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These saints witnessed Christ’s sacrifice, and on Good Friday of all days, they deserve our attention.
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Saudi Arabia permits only Islamic houses of worship in the kingdom
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The Church in Scotland and the Society of Jesus observe John’s feast day on March 10, the day of his martyrdom.
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An Albanian Jesuit Priest is One Step Away from Canonization
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Among some enemies of the Church, tolerance has in itself become intolerable.
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Thomas was ordained a priest one day, and consecrated archbishop the next. And soon after that, a change came over Thomas.
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Today is the day we honor St. Stephen, because today is the day Almighty God, in His mercy, restored the Protomartyr to us.
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“Almighty ever-living God, grant that through St. Catherine’s intercession we may be strengthened in faith and constancy and spend ourselves without reserve for the unity of the Church.”
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We can pinpoint the day when interest in the catacombs was reawakened: May 31, 1578.
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Africa was the home of St. Augustine, St. Anthony of the Desert, St. Moses the Ethiopian and St. Josephine Bakhita.
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Today, Sept. 21, we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew, also called Levi.
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Lima in the late 1500s and early 1600s was home to at least four saints, including St. Rose of Lima
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Spanish knights who drove the Moors from their homeland, and then conquered Central and South America, took St. James as their protector.
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Because Mary Magdalene was granted the privilege of announcing the Resurrection, she was given the title, “Apostle to the Apostles.”
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Rarely, perhaps never, in the history of the Church have there been two such unlikely converts.
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While it was common in Europe to grant general absolution to soldiers going into battle, this was the first time it had ever occurred in the United States.
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In its 175-year history, St. Augustine parish in New Orleans has survived slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow, Hurricane Katrina—and the War of the Pews.
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On June 22, 1535, St. John Fisher knelt and prayed the Te Deum and Psalm 31, and laid his neck on the executioner's block.
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Among the most astonishing miracles of grace is the transformation of the Vikings from bloodthirsty heathens into committed Christians.
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They Turn Up in the Most Surprising Places
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In 1886, Pope Leo XIII beatified Margaret along with 63 other English martyrs.
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Every patron saint had to start somewhere — and who knows, these candidates might catch on.
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Now that May is here, here are five Marian feast days you should know about.
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It's especially exciting when archaeologists can throw new light on the actual resting place of an apostle.
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Ignore the faithless skeptics. Listen instead to what the Risen Christ told Doubting Thomas: “Be not unbelieving, but believe.”
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What Our Lady said to Lucia and her cousins at Fatima came true in ways more horrible than the world in 1917 could have imagined.
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One of the joys of the Stations of the Cross is that it is both an active and a contemplative devotion.
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St. Patrick's Confession is full of interesting information about his family, his youth, and a near-apostolate-destroying scandal that turned his fellow bishops against him.
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These traditional prayers link all of us who recite them with all of those faithful souls throughout the centuries who prayed in the exact same words.
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“The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church's sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc.” (CCC 1674)
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Eva Kor, Steven McDonald, and John Gualbert showed mercy to those who, from the perspective of pure justice, did not deserve it. Their example leaves us awestruck and humbled.
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The devout use of sacramentals deepens our life of prayer, while intensifying our friendship with Almighty God and His saints.
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These are movies that deliver a great message, while at the same time showcasing the art of American film during its glory days.
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If Jacques Fesch truly repented, he is in Heaven, where all the saved are saints.
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Every day of the year is not just a feast day of the Blessed Mother, it is also an anniversary of a Marian-related event in art, music, politics, film, education, literature, even sports.
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The first holy cards were sold during the Middle Ages to pilgrims as keepsakes of their visit to a shrine.
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We can only guess at what Thomas Jefferson and John Adams thought about having a daughter who wanted to become a nun and a son who was overwhelmed by a solemn Catholic Mass.
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To celebrate the patron saint of children, it is the custom in many countries to give a small gift to children on December 6, St. Nicholas’ Day, making the feast a sweet prelude to Christmas.
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Accuracy aside, the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, the First Thanksgiving have all become part of our national origin myth, and it is unlikely to be debunked anytime soon.
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Thomas J. Craughwell is the author of Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave, James Hemings, Introduced French Cuisine to America.