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U.S. Bishops Launch Prayer for Babies in Womb

Last edited 14th May 2012

It's official. Right on time for mother's day, there's a new prayer to bless both expectant parents and their child, while it's still in the mother's womb. The prayer is a way to highlight the dignity and sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. In fact, it will be read, for the first time, in several U.S parishes next Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day.


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Why are there Four Sets of Mysteries of the Rosary?

Last edited 10th May 2012

In recent years Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary as a way of extending our meditation on the Gospel as the rosary is prayed - giving us four mysteries of the Rosary in total. But why has the Church chosen these four, i.e. the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries, for reflection? Is there any chance that the Church might add another series of mysteries in the future?


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Pope Reflects on the Power of Prayer, Thanks Everyone Who Prays for Him

Last edited 9th May 2012

With roughly 10,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square on 9 May 2012, the Pope spoke about how through the power of prayer, early Christians helped St. Peter in his release from prison. Benedict XVI went on to explain that just as the power of prayer was critical for St. Peter's release, thousands of years later, he too, as the successor of Peter, thanks everyone for their prayers.

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Blessing of a Child in the Womb Ready for Use

Last edited 9th May 2012

Following Vatican approval, the “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb” is now available for use by dioceses in the United States. The text of the blessing in English and Spanish is posted online and is being published as a booklet addendum to the Book of Blessings/Bendicional. The blessing will be included in future editions of those liturgical volumes.


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How to Pray the Holy Rosary

Last edited 18th October 2012

The word "rosary" comes from Latin and means a garland of roses. The rosary is a devotion in honor of the Virgin Mary, which consists of a set number of specific prayers, including the Apostles’ Creed the Our Father the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be. While reciting these prayers, we meditate on a particlar 'mystery' of the rosary - which refer to a truth of the faith regarding the life of Jesus or His Mother.


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We Are Not Alone

Last edited 6th May 2012

In the parable of the vine, Jesus says that He is the vine, and we are the branches. Jesus is telling us that we are here to support one another - that none of us should be alone in our Church community. Watch this video for more.

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May Day

Last edited 2nd May 2012

Happy May Day, and feast of St. Joseph the Worker! Today's feast is a reminder that we can offer our work to God each day, and make it holy. Watch this video to learn more about the redemptive power of work, as we celebrate the start of May.

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An Anzac Day Reflection

Last edited 24th April 2012

On 25 April, the people of Australia and New Zealand stop to remember all those who have died in battle, defending our nations. Known as 'ANZAC' day, we honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I.


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From Ireland’s Cloisters, A Prayer for the 2012 Eucharistic Congress

Last edited 23rd April 2012

Over the past few months, in the silence of an ancient Abbey, a community of 35 nuns have been praying and working towards Congress. They are Ireland’s only community of enclosed Cistercian women religious from St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn and they have been given the task of producing the 250 thousand Eucharistic breads for consecration at the Masses that will be the focal point the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, taking place in Dublin, Ireland, from 10-17 June, 2012.


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Real Encounters - Video Reflection on the Gospel for Sunday 22 April 2012

Last edited 22nd April 2012

In Sunday's Gospel, we hear the account of the appearance of Jesus to the frightened apostles in the upper room. Jesus shows that he is flesh and blood, and not a ghost, by eating in front of them. Why is this encounter so important in the scriptures? Watch this video reflection for more.

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