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When is a Door Not Just a Door? When It’s a “Holy Door”

What is a Holy Door? A Porta Sancta (Holy Door) is a special door in a cathedral or basilica that is only opened during Jubilee Years. Traditionally,the Holy Door is the one in St. Peter’s Basilica. Following a Jubilee Year, it is sealed with brick and mortar and not opened until the next Jubilee Year. […]

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The Church is strengthened from above

. . .Even when surrounded by tribulation the Church still enjoys some consolation from God. “Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself up for her, that he might sanctify her…in order that he might present to himself the Church in all her glory, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that […]

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National Geographic: Inside the Vatican

The power of the place is inescapable—and a long way from its humble origins as a graveyard. For nearly 2,000 years, its story has captured the imagination of millions. From here a religious faith grew to dominate the western world—crusades were launched, great inquisitions were convened, governments were made and broken. It is an accumulation […]

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At UN, cardinal condemns terrorism’s use of religion

New York City, N.Y., Sep 26, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Terrorism represents a “fundamental threat to our common humanity” and people of faith must condemn religion-based terrorism, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. Invoking the founding of the United Nations after World War II […]

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Papal envoy: Francis donated $1 million to Iraqi refugees

Vatican City, Aug 22, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country.Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, […]

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Archbishop of Baghdad talks about latest developments in Iraq

(Vatican Radio)  The Latin Rite Archbishop of Baghdad, Jean Sleiman, says he prays that the nomination of a new prime minister in Iraq will lead to the formation of a more inclusive government for all Iraqis.  In an interview with Vatican Radio, he  also expressed his concern about the tragedy of the continuing humanitarian emergency […]

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Pope Francis: Angelus appeal for peace in Iraq, Gaza

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis renewed his call for prayer and concrete assistance for the suffering populations of Iraq this Sunday. Addressing the crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square for the traditional Angelusprayer, the Holy Father also offered prayerful appeals for an end to the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza, and for the […]

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Pope Francis: appeal for Iraqi Christians

(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father’s prayerful concern over the violence raging in Iraq, and especially for the Christians affected by the violence. In the statement, Fr. Lombardi says, “The Holy Father is following with deep concern […]

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Live Feed of the Canonizations of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II

The Vatican will be broadcasting a live feed of the canonization ceremony of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II starting at 3:30 AM EDT.

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Holy Saturday: The Lord’s descent into hell

“What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and […]

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