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March 26, 2019
Maybe it was the classic sunglasses, the skinny jeans or the flocculent mustache. Maybe it was the vintage-style religious art, the men in embellished uniforms, or what looks like incense rising from the streets. Whatever it was, a photo of a religious procession with a circa-1940’s aesthetic recently fascinated Catholics, who shared it on social
March 04, 2019
“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Or, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” On Ash Wednesday, millions of Catholics throughout the English-speaking world will hear one of these two blessings as a priest applies ashes to their forehead in the sign of the cross. But where exactly do the black or
February 18, 2019
Sunday, February 17 is Septuagesima Sunday, followed by Sexagesima and Quinquagesima Sundays. Sunday kicks off Carnival season, which comes right before Shrovetide, which culminates in Shrove Tuesday – more popularly known as Mardi Gras. If all but the last of those holidays sounds foreign to you, you are likely not alone – they haven’t been
February 05, 2019
Catholics, Muslims and all who believe in God must work together to build a culture of love, peace and human fraternity, Pope Francis said in a joint statement he signed with Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, during an interreligious meeting in Abu Dhabi. The document, entitled “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace
January 30, 2019
Pope John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla, a man from a small town in Poland who lost all of his immediate family – mom, older brother, an infant sister, and father – by the time he was 20 years old. Shortly thereafter, he vowed a life of celibacy as a Catholic priest. And yet,
January 21, 2019
Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit announced this week the resignation of Sr Mary Finn, 84, a long-time faculty member and assistant professor of theology, after allegations surfaced that she had sexual contact with young adult novices under her charge in the 1970s. “In recent days, information came to my attention regarding inappropriate conduct over fifty
January 14, 2019
With the dawn of legal abortion in Ireland, the pro-life movement in the country is beginning a fight that their U.S. counterparts have been engaged in since 1973. For more than 40 years, pro-life Americans have staged marches, prayer vigils, sidewalk counseling, and political protests. Now, pro-life advocates in Ireland must determine how a robust
December 05, 2018
The Bible is full of prophecies regarding future events, that typically come from God through angels or prophets. In the book of Isaiah, the prophet predicts the coming of Christ when he tells Ahaz: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name
November 30, 2018
To the outside viewer, crystals are pretty rocks. Perfectly curated pictures of the pretty stones pepper the social media feeds of scores of millennials, as they have become increasingly popular on necklaces and as part of a “wholistic”, wellness-minded life. But, more than just a fashion statement, crystals are believed by some to have healing
October 27, 2018
Government forces destroyed the shrines of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in Dongergou (Shanxi), and Our Lady of Bliss in Anlong (Guizhou)
October 24, 2018
According to a Pew survey, 29 per cent of US Christians hold the New Age belief of reincarnation
October 18, 2018
Like other young people, they yearn for clarity, authenticity and truth
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