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The Gospel according to St. Mark is traditionally considered to be the oldest of the four canonical Gospel accounts. more
A young priest of my acquaintance wrote his master's dissertation on the spirituality of the early Roman martyrs. more
The 19th century Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is remembered in the Western world chiefly as the author of the voluminous novels “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina.” more
In the United States worshippers at Mass are encouraged to kneel after the “Holy, Holy, Holy” and rise again at the “Great Amen,” just before the “Our Father.” This rubric is not mandated in some other countries. more
Although Good Friday has now passed and the church looks forward to the majestic celebrations of Christ’s Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and the Solemnity of Christ’s Body and Blood, nonetheless the crucifix that was the center of attention on that solemn Friday is still the center of attention as believers enter their parish churches Sunday after Sunday. more
Readings: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; 1 John 4:11-16; and John 17:11-19 more
Uniquely among the Evangelists, St. John does not report the hallowed words of consecration that are so familiar to Catholics both from the Scriptures and from the Mass. more
Pope Benedict XVI’s elder brother, Father George Ratzinger, has collaborated in authoring a book on the family life that the two Ratzinger sons, George and Joseph, shared with their parents and with each other during most of the decades of the last century. more
Worshippers around the Catholic world will be greeted by rows of tulips, banks of daffodils, clusters of hydrangeas and a garden of lilies as they gather for Mass this Easter holy day. more
The world’s Christian communities begin Holy Week by joyously waving majestic palm branches in solemn procession around their altars and down their aisles in commemoration of Christ’s final entry into his beloved Jerusalem. more
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