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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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Why Do Catholics Believe in Indulgences?

Last edited 19th April 2012

Catholics believe in indulgences because ultimately we know we’re all sinners and need God’s mercy. When a person commits a sin, there are two kinds of punishments that they have to deal with as a result of that sin. The first is called “eternal punishment” which means the sinner can’t enter heaven because of a grave sin that is not repented from. Through Christ’s sacrifice we don’t have to suffer eternal punishment if we repent. The second kind of punishment is called “temporal punishment” and every sin we commit carries a temporal punishment with it.


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The Holy Father's Mission

Last edited 19th April 2012

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.

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Canadian Group Wants Curb on Exorcisms

Last edited 19th April 2012

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.

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Happiness: Blessed are the Merciful; Blessed are the Pure of Heart

Last edited 18th April 2012

Blessed are the Merciful:


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Last edited 18th April 2012

The peace our Lord came to bring was dependent entirely upon an interior state of soul, and was wholly independent of external circumstances.

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General Audience: Pope Reflects on Prayer in Acts of the Apostles

Last edited 18th April 2012

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.

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Praying for the London Olympics

Last edited 17th April 2012

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."


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Regina Coeli

Last edited 18th April 2012

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.

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