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Pope Francis and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Pope Francis and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: “To depend solely on the tenderness of  God”   An excerpt and photo courtesy of the Sanctuaire de Lisieux from the story “Una rosa bianca da Santa Teresita” by Stefania Falasca, in the March 24, 2013 issue of Avvenire.  Translated for   “Do not be afraid to depend solely on the tenderness of God as Saint Thérèse of Lisieux did.” When Cardinal Bergoglio wrote a letter, he enclosed an image of St. Therese Anyone who had the opportunity to be in contact with and establish a friendship with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio knows that he had the habit of enclosing in his letters, no matter how short, . . . a picture of the Carmelite saint, Thérèse of Lisieux.  In this way he wanted to emphasize his personal choice, full of meaning, of...

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Relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II to be venerated in World Youth Day 2013

Relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II to be venerated in Rio World Youth Day 2013   The World Youth Day organising committee has confirmed that a relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II will be exhibited during the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Rio de Janeiro between 23 and 28 July 2013.   A vial of Blessed John Paul II’s blood and other relics will arrive in Brazil on 7 July and will be venerated in the city’s Cathedral until 13 October, Fr. Arnaldo Rodriguez stated.     The relic of the WYD’s brainchild will probably not be the only one to go on show. After obtaining permission to put the body of Pier Giorgio Frassati on show, organisers are now waiting for the go-ahead to exhibit the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Virgin and Doctor of...

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Loyola Press: Three Minute Retreat

  Loyola Press: Three Minute Retreat   Loyola Press has a Three-Minute Retreat on this website:-

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BBC Radio 3 Words and Music Ave Maria

BBC Radio 3        Words and Music   Ave Maria   BBC Radio 3  Sunday, 5 May  18:30     Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes First broadcast: Sunday 05 May 2013 Music and texts inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary with Jenny Agutter and Andrew Buchan. Jenny Agutter can currently be seen starring as Sister Julienne in the hit BBC TV series “Call the Midwife”, and Andrew Buchan is currently playing the part of the father of a murdered boy in the ITV drama “Broadchurch”. The Virgin Mary has inspired perhaps more writing and music than any other historical or Biblical figure and this edition of Words and Music attempts to dip a small toe in the ocean of material available. Following the Bilbical narrative from the Annunciation, the birth and life of her son Jesus Christ and his death on...

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Send a Message to Encourage Suffering Christians in Iran

Christian Satellite Television by and for the people of the Middle East & North Africa Please join SAT-7 in sending messages of support to our Persian brothers and sisters in Christ in Iran. We wish to assure them that they are not forgotten and that we are praying for them. Our prayer is that one day Iran will be free from oppression and that people will be able to worship openly and have access to the Bible. We also remember in prayer the Christian leaders who are in prison, praying that they will be set free and that justice will be done. Iranian Christians are suffering imprisonment, torture and even death for their faith. SAT-7 broadcasts Christian programmes via satellite to build up and encourage isolated Christians in Iran and to provide truth for seekers.   Send a Message...

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Holy See: Point of Fruitful Encounter

Holy See: Point of Fruitful Encounter Students and staff of the Cambridge Muslim College meeting the British Ambassador to the Holy See Nigel Baker during their 2012 visit to Rome. As an Embassy, we very often receive visits from individuals or delegations from Britain who are coming to the Holy See, or passing through Rome, and whose work is relevant to our own global priorities. One of the pleasures of being ambassador here is the sheer variety of such encounters, reflecting the extensive waterfront that we cover in our work. For example… The Cambridge Muslim College paid their second visit here earlier this month. The College, in its own words, “welcomes Muslims of all backgrounds who wish to deepen their pastoral skills and their awareness of contemporary developments in Britain and the world”. It provides admirable practical and academic training...

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IF campaign event: G8 rally

IF campaign event: G8 rally       Dates: June 08 2013, 11.00am–5.00pm           Map: Hyde Park, London Address: Hyde Park, London   8 world leaders. 8 June. Your chance to stop 1 in 8 people going hungry. When G8 leaders come to the UK this June, they have the power to act on global hunger IF enough of us demand urgent action. This is our moment. IF you do one thing to support the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign this year, please join us on 8 June in London from 11am-5pm. Soon we’ll be revealing the full details of the day, but we can say now that it will include tens of thousands of people from across the UK, an ecumenical service, a vast symbolic action, music, big name speakers, something for all...

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Emeritus Pope Benedict to return to the Vatican on May 1st

The Pope Emeritus will be leaving Castel Gandolfo in a few days and returning to the Vatican City State Andrea Tornielli Vatican City   His Holiness Benedict XVI is expected to return to the Vatican on 1 May, memoria of Saint Joseph the Worker.   The former cloistered monastery building where the Emeritus Pope will be living is now ready for him to move in. The monastery building consists of four stories, with communal areas and twelve monastic cells, a new wing measuring approximately 450 square metres , a chapel, the cloistered nuns’ choir, a library, a gallery, an evergreen hedge, a heavy gate that separates the cloistered area from the other parts of the monastery, and a large garden where peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, cabbages, lemons and oranges are grown.   Benedict XVI will be living with the four...

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Corpus Christi Procession, Glasgow West End Deanery

Corpus Christi Procession   There will be a West End Deanery of the Archdiocese of Glasgow Blessed Sacrament Procession on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Sunday 2nd June. All Catholics and anyone of good will or interest are invited to join this Eucharistic Procession in this Year of Faith.   The procession will begin with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St Patrick’s, 137 William Street, Anderston, G3 8UR at 3.00pm, with the Eucharistic Procession leaving there at 4.30pm to St. Paul’s, 1213A Dumbarton Road, Whiteinch, Glasgow, G14 9UP, where it will conclude with the celebration of the 6.30pm Mass.   This will be followed by a social gathering in the parish hall.   Each parish in the deanery is being asked to provide 10 stewards to assist on the day. Help will also be required with managing the...

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