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September 19, 2019
September 19, 2019
The miracle of the liquefiction of the blood of early Church martyr St. Januarius took place Thursday in Naples. The blood was shown to have liquefied shortly after 10 a.m. during Mass in the Naples’ Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Archbishop of Naples, who in his
September 19, 2019
After Fr James Martin, SJ, spoke at a Philadelphia university, the Archbishop of Philadelphia urged caution about the priest’s message, especially regarding the possibility that Catholic teaching on sexuality might change. “Father Martin has sought in a dedicated way to accompany and support people with same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria. Many of his efforts have
September 19, 2019
Six weeks after a Pew Research study found that only one-third of Catholics in the US believe that the bread and wine become at Mass the body and blood of Christ, bishops across the country are writing to the faithful in the hopes of educating them about this central tenet of the Catholic faith. The
September 19, 2019
Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York is facing fresh calls for his resignation, after a local news organization commissioned a poll that suggests a majority of Catholics and lapsed Catholics in the diocese would like to see him step down because of his alleged mishandling of clerical sexual abuse cases. A poll commissioned by
September 19, 2019
A new study from a Planned Parenthood thinktank released on Wednesday has found that abortion in the United States have dropped to its lowest rate since the procedure was made legal in 1973. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, estimated that there were approximately 862,000 abortions in 2017. The
September 19, 2019
For any Catholic to deny the Real Presence is “in a certain sense to deny Jesus”, US Bishop Daniel Jenky has said in a new teaching document (full text). Cardinal Walter Kasper advised the Pope on his letter to German Catholics, reports Lucas Wiegelmann (German text). Zambia’s bishops are launching a Catholic television station. George
September 19, 2019
It’s no secret that today we’re witnessing a massive decline in church attendance and, seemingly, a parallel loss of interest in religion. The former mindset within which we worried, sometimes obsessively, about sin, church-going, and heaven and hell no longer holds sway for millions of people. As one parent, worried about the religious state of
September 19, 2019
The best known of Blake’s works is that bit of his poem on Milton which we know as Jerusalem – the anthem of the Women’s Institute, the raucous bit of the Last Night of the Proms. And being familiar, it’s quite probable we don’t actually register the words: “And did those feet in ancient times
September 19, 2019
Rather obscure today, Robert Browne (1550s-1633) is arguably one of the most important figures in Anglo-American religious history. Born to a gentry family in Rutland, Browne graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1572. During his time at Cambridge he converted to Puritanism – which, at the time, wished simply to purge the Church of
September 19, 2019
Cryptic across 7 Dog one from Strasbourg (8) 8 Chap’s going back to the old country (4) 9 How Americans familiarize with the East (6) 10 Justify copper joining ahead of a man of the cloth (6) 11 Parts of a circle to scan randomly – about the first of twenty (7) 13 Paul’s companion
September 19, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week I Sunday, September 22: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Am 8:4-7; Ps 113; 1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13 Monday, September 23: St Pio of Pietrelcina Ezr 1:1-6; Ps 126; Lk 8:16-18 Tuesday, September 24: Our Lady of Walsingham (England); Weekday in Ordinary Time Ezr 6:7-8, 12B, 14-20; Ps 122; Lk 8:19-21
September 19, 2019
Among the preparations for the forthcoming canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on October 13 is a special novena, or nine days of prayer. The Birmingham Oratory, which is organising the event, has described the novena as “a time of special grace for us to join together and form links in a great chain of