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The Pope in Santa Marta, “In bad and sad moments”, perhaps “poisoned by having talked against God”, we shall “ look at “the wounds” of Christ for by those wounds we have been healed” “When we have a...
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus knew perfectly just what it was for which He was to pay the penalty of death. He was to pay the penalty for sin — for all the sins of mankind, from the first to the...
In present times, we often associate the religious dimension of our lives with “values,” both ethical and aesthetic. This passage from the Gospel helps us question the value we attribute to the Cross...
This is the third and final “Scrutiny” that the Church proposes for catechumens and candidates. In the first “Scrutiny”— focusing on the Woman at the Well — Jesus tells us of his thirst for mankind....
A series of books titled, “La Teologia di Papa Francesco” (The Theology of Pope Francis) have been published by the Vatican’s publishing house. Following is the abstract of the books: Abstract...
Bishop Semeraro’s pastoral instruction: an application document of “Amoris laetitia” prepared and shared together with the priests. It is a pastoral instruction entitled “Rejoice with me” dedicated...
The Fourth Sunday of Lent is called Laetare Sunday in the Extraordinary Form, since its theme is one of rejoicing and expectation that Easter is near. It occurs just over half way through the...
The story of Joseph and his brothers from the Old Testament’s Book of Genesis is no doubt familiar to all of us. Joseph is the favorite of their father, Jacob, who after wrestling with the Angel is...
“You do not pay for the Mass, if you want you can make an offering, do it but you don’t need to pay for the Mass”. Pope Francis, in the audience hall in the Vatican, raises his gaze from the prepared...
GOD’S GAME PLAN (JOHN 3:16-21) “How precious must man be in the eyes of the Creator, if he gained so great a Redeemer, and if God ‘gave his only Son’ in order that man ‘should not perish but have...
Vatican News interviews the 85-years-old German cardinal, “Tradition is not a stagnant lake, but is like a spring, or a river: it is something alive”. “Tradition is not a stagnant lake, but is like a...
Why has Pope Francis just instituted a new feast titled "Mary, Mother of the Church"? Pope Francis has recently declared that a new obligatory memorial is to be celebrated in honor of our Blessed...
Mother, help our faith! Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call. Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his...
decree by Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of Divine Worship, inserts the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the Roman rite on the Monday following Pentecost. “Having attentively considered how greatly...
In a new teaching letter titled Placuit Deo, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) attempts to address the underlying difficulties that prevent people from embracing Church...
Jerusalem’s most famous Christian church, shared by three denominations, is unlocked each morning by a Muslim. Since the seventh century, the family of Wajeeh Nuseibeh, 69, has been handed down the...
Jerusalem heads of churches, including the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the Armenian Patriarchate and the Custody of the Holy Land, have all decided to close down the doors of the Church of Holy...
The Advisory Council of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan has followed with great concern the statement of the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem, in which it announced the...
Lent continues! Its rhyme and rhythm rolls on, with us, without us, or in spite of us. Where are we with our Lenten observance? Is the season passing us by? On this Second Sunday of Lent, our Gospel...
President Donald J. Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is problematic, to say the least. It is more pragmatic than principled, more political than ideological or religious...