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Top Vatican prelate calls Russian patriarch’s defense of Ukraine war ‘heresy’

In a new interview with a German newspaper, the Vatican’s point man on ecumenical affairs has said Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill’s defense of the war in Ukraine amounts to “heresy,” and has fractured the unit of the Orthodox community.  

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Don’t Take the Easy Way Out

Don’t Take the Easy Way OutYears of difficulty finally led me to spend yesterday morning looking at Director of Religious Education jobs, Catholic schools, houses, and parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver. Like many Catholic families, I found myself wanting to move our family to an area with a rich, vibrant, orthodox, and fruitful spiritual environment. I want to live […]

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The Silent Wonder of Mary and Joseph

We beheld the shepherds coming in from their fields glo­rifying God and bringing all who heard them to glorify him too. Yet here is something still more marvelous and edifying: “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” And furthermore, “his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him” (Luke […]

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What is the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception?

What is the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception?The Immaculate Conception is not the virgin birth. I want to make that really clear at the beginning, since far too many people get hope­lessly confused on that point. Furthermore, the conception that was “immaculate” was Mary’s, not Christ’s. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception says that at the very moment of Mary’s conception, both […]

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Want to Pray More? There’s a Devotion for Every Day of the Week

Want to Pray More? There's a Devotion for Every Day of the WeekAs St. Josemaría suggested, our contact with the invisible Audience could be very well seasoned if we place a particular emphasis on each day of the week. Mondays to Remember the Dead in Purgatory On Mondays, it would be a good idea to remember the blessed souls in Purgatory. They certainly belong to the silent […]

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Why Purgatory?

Why Purgatory?Coming just after Hell and just before Heaven, the second of the three books that make up Dante’s Divine Comedy is the Purgatorio—Purgatory. In its ninth canto, Dante places these words in the mouth of the angelic guardian of Purgatory’s gate who, displaying his keys, tells his listeners: I hold them from St. Peter—who bade […]

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Confiteor: Short Meditations on the Penitential Rite

Confiteor: Short Meditations on the Penitential RiteImmediately after the greeting offered by the priest, the Congregation is invited to an Examination of Conscience. All must humbly admit, acknowledge, and confess that we spiritually fall short. In blunt, we are all sinners. However, that is precisely the reason for Jesus’ coming to earth.   Jesus came to save us from sin and its […]

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