Publications


17
Sep 2016
Man rams car through police barrier into St. Peter's Square

  52 Vatican City, Sep 17, 2016 / 08:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A mentally ill man rammed his car through a police checkpoint at St. Peter’s Square on Friday evening, demanding to meet with Pope Francis.The 64-year-old Italian man was immediately stopped by police officers. No one was injured in the incident, according to the Italian publication Il Messaggero. The man entered the area of the colonnade near the Paul VI Hall. After breaking through the security barriers, he exited his car and began ranting, saying, “I want to see the Pope.”......

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17
Sep 2016
Christians in Nigeria are essentially 'target practice'

Christians in Nigeria are essentially ‘target practice’ – here’s one bishop’s response Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need/James Nicholls. By Adelaide Mena Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2016 / 06:29 am (CNA).- For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day. In the diocese of Sokoto, located in northern Nigeria, ministry includes not only the normal sacramental and pastoral concerns of any other diocese. It also includes regularly responding to violence and attacks against the small......

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13
Sep 2016
The story of a (happy) 32-year-old virgin

Kate Bryan is a 32-year-old woman who has chosen to save sex for marriage. Read the story below: I’m a 32-year-old virgin, and I’m living the feminist dream Kate Bryan, the author of this piece, believes in waiting for marriage to have sex. (Courtesy of Kate Bryan) My name is Kate. I’m 32 years old. I’ve never had sex. When I was young, I always imagined I would be married by 25 and have a brood of kids. Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew to “make disciples,” and I thought it......

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08
Sep 2016
Saint of the Day for September 8: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Story of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this......

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08
Sep 2016
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

THE BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2016 The Catholic Church celebrates today the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on its traditional fixed date of September 8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of her Immaculate Conception as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne. The circumstances of the Virgin Mary’s infancy and early life are not directly recorded in the Bible, but other documents and traditions describing the circumstances of her birth are cited by some of the earliest Christian writers from the first centuries of......

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01
Sep 2016
Which of these Sins Are YOU guilty of?

List of Sins Catholics have become numb to – Which of these Sins Are YOU guilty of? -By Kenya Sinclair Every faithful Catholic is guilty of some sort of sin. No one but our Lord and Holy Mother have ever been perfect, so which sins are the ones believers most often struggle with and what can we do to stop? Catholics are just as susceptible to sin as anyone else but the difference is we have the Word of God to bring us back and into the arms of our merciful and......

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31
Aug 2016
Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass for victims of earthquake in Italy   Bishop Domenico Pompili of Rieti embraces the Sergio Pirozzi, the Mayor of Amatrice, during the Requiem Mass for victims of last week’s earthquake in central Italy. – ANSA (Vatican Radio) Italy held a state funeral in pouring rain on Tuesday for some of the victims of an earthquake which levelled mountain communities last week, killing at least 292 people. Hundreds of mourners sheltered in a marquee or under umbrellas at the service for 28 victims, including two children, in the outskirts of the......

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27
Aug 2016
Readings for Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Lectionary: 126 Reading 1 SIR 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not. The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise. Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins. Responsorial Psalm PS 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 R. (cf. 11b)......

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27
Aug 2016
Pope Francis tells a fractured world: God's mercy gives hope for change

Pope Francis tells a fractured world: God’s mercy gives hope for change Bogotá, Colombia, Aug 27, 2016 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Just as God trusts us and expects us to change, we must treat others “never based on fear but on the hope God has in our ability to change,” Pope Francis said in Saturday remarks that rejected the despair of a fractured culture.“Which will it be: hope for change, or fear?” the Pope asked a gathering of Catholic leaders Aug. 27. “The only thing acting out of fear accomplishes is......

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26
Aug 2016
In rare interview, Benedict XVI names his favorite saints

In rare interview, Benedict XVI names his favorite saints Vatican City, Aug 26, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Since he resigned from the papacy over three years ago, Benedict XVI rarely gives interviews. In a recent exception, however, the former pontiff took the time to chat not only about his successor, but the saints who’ve accompanied him throughout his life. In the interview, published Aug. 24 in Italian newspaper La Reppublica, Benedict said he has been serene and happy since his resignation, and that while there were “smaller and larger difficulties” in......

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