The Stone Churches of Matera

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Matera is a small town in southern Italy famous for two things: its astonishing rock churches (named a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993) and its poverty. There is hardly an electric light or a wire in sight. The panorama, the hollow cave-rooms gaping like empty eye sockets and shadowy rupestral churches still decorated with […]

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“The Church is not about administration but mission”


“Bringing the joy of the Gospel to others isn’t a philanthropic idea but a gift from God that is to be proclaimed and not hidden.” Pope Francis to prelates of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference in their “ad limina” visit – Vatican City, January 31, 2014 In his speech, the Holy Father affirmed that being the Church “doesn’t […]

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“A Christian without the Church is incomprehensible”


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