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Church Sex Abuse Scandals...Is celibacy an option?

The recent sex abuse scandal in Kerala involving 5 nuns in protest against Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was accused of raping a nun 13 times, is only one thorn in a whole Rose Garden of what we call the Catholic Church. 427 more words

SS. Cyprian and Justina

SS. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs

A.D. 304.

ST. CYPRIAN, surnamed the Magician, was an illustrious instance of the divine grace and mercy. He was a native of Antioch, (not the capital of Syria, but a small city of that name, situated between Syria and Arabia,) which the Romans allotted to the government of Phœnicia, to the jurisdiction of which province this martyr was subject. 1,544 more words

St. Isaac Jogues

St. Isaac Jogues

French missionary, born at Orléans, France, 10 January, 1607; martyred at Ossernenon, in the present State of New York, 18 October, 1646. He was the first Catholic priest who ever came to Manhattan Island (New York). 917 more words

Saint Vincent Strambi

Saint Vincent Strambi

Passionist Priest, Bishop of Macerata and Tolentino
(1745-1824)

Born in 1745 at Civitavecchia near Rome, the son of a wealthy businessman, Saint Vincent Strambi never showed any inclination for any occupation other than the service of God. 626 more words

Our Lady of Ransom

Our Lady of Ransom

By the special intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Peter Nolasco, St. Raymond of Penafort, and King James of Aragon established an Order under the name of Our Lady of Mercy for the ransom of Christian captives from the Muslim marauders in the 13th century. 355 more words

The Day of Praise Is Done

The day of praise is done,
The evening shadows fall;
Yet pass not from us with the sun,
True Light that lightenest all.

Around thy throne on high, 119 more words

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Blessed Herman the cripple

Herman was born into royalty, the son of a duke of Altshausen. From birth, it was apparent that he would be horribly crippled and disfigured, earning him the less-than-pleasant name of “Hermannus Contractus” (or “Herman the Twisted”). 463 more words

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