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Campaign Starts for Titanic Priest to be Made a Saint
Last edited 13th April 2015

A campaign has been launched for the canonisation of the priest who stayed on board the Titanic as it sank in order to pray with his fellow passengers. According to survivors testimonies, Fr Thomas Byles twice refused a place on a lifeboat and stayed on the ship to pray with the passengers who were left aboard.

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Ten Year Anniversary of the Death of John Paul II
Last edited 4th April 2015

Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005 after leading the Catholic Church for more than a quarter of a century. He left an indelible mark on the lives of millions. And ten years after his passing, the Pope still remains on many people's minds: "Saint Pope John Paul II was a public figure that everyone in the world knew. The love, and the peace, and the image of Catholicism that he portrayed was inspirational."

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500 Years After Her Birth, The Witness of St. Teresa of Avila Remains Strong
Last edited 30th March 2015

On the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila's birth, Pope Francis praised the Spanish mystic and reformer for her witness of self-gift to God, as well as her particular relevance during this Year of Consecrated Life.

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St. Toribio of Mogrovejo
Last edited 23rd March 2015

On 23 March the Church celebrates the feast day of the great Spanish missionary St. Toribio of Mogrovejo. Watch this video to learn more about the often unknown saint.

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Joy for Australia's Sisters of Charity as Mary Aikenhead Declared Venerable by Pope Francis
Last edited 23rd March 2015

Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity of Australia, Sister Clare Nolan, rsc says the Sisters are overjoyed Pope Francis has declared their founder, Ireland's Mary Aikenhead Venerable in what is the second of four steps to canonisation. "We are very excited about it and our sisters have developed a special liturgy to mark this important stage together with Congregations of the Sisters of Charity worldwide," she says.

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Venerable Mary Aikenhead - Her Story
Last edited 19th March 2015

Born in Cork in 1787 of an upper class Protestant father and Catholic mother, Mary Aikenhead was deeply affected by her father’s work as a doctor among the Irish poor and by his death-bed conversion to Catholicism. In 1802, she became a Catholic and, in 1808, went to stay with her friend Anne O’Brien in Dublin. Here she witnessed widespread unemployment and poverty and soon began to accompany her generous friend in visiting the poor and sick in their homes.

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Mary Aikenhead Declared Venerable
Last edited 19th March 2015

Being declared Venerable is the second of four steps in the Church’s Canonisation process. Throughout the world today Religious Sisters of Charity are in Ireland, England, Scotland, Zambia, California, Nigeria, Malawi and Australia. Religious Sisters of Charity continue to work courageously and creatively with people who are poor in the areas of healthcare, education, pastoral and social work.

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St. Joseph, Model of a Man of Faith
Last edited 18th March 2015

Happy Solemnity of St Joseph! St Joseph is not the biological father of Jesus, whose Father is God alone, and yet he lives his fatherhood fully and completely. He is often overshadowed by the glory of Christ and the purity of Mary. But he, too, waited for God to speak to him and then responded with obedience. St Joseph was a compassionate, caring man - a model of fatherhood and a man of faith.

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The Secret Weapon of a Teenage Slave
Last edited 18th March 2015

Story time! Grab your blanket or favorite comfort item (iPhones are not an option). Ready? Once there was a teenager. He was happy and young and free and didn’t worry about things like “religion” or “God” or “right and wrong.” His parents were Christian, but they didn’t teach him much about it. And then, one day his carefree life came to a halting stop when he was kidnapped by pirates.

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Patrick: The Saint Who Knew What It Was Like To Be a Slave
Last edited 17th March 2015

Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.

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