Monthly archive for December 2016

Christmas 2016: 25th Anniversary of the End of Communist USSR

Christmas 2016: 25th Anniversary of the End of Communist USSR

by Donal Anthony Foley – Christmas Day, 2016 is another Fatima anniversary, since it is now exactly 25 years since December 25, 1991, the day when Communism, after 74 years of appalling brutality, was finally ended in Russia. This was something for which people had been

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The Miracle of the Doves of Bombarral

The Miracle of the Doves of Bombarral

By Susan Roland – In December 1946, an unusual incident took place in Portugal that was unprecedented and of extraordinary proportions. This incident of common delight became known as the “Doves of Bombarral.” It is a story of how three doves paid homage to the

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The Magnifying Glass: A Reflection on the Guadalupe Image

The Magnifying Glass:  A Reflection on the Guadalupe Image

by Justin Stroh – Catholics welcome those seeking baptism (Catechumens) through a series of rites (RCIA) culminating in the Great Easter Vigil that commences with the blessing of the Easter fire. In earlier centuries Christians would use a crystal to magnify the light of the

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The Forgotten Message of Fatima

The Forgotten Message of Fatima

by Donal Anthony Foley – Our Lady promised as part of the secret revealed to the children at Fatima in July 1917, that she was going to come back to ask for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation

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Pope Francis Grants Plenary Indulgence for Fatima Centennial

Pope Francis Grants Plenary Indulgence for Fatima Centennial

Jubilee Year of Fatima Granting of Plenary Indulgence Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, from the 27th of November 2016 till the 26th of November 2017. There are three ways to obtain the

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The Immaculate Conception and the Age of Mary

The Immaculate Conception and the Age of Mary

  by Donal Anthony Foley – The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception commemorates and celebrates the Catholic belief that Our Lady was completely preserved from original sin. This was proclaimed as a dogma by Pope Pius IX in 1854. The text of the dogmatic definition,

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It’s Dangerous to be Spattered by the Blood of the Martyrs – St. Edmund Campion, pray for us

It’s Dangerous to be Spattered by the Blood of the Martyrs – St. Edmund Campion, pray for us

By Rev. Spencer Howe – I want to focus on a story that has profoundly affected me, on the martyrs as an impelling force for us to give ourselves totally to doing God’s Will. The story finds its setting in England, in the year 1581.

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