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Padre Pio's Secret to Holiness
Last edited 1st October 2015

What is the true sign of sainthood? Fr. Mike Schmitz explains why it’s not the stigmata or the ability to miraculously heal people. Saints like Padre Pio, whose feast day we celebrated last week, actually walked a path that is very much within reach for us all. Find out how that is so in this video.

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The Life and Lessons of St Thérèse of Lisieux
Last edited 1st October 2015

St. Thérèse of Lisieux is one of the most unlikely heros of the Church - she died at the age of 24 in a little convent in the north west of France. She was known only to her family members and a few nuns when she died. Yet when her writings where discovered after her death, she became not only a Saint, but a Doctor of the Church.


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Sts Pio & Leopold, 2 Great Confessors for Year of Mercy
Last edited 30th September 2015

During Lent next year, to mark the Holy Year of Mercy, the remains of two of the great confessors of all time will be brought to St. Peter's Basilica: Saint Leopold and Saint Pio (known as Padre Pio). Both saints confessors were Capuchins and lived through the worst moments of the 20th century: both World Wars. Their holiness was so well known that people lined up to confess before them. Pope Francis hopes that both of them become some of the main examples of the Year of Mercy.

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Feast of the Archangels, Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael
Last edited 29th September 2015

On 29 September we celebrate the feast day of the three Archangels - St Michael, St Gabriel, and St Raphael.


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St Matthew, the Tax-Collector Who Became an Apostle & Evangelist
Last edited 20th September 2015

Saint Matthew, the first-century tax collector turned apostle who chronicled the life and ministry of Christ in his Gospel, is celebrated by the Church today, September 21. Although relatively little is known about the life of St. Matthew, the account he wrote of Christ's ministry – traditionally considered to be the first of the four Gospels - is of inestimable value to the Church, particularly in its verification of Jesus as the Messiah.


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Blessed Benedict Daswa: the South African Martyred for Rejecting Witchcraft
Last edited 14th September 2015

Benedict Daswa, a South African catechist whose Christian opposition to witchcraft led to his murder in 1990, was beatified on Sunday as Catholic leaders praised his heroic witness to the faith.


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An Accessible Woman: Remembering Blessed Mother Teresa on her Feast Day
Last edited 8th September 2015

It’s been eighteen years since Mother Teresa suffered a heart attack and died at 87 years old on Sept. 5, 1997 in Calcutta. She would have turned 105 years old this year. The day after she died, she was set to lead an interfaith memorial prayer service in Calcutta for her friend, Diana, Princess of Wales, who had been tragically killed in a car accident one week earlier.


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Our Heart is Restless - Feast Day of St Augustine
Last edited 27th August 2015

On 28th August we celebrate the feast day of one of the most well known and influential Saints in history - St Augustine of Hippo. St Augustine, who lived from the year 354-430 AD, is famous for his incredible conversion after years of being away from the Church. He is also well known for his incredible writings, which continue to inspire and encourage Christians around the world to grow in relationship with Christ.


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Mother Teresa - Advice from a saint - Poverty of the Heart
Last edited 4th September 2015

Mother Teresa - Advice from a saint - Poverty of the Heart.

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Feast Day of St Bartholomew, Apostle - 24 August
Last edited 24th August 2015

In the New Testament, Bartholomew is mentioned only in the lists of the apostles. Some scholars identify him with Nathanael, a man of Cana in Galilee who was summoned to Jesus by Philip. Jesus paid him a great compliment: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him” (John 1:47b). When Nathanael asked how Jesus knew him, Jesus said, “I saw you under the fig tree” (John 1:48b).


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