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Church Honours Saint Anthony Of Egypt – Abbot And Patriarch Of Monks

On this Jan. 17 feast day, both Eastern and Western Catholics celebrate the life and legacy of St. Anthony of Egypt, the founder of Christian monasticism whose radical approach to discipleship permanently impacted the Church.

In Egypt's Coptic Catholic and Orthodox Churches, which have a special devotion to the native saint, his feast day is celebrated on Jan. 30. Read more »

Gospel Story: The Epiphany Of The Lord

‘Epiphany’ means ‘manifestation’, and today’s feast commemorates the appearance of the Lord to the world in the person of the three magi, the  wise men from the East.

It’s a feast rich in symbolism and meaning.

But first, the story, as Matthew tells it. In King Herod’s day, distinguished visitors from a foreign land come to pay homage to the Infant Jesus. From their deportment, they seem to be kings or magi, wise men. Read more »

Church Honours Saint Silvester – Pope And Confessor Of The Faith

St  Silvester was elected Pope in the year 314.

It was one year after the Emperor Constantine passed the Edict of Milan which ended three centuries of bloody persecution of the Church and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.

During Silvester’s long pontificate of 20-plus years, the first “list of Roman martyrs” was compiled, a Roman school of liturgical chant was established and the Kyrie Eleison was inserted into the Mass. Read more »

Salzburg Cathedral Museum Launches Exhibition On History Of Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree that graces the centre of the Bernini colonnade in St. Peter’s Square is a tradition John Paul II introduced back in 1982.

Every year since then, the competition has been on to see who can grow the tallest tree to adorn St. Peter’s Square.

This year’s tree was a gift from the German city of Waldmünchen. Read more »

Pope Francis Wishes Everyone A Christmas of Hope, Justice And Fraternity

A group of demonstrators protesting to the Italian authorities about the difficult current economic situation was also present in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis noticed the large banner they were carrying and commented, following the Angelus prayer, “I see there, written in large letters, 'The poor cannot wait'.

That's nice! And this makes me think that Jesus was born in a stable, not in a house. Read more »

Pope Celebrates His 77th Birthday

Pope Francis celebrates his 77th birthday and congratulations have arrived in the Vatican from all over the world.

However, in his city of birth, Buenos Aires, citizens are celebrating the birthday of their former archbishop.

The parishioners of the diaconate of Boca-Barrajas, one of the most popular and troubled areas of the city, will spend the day in Plaza Constitucion where a “missionary tent” has been erected to welcome the “invisible” inhabitants of the capital. Read more »

Pope Francis Proclaimed TIME's 2013 'Person Of The Year'

On this morning's episode of “Today Show”, Time Magazine announced their choice of Pope Francis for the 2013 “Person of the Year”, stating that he is changing the “tone and perception” of the Church.

Reacting to the news, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi issued a comment Dec. 11, calling it “unsurprising considering the resonance and very widespread attention given to the election of Pope Francis and the beginning of his pontificate.” Read more »

Commonwealth Lawyers Association: Death Of Nelson Mandela

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) is deeply saddened by the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

The CLA recalls that, together with Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela established South Africa’s first black law firm which specialised in cases arising from the post-1948 apartheid legislation. 

His activism made him a target of the authorities - he was banned in 1956, arrested for treason in 1961 and arrested again and convicted of treason in 1963. Read more »

Pope Francis Lauds Mandela's Creation Of A 'New South Africa'

After the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis issued a letter offering condolences to his family and praising the politician’s commitment to promoting human dignity.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the South African revolutionary who headed the country’s anti-apartheid movement, fighting to replace it with a multiracial democracy, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the age of 95 in his Johannesburg home after a long battle with illness. Read more »

Secularist Intolerance Against Christians Rising In Europe

A leading defender of Christianity in Europe has called for greater awareness of secularist intolerance and a more nuanced approach towards resisting it.

Dr. Martin Kugler, of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, highlighted a rising number of attacks on Christian places of worship.

He noted that in 2010, 84 percent of these attacks in France were directed against Christian sites. Read more »

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