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Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.

Making the mistake of calling faithful criticism dissent (Deacon Nick Donnelly)

from:Catholic Voice Ireland. by kind permission of the Editor.    08 April 2015 by Deacon Nick Donnelly Over the past two years our world as Catholics has been turned upside down, to the point that we are often called ‘dissenters’, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi Message – Easter 2015

Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi Message Pope Francis greets the faithful from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Following the Solemn Mass for Easter morning, Pope Francis gave the traditional blessing “Urbi et Orbi” – for the City (of Rome) … Continue reading

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In support of our priests, our families, and our Church

You may have seen the recent letter from more than 450 priests in support of the Church’s teaching on marriage. We would like to invite you to sign the letter below, to be sent to the press in support of … Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichol’s Homily at Requiem for King Richard lll at Holy Cross Priory, Leicester.

Full text of Cardinal Nichols’ homily: This evening we fulfil a profound and essential Christian duty: that of praying for the dead, for the repose of their eternal souls. Here we pray for King Richard III, ‘King of England and … Continue reading

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Conference given by Cardinal Caffarra on March 12 in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. “FAITH AND CULTURE AT GRIPS WITH MARRIAGE”

FAITH AND CULTURE AT GRIPS WITH MARRIAGE by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra I believe that it is necessary to make a clarification of terms, so as to be able to indicate with conceptual rigor what precisely is the theme of my … Continue reading

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What is Piety and How Does the Modern Diminishment of it Spell Doom for Us?

By: Msgr. Charles Pope In the modern world, the word “piety” has come to be associated with being religious. And while it does have religious application, its original meaning was far wider and richer. The English word “piety” comes from … Continue reading

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Published with the kind permission of the Editor, Catholic Voice Ireland. by Deacon Nick Donnelly It seems to me that Cardinal Kasper and Cardinal Baldisseri,  in the words of Waugh, are attempting ‘to try and crush out by force … Continue reading

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What Are Passive Purifications and Why Are They Needed?

By: Msgr. Charles Pope Have you undertaken certain Lenten practices or abstinences to assist you growth in holiness? If so, you do well. Practices such as these are included in what are known as “active purifications.” Active purifications consist of our holy … Continue reading

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Pope at Santa Marta: Slain because they were Christian

A Christian woman prays for the 21 Copts killed by IS terrorists outside a church in Cairo, Egypt. – AP (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis offered Mass Tuesday morning for the repose of the souls of the twenty-one Coptic Christians martyred … Continue reading

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The High Price of the Faith, and Gratitude That Someone Paid That Price

By: Msgr. Charles Pope   I wonder if many of us have considered the true cost of the faith that has been delivered to us. We so easily complain if the Church is not air-conditioned, or the P.A. system is … Continue reading

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A Priest’s View Of Latin Mass Vs. New Mass

from: Fr. Carota: Constantly I hear from people that they do not go to the Latin Mass because they do not understand Latin.  (Some even think that the homily is in Latin.)  So please, just for now, let us … Continue reading

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Reconnecting With Mary . . . Pontmain Apparition, France, January 1871

Reprinted by kind permission of the Author. By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY The Franco-Prussian War, which began in 1870, was the backdrop to this silent apparition of Our Lady at Pontmain in northwestern France. By January 1871, the country was in … Continue reading

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A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

By: Msgr. Charles Pope A couple of weeks ago I wrote a cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying, among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: Full text of Lenten Message.

Full text of Pope Francis’s Lenten Message: Make your hearts firm (Jas 5:8) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of … Continue reading

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Why we all need Holocaust Memorial Day; No Man Is An Island.

The following article from The Daily Telegraph (minus the short poem by John Donne added by me) should be required reading by everyone on this Holocaust Memorial Day. No Man Is An Island No man is an island, Entire … Continue reading

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