a time of chaos and lawlessness.  Hatred and vitriol are everywhere.  Terror is starting to…

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A child’s life saved by a distant memory

by DR JOHN MORRISSEY at the Catholic Herald Smell memory is very persistent. We can all perhaps remember the smell of our childhood comfort blanket, our mother’s perfume on the saliva moistened hankie that dabbed our chops, the incense at church. … Continue reading

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Psalm 53 Sung In Aramaic

 (To the choir-master. The Melody, Mahalat. A maskil. Of David.[1]) 1 εἰς τὸ τέλος ὑπὲρ μαελεθ συνέσεως τῷ Δαυιδ 2 εἶπεν ἄφρων ἐν καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἔστιν θεός διεφθάρησαν καὶ ἐβδελύχθησαν ἐν ἀνομίαις οὐκ ἔστιν ποιῶν ἀγαθόν 3 ὁ θεὸς … Continue reading

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Convergence Rather Than Conversion?

CP&S Comment: This completely un-Catholic idea of not proselytising we are hearing as apparently being the personal opinion of Pope Francis, is profoundly disturbing. Here is a timely reminder from Torch of the Faith of a story about the distinguished … Continue reading

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People, This is Paradise

CP&S Comment: After so much doom and gloom in the MSM and blogosphere in recent weeks, the St Louis Catholic blog looks at the current situation from a more positive angle. And the Lord God sent him out of the … Continue reading

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Six Cultural Trends That Challenge The Modern Evangelizer

By Msgr Charles Pope It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and thus make … Continue reading

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Contraception and Communion

From Crisis Magazine  ROBERT B. GREVING   It is puzzling: why do many Catholics receive the Eucharist, the source of all grace and the sign of being in communion with the Catholic Church, and yet support and practice contraception, abortion, and … Continue reading

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