Monthly Archives: May 2020

Holy Water and Super Soakers Don’t Mix, Priests Say

By Michelle La Rosa After photos appearing to depict blessings or baptisms by water gun went viral online, several priests cautioned that Catholics should take care to treat sacred objects and rites with a proper sense of reverence. “Putting holy water into a squirt gun and treating it as if it were a comedy sketch on SNL is treating both ...

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Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis For The 54th World Communications Day

“That you may tell your children and grandchildren” (Ex 10:2): Life becomes history I would like to devote this year’s Message to the theme of storytelling, because I believe that, so as not to lose our bearings, we need to make our own the truth contained in good stories. Stories that build up, not tear down; stories that help us ...

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Stay at Home

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma There is no smoke without fire. A frog does not run in the daylight for nothing. A law is made for order to reign. A lawless society is heading to ruin. Man is a free being. But his freedom is not boundless. There is a limit to everything. Restriction to human activities is geared toward ...

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How St. John Paul II ‘Bent the Course of History

Pope John Paul II celebrates the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception in Rome, December 08, 2004. Credit: giulio napolitano/Shutterstock By Christine Rousselle The life of Pope Saint John Paul II is proof that religious belief and moral conviction can change the course of history, the pope’s biographer said on Monday, May 18. Author and papal biographer George Weigel held ...

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Seminarians Need ‘Solid Formation’ in Hospital Ministry- Chaplain

Credit: drpnncpptak/Shutterstock. Future seminarians should receive an “absolutely solid formation” in hospital ministry, a priest working with coronavirus patients has said. Fr. Joe McNerney, a full-time hospital chaplain in the Diocese of Portsmouth, England, said that before the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare chaplaincy was a sometimes marginalized ministry. “I think now we are seeing the absolute importance of hospital chaplaincy and ...

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John Paul II’s Mom Chose Life after Her Doctor Advised an Abortion

Karol Wojtyla with his parents. Photo courtesy of the Dicoese of Krakow. By Courtney Mares One hundred years ago on May 18, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her second son, Karol, after a difficult and life-threatening pregnancy. The child would grow up to be St. John Paul II. In a new book published in Poland, Milena Kindziuk describes how St. ...

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Pope Francis Adds St. Faustina Kowalska’s Feast Day to Roman Calendar

The tomb of St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) in Łagiewniki, Poland. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk Pope Francis has decreed that St. Faustina Kowalska’s feast day be added to the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial to be celebrated by all on October 5. The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship issued the decree May 18, the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John ...

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Obiano, Awka Town, Suspend Imo Awka

…As Awka Youths set to Defy Order This year’s Imo Awka Festival will not hold. This follows the decision of the Anambra State Government and the Awka Development Union (ADUN) to have the festival suspended as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, write Mercy Hill, Alexander Johnson Adejoh and Precious Ukeje, with additioal reports from ...

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Imo Awka 2020: Indigenes, Residents Bare Minds on Suspension

By Mercy Hill, Alexander Johnson Adejoh and Precious Ukeje The suspension of this year’s Imo Awka celebration by the Anambra State Government has got indigenes, as well as residents of Awka talking. Among them are the holder of the highest title in Awka land, Ozo Ejike Nwude; Chairman, Awka South Local Government Area, Mr. Leo Nwuba; as well as his ...

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