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The faith of Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame, the French police officer who swapped places with hostage

The faith of Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame, the French police officer who swapped places with hostage

On 24 March 2018, a terrorist entered a supermarket in Trèbes armed with a handgun, a hunting knife, and three homemade bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage. Police negotiated for release of the hostages, and Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame offered to take the place of the final one, a woman. Arnaud Beltrame left… Continue Reading

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Fixing Easter Day

Fixing Easter Day

An agreement has been reached to move Easter to April 1, “whatever day of the week that might happen to be”. A committee has been meeting several times a year for three years. It has had representatives from the Vatican, Eastern Orthodoxy (2 reps: Constantinople and Moscow), the Copts, Armenians, Anglicans, and The World Council… Continue Reading

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Communion on the Tongue?

Communion on the Tongue?

Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship, recently wrote that he sees receiving communion kneeling and on the tongue as the much more suitable approach. In strong words, he wrote: We can understand how the most insidious diabolical attack consists in trying to extinguish faith in the Eucharist, sowing errors and favoring… Continue Reading

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Lent 2 – Transfiguration

Lent 2 – Transfiguration

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may grow into the likeness of Christ] pause Transfiguring God, before the passion of your beloved Son you revealed his glory on the holy mountain: grant that we who by faith behold the light of his face may be strengthened to bear the cross, and be changed into… Continue Reading

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Expand Abuse Inquiry

Expand Abuse Inquiry

Yesterday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced, as she had indicated she would during the 2017 election campaign, a Royal Commission into the abuse of children in state care. This will be headed by former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand. The previous government refused to set up an inquiry. Good as this government’s decision is, as… Continue Reading

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Epiphany Chalk House Blessing

Epiphany Chalk House Blessing

On Epiphany (or New Year) you can bless your house. You can make this as simple or as intricate as you like; include (liturgical) greeting (eg. “The Lord be with you…”), song or carol, holy water (sprinkling door, each room), reading (eg. Epiphany Gospel, start of John’s Gospel), more prayers, Lord’s Prayer, incense, assigning parts… Continue Reading

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