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Archbishop Georg Ganswein says ‘mystical experience’ story is untrue

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s long-time personal secretary, said a story about the pope resigning after a “mystical experience” was completely invented. “It was invented from alpha to omega,” the Archbishop said Aug. 24 in an interview on Italy’s Canale 5 television news. “There is nothing true in the article.” In a report Aug. 19, the Italian service of Zenit, a Catholic news agency, said someone who had visited Pope Benedict “a few weeks ago” had asked him why he resigned. “God told me to,” the retired Pope was quoted as responding before “immediately clarifying that it was not any kind of apparition of phenomenon of that kind, but rather ‘a mystical experience’ in which the Lord gave rise in his heart to an ‘absolute desire’ to remain alone with him in prayer.” CNS photo/Paul Haring When Pope...

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Premier Christian Radio in liquidation…

   The company operating Premier’s five Medium Wave transmission sites has gone into liquidation, and we urgently need your help to secure these sites to ensure we keep broadcasting.  The full situation is described in the video below: Sincerely, Peter Kerridge Chief Executive https://www.premier.org.uk/appealaugust.aspx?appealcode=E1081301A&Ref=email&dm_i=16DQ,1RZX7,9DB156,6CBYD,1...

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Latest Book on Consecrated Life in the UK

  Latest Book on Consecrated Life in the UK   THE GOD WE BELIEVE IN, THE GOD WE ANNOUNCE   Looking at the UK with a missionary heart       The book contains all the talks presented during the second Religious Life Congress (Hayes Encounter 2013) organised by the Claretian Missionaries of the United Kingdom on 21st-22nd of May, 2013.   You will find hope and inspiration in the words of all the speakers:   Fr. J.C.R. García Paredes, CMF; Sr. Marianne O’Connor , OSU; Sr. Katherine O’Flynn, FCJ; Sr. Helen Costigane, SHCJ; Fr. Ronald McAinsh, CSsR; Mother Winsome, SBVM (Hayes Encounter 2013) £10 paperback Please add £2 postage for one book and £1 for each additional book Tel: 01753 577 629   Email orders@pauline-uk.org  http://www.godgossip.org/admin/upload/File/375499946ce359b376bc855e9b53d35e.pdf...

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A guide for discerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood

To Save a Thousand Souls A guide for discerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood Price: £9.95 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 15.5cm by 23cm ISBN: 9780989621205 Number of Pages: 358 For anyone considering the priesthood or involved in the training of seminarians. From explaining what the call of Christ means for priests, to the joy and nerves of ordination day, this book looks at many different aspects of priestly formation. Drawn from the author’s own experience as both priest and vocations director, it deals with important points including: What is a vocation? What are the signs that someone may make a good candidate? The importance of a Spiritual Director The place of the Virgin Mary in the life of a seminarian With prayers, an appendix of questions and suggested further reading, it stands as one of the most comprehensive, yet...

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Pope stresses importance of dialogue to Japanese students

Pope interrupts holidays to meet with 200 Japanese students The audience between His Holiness Pope Francis and 200 Japanese students at the Saint Damasus Courtyard this morning, 21 August, was joyful, intimate and spontaneous.    It was also an unusual occurrence since the Pope rarely welcomes visitors during the month of August. But Pope Francis did not hesitate to meet personally with the student group and improvised remarks, highlighting the importance of dialogue.    POPE FRANCIS  “Dialogue is very important for personal maturity, because in getting acquainted with other people and cultures, in getting acquainted with other religions, one grows and matures.”    Pope Francis also added that to build understanding and peace between cultures, it’s important to have an open attitude.    POPE FRANCIS  “Meekness, the ability to find people, to find culture peacefully; the ability to ask...

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Learning about the Holy See from outside…

Learning about the Holy See from outside: Resilience and the Power of Music Young Musicians Practising in the Basilica of the Pilgrimage Site of Marianka, Slovakia A holiday always provides a useful opportunity for a diplomat to look at his posting from a different perspective. My leave away from Rome this August has been no exception. While Pope Francis has been working hard in Rome and Brazil, I have been in Slovakia, and on 15 August I visited the Slovak pilgrimage site of Marianka near Bratislava. The occasion was a music festival for young artists from across Central Europe (www.cefmac.eu), enjoying the extraordinary tranquillity of the Marianka site to improve their technique at masterclasses, perform to local audiences, and play together away from the hothouse atmosphere of conservatory and concert hall. My own visit helped me better to understand...

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Christian New Media Conference 2013

Christian New Media Conference 2013 Date & Time: Saturday 9th November 2013 Venue: The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London Tickets: £35 Book Now!If you want to make an impact online, network with other Christians and keep up-to-date with the latest trends, then the Christian New Media Conference 2013 is the event for you. Through a mix of thought-provoking and practical sessions, together we are going to reimagine what it means to be the Church in a digital world – whatever your level of experience. Now in its fourth year, the conference has moved again to a new venue with more space and new seminar streams. Our 25+ speakers from all walks of life will be ready to share their expertise and experience, including Bishop of London the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, Katharine Welby, Dave Gilpin and Kate Bottley. If you represent a...

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Jewels of the North

Jewels of the North 30 August 2013 Europe’s finest Romanesque Cathedral will be transformed into a magnificent spectacle of colour, fragrance and floral design from 30 August to 4 September.  A spectacular festival of flowers and design celebrating innovation in North East England; inspired by the Anglo Saxon Lindisfarne Gospels and subsequent periods of creativity. Acclaimed designers Pauline Lund and Judith Clancy working with members of flower clubs in the Northumberland and Durham Area of NAFAS will fill the Cathedral with stunning arrangemensts on an unprecedented scale.  Over 50 magnificent designs will fill Durham Cathedral, including impressive large scale hanging installations. There will be much to inspire and surprise during the six-day Festival, ranging from complementary demonstrations, family activity and a variety of cultural events. Kate Adie OBE, Jewels of the North Patron said: “Growing up in Sunderland, Durham Cathedral...

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The Wisdom of Father Brown

The Wisdom of Father Brown Steve Townsend, Deputy Head of Mission The following is a guest blog by Steve Townsend, Deputy Head of Mission. It was announced this week that the Bishop of Northampton has started the investigation whether there is a case for canonisation for G K Chesterton.  This prompted me to go back to his best-loved creation, and one of my favourite fictional characters, Father Brown, who starred in five volumes of short stories. Father Brown was based on a real person – Father John O’Connor, a parish priest in Bradford, who was closely involved in Chesterton’s conversion to Catholicism in 1922.   We first meet Father Brown in “The Blue Cross”, where he is described as “a very short Roman Catholic priest” with “a face as round and dull as a Norfolk dumpling; eyes as empty as...

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