THE STORY LEFT UNKNOWN

There are lots of stories already known. We often long to listen to stories yet untold and not stories already told. Yesterday we have known. Today we are knowing. Tomorrow we are yet to know. Thus, the worries and concerns about tomorrow with relation to human existence is a reality with us. What does the future hold? In attempting to anwsering the question posited above, we are often tempted to discard love, justice and peace to securing the future; thereby not allowing the means to justify the end. Why should…

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HOMILY FOR SIXTH (6TH) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A (1) HOMILY THEME: SPIRIT OF TRUTH

HOMILY FOR SIXTH (6TH) SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR A (1) HOMILY THEME: SPIRIT OF TRUTH By: Fr Michael McCabe SMA   HOMILY: The desire for truth is a fundamental aspiration of the human spirit. This desire includes the desire to know the truth about what is happening in the world around us, but it is much more than that. It is a desire for truth with a capital T. It is a desire a truth that not only illuminates the mind but that also liberates the heart. It is a truth…

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First Medjugorje apparitions ‘were real’, Vatican commission reportedly found

The commission established by Pope Benedict XVI to study the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, reportedly voted overwhelmingly to recognise as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981. However, according to a report published by the website Vatican Insider, the commission was much more doubtful about the thousands of alleged visions that have occurred since July 4, 1981, and supposedly continue to this day. Two of the 17 commission members and consultants thought the alleged visions after the period of June 24-July 3, 1981, were not…

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Sign of hope in Syria – Aleppo consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

Aleppo, the war-torn Syrian city that recently witnessed the defeat of Islamist rebel forces, was consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima on May 13. The consecration took place in the city’s Latin- rite cathedral at a Mass concelebrated by bishops and priests, following a Marian procession. “Many of us cried because after six years we’re able to again organize the procession through the streets of Aleppo without the fear of missiles,” the cathedral stated on its Facebook page.

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Benedict XVI praises Cardinal Sarah for new book

“With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands,” writes Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, in an afterword for a book by the African cardinal. The retired Pontiff refers to Cardinal Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, as a “master of silence and of interior prayer.” Benedict’s praise for the cardinal’s new book, The Power of Silence, will appear in future editions of the volume. The short afterword appears in its entirety by First Things. “Anyone today who reads the ever-thicker…

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Reading for Thursday, Fifth Week of Easter, Year A. Memorial: Saint John I, Pope and Martyr. Liturgical Colour: white/red 🔦First Reading : (Acts 15: 7-21) 🔦Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 96: 1-2a, 2b-3, 10) 🎙Gospel: ( John 15: 9-11)

First Reading : (Acts 15: 7-21) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 96: 1-2a, 2b-3, 10) Gospel: ( John 15: 9-11)   First Reading : (Acts 15: 7-21) And when there had been much disputing, Peter, rising up, said to them: Men, brethren, you know, that in former days God made choice among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, who knoweth the hearts, gave testimony, giving unto them the Holy Ghost, as well as to us; And put no difference between us and them,…

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Spanish church desecrated

Bishop Casimiro López Llorente of Segorbe– Castellón de la Plana, Spain, offered a Mass of reparation on May 14 after a church was robbed and the Blessed Sacrament desecrated, with hosts scattered on the altar and on the floor. The bishop told worshippers at Our Lady of Hope in Teresa, a town whose population has fallen below 300, that he was determined to leave churches open for prayer in rural areas. “I tell you Catholics, may the Lord strike our hearts so that we truly value the gift of the…

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Italian soccer officials meet with Pope Francis

On May 16, Pope Francis met with representatives of two leading Italian soccer squads, Lazio and Juventus, which were due to meet in a league championship match. The Pope congratulated the two teams for their successful seasons, and urged them to represent the highest values of sporting competition. “Those who are considered ‘champions’ easily become role models. Therefore, every match is a test of balance, of self-mastery, of respect for the rules. Those who, by their behaviour, know how to give an example of all this, become an example for…

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Mexican Priest stabbed immediately after mass

A Catholic priest, Fr. Miguel Angel Machorro, was attacked and stabbed three times on the altar by a thirty-year-old man, immediately after celebrating Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico D.F. According to witnesses, when the priest cried for help, some of the faithful immediately called for first-aid, while another group stopped the aggressor and waited for the arrival of the security forces. It was reported that the Mexican Episcopal Conference confirmed the serious incident and the name of the priest. The Archdiocese of Mexico, in a brief statement, firmly…

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