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The Earliest Known Hymn to Our Lady Dates All the Way Back to A.D. 250

Last edited 22nd December 2015

Marian devotion is just an late medieval accretion to the faith, right? Think again! In addition to the important place she is given in the Gospels in the New Testament, meditation on the unique importance of Mary’s role in salvation history (known as Mariology) dates back at least to the early 2nd century. And the earliest known example of spiritual devotion to Our Lady dates all the way back to around A.D. 250. The Marian prayer is one you made have heard before: the famous Sub tuum.

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People Who Think Jesus Didn’t Exist Are Seriously Confused

Last edited 3rd November 2015

The news that 40 per cent of British people, according to a recent poll, do not believe that Jesus was “a real person” is pretty shattering whichever way you look at it.

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Catholic Answers to Your Halloween Questions!

Last edited 6th November 2015

“Is Halloween an evil holiday?” Nope! The word itself means “All Hallows’ Eve” (“hallow” is an old-fashioned word for holy) because it’s the night before the feast of All Saints. There’s a lot of research that’s been done on the origin of this holiday but I’ll save you the long version and just tell you: it was always our holiday.

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The Story of Japan's Hidden Christians Emerges from the Vatican Archives

Last edited 17th September 2015

Collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan in the early 20th century, letters and documents showing the history of Christians in the land of the rising sun have been recently restored by the Vatican archives and library.

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9/11: When John Paul II Grieved with America

Last edited 13th September 2015

As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II.

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On WWII Anniversary, Pope says 'Never Again' to War

Last edited 3rd September 2015

Pope Francis remembered the official end of the Second World War on Wednesday with the plea: “never again,” and he decried similar horrors from today’s bloody conflicts, denouncing weapons trafficking.

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800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

Last edited 18th June 2015

On the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Church's central role in creating the historic charter that remains the basis of English, American and Australian constitutional and common law is being recognised.

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ANZAC Day: The Story of Lance Corporal Mick Stafford

Last edited 22nd April 2015

When Redemptorist Brother Dan Stafford OAM attends this week's ANZAC Eve Centenary Vigil Mass of Remembrance at St Mary's Cathedral he will be wearing the Military Medal awarded to his father, Michael "Mick" Stafford for "bravery in the field" during World War I: "Dad was just 18 when he joined the first Australian Imperial Force in October 1914 shortly after war was declared and he saw action in Gallipoli, Belgium and France," says Brother Dan.

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Who Are the Two Polish Priests Martyred in Peru?

Last edited 5th February 2015

Two Polish priest killed by a Communist group in Peru were among those recognized as martyrs by Pope Francis on Feb. 3. Father Michele Tomaszek and Father Zbigneo Strzalkowski of the Conventual Friars Minor, were killed Aug. 9, 1991, by the “Shining Path” terrorist group in Peru. At the time of their death, they were 31 and 33 years old, respectively.

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Human Rights After the Holocaust

Last edited 2nd February 2015

Even though it ended seventy years ago, the Holocaust still gives a stark and relevant warning on dehumanization and persecution today, say leaders on human rights and Holocaust history.

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