The Ineffable Majesty of Holy Communion

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A reflection on the Eucharist, and on the solemnity of our devotion when receiving Holy Communion, by a Bishop from Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, has for some years been making a name for himself as one of the staunchest defenders in the world of the traditional Catholic faith. In this essay, he […]

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8. Leah Libresco

LEAH-LIBRESCO

A quote from Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia — “It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong” — ended the post in which atheist-turned-Catholic blogger and Yale University student Leah Libresco, then 22, announced her startling conversion to Catholicism in 2012. The quote is emblematic of the […]

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How the cross became a symbol of grace, not disgrace

a collage by our graphic designer, Giuseppe Sabatelli, centering on the cross, to signify that this symbol of death, ugliness and disgrace became a symbol of grace, beauty and new life.

Many who have visited the second extraordinary Vatican exhibition of ancient biblical manuscripts entitled Verbum Domini (“The Word of the Lord”) at the Braccio di Carlo Magno (Charlemagne Wing) next to St. Peter’s Basilica (the first one was held in 2012) may not have been aware that the efforts of the organizers, including the American, […]

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Vatican Watch – November 2013

Pope Francis and priests.

Thursday 5 A LETTER TO PUTIN Pope Francis wrote to Vladimir Putin, Russian president, host of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 5-6. The pontiff asked leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution” to the Syrian civil war and promote instead a “peaceful solution […]

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Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace (July 23)

Mother of Divine Grace

This feast is particular to the Carmelite Order and is the octave of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We honor Mary as Mother of Divine Grace since she is the Mother of the Son of God, the Author of Grace. Tradition ascribes to Mary the titles Mother of Divine Grace, Mother Most […]

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