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August 01, 2019
August 01, 2019
Pope Francis took advantage of his lighter summer schedule to make a surprise visit to a convalescing Daughter of Charity earlier this week. Sr. Maria Mucci, 74, has spent her entire religious life serving guests and Pope Francis in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta. Since undergoing a surgery in October, she has been recovering in
August 01, 2019
Each year the Eastern Catholic Churches, as well as other Eastern Christians, participate in a fasting season from August 1-14 in preparation for the August 15 feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God (which is celebrated as the Assumption in the Latin rite). Traditionally, during the strict fourteen-day fast, Eastern Catholics abstain from
August 01, 2019
The vice-president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome said that changes to the school’s governing structure and academic program are a serious threat to its identity, and to the important pastoral ministry it supports. “It seems to me that the identity of the Institute is seriously threatened, so it is necessary to
August 01, 2019
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has refused to meet Sri Lanka’s presidential candidates until an investigation into the Easter Sunday attacks is released. The identity of Rome’s John Paul II Institute is “seriously threatened”, its vice-president has said. A Vietnamese Catholic activist will spend five years under house arrest following her release from prison. Muslim workers have
August 01, 2019
We wake up into life with the incurable sense that we’re special, that we’re the centre of the universe. And, subjectively, we are. In our awareness we’re the centre of the universe and life does revolve around us. Our own being is what’s most real to us. As Descartes famously said, the only thing that
August 01, 2019
We can still love the Church. We must love the Church. Those who truly love the Lord Jesus will not fail to love the Mystical Body of which He is the Head, the Bride for whom He offered Himself up on the Cross. It would be ingratitude to Him if we refused His gift of
August 01, 2019
Most people think of Robespierre (1758-1794) simply as a bloody-handed mass murderer. But there was another side to the master of the Terror. Born in Arras to a family of the minor nobility, when he was 11 he received a scholarship from his bishop, Hilaire de Conzié, to study at the prestigious Collège Louis-le-Grand in
August 01, 2019
Cryptic across 1 Why best arty type is in Welsh university (11) 9 Chap to come a cropper hiding west of Ireland abbess (7) 10 Charge around this morning, regularly popping in to see David’s great-grandmother (5) 11 One gets to fish all round dynasty’s land in southern China (5) 12 Ethiopian clubbed by coppers
August 01, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week II Sunday, August 4: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecc 1:2; 2:21-23; Ps 90; Col 3:1-5, 9-11; Lk 12:13-21 Monday, August 5: Weekday in Ordinary Time or the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Nm 11:4B-15; Ps 81; Mt 14:13-21 Tuesday, August 6: the Transfiguration of the Lord Dn
August 01, 2019
The Gospel carries tremendous power when preached with honesty and conviction. It can therefore be disappointing when a priest preaches a homily which is simply boring. It is sad to admit that this sometimes happens, but it is a fact recognised on numerous occasions by Pope Francis, who most recently complained about the numbers of “people
August 01, 2019
Every summer I put a short announcement in my parish newsletter with the aim of encouraging parishioners to make the effort to find a church to attend when they are on holiday. Thanks to the internet it is now easier than ever to locate Mass times and parishes near to where one may be staying.
August 01, 2019
The Collect for the 18th Ordinary Sunday was not in any previous edition of the Missale Romanum. It is a grammatically simplified version of a prayer in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary. Similar vocabulary is found in the works of Cicero (d 43 BC), St Ambrose of Milan (d 397) and St Augustine (d 430). Holy Church