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    Adoring Christ with Mary Magdalene

    Saint Mary Magdalene — whose feast day is on July 22 — was charged with proclaiming the tidings of Paschal joy to the very apostles themselves. This really means that she was the first person ever to truly proclaim the full Gospel message, since salvation was not complete until Christ had risen from the dead.

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    Ladaria: 'I am in a deep and spontaneous harmony with the Pope'

    Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, the new Jesuit prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). said he is "in a deep and spontaneous harmony" with Pope Francis. The archbishop was speaking during a recent visit to the pope's homeland, Argentina.

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    Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese

    Last June, Pope Francis threatened the priests of the Ahiara diocese in Nigeria with suspension unless they wrote a letter addressed to him, apologizing for refusing to accept their bishop, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012. Days after the deadline, letters from Rome responding to each priest individually began to arrive in the diocese.

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  • As latest Vatican trial opens, is it time to dust off ‘About Doctrine’?

    As latest Vatican trial opens, is it time to dust off ‘About Doctrine’?

    • July 20, 2017

    Back in the 19th century, French novelist and journalist Edmond About was considered the Tocqueville of the Papal States, and he had a fairly cynical view of papal justice. As the latest Vatican trial opens, it’s interesting to apply his tests. There’s also some question marks about the timing of the trial, and a juicy irony waiting to be exploited surrounding the name of one of the defense lawyers.

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  • Book reveals the famed Three Secrets of Fatima
    Book reveals the famed Three Secrets of Fatima
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    [The following is paid advertising.] A book by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle collects the original descriptions of the famed Three Secrets of Fatima, the first of which pivots on a vision of hell, the second on a time of tribulation and prayer for the conversion of Russia, and the third the martyrdom of a ‘Bishop in White’ taken to be a reference to the 1981 assassination attempt against St. Pope John Paul II.

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  • Head of Vatican’s Academy of Life: Dialogue is love, not compromise
    Head of Vatican’s Academy of Life: Dialogue is love, not compromise
    • July 19, 2017

    In an interview, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia explains the Vatican’s Academy for Life’s new strategy and vision and the important role non-Catholic members could play in promoting them. The archbishop wants the academy to aim to be missionary in outlook, seeking to tackle what he calls “the great frontiers of life” in collaboration with believers of other churches and faiths as well as non-believers.

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