Monthly Archives: September 2011

33 Years Ago: Cardinal Hugo Poletti on John Paul I

On September 29, 1978, the day the body of John Paul I was found in his bedroom, the Vicar General of the diocese of Rome made this announcement to the city of Rome (my translation of the Italian): Dear Priests, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“We have nothing to fear when we can say, resolutely, even without feelings: Long live Jesus!” — St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, OFM Cap.

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33 Years Ago Today – Papa Luciani’s Last Address

Thirty-three years ago today, Pope John Paul I gave his last address for he died late that night. On September 28, 1978 he met a group of bishops from the Philippines on their ad limina visit. In this address he spoke … Continue reading

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33 Years Ago Today: Papa Luciani on Love

In his General Audience on September 27, 1978 Pope John Paul I spoke of Pope John XXIII’s “third lamp of sanctification” which is charity. He began with a prayer his mother taught him: My God, with all my heart above … Continue reading

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Catholic Social Teaching: The Crisis in the Relationship Between Humanity and the Environment

The relationship between humanity and the environment is a foundational aspect of human identity. This in turn, is illustrative of humanity’s deeper relationship with God. Scripturally, creation is always an object of praise. Salvation is perceived as a new creation. … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI to the Youth of Germany

The Holy Father has been in his homeland of Germany this past week. He spoke to the German Parliament a few days ago, and he also spoke the the youth, to seminarians, to the Orthodox, and others during his time … Continue reading

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Social Doctrine of the Church: The Contribution of the Church to Peace

The  promotion of world peace is a central part of the Church’s mission. It is a part of Christ’s work of redemption. The Church is a “sacrament” or sign and instrument of peace for the world. The Church teaches that … Continue reading

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Church of the Week

Assumption Catholic Church Canton, Minnesota

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33 Years Ago Today: Papa Luciani on the Goodness of People and the World

Thirty-three years ago today, Pope John Paul I spoke in his Sunday Angelus address of the presence of good and love in the world. He began, though, with two comments about what were then current events demonstrating the presence of … Continue reading

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33 Years Ago Today: Papa Luciani on Authority, the Poor, and Liturgy

  Thirty-three years ago today, Pope John Paul I made his way to his cathedral (St. John Lateran) to take formal possession of it. On his way there, he stopped at the foot of the Capitoline Hill to greet the … Continue reading

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Archbishop Sheen One Step Closer?

  The cause for canonization of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen may be one step closer to completion. On September 16, 2010, James Fulton Engstrom was born, but for the first 61 minutes after birth, he had no heart beat. Just when the … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“When we have been enlightened, and in that same light behold the light of heaven, rightly may the apostle Paul say to us: ‘Once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light.’” … Continue reading

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33 Years Ago – Papa Luciani to the American Bishops

Thirty-three years ago, on September 21, 1978, Pope John Paul I spoke to a group of American bishops from Region XII (Northwestern United States) during their ad limina visit to Rome. The bishops were also at the North American College … Continue reading

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33 Years Ago Yesterday – Papa Luciani on Hope

In his Wednesday General Audience on September 20, 1978, Pope John Paul I continued his series of talks on the seven “Lamps of Santification” of Pope John XXIII.  He focused on hope. Here are some excerpts: Today I will speak … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire!

The Holy Father announced on September 19th that he accepted the resignation of Bishop John B. McCormack of the diocese of Manchester and has named Bishop Peter Libasci its new shepherd. Bishop Libasci was born in 1951 in Jackson Heights, … Continue reading

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