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FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH “Bless your children at the beginning and end of each day”

admin / December 26, 2016

Pope Francis The biblical readings which we just heard presented us with the image of two families on pilgrimage to the house of God. Elkanah and Hannah bring their son Samuel to the Temple of Shiloh and consecrate him to the Lord (cf 1 Sam 1:20-22, 24-28). In the same way, Joseph and Mary, in the company of Jesus, go…

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Pope Francis venerates the Child Jesus
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2015 CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS HOMILY “Let us be silent and let the Child speak”

admin / December 26, 2016

Pope Francis Tonight “a great light” shines forth (Is 9:1); the light of Jesus’ birth shines all about us. How true and timely are the words of the prophet Isaiah which we have just heard: “You have brought abundant joy and great rejoicing” (9:2)! Our heart was already joyful in awaiting this moment; now that joy abounds and overflows, for…

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Carne a secar, norte da Birmânia Joaquim Magalhães de Castro/LUMEWORLD
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GREAT FIGURES OF MISSIONARY WORK Christian Pioneers in Burma (18)

admin / December 26, 2016

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro Before the arrival of the Barnabites in 1720, the religious work in Changu-yo was practically non-existent. The situation would change in 1760 with the arrival of Fr Sebastião Donati, who soon became the center of the Christian community, and the first “bayingyi” priest. He was ordained in the year of grace of 1793. Under the guidance…

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THE WHOLE WORLD REJOICES Christmas traditions all around the globe

admin / December 26, 2016

Christmas is the season of joy and perpetual hope! All over the world, Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions. The festivities can be startlingly different from country to country, focusing on different aspects of the nativity story. But whether you’re celebrating Sheng Dan Jieh in China or awaiting Pere Noel in France, you’re sharing in the wonder and magic…

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Illuminated manuscript - birth of Christ
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CHRISTMAS The birthday of the Light of the world

admin / December 26, 2016

Roberto Ceolin Was Jesus Christ really born on the so-called Christmas Day? Probably not! So, why do we celebrate every year the birth of Christ on the 25th December? The obvious answer would be that what actually matters is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ independently of how accurate the date really is; the date is not the matter,…

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