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18 Jul 2015 Articles Comments (2)

Eucharistic Miracle 1: Siena, Italy - 1730, Consecrated Hosts remain perfectly preserved for over 250 years

The second Eucharistic miracle of Siena has roots in the 13th century when special services and festivities were introduced in honor of the feast of the Assumpt…

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20 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (1)

In the prayer "Hail, Holy Queen," we call Mary "our life, our sweetness, and our hope." Is this proper?

Full Question In the prayer "Hail, Holy Queen," we call Mary "our life, our sweetness, and our hope." Is this proper? Answer How often have we he…

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04 Sep 2016 Uncategorized No comments

'It's a link between heaven and earth': Pilgrims travel to site of Marian apparition

'Once (the pilgrims) have finished their devotion at the slipper chapel shrine, they then walk along what's called the Holy Mile into the village.' For more …

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04 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (50)

Why do Catholics kneel?

Full Question Why do Catholics kneel during their services? This seems unnecessary. Why not just sit still and listen to the preaching of God's word? …

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30 Nov 2016 News No comments

Archbishop closes missing persons registry for fear of retaliation

The Archbishop of Guadalajara has announced that his diocese is calling off its distribution of a list of missing persons, because of fears of retaliation again…

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01 Sep 2015 Middle East - Africa News No comments

'Africa will save the family' – one cardinal's prediction on the Church's future

The African cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent – he believes that it can bring abou…

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03 Oct 2015 Europe News Comments (3)

Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here's what they want.

As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from the debates of the 2014 e…

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29 Feb 2016 News Vatican Comments (1)

Pope Francis' Angelus Text: It’s Never Too Late to Convert

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Every day, unfortunately, the newspapers report bad news: homicides, accidents, catastrophes… in the passage from to…

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16 Nov 2014 Q&A No comments

Is there a difference among conservative, orthodox, and traditional Catholics?

Full Question Traditional, orthodox, conservative? What's the difference? Is there some formal definition of these as they relate to Catholicism? I am so c…

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The Crucifixion of Kidnapped Fr. Tom by ISIS on Good Friday analyzed

Last week rumors spread through lots of media on the internet stating that the kidnapped Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified by the ISIS terrorist group on Good Friday. And this made serious wave causing panic and rise of temper in the hearts of many Christians (Especially Catholics).

The report of Fr. Tom’s crucifixion is approved to be like false and irresponsible by Bishop Paul Hinder of Southern Arabia (a region in Saudi Arabia, the country just north of Yemen where Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped).

The likely false report was ignited on the basis of the statement an Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna allegedly made during Easter vigil services. But Cardinal Schönborn issued the statement based on a wrong information he was feed during the Good Friday ceremony. He has subsequently issued a correction, saying that he has no knowledge of Father Uzhunnalil’s fate.

“Cardinal Schönborn has already corrected his statement which he had made on the basis of the wrong statement of Archbishop Moras in Bangalore. Certain media in India are too nervous and curious and not aware that they are playing with the life of Fr. Tom. I cannot say more for the reason I gave in my first sentence (to protect the life of Fr. Tom)," Bishop Hinder told CNA.

“We have absolutely no information" on Fr. Uzhunnalil, said Father Mathew Valarkot, spokesman for the Salesians’ Bangalore province to which the kidnapped priest belongs.

Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar for Yemen, has said that there are “strong indications that Father Tom is still alive and in the hands of the kidnappers.” He declined to provide further details.









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