Category Archives: Popes

October, month of the Holy Rosary

 Pope Leo XIII: In Mary, God has given us the most zealous guardian of Christian unity. There are, of course, more ways than one to win her protection by prayer, but as for Us, We think that the best and … Continue reading

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Pope Pius X

from: Quotes of Pope Pius X: “Progress” of dogmas is, in reality, nothing but corruption of dogmas … I absolutely reject the heretical doctrine of the evolution of dogma, as passing from one meaning to another, and different from … Continue reading

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Pope Emeritus’s Unexpected Homily on Humility

from: by Edward Pentin  Benedict XVI with Archbishop Gaenswein in a photograph taken on Sunday. – Giovanni Tridente Although the full text has yet to appear, Benedict XVI’s homily during Mass for his former students on Sunday is one of … Continue reading

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Life of a Saint – Pope St Pius X

from: On the side of the Angels, Now, if we cannot expect to reap a harvest when no seed has been planted, how can we hope to have a people with sound morals if Christian doctrine has not been … Continue reading

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Saint Pope Pius V’s Apostolic Constitution “Quo Primum”

St. Pius V – Patron of Catholicism Pure and Simple. APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION  QUO PRIMUM   Pope St. Pius V – July 14, 1570 From the very first, upon Our elevation to the chief Apostleship, We gladly turned our mind and energies … Continue reading

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Seeking God through ordinary work

Card. Albino Luciani (John Paul I) John Paul I was elected Pope on August 26, 1978 and instantly gained everyone’s affection. Since his unexpected death on September 28, having been Pope for just thirty-three days, he has always been remembered … Continue reading

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St Josemaria Escriva and Pope Pius XII

from: The first words of affection and encouragement Father Escriva heard in Rome in 1946 were from Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, an intelligent, sensitive Italian from Brescia who, since the end of the Second World War, had been involved … Continue reading

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How John Paul II Restored Liturgical Sanity

from: by Jeffrey Tucker We tend to think of the papacy of Benedict XVI as the papacy that put the Catholic liturgy back together again, turning the “hermeneutic of rupture” into the “hermeneutic of continuity.” Rarely receiving the credit … Continue reading

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Three Prophetic Insights from Pope Leo XIII That Still speak powerfully 120 Years Later

By: Msgr. Charles Pope A reader alerted me to an interesting and insightful analysis by Pope Leo XIII of three trends that both alarmed him and pointed to future problems. He wrote of these three concerns in 1893 in the Encyclical … Continue reading

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The Holy Father: Regina Caeli: Ask Jesus what he wants from you (full text)

Below a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of Pope Francis’ Regina Caeli address this Fourth Sunday of Easter, World Day of Prayer for Vocations Dear brothers and sisters, Fourth Sunday of Easter is characterized by the Gospel of the Good … Continue reading

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Some interesting thoughts on Our Holy Father and St. Pius X

The following, originally posted by ‘Latinitas’ on, and subsequently on some British blogs does, I think, make interesting reading. Time of course will tell. As a strong traditionalist, I have been somewhat concerned about what Francis has done in … Continue reading

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What makes Pope Francis tick?

Sandro Magister over at chiesa points out that the current flurry of publications containing Pope Francis’ writings, speeches and interviews helps to shed light on the man Jorge Mario Bergoglio and thus to explain some of the actions (or inactions) which have … Continue reading

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Photos of Pope Francis at Easter Sunday Mass

I’m afraid this is now the third post with pictures taken by my son! These are from today’s Easter Sunday Mass, so I hope you enjoy looking at them.   For a full set, please visit    

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A short film about Pope (Emeritus) Benedict’s life

This is a short film my teenage son put together as a sort of personal tribute to our beloved Pope Emeritus.

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Is this the face of the next Pope?

The BBC’s Rome correspondent thinks he could be in with a shot. Or at least, Pope Benedict XVI seems to favour him. His name is Gianfranco Ravasi (aged 70), only appointed Cardinal in 2010. Based on his record, Ravasi appears … Continue reading

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