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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,...
The statistical yearbook of the Vatican registers an overall increase of 1,285 million of baptized Catholics in 2015. 49 per cent live in the Americas. For the first time since 2000, a decline of...
Recalling an extraordinary gesture of Pope Montini while waiting for Francis’ Pilgrimage to the African country. The Orthodox Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark’s located in the Abbasyia district in Cairo...
As Jesus hangs on the cross, naked, dying, and at the climax of his earthly ministry he cries: 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.' The phrase appears in both Matthew's and Mark's account of...
The cross is a sign of God’s love for humankind and not just an emblem of Christianity or a piece of jewellery to display, Pope Francis said. The cross is a symbol of “the power of God who made...
There is something fascinating about famous last words. Some are merely interesting: “All my possessions for a moment of time” (Queen Elizabeth I); “Josephine” (Napoleon Bonaparte); “I have tried so...
At the general audience, on Wednesday, April 5, Pope Francis also remembers the attack in St. Petersburg. "Mobsters respond to evil with evil because they have no hope". "We witness horrified the...
When a group of Christians from different denominations get together to pray, it is easy to figure out who is Catholic. Instead of diving right into prayer by addressing God the Father, the Catholic...
One of the favorite stories from the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima a century ago this year is how Our Lady was compelled gently to correct the three shepherd children for “cheating” on how they...
The Pope in Mirandola: these are “places of historical memory and are crucial areas of social and ecclesial life.” “Raise your children with the same courage you had during those hard times.” “Thank...