Celebrating the Feast of St. James in Santiago de Compostela

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“Almighty ever-living God, who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles by the blood of Saint James, grant, we pray, that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith and constantly sustained by his protection.”  More from the National Catholic Register>>

These nuns offer their blindness for the salvation of the world

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The Sacramentine Sisters of Don Orione in Santiago, Chile.

This Aug. 15 will mark 90 years since the Sacramentine Sisters of Don Orione were founded to offer something very particular for the salvation of the world: their blindness.  More from the Catholic News Agency>>>

BREAKING: Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to save baby’s life

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Charlie Gard’s parents are ending their legal fight to give their baby a chance at life.

After their five-month legal battle with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and the European court system, Chris Gard and Connie Yates say it is now “too late” for any experimental treatment to help their 11-month-old recover.  More from LifeSiteNews>>>

Was the “Miracle of Dunkirk” really a miracle?

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 Director Christopher Nolan’s new World War II film opens in theaters this week.
Director Christopher Nolan is considered one of the best, most innovative directors today. He inspired us with Interstellar, weirded us out with Inception and created what most people consider the best superhero movie ever in The Dark Knight.  More from Aleteia>>>

Why Mary Magdalene can help us receive Communion with greater love

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“This woman has a lot to teach us about the kind of reverence and love we should have in the presence of Jesus Christ.”

A year ago, Pope Francis raised to a liturgical feast the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, July 22. What’s so special about Mary Magdalene and how can she help us know Jesus better?  More from Aleteia>>>

Can Catholics still create great art? One man is showing the way

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Maltese artist Manuel Farrugia shows we shouldn’t write off Catholic art just yet  More from the Catholic Herald>>>

5 Fruits in art and their spiritual symbolism

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Did you know “apple” and “evil” are the same word in Latin?

Sacred art is full of items that aren’t sacred — everyday stuff that might not immediately bring to mind particular symbolism.

Yet, traditionally artists choose specific items, such as fruit, for a specific purpose. In the Christian artistic tradition, nothing is without meaning.  More from Aleteia>>>

Two dozen popular Catholic Facebook pages removed without explanation

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The Catholic fan pages were all removed and restored within a period of 24 hours. Facebook has yet to explain what happened

Facebook is facing questions after around 25 popular Catholic pages were apparently blocked before reappearing without explanation on Monday and Tuesday.  More from the Catholic Herald>>>

What Civilta Cattolica’s analysis of US Christianity missed

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Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civilta Cattolica, aboard the papal flight to Quito, July 5, 2015. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

An analysis piece in La Civilta Cattolica alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between Catholics and Evangelical Fundamentalists is seriously flawed in its presentation of religion in public life, experts said.  More from the Catholic News Agency>>>

Benedict XVI’s Message At Cardinal Meisner’s Funeral

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A BLOG called “Fidem in terra” has translated into English a message from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, delivered by his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein. The Funeral of Joachim Cardinal Meisner took place on Saturday, 15 July 2017, in the Cathedral of Cologne, which some say is the world’s most beautiful cathedral. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Woelki, who succeeded Cardinal Meisner as Archbishop of Cologne.  More from Corpus Christi Watershed>>>