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2nd Sunday of Advent: The call to conversion


John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Mk 1:4). The Gospel of the Mass on this second Sunday of Advent introduces us to John the Baptist, the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths." John the Baptist is one of the three Advent guides who, during this time of preparation for Christmas, lead us towards our encounter with the living God ... (Continue reading)

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Dedication of the Lateran Basilica: A call to holiness.


Brothers and sisters, you are God’s building. ... For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Cor 3:9, 17) Today we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral Church of Rome by Pope Sylvester I in the year 324. Originally known as the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour and now known as St. John Lateran, this ancient church is universally recognised as the Mother and Head of All Churches of the City and of the World (Omnium ... (Continue reading)

Humanae Vitae and NFP: my testimony


In a recent interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis was reported to express praise for Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical on the regulation of birth in keeping with natural and Divine law. Pope Francis reportedly said that Pope Paul VI was "prophetic" and and that "had the courage to place himself against the majority, defending the moral discipline, exercising a culture brake, opposing present and future neo-Malthusianism." He indicated that the time had come to delve deeper into the encyclical and develop ... (Continue reading)

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