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Ordinariates Bring Forth the Joyful ‘Englishness’ of Catholicism

LONDON — In medieval times, England was called “Our Lady’s Dowry” — a dowry feared lost with the English Reformation. In modern times, the Ordinariates, Catholics dioceses with an English patrimony, are helping recover that dowry at the very...

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More Showers of Roses from St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Part 5)

Anyone can pray for St. Thérèse’s help. People shouldn’t forget that even a child can pray the novena to St. Thérèse. After all, Thérèse understood childhood in depth, not only being one herself but later reflecting very thoughtfully on it in...

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Upcoming Toronto Conference Explores Catholic Church’s Anglican Tradition

What is the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church? As part of the 10th anniversary celebration of Benedict XVI’s historic decree Anglicanorum Coetibus, which established three new Catholic dioceses for the Anglican tradition called “Personal...

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Free Nativity Scenes Ready and Waiting for Public Display

It’s never too early to talk about Christmas in a non-commercial way, like how and why to receive a free large Nativity display. Yes, F-R-E-E. Think of it as an early Christmas present. First, the “Why.” “We are seriously committed to our goal...

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More Showers of Roses from St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Part 4)

Several stories recounted how St. Thérèse was right there to help when there were difficulties during a pregnancy. Take the experienced of Jeremy and Stephanie Hardin. During their 13 years of marriage, they had one miscarriage, followed by the...

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Vocation Awareness Week: “I Will Give Saints to Mother Church”

It’s National Vocation Awareness Week, which the U.S. Church celebrates Nov. 3-9. Religious life is a beautiful vocation, as St. Teresa of Calcutta, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, attests. Included in her constitutions for the...

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Ordinariates Mark 10 Years of Anglican Traditions and Catholic Communion

HOUSTON — Ten years is not a long time in the life of the Church, but in that time since their founding under Benedict XVI the Ordinariates, three Catholic dioceses with Anglican traditions situated across the globe, have worked with dedication...

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Here’s How You Can Help the Holy Souls in Purgatory

There’s only one door out of purgatory for the Holy Souls there. It opens only into heaven. But here’s the catch: they can’t open it themselves. We have to open it for them. We have the key. The question is, will we help unlock it for some of...

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More Showers of Roses from St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Part 3)

When it comes to help for families, health, and all kinds of prayerful requests, there’s no limit to the way St. Thérèse finds ways to shower a rose, or roses, in answer to prayers. She manages everything quite well, making the seemingly...

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Pope Grants Plenary Indulgence for Praying at Ordinariate Mass This Sunday

VATICAN CITY – Catholics throughout the U.S. will have an opportunity to gain a special plenary indulgence this Sunday, Nov. 3, by joining in an Ordinariate parish or parish community’s Divine Worship Mass and singing the Solemn Te Deum. The...