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October 03, 2019
October 03, 2019
The High Court of Justice ruled Thursday that the parents of Tafida Raqeeb may take her to Italy for medical treatment. The five-year-old girl has been comatose since February, and UK doctors want to remove her life-sustaining treatment. Doctors at Royal London Hospital, where Raqeeb is on life support, had barred her parents (Muhhamed Raqeeb
October 03, 2019
Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the Synod of Bishops, has played down the importance of the Amazon synod’s working document, saying it is neither a “papal document” nor “magisterium.” In response to a question about the criticisms some bishops and cardinals have expressed about the working document, or Instrumentum laboris, Baldisseri said, “criticisms are good.”
October 03, 2019
Pope Francis met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the preservation of Christian communities in the Middle East and the promotion of religious freedom on Thursday. According to State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, during the October 3 meeting in Vatican City, the two “reaffirmed” the commitment of the US and the Holy See
October 03, 2019
The Vatican has announced the approval of a miracle attributed to Venerable Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the former primate of Poland known for his heroic resistance to Communism. The miracle involved the healing of a 19-year-old woman from thyroid cancer in 1989. After the young woman received the incurable diagnosis, a group of Polish nuns began
October 03, 2019
Members of female religious orders have called for women to have voting rights at synods. Fr Paul Béré SJ has said he was “very surprised” to become the first African winner of the Ratzinger Prize. Philip Pullella, Robert Royal and Michael Sean Winters preview the Amazon synod. Rocco Palmo notes that Malta, with fewer than
October 03, 2019
Some years ago I went on a weekend retreat given by a woman who made no secret about the fact that not being able to have children constituted a deep wound in her life. So she offered retreats on the pain of being unable to have children. Being a celibate and not having my own
October 03, 2019
Compare and contrast. On the one hand, you have the eternal verities contained in the Bible – like the past two Sundays’ Mass readings, the prophet Amos and Jesus’ parable of Dives and Lazarus. On the other hand, you have today’s secular template for virtue – “diversity and inclusion”, celebrated by British corporations and the
October 03, 2019
Donatus (d 355) was Bishop of Casa Nigrae in what is now Algeria in the early years of the 4th century, when the persecution of Christians under Diocletian was at its height. During that horrible time, many Catholics saved their lives by renouncing the faith, burning incense to the gods, or turning over Church property
October 03, 2019
Cryptic across 5 Arabs hate missile hits (11) 8 Place in Gilead’s a goal for leading actor’s comeback (8) 9 Florida has a few of these from Turkey, sheltering (4) 10 Short letter denying Christ’s leadership Paul wrote here (7) 12 Korah’s boy gets to like teacher (5) 14 Great Australian, for instance, is sharp
October 03, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week III Sunday, October 6: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Ps 95; 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10 Monday, October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary Jon 1:1 – 2:1-2, 11; Jon 2:3, 4, 5, 8; Lk 10:25-37 Tuesday, October 8: Weekday in Ordinary Time Jon 3:1-10; Ps
October 03, 2019
St Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is celebrated on October 4, is often remembered as one of the most Christ-like of saints, a man who imitated Our Lord so closely that he was rewarded with the stigmata. To live like St Francis is primarily to love Jesus – in the Eucharist, where he recognised
October 03, 2019
There are cyclamen growing wild beneath the trees and the canopy of the forest begins to turn from deep green to burnished red and gold. It is misty in the morning and at twilight, when a parliament of owls begins to hoot. Of the real Parliament and the busy world, I am blissfully ignorant. I
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