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What did Jesus mean when He uttered the words "It is finished!" in John 19:30? The phrase actually translates one word in Greek, tetelestai, from the root tele­ō, which means "to finish, fulfill."...
“May the balm of Mercy reach everyone” Throughout his papacy so far, Pope Francis has consistently shown himself to be a messenger of mercy. This has been evident not only in the words he has spoken...
It has been almost two decades since a Roman Catholic Pope has been on an official visit to Egypt. It was the year 2000 when Pope John Paul II said in Arabic “Peace be upon you”, making history as...
The Easter season stretches from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, making up what is known as “The Great 50 Days.” This is a season in which the Church rejoices in and with the resurrected Christ. It is...
With the approaching of Easter, the Maronite archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar, recounts the Sisters’ humble evangelical service that still gives hope to the people How to bring comfort and hope...
Holy Week Reminds Us of Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus When we think of the Passion of our Lord or make the Stations of the Cross, one image that should come into our mind’s eye is the Sixth...
Good Friday commemorates the Passion of the Lord, the day of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Nowhere in the world is Mass offered on this day. Reception of the Most Holy...
After Jesus died and his body was placed in the tomb, he could have ascended to heaven without appearing to anyone. But Jesus rose and he appeared to his disciples, and he did so for a number of...
“Like the prophets before him Jesus expressed the deepest respect for the Temple in Jerusalem.” (CCC 583) Dave Armstrong The “holy place” is a thoroughly biblical notion. Jerusalem was and is a holy...
They trace their founding to the voyage to Alexandria of St. Mark, the apostle of Jesus and New Testament author. Just a decade or two after the original Easter, which Christians celebrate around the...
Promoters of the “Prosperity Gospel” often have less to say during Holy Week. The Theology of the Cross is not their strong suit, especially when applied not simply to the God-man Jesus Christ, but...
Cuban bishops to the Vatican at the end of the month; behind the scenes of a complex, yet promising moment for the relationship between state and church authorities The last ad limina visit of the...
The situation after the Coptic churches attack in Egypt on Palm Sunday and in view of the Pope’s visit scheduled for April 28 and 29 After the Palm Mass on Sunday celebrated in St. Peter’s Square,...
When visiting a Catholic church for Sunday Mass, it is hard not to notice all the parishioners pause for a second as they file in through the various entrances. They stop, dip their fingers in a bowl...
Mary, my Mother, you were the first to live the Way of the Cross. You felt every pain and every humiliation. You were unafraid of the ridicule heaped upon you by the crowds. Your eyes were ever on...
Holy Week In the first centuries of the Church, the week preceding the solemnity of Easter was called the “Great Week.” Then as now, Holy Week is the commemoration of the successful conclusion of the...
After His resurrection, the Lord Jesus revealed Himself to His disciples and spent time with them. In one such account, we find Jesus and Peter talking to each other, having one of the most beautiful...
The Five Holy Wounds or Five Sacred Wounds are the five piercing wounds Jesus suffered during the Crucifixion – the nail wounds on his hands and feet as well as the lance wound which pierced his side...
April 8th is the optional memorial of Saint Julie Billiart. For the little girl who loved to play “school” as a child, founding a religious order dedicated to the education of the young was something...
Georg Gänswein in a TV interview denies the latest allegations on the renunciation: “It was a free decision. What has been recently said is invented.” The two Popes theory? “The Pope is one,...