April 19th is the 7th anniversary of Benedict XVI's election as Pope. So let us pray for the Holy Father today - he is depending on us! Watch this video for more.
The Centre for Inquiry, a Toronto group, said that exorcisms should be restricted because they are dangerous and unscientific. The group said that behavior that might be interpreted as evidence of demonic possession can also be attributed to mental illness (a fact that the Catholic Church does not dispute). The group professed alarm at the idea that exorcisms would be performed regularly--although there is no evidence that the ritual is done.
Blessed are the Merciful:
The peace our Lord came to bring was dependent entirely upon an interior state of soul, and was wholly independent of external circumstances.
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in St. Peter's Square among the cheers of some 22,000 pilgrims to deliver his weekly general audience. He focused his catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, continuing his theme of speaking on Christian prayer during the general audience.
Christian Churches in the UK have joined forces to support the London Olympic Games through prayer and ministry. Through the charity "More Than Gold", these Christian organisations - which include the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales - are claiming that "prayer and mission go hand in hand as churches respond to the Games."
Every Sunday, the Holy Father meets with a crowd of people in St. Peter's Square to pray the Angelus. But during the Easter season, he prays what we call the "Regina Coeli" instead - which is Latin for 'Queen of Heaven'. It is a good reminder that the Easter season continues until Pentecost, when we will go back to praying the Angelus. Watch this video for more.
One of the common reactions of the people who saw Jesus after His Resurrection, was to think that they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus was truly risen in the flesh! Watch this video to reflect on the great mystery of the Risen Body of Jesus.
"Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore", (Rev 1:17-18). Visit this article to read the full text of Pope John Paul II's homily, on the first universal celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday in 2001. The Feast of the Divine Mercy was very close to JPII's heart during his pontificate, and it remains an important part of his legacy - he died on the Vigil of the Divine Mercy, and was beatified on Divine Mercy Sunday on 1 May 2011.
Why was it so hard for Jesus' Disciples, to recognise Jesus after His Resurrection? Watch this video to reflect on the story of the 2 disciples who walked with Jesus for hours, yet did not know who He was.
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