Day: July 14, 2016

Pope Francis Canonized a Nurse and Convert who hid Jews in WWII

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis proclaimed two new saints on a Sunday in June 2016: A Lutheran convert who hid Jews during World War II and the Polish founder of the first men’s religious order dedicated to the immaculate conception. Francis called Swedish-born Elizabeth Hesselblad and Stanislaus Papczynski “exemplary witnesses to this mystery of resurrection” …

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The Early Church Fathers Said WHAT?! — Things You’ll Never Believe, but Should

If we don’t know where we came from and who went before us, we feel lost and end up seemingly drifting in the wind wherever it takes us. We need a foundation, on a “Rock”, or at least on a steady barque, in order to make it through the storms of the world. Without these …

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The Vatican Has a New Spokesman from the U.S., and it Means BIG Things

On Monday, July 11th, Pope Francis named the new chief spokesman of the Vatican and director of the Vatican’s Press Office, Greg Burke. The seemingly normal appointment actually means big things for many different identities within Catholicism. By promoting Greg Burke, a veteran of the Vatican Press Office and journalism in Rome and around the world, Pope …

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11 Historical Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about the Hail Mary, but Should

1. A devotion to the Hail Mary prayer can be traced to the 1100s. Abbot Baldwin, the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1184 wrote about a devotion to the ‘Hail Mary’ prayer and said, “To this salutation of the Angel, by which we daily greet the most Blessed Virgin, with such devotion as we may, we …

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