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Why I Tell My Sins to a Person: In Defense of Confession
Last edited 19th August 2014

Have you ever heard non-Catholics (and even Catholics) question why we need to go to Confession? After all, can't we just confess ours sins directly to God? In this excellent article from Lifeteen.com, Christina Mead defends the Sacrament of Confession, and explains the truth behind this great gift that Jesus left for His Church!

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Pope Francis in Korea: Homily on the Solemnity of the Assumption
Last edited 15th August 2014

On Friday 15 August, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption in Daejeon at World Cup Stadium in Korea. Here is teh full text of the Pope's Homily:

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Korean Faithful Show God is 'Alive and Powerful' in Asia
Last edited 12th August 2014

The rich history of martyrdom in South Korea and the thousands of young people slated to gather this week for Pope Francis shows the beauty and power of the faith, says a local bishop.

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Pastoral Strategies for the Church - New Book by Archbishop Julian Porteous
Last edited 11th August 2014

As Pope Francis has repeated many times, there is an urgent need to proclaim the Gospel message to the world today. Guidelines on how to do this are contained in a book just published by Julian Porteous, archbishop of Hobart, Australia, in “New Evangelisation: Pastoral Strategy for the Church at the Beginning of the Third Millennium.”

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Interview with Cardinal Pell on Vatican Reform
Last edited 8th August 2014

Pope Francis wants a "poor church for the poor," but that "doesn't necessarily mean a church with empty coffers," said Cardinal George Pell, "and it certainly doesn't mean a church that is sloppy or inefficient or open to being robbed."

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Pope: Every night, make an examination of conscience.
Last edited 11th August 2014

The Pope explained that even though the Beatitudes aren't as popular as the 10 Commandments, they lay out the foundation of happiness and compassion. He then recommended yet another Gospel passage.

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Transfiguration – Hiroshima – Peace
Last edited 6th August 2014

On this day in 1945, someone climbed not a holy mountain, but into the cockpit of a plane – a machine of war. There had been a lull of a week in the fighting between America and Japan. The Americans had a new secret weapon and they wanted to use it with the maximum psychological effect. On August 6 an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.


Vatican: Avoid 'Excesses' in Sign of Peace During Mass
Last edited 3rd August 2014

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has asked the world’s bishops to “moderate excesses” in the Sign of Peace exchanged during Mass. The Vatican said that some widespread practices—such as lengthy interludes in which the priest leaves the altar and/or the faithful leave their pews; the introduction of a “song of peace;” and the exchange of congratulations or condolences on special occasions—are inappropriate during the Eucharistic liturgy. These practices, the Vatican’s liturgical office said, create confusion in the liturgical assembly just prior to Communion.”


The 100th Anniversary of the First World War
Last edited 29th July 2014

Monday 28 July 2014 marks exactly one hundred years since the outbreak of the first world war - the global conflict that rocked Europe and the globe. During his Angelus address on Sunday 27 July, Pope Francis reflected on this anniversary, and once again urged us all to join in prayer for peace - particularly in the three crisis areas of the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine.

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Meriam Meets Pope Francis after Arriving in Italy
Last edited 24th July 2014

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting in which he thanked her for her 'courageous testament of faith' and her 'tenacity', the Vatican said in a statement.

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