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August 08, 2019
August 08, 2019
Thursday marks the Feast Day of St. Dominic, the 13th century priest known for founding the Order of Preachers, commonly called the Dominicans, and for spreading devotion to the Rosary. Surprisingly, though, the Dominicans don’t usually do much to celebrate the saint’s August 8 feast day. While the August feast “is for us certainly always
August 08, 2019
Pope Francis Wednesday criticized those who give more consideration to money than the sacraments or helping others find true wealth – a relationship with Jesus Christ. “How many times do I think of this when I see some parishes where it is thought that money is more important than the sacraments! Please! A poor Church:
August 08, 2019
The superior general of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation has dismissed from religious life Sister Lucy Kalapura, who has been accused of several acts of disobedience, including a protest of the handling of another nun’s accusation that a bishop serially raped her. Sr. Ann Joseph, superior general of the community, sent a letter to Sr. Lucy
August 08, 2019
An Ohio college is returning to Nagasaki’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral a wooden cross that was recovered from the cathedral’s remains after the August 9, 1945 atomic strike on the city. Dr. Tanya Maus, director of Wilmington College’s Peace Resource Center, planned to return the cross on August 7. “Very few artifacts from the cathedral were
August 08, 2019
We often hear biblical scholars speak of God’s self-emptying in the incarnation, of Christ’s burying himself into anonymity, and of God’s patience in being ignored. But does God mind if we don’t give him attention for some periods of time? Is God okay with this kind of neglect? Yes, but only if that yes is
August 08, 2019
Today he is little remembered. But Admiral Sir Henry Harwood made a crucial early contribution during the Second World War: he injected a vital shot of confidence into the British public by scoring the first major victory of the war, sinking the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee in the Battle of the River Plate
August 08, 2019
Dolores Ibarruri (1895-1989) – better known as La Pasionaria – was an icon to the Communists and Socialists of the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War, as well as to their ideological offspring and co-dependents today. Born to poor but devout parents, a Basque father and Castilian mother, Dolores was encouraged to go to teachers school by
August 08, 2019
Cryptic across 7 House within diocese is retro brown (6) 8 Nice fathers sacked in Gorbachev’s plan for Russian transport (6) 9 Joint effort haulage unions take at the outset to identify speeding driver (4) 10 Gemstone’s cut by a mate of Ananias (8) 11 Arrived from Sodom, he visited the royal court (7) 13
August 08, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week III Sunday, August 11: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wis 18:6-9; Ps 33; Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Lk 12:32-48 Monday, August 12: Weekday in Ordinary Time or St Jane Frances de Chantal Dt 10:12-22; Ps 147; Mt 17:22-27 Tuesday, August 13: Weekday in Ordinary Time or Ss Pontian and Hippolytus Dt 31:1-8; Deut
August 08, 2019
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary has always been a teaching within the tradition of the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which refers to it as the Dormition. In 1950, Pope Pius XII exercised papal infallibility to declare the Assumption as part of the deposit of faith and he defined the dogma in
August 08, 2019
I am a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, having been part of the first group of former Anglican clergy to be ordained in 2012. Since then I have received great blessings through this wonderful journey into the full communion of the Catholic Church. I grew up and later ministered in
August 08, 2019
Early this week we literally observe the “Tears of St Lawrence”, the annual Perseid meteor shower which hovers over that mighty deacon’s feast. We also celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some of you will remember without reminders that Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation (this year, at least). To avoid Holy