Nigeria: Mysterious water dropping from the foot of a crucifix at Awka-Etiti (VIDEO)

Catholic parishioners gathered at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Awka-etiti, Anambra state Nigeria after news spread that water was dropping from a crucifix at the parish. An eye witness said the mysterious water from the crucifix was noticed on Thursday evening, January 18, 2018. The water was dropping from the third foot of the crucifix. People believing this to be a miracle prayed for God’s blessings as the water drops. The water of life washes away the blemishes of the natural life of our old man, such as the “spot or…

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Kidnapped Nigerian Sisters released unharmed

The Catholic reverend sisters who were kidnapped from their convent on Tuesday, November 14 have been released unharmed. The Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus (EHJ) Sisters aspirants’ formation house, Iguoriakhi, Edo state Nigeria were released after spending 53 days with their abductors. One of the victims, Sister Veronica Ajayi, was released at about 6pm on Saturday , while the other five were released before 12am on Sunday . “On the 6th day of January, 2018, at about 6:pm, we got news that sister Veronica Ajayi EHJ, has been released…

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Pope Francis’ prayer intention for January 2018: Religious Minorities in Asia

Pope Francis’s prayer intentions for January: Religious Minorities in Asia..  That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.   “That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice,” is the prayer intention of Pope Francis for January 2018, promoted throughout the world by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network addresses the challenges facing humanity and assists the mission of the Church. We pray and work to meet the challenges of…

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Pope Francis offers advice on how to start 2018

Pope Francis is advising people to jettison life’s “useless baggage” in 2018, avoiding the “banality of consumerism” and “empty chatter.” Francis offered his reflections on how to savor the real meaning of life as he celebrated New Year’s Day Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. His recipe for getting down to the essentials includes setting aside a moment of silence daily to be with God. He said doing so would help “keep our freedom from being corroded by the banality of consumerism, the blare of commercials, the stream of empty words…

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Pope Francis: Without Jesus, there is no Christmas

Only when Christ is the focus of the Christmas season do all the colourful lights, carols, special meals and traditions help create a festive and joyous atmosphere, Pope Francis has said. “If we take him away, the lights go out and everything becomes fake, illusory,” he said at his weekly general audience. “Without Jesus, there is no Christmas. It’s some other celebration, but it isn’t Christmas,” he said to applause. Dedicating his audience talk to the true meaning of Christmas as a celebration of Christ’s birth, the Pope greeted pilgrims…

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Pope Francis: Bring peace on earth by going to confession this Christmas

Head to confession so Christmas can be a time of peace in your hearts, Pope Francis told Vatican employees and their families. “Yesterday I went to confession for Christmas … and it did me good,” he told the employees during a special audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall December 21. Continuing a tradition he began in 2014, the Pope invited people who work at the Vatican, along with their family members and loved ones, to receive pre-Christmas greetings. The now-annual meeting follows a longer-held tradition of the Pope meeting…

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Polish cardinal, “Rosary Priest” among sainthood causes moving forward

Pope Francis on Tuesday recognized the heroic virtue of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, the former Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw, as well as Patrick Peyton, an Irish priest known for his promotion of the Rosary. The Pope recognized the heroic virtue Dec. 19 of six other people on the path to canonization, as well as the martyrdom of Teodoro Illera Del Olmo, priest of the Congregation of St. Peter in Chains, and 15 companions, who were killed ‘in hatred of the faith’ during the religious persecution in Spain in 1936 and 1937.…

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Cardinal Bernard Law dies at 86

Cardinal Bernard Law, the former Boston cardinal who resigned in disgrace during the church sex abuse scandal, has died, the Vatican has confirmed. Law died in Rome, where he served as archpriest of the Papal Liberian Basilica of St. Mary Major after he was forced to resign as archbishop of Boston in 2002. He was appointed Archbishop of Boston in 1984 but stepped down in 2002 following a series of reports by the Papal Liberian Basilica of St. Mary Major ‘s investigative Spotlight team. “It is my fervent prayer that…

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Pope Francis appeals for release of kidnapped religious sisters in Nigeria

Following the traditional prayer of Marian devotion on Gaudete Sunday, Pope Francis appealed for the release of six religious sisters, who were kidnapped one month ago from their convent in Iguoriakhi, Edo state Nigeria. Dear brothers and sisters, I heartily join myself to the appeal fo the Bishops of Nigeria for the liberation of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Christ, kidnapped roughly a month ago from their convent in Iguoriakhi. I pray with insistence for them and for all the other persons who find themselves in this painful…

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Mexico: Two dancers of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe murdered

“There is no respect for anyone, it is the extreme of evil, how dare they?” asked the Bishop of the diocese of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua , Mgr. José Guadalupe Torres Campos, in a brief meeting with the local press after learning of the murder of two “matachines”, dancers of the feast in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, on December 12, while they were preparing and doing rehearsals. The Bishop stressed that this event is a reason to increase our faith, but it is sad and deplorable that these signs…

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