The one prayer that helps Copts remain grateful under persecution
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January 5, 2018

The one prayer that helps Copts remain grateful under persecution

This prayer of thanksgiving you absolutely have to know. Egyptian’s Christian population ended 2017 by remembering the scores of people murdered for their faith this year … and forgiving their killers. The most recent assault came last Friday, when a…
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How Seton Hall University got its name
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January 5, 2018

How Seton Hall University got its name

The Bishop of Newark decided to name the university after his very holy aunt. When secular universities are founded, they are often named after someone of local significance. Harvard University, for example, is named after John Harvard, an early benefactor…
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5 Short and powerful prayers from St. John Neumann
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January 5, 2018

5 Short and powerful prayers from St. John Neumann

He was known for his deep humility and simplicity, traits that sometimes brought ridicule from others. Felling called to the priesthood, John Neumann was told that there were too many priests in his hometown country of Bohemia! He then set…
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Meet Gabriel: A ladies’ man turned saint
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January 5, 2018

Meet Gabriel: A ladies’ man turned saint

Francesco Possenti was nicknamed "the dancer" before embracing the religious life. St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows wasn’t always a saint. In fact, for many years he was quite the opposite. Born Francesco Possenti in 1838, Possenti was baptized…
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How to bless your home with Epiphany chalk
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January 5, 2018

How to bless your home with Epiphany chalk

It is a powerful blessing that lasts the whole year. Each year around the feast of the Epiphany many parishes throughout the world participate in an annual blessing of chalk. It is an ancient tradition that not only places God at…
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What does the Bible say about refugees?
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January 5, 2018

What does the Bible say about refugees?

Jesuit Alberto Ares explains the idea of hospitality in the Christian tradition. More than 232 million people (equivalent to one fifth of the most populous country on the planet) are migrants. More than 65 million of those people have been…
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A hunger for Truth from the only region in Europe where the Church is growing
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January 3, 2018

A hunger for Truth from the only region in Europe where the Church is growing

Interview with Stockholm bishop, Cardinal Arborelius Cardinal Anders Arborelius, bishop of Stockholm, Sweden, was created cardinal by Pope Francis at the consistory on June 28, 2017, and took possession of his titular church in Rome, St. Mary of the Angels…
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Pope Francis on why we strike our breasts at Mass
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January 3, 2018

Pope Francis on why we strike our breasts at Mass

Francis continues audience series on the Mass, 3 January, discussing the Penitential Rite “What can the Lord give to those who already have a heart full of themselves, of their own success? Nothing, because a proud person cannot receive forgiveness,…
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India’s first male saint left testimony of trust in Providence
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January 3, 2018

India’s first male saint left testimony of trust in Providence

St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara: “Days on which you have not rendered any good to others will not be reckoned in the book of your life.” St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the first Indian male saint, who lived only for a short…
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Is there a patron saint of snow days?
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January 3, 2018

Is there a patron saint of snow days?

Not officially, but that won't stop school children (and teachers) from praying to this saint. Children who live in areas where there is occasional snowfall during winter are very familiar with “snow days.” It is that glorious moment when a…
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