January 2016

Saint Agnes and the pallium

2016-01-21 10:11

Saint Agnes, apparently a very beautiful girl aged about twelve or thirteen, had no interest in marrying any of the eligible young men who approached her parents to ask for her hand in marriage. Revenge was quick. Betrayed as a Christian during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian, martyrdom was both swift and brutal. Agnes died on 21 January 304 and, just like many other early Christians, was buried in the catacomb along the Via Nomentana in Rome. Her foster sister, Emerentia, refused to leave the site and was subsequently stoned to death for her Christianity.

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Prayer works miracles

2016-01-15 09:29

Pope Francis recalled the story of a man in Buenos Aires whose 9-year-old-daughter was dying in hospital. He said he spent the night at the shrine of the Virgin of Luján clinging to the gate and praying for the grace of healing.

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Follow the light which God offers us

2016-01-07 08:59

When American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on 20 July 1969, many of us can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing as the first blurred images reached our television screens.

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