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The Spirit Of Faith

Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, that spirit of faith which will keep me in contact with You in every occupation and circumstance of my day. MEDITATION There are two chief obstacles which hinder us from keeping in … Continue reading

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Syrian Bishop: “Better War-torn Syria Than Rotten Europe”

“Syria has been assaulted by big countries who want to export us – democracy? […]  There is no real democratic country [in Europe except] maybe Switzerland. […] I’ve lived in Europe and I didn’t see democracy there. […] I feel … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Easter. Cycle B-2018

FIRST READING                    Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:  “Leaders of the people and elders:  If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was … Continue reading

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Why is Macron courting the Church?

Some strange things are happening in the Church these days … Those who should be protecting her doctrines and peoples are feeding them to the dogs; whilst outsiders are unexpectedly coming to her aid! ———- By Samuel Gregg Macron wants … Continue reading

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Paul VI and the Liturgical Reform. He Approved It, But Didn’t Like It Much

Pope Paul VI has received much criticism for permitting the Novus Ordo Mass to “replace” the Traditional Latin Mass in the Liturgical changes effected following the Second Vatican Council. Yet to what extent was he genuinely in agreement with these … Continue reading

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Vatican Rejects German Bishops’ Intercommunion Proposal

Sources confirm that, with the Holy Father’s approval, the Vatican’s head of doctrine has thrown out the bishops’ pastoral guide allowing Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses, but the Pope wishes the rejection letter to remain secret. By Edward Pentin … Continue reading

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Cardinal Burke is Snubbed at Lourdes by Maltese Order

The original article, translated by Tancred on The Eponymous Flower, has been slightly modified. (Rome) 160 years ago, in 1858, the Mother of God appeared several times in Lourdes to St Bernadette Soubirous. This event is being commemorated in the … Continue reading

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Francis is Using the Communists, Not the Other Way Around

Written by Jason Morgan Cardinal Joseph Zen (Getty) has accused the Vatican of ‘selling out the Church in China’ When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected supreme pontiff in March of 2013, the world seemed to expect a softening of Pope … Continue reading

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‘Is my Dad in Heaven?’ little boy asks Pope

This is very moving. Surprisingly, Pope Francis rose well to the unexpected situation in his comforting gesture and explanations to the tearful little boy’s question. Perhaps he could have added that we must pray for our deceased loved ones, and … Continue reading

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12 Bad Things I Experienced Concerning Holy Communion Since Vatican II

This post by Fr Peter Carota was first published on his blog, Traditional Catholic Priest, four years ago today, 16th April, 2014. It has lost nothing of its actuality today. Father Carota passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota. … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Cycle B, 2018

FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15, 17-19 Peter said to the people:  “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over … Continue reading

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Discussion on Pope Francis’ “Rejoice and Be Glad” (World Over Live video)

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Updating Just-War Theory

Note: This column was written and uploaded prior to the U.S. attack on Syria late last night. The questions it raises about further developing just war theory, however, remain current – now perhaps even more than earlier. – Robert Royal … Continue reading

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On the Real Mission of the Church… Cardinal Sarah, Pope Benedict XVI, Dietrich Von Hildebrand

The primary and true mission of the Church. An important reminder for Catholics at this perilous time!   “The Church would ignore the “real crisis” she faces today if she focuses on social justice issues rather than her basic mission … Continue reading

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Misplaced Sympathies for Judas and Pilate Distort Moral Reason

By Msgr. Charles Pope on 9th April at the National Catholic Register  Substituting sympathy for truth is a pervasive tendency in our times. Rejoicing in the Easter glow, I hesitate to look back to two figures instrumental in the Passion … Continue reading

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