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Don’t you hate ultimatums? Most of us have encountered (and maybe issued) them at one time or another. They usually begin with “unless” or “if” and threaten dire consequences if one’s expectations or...
For Lebanese professor Antoine Courban, invited to the recent conference on citizenship promoted by al-Azhar, Islamic culture is attempting to make an epochal turn. In his apartment on the first...
Faced with the discouragement and powerlessness due to injustice, anxiety, dark moments, tight circumstances and the unexpected, Jesus can still shed light on our path. That is how it was for the...
The canonization of Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto has been hailed as an exciting moment for the Church, but the rector of the Marian shrine has said that it bears an even greater...
Some days – more than others – it can appear that the world we live in is a dark and fearsome place, filled with all manner of evil; that men of peace and goodwill are few and far between, grossly...
President Trump and Pope Francis meeting could take place at end of next month. Donald Trump’s administration will be asking the Holy See for a papal audience after high-ranking Catholic Republican...
The Latin language has been dead for hundreds of years, so what are the reasons behind the bond between this ancient language and the Catholic Church? Father Roberto Spataro, secretary of the...
The social media feeds are filled with woeful statuses and comments about the possibility of a nuclear war involving North Korea and the United States. Looks like Russia and China are dangling their...
According to pious tradition, the Rosary was given to Saint Dominic in an apparition of the Virgin Mary in the year 1214. In the 15th century, it was promoted by Alanus de Rupe (St. Alan of the Rock...
The best way for a good night's sleep is to reclaim your inner peace and rest with a heart united to God My dear God in heaven, O Creator, O One who loved me into being… Now that the voices are...
Even though candles no longer have a practical purpose, the Church still requires their use in the liturgy. With the exception of the Easter Vigil and the Advent Rorate Masses, in modern celebrations...
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...