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A Way of the Cross in Solidarity with the Persecuted Church
Last edited 1st March 2015

“Blessed Are They Who are Persecuted for justice, the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Mt 5:10)

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Captors Threaten to Kill Kidnapped Jesuit if he Returns to Afghanistan
Last edited 1st March 2015

A Jesuit priest who was released this week after 8 months of captivity in Afghanistan has disclosed that his kidnappers told him he would be killed if he was seen in Afghanistan again.


Preparing for Confession in Lent: Tips from Pope Francis
Last edited 2nd March 2015

As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession -- "because we are all sinners" -- the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to "confess well."

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This Lent, the Pope has a Message for Lapsed Catholics: It's Never Too Late
Last edited 1st March 2015

Fallen away Catholics are being invited to “come home” this Lent through a worldwide initiative led by Pope Francis, which points to confession as a primary way to experience God's merciful embrace.

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Vote for Your Favourite World Youth Day Song!
Last edited 26th February 2015

The official World Youth Day English Facebook Page has been featuring all the songs from the past World Youth Days around the world. And now they are running a poll so each one of us can vote for our favourite!

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Out of Pride and Into Humility: A Lenten Meditation
Last edited 26th February 2015

St. Bernard of Clairvaux meditated and wrote about twelve steps to deeper humility in his book "Steps of Humility and Pride." The twelve steps include Fear of God, Abnegation of self-will, Obedience, Patient endurance, Disclosure of the heart, Contentedness with what is, Lucid self-awareness, Submission to the common rule, Silence, Emotional sobriety, Restraint in speech, and Congruity between one’s inside and one’s outside.

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Orange Sky Chases Away Laundry Blues
Last edited 26th February 2015

Orange Sky Laundry’s Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi had reached 80 washloads and counting, four days after Cyclone Marcia devastated the Rockhampton/Yeppoon region.

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Christian Martyrs: The Words of Tertullian Remain True Today
Last edited 26th February 2015

Plures efficimur, quoties metumur a vobis; semen est sanguis christianorum. Tertullian wrote these words over 1800 years ago, in or around the year 192 AD. Often translated as the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church, apparently a more accurate translation is: we multiply whenever we are mown down by you; the blood of Christians is seed.

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Protecting Human Nature: Pope Francis Takes Aim at Gender Theory
Last edited 26th February 2015

Last January, in a press conference during his return from the Philippines, Francis condemned the efforts to colonize developing countries with gender ideology. In one of the interviews provided in this new book, which had already been partially published but is only now made fully available by Tornielli and Galeazzi. Francis expands upon that condemnation.


Could Pope Francis Travel to Ukraine?
Last edited 26th February 2015

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has sent a letter inviting Pope Francis to visit Ukraine, though the Vatican diplomacy has not yet responded, Ukraine's Embassy to the Holy See told CNA on Wednesday.

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