Day: July 5, 2016

Filipinos are in love with the Virgin Mary, and the Baclaran shrine is proof

Parañaque, Philippines – A long-venerated icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help turned 150 this year, and many Filipinos’ Marian devotion has never been stronger. “There is one clear reason for the thousands of devotees who flock to Baclaran: the special Marian piety of the Filipino people,” Fr. Joseph Echano, CSsR, rector of the National Shrine …

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Pope Francis buckles down on Vatican reforms, say he will not be deterred by opposition

Pope Francis has said that despite opposition within the Church to some of his reforms, he is pursuing changes “without looking over my shoulder”. Speaking during an interview with Argentinian newspaper La Nacion, the Pope admitted there was a faction within the Church who “say no to everything”, but despite their resistance, he would “not …

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How to Survive Summer if You’re a Lonely Catholic

Ah, summer. The sun, the poolside pale ales, the crushing weight of existential loneliness… Yeah, not to be a downer, but summer isn’t all Australian Gold and beach volleyball for everyone. For many it’s actually a season of intense loneliness and isolation. All your friends are on vacation for weeks at a time, there’s nothing …

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6 Challenging Novels the Popes Want You to Tackle

How’s that reading list coming along? Read any fiction that was aesthetically accomplished, gave you a challenge, and was supportive of your faith? The Popes have consistently recommended such rare books. These novels don’t pander to the audience with feel-good sentimentalism or religious propaganda. Rather, they confront the reader with trials, encourage growth in Christ, …

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