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Feast of the Triumph of the Cross - 14 September

Last edited 15th September 2010

The Feast of the "Triumph of the Cross" (also known as the "Exaltation of the Holy Cross") has been celebrated since the early days of the Catholic Church. Learn more about the fascinating history of this celebration in this article...

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Reflection on Cardinal Newman's Beatification

Last edited 13th September 2010

On 19 September 2010 in Birmingham, England, the long awaited beatification ceremony will take place for the great Victorian, Catholic theologian, John Henry Cardinal Newman - one of the most influential English Catholics of the 19th century. Fr Tom Rosica of Salt & Light reflects on Cardinal Newman's historic beatification in this video.

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Shroud of Turin Scholars Gather in Peru

Last edited 9th March 2011

The origin of the Shroud of Turin, the cloth believed to have wrapped Christ in the tomb, is one of the biggest mysteries of our time... Is it real?

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The History of World Youth Day/ La Historia de la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud

Last edited 11th July 2011

What is World Youth Day? How did it all begin? Why does the Catholic Church see WYD as an important part of youth formation? This video is a moving tribute to the WYDs of previous years, released by the World Youth Day 2011 team in Madrid.

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Earliest Letters of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Last edited 9th August 2010

These 50,000 volumes -- more than a mile long of archives -- contain the history of the Society of Jesus -- the Jesuits. This Jesuit Library houses the first letters of the founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and the latest books on the Society's history!

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UN Chief Visits Nagasaki Cathedral

Last edited 9th August 2010

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to the victims of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack after meeting survivors and visiting the city’s Urakami Cathedral.

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The Snows of Saint Mary Major

Last edited 5th August 2010

Saint Mary Major - one of the prime basilicas of Rome – appeared in all its grandeur on 5 August 2010, marking its special feast. According to an ancient tradition, on the 5th of August in the year 358, snow covered the Esquiline Hill. The event was foretold in a vision Pope Liberius had of the Virgin Mary, who told him to build a basilica at that place the snow appeared. That marked the origins of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Since that time, every August 5th, the Basilica hosts the celebration of the miracle of the snows.

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The Oldest Illustrated Christian Works Dated to Before 650 A.D.

Last edited 2nd August 2010

The Garima Gospels in Ethiopia are believed to be the oldest illustrated Christian manuscripts. Scholars previously dated the manuscripts to around 1100 A.D, but recent carbon dating has placed the documents to somewhere between 330 and 650 A.D.

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Bearing the Burden of the Past

Last edited 26th July 2010

How should we react to wrongs of our forebears? Should white Americans feel guilty for the disappearance of Native Americans or for black slavery? Should contemporary Germans feel guilty for Nazi atrocities? Should the British feel guilty for massacring Sikhs at Amritsar?

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The Controversy Over the Identity of Mary Magdalene

Last edited 29th July 2010

The controversy over the identity of St Mary Magdalene has continued since the early Church. In the Gospels there are three particular "characters"  involved in the controversy: Mary Magdalene, a follower of Our Lord (John20:11-18); the anonymous penitent woman (Luke 7:36-50); and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:38-42). In the West, particularly since the time of Pope St Gregory the Great, the three characters have all been identified as St Mary Magdalene. But is this the truth?

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