Great Figures of the Missionary Work – The Christian city of Bassein

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

Geographically situated 70 kilometers from the city of Bombay, Bassein is today a place invaded by the bush, but has been already one of the most important strongholds of India, even rivaling Goa. Before the Portuguese occupied it in 1535, it was already a fortified bulwark, but not enough to prevent mines and other artillery weapons from breaching its wall. Incidentally, let us recall here the episode of the Greek artillery infiltrators, paid for by the Venetian Lordship, who would pass over to the side of the Turks and aid them in the frustrated siege they imposed on the city of Diu.

NOTES IN BIOETHICS – Surrogate Motherhood, Ethical Perspective


There are many bioethical issues related to the beginning of life, including among others, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), embryo research, frozen embryos, artificial insemination, cloning, gene therapy and enhancement – and surrogate motherhood. In this piece, we focus on the ethics of surrogate motherhood, which is currently on center stage in many countries of the world. 

NOT ‘GLAMOUR’ – Catholicism is for fighting heroes

Maurizio Blondet

A reader writes me:

I am following you for some time and I want to thank you for your precious work. I remain a bit disappointed by you when you define yourself as “Traditionalist Catholic.” Traditionalist is fine, but Catholic is for me like a finger in my eye. I do not claim explanations or motives from a person of your intellectual stature, you will have your motives.

I just wanted to let you know that by reading you every day and enjoying your information with your prose, I really do not understand about this profession. I must confess that I would be happy someday to know that you take a distance from what I consider to be a real disaster for the whole world.

I wish you a Happy 2018 made of more comforting news …

Best regards,
Guglielmo M.

MARIAN APPARITIONS (57) – Madrid, Spain

In the year 1449, Cubas was only a village with a simple church dedicated to Saint Andrew. The population of Cubas, however, lived quite forgetful of their duties to God, and their sins were so many that it seemed even to them that the hand of God must be hovering over the land, ready to punish them.


Tej Francis


Miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Romero clear way for sainthood

(CNS)  Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonization of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero. At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, Pope Francis signed decrees for the causes of 13 men and women — among them a pope, an archbishop, two young laywomen and a number of priests and nuns.


Aurelio Porfiri

To understand a place deeply, we need to go to its roots. We spoke with Elsa Penalva who has devoted much of her research to some aspects of the history of Macau, with special reference to women and the history of the Poor Clares’ convent.

THERE ARE NO REWARDS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, IT’S ALL SUPERFICIAL – Bruce Aitken, From Money Laundering To Broadcasting Live Radio Program “Hour of Love”

Pedro Daniel Oliveira
In Hong Kong

Bruce Aitken had an incredible life before being arrested and serving time for money laundering. Experiencing a 180-degree turn in his life, he now gives voice to the radio program “Hour of Love.” Domestic helpers and inmates are his main followers. Speaking to O CLARIM, he talks about the success of his work in front of microphones, about God’s plan and the future.


Rev Jose Mario O Mandia

On Friday, 9 March, Pope Francis received the participants of the 29th Course on the Internal Forum organized by the Apostolic Penitentiary. The course focused on the relationship between Sacramental Confession and vocational discernment.


Creator of Heaven and Earth – 2

LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE – Music by Aurelio Porfiri

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