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February 2018

Holy Sepulchre shut down to protest 'alarming' Israeli policies
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February 27, 2018

Holy Sepulchre shut down to protest ‘alarming’ Israeli policies

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been closed indefinitely to protest two proposals that Christian leaders see as targeting the presence of Christianity in the region. Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian leaders united in their decision to…
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Four dead after Catholic Lay Committee protests in Congo
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February 27, 2018

Four dead after Catholic Lay Committee protests in Congo

Four Congolese protesters were shot dead Feb. 25, during demonstrations organized by Catholics protesting President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down from power. The casualties occurred just two days after a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace in…
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These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent
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February 27, 2018

These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent

With the Lenten season fully in swing, Catholics are immersing themselves in 40 days of abstaining from sweets, technology, alcohol and other luxuries. But did you know that Catholic monks once brewed beer specifically for a liquid-only Lenten fast? Back…
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What to do if you're too ashamed to go to Confession
Articles
February 26, 2018

What to do if you’re too ashamed to go to Confession

While Reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s sins is so great that it keeps people away from the sacrament? The famous Spanish theologian Father José Antonio Fortea…
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What's the point of fasting, anyway?
Articles
February 26, 2018

What’s the point of fasting, anyway?

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life. But for many Catholics today, it's more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do…
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How to avoid gossip, according to the ‘The Imitation of Christ’
Articles
February 26, 2018

How to avoid gossip, according to the ‘The Imitation of Christ’

This is what to do when confronted with gossip. Through the years many holy men and women found consolation in one particular piece spiritual classic. It is entitled The Imitation of Christ and was written by a German priest named Thomas à Kempis …
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This Lent tradition plugs you into 1,500 years of fervor
Articles
February 26, 2018

This Lent tradition plugs you into 1,500 years of fervor

For many centuries, even the popes made sure to make this a part of their 40-day prep for Easter. The beauty of walking through Rome is that pretty much anywhere you walk in the city center, you are literally walking…
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The meaning of Mother Goose
Articles
February 26, 2018

The meaning of Mother Goose

100 years later, the famous rhymes are still relevant. I remember being in awe of The Real Mother Goose as a child — the black and white check-patterned edition illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright that was first published in Great Britain 100…
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This one prayer makes the devil cringe
Articles
February 26, 2018

This one prayer makes the devil cringe

He couldn't stand it then and it makes him furious when someone says it now. Satan thoroughly despises humans, but above all he hates those who recite a particular prayer from the depths of their heart. It is a prayer…
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Rome’s Colosseum was lit red in solidarity with persecuted Christians
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February 25, 2018

Rome’s Colosseum was lit red in solidarity with persecuted Christians

The event is meant to draw the world's attention to those who have suffered for practicing their faith. In an effort to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians around the world, Rome’s Colosseum was bathed in red light.…
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