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A Postage Stamp from the Vatican to “Commemorate” Luther’s Revolt?

Today I got a message from some Catholic Irish friends, saying (more or less): “It’s OK guys – looks like it’s been a false alarm! Below is the final design for the stamp to be issued by Vatican City to … Continue reading

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Maltese Bishops surprised at “conservative” Catholic criticism of their “guidelines”!

According to an unashamedly biased article in the “Times of Malta”, entitled: Bishops’ guidelines on divorced Catholics stir ire of conservatives, but support elsewhere Guidelines issued for priests to understand Amoris Laetitia, we read: The bishops have stirred the ire of … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Pontmain – feast day January 17

“Pray, my children; God will soon answer your prayers,” was the message of the Blessed Virgin OUR LADY OF PONTMAIN On January 17, 1871, Paris was besieged; two-thirds of the country was in the power of the Germans. The battle … Continue reading

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Was Archbishop Lefebvre the Saint Athanasius of our Time???

Perhaps in this centenary year of Our Lady’s apparitions and the miracle of the sun at Fatima, we shall begin to witness the vindication of saintly Archbishop Lefebvre, founder of the Priestly Fraternity of St Pius X (SSPX), protector of … Continue reading

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The Manger

God’s providence arranged things so that Jesus, the Word made flesh, the King of the World and the Lord of history, would be born in total poverty. He did not even have what a poor family could have what a … Continue reading

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“Pesky Priests”, like St Thomas Becket, stand with the Church

Today is the feast of St Thomas Beckett, who was martyred at the altar of Canterbury Cathedral by four of the king’s Knights for upholding the rights of the Church, rights that conflicted with the secular powers of his day. … Continue reading

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28th December, The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

From Saint Andrew Daily Missal: The Feast of the Holy Innocents dates back to about the fifth century. The massacre of these infants manifests the royal character of Jesus. It is because Herod believed the words of the Magi and … Continue reading

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The Christmas Story in an Era of Irrational Skepticism

Don’t we know it only too well? It is Christmastide, the time when Christians the world over rejoice at the Birth of their Saviour, the Word of God, Who lived and died to redeem Mankind. So, as predictable as ever, … Continue reading

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Puer Natus in Béthlehem

“Puer natus in Bethlehem” (A child is born in Bethlehem) is a medieval Latin Christmas hymn, composed by an anonymous author (or authors). This hymn is of a very beautiful simplicity, absorbing easily and naturally so much theology in its poetry, … Continue reading

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Five Final Advent Hymns

In these final days of Advent, let us raise our voices in joyful expectation, for very soon, Maranatha (“the Lord is coming“). A last listen to this old favourite, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, (“O come, O Come, Emmanuel“):   An old 16th Century … Continue reading

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The Lord Cometh from Afar

“The Name of the Lord cometh from afar…. I look from afar, and behold I see the power of God coming…. Go out to meet Him, and say, ‘Tell us if You are He who shall rule….’” These words are … Continue reading

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Father Bugnini’s Influence on the Creation of the ‘New Mass’

There was some discussion on our blog the other day on the origins of the forming of the ‘New Mass’ (Novus Ordo) that was to replace the ‘Traditional Latin Mass’ after the Second Vatican Council. This, below, is a statement … Continue reading

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Three ‘Moments’ with Mary: at Pellevoisin, Lourdes and Maiduguri (Nigeria)

Saturday is the day traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. So here are three little-known stories of apparitions and miracles demonstrating Mary’s tender, motherly care for those who have recourse to her. “Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never … Continue reading

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Blessed Karl of Austria, Emperor and King: 21st October

Leon Bloy once wrote, “The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.” Why? Because to be anything less than holy is to remain unactualised. To be called to … Continue reading

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The Extraordinary Form: the right way back to a Catholic revival

The Catholic Herald (UK) had an article yesterday announcing that Ordinations in the Extaordinary Form were to take place once again in England and Wales next year “for the first time in decades”. This is heartening news for traditional Catholics … Continue reading

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