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Catholic Prayers to Mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Last edited 4th June 2012

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has requested that every parish celebrate a Mass with prayers to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II this Sunday 3 June - the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

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European Christians - Pope's Mission Intention for June 2012

Last edited 7th June 2012

In addition to asking Catholics everywhere to pray for believers to recognize the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the Holy Father has also asked for us to pray this month, "That Christians in Europe may rediscover their true identity and participate with greater enthusiasm in the proclamation of the Gospel." Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict's mission intention for June 2012 in this video.

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Pope's Prayer Intentions for June 2012: Christians Living in Europe, and the Eucharist

Last edited 1st June 2012

This month, the Holy Father has asked us to pray, "That believers may recognize in the Eucharist the living presence of the Risen One who accompanies them in daily life"; and also, "That Christians in Europe may rediscover their true identity and participate with greater enthusiasm in the proclamation of the Gospel". Watch this video for more!

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Pope Benedict Invites Italian Movement to Continue Witness of Faith

Last edited 31st May 2012

Pope Benedict XVI gathered with 50,000 members of the Italian charismatic movement 'Renewal in the Spirit' to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its founding. The celebration, which was held on the eve of Pentecost, took place in St. Peter’s Square. An offspring of the charismatic renewal of the 1970’s, Renewal in the Spirit is comprised of of both lay and religious. The movement is actively involved in evangelization efforts, cultural and social events aimed at promoting a "culture of Pentecost."

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Benedict XVI: "Prayer is Above All God’s Gifts"

Last edited 31st May 2012

During the General Audience this week, Pope Benedict XVI explained how the trust in God helped Saint Paul to overcome difficulties. He also taught about the meaning of prayer and the origin of words like 'Amen'... "Through this daily “Yes” which concludes our personal and communal prayer, we echo Jesus’ obedience to the Father’s will and, through the gift of the Spirit, are enabled to live a new and transformed life in union with the Lord."

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Can You Tell Me a Bit About the Prayer the Magnificat?

Last edited 1st June 2012

In the Gospel of Luke, when Mary arrives at the home of her cousin Elizabeth, Mary proclaims a hymn of praise to God (Luke 1:46-55). The first part of it focuses on the greatness of God and what he has done in Mary’s life, while the second part talks about how God brings down the rich and powerful and lifts up the humble and lowly.

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Indulgences Offered for 7th World Meeting of Families

Last edited 27th May 2012

The 7th World Meeting of Families, which is to be held in Milan, Italy, from 30 May to 3 June, will be an opportunity for the faithful to gain indulgences.

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Holy Father's Pentecost Sunday Homily - 27 May 2012

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On Sunday 27 May, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Here is Vatican Radio's translation of the Pope's homily for the occasion.

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What is Pentecost?

Last edited 27th May 2012

Pentecost Sunday is celebrated 50 days after the Resurrection. It is the last day of Easter and commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the Virgin Mary.

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Pope Blesses Cross to Prepare for 2000th Anniversary of Jesus' Resurrection

Last edited 25th May 2012

This cross will make its way around the world. It was given to the Pope by a group of Ukrainians, as a way to mark 2,000 years since Jesus' death and Resurrection. The cross will travel to all major capitals, as a way to prepare for the anniversary and celebration in the year 2033.

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