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October 31, 2019
October 31, 2019
Pope Francis has decreed that the feast of Our Lady of Loreto be included in the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial to be celebrated on December 10. “This celebration will help all people, especially families, youth and religious to imitate the virtues of that perfect disciple of the Gospel, the Virgin Mother, who, in
October 31, 2019
Cardinal Angelo Becciu has denied any impropriety in a real estate investment made with Vatican funds and insisted that he only acted in the best interests of the Holy See. In an interview with Italian media published Tuesday, the former deputy at the Holy See’s Secretariat of State rejected any wrongdoing in the authorization of
October 31, 2019
Cardinal Angelo Becciu has denied “slanderous charges” that he “played with and tampered with the money of the poor”. A priest kidnapped in Nigeria’s Enugu State has been released unharmed. Fr Gilfredo Marengo has been named vice president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome. Cardinal Mauro Piacenza has urged the faithful to
October 31, 2019
It’s hard to be humble, not because we don’t have more than enough deficiencies to merit humility, but rather because there’s a crafty mechanism inside us that normally doesn’t let us go to the place of humility. Simply put, as we try to be self-effacing, humble and non-hypocritical, invariably we take pride in that and
October 31, 2019
Flying back from a late holiday to Greece, I barely held it together, having lost my dear little horse Grace while I was away. Her show name was Amazing Grace. She lived up to this in the way she galloped so lightly it was as if her feet didn’t touch the ground. The vet told
October 31, 2019
When this writer was a boy, such journals as Argosy, Popular Science, and Popular Mechanics were festooned with strange ads for an organisation that claimed to have ancient wisdom to dispense and that boasted such worthies as Benjamin Franklin and Francis Bacon as past members. Both advertisements and the organisation – the Rosicrucians (Ancient Order
October 31, 2019
Cryptic across 1 Parallel Bible passage about corn – deacon follows the key (11) 8 Joseph’s lad is right to point to short book’s introduction (7) 9 Hebrew character’s hale physically, it’s revealed (5) 10 Head coverings hot among early Liberals (5) 11 Lover of Theseus deviant Diana imprisoned: king gets close to see (7)
October 31, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week III Sunday, November 3: The 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Wis 11:22-12:2; Ps 145; 2 Thes 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-10 Monday, November 4: St Charles Borromeo Rom 11:29-36; Ps 69; Lk 14:12-14 Tuesday, November 5: Weekday in Ordinary Time Rom 12:5-16AB; Ps 131; Lk 14:15-24 Wednesday, November 6: Weekday in Ordinary
October 31, 2019
The more famous a person is, the more followers they will have on Twitter, that most dynamic of social media platforms. Popularity is no measure of virtue, however, with many tweets by the singer Liam Gallagher (3.2 million followers), for instance, suitable only for the wall of a public urinal.  The Church nonetheless wants the
October 31, 2019
Ecclesiology was so important during my seminary formation that it was one of only two courses that ran for two semesters. The name of our lecturer was ‘‘Anton-Henn”. Only once it began did we discover that Anton-Henn was supposed to be a double-act. Fr Anton was a Jesuit who theoretically taught part one, but the
October 31, 2019
November introduces the phase of the liturgical year when we shift to ponder the Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell and the Second Coming of the Lord. This is suggested already in our still hope-bedecked green 31st Ordinary Sunday. Shall we see the Collect? Omnipotens et misericors Deus, de cuius munere venit, ut tibi
October 31, 2019
The 31st Sunday of the Year Wis 11:22-12:2; 2 Thess 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-10 (Year C) “In your sight, Lord, the whole world is like a grain of dust that tips the scales, like a drop of morning dew falling to the ground. Yet you spare all things because all things are yours, Lord, lover of