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Before Fr. Federico Lombardi was appointed to the Holy Press Office in 2006, it was Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who since 1984, was the official voice and spokesperson for the Vatican. Sadly, it was announced yesterday by Vatican spokesperson, Greg Burke that Navarro-Valls passed away on July 5th at age 80 of cancer. Navarro-Valls, was a medical ...read more
Today is Wednesday July 5th and normally I’d bring to you a summary of the Pope’s general audience. But this month, The Pope’s weekly general audiences are on hold and He’ll resume his public audiences again in August. In the meantime however, The Pope has just released his monthly Prayer Intention video. This July, the ...read more
Let’s begin in Rome today with a quick summary of the Pope’s message after his weekly recital of the Sunday Angelus. After praying the midday prayer with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope noted that July 5th is the feast of Venezuela’s independence and he expressed his love and closeness to the families that ...read more
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 9th, 2017 During one of my summer undergraduate study programs in France, I recall visiting the Abbey of Saint-Honorat on the Îles de Lérins in southern France. I was particularly struck by a medieval figure of the crucified Christ in the Abbey Church. The Crucified One, ...read more
The following is the homily of Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB preached on Monday, July 14, 2008 during WYD Sydney at the Prayer Vigil and Eucharistic Adoration with the body of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia. Dear Friends, Dear Wanda, niece of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, What an honour and privilege ...read more
In the last couple of weeks we’ve been looking at the diaconate, first by addressing the event that brought about this whole conversation and then in two parts (part 1 and part 2), briefly, the meaning of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, for I don’t think you can separate the conversation about Church hierarchy outside ...read more
This week we speak with Catholic composer Ken Canedo about the new Spirit and Song collection, Akwaaba! Also, Emilie Callan gives us the weekly news, Billy Chan questions original sin on Church for Dummies, Mark Matthews tells us what’s good about masculinity in Hollywood and, is pornography just a guy thing? We talk women and pornography ...read more
A special day in history is approaching as Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1st. For me, Canada Day has always been extra special as it is also my birthday. I am very proud to share my birthday with this great country. For my Italian born parents, who immigrated to this country in ...read more
I had the opportunity a few weeks back, to chat with Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, the Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada  about Canada’s 150th birthday. In particular, we spoke about the Catholic Church in Quebec and how they are participating in this great Canadian milestone celebration. He jokingly reminded me that they’ve have been in celebration mode long before this ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For July 2017, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Lapsed Christians – That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty ...read more