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Gender Ideologues Threaten Alberta’s Christian Schools

Canada has suffered an unreported revolution. In times past, revolutionaries first seized the radio stations, dominating the public narrative. Today, in the Age of Public Administration, they seize the faculties of education. Their “long march” through the Canadian schools has taken fifty years, but today, their dominion seems unchallenged.
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The Legality of the Old Rite

In the following article I shall endeavor to make a case for the public re-introduction of the pre-1962 Roman liturgy, both Mass and Office, from the perspective of Ecclesiastical law. First, I will specify what I mean by the pre-1962 liturgy. Then I will explore the concepts of abrogation, reprobation, custom, and the competing concepts of law present in the Tridentine decrees and the 1983 CIC.
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China-Vatican accord followed by the destruction of two shrines in Shanxi and Guizhou

Chinese authorities tore down two shrines dedicated to Our Lady. One is Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in Dongergou (Shanxi), and the other is Our Lady of Bliss (pictured), also known as Our Lady of the Mountain, in Anlong (Guizhou).
The two pilgrimage sites, used by both official and underground communities, were demolished just a few weeks after China and Vatican signed an agreement on episcopal appointments.
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What Does the Canonization of Paul VI Mean for the Liturgy and Liturgical Reform?

The short answer is: absolutely nothing.

The canonization of a Saint does not change the facts of his earthly life. It does not rectify the mistakes he made, whether knowingly or unknowingly. It does not change his failures into successes, whether they came about through his fault or that of others. When St Joseph Calasanz died in 1648, the religious order he had founded, the Piarists, was to all intents and purposes destroyed. Ten years after Calasanz was canonized, another religious founder, St Alphonse Liguori was tricked by a close friend and early collaborator into signing a document which badly compromised the Redemptorist Order, and he was openly reproved by his confreres for having destroyed it. (The life of St Joseph Calasanz was one of his favorite books for spiritual reading in his later years.) These are historical facts which were not in the least bit altered by their later canonization and the later restoration of their orders.
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What Young Catholics Want

Several French dioceses, seeking to promote their 2018 fundraising drive, had a few young Catholics take a selfie with a young priest. It was the perfect marketing image of diverse, democratic youth—but for one problem. The priest wore a cassock. This long black garment, with its thirty-three buttons, is favored by young priests who have made it the uniform of resurgent tradition. It is the symbol of what young Catholics are, and of what older Catholics don’t want them to be.
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Muslims defied the Islamic State to save two ancient Christian manuscripts in Mosul

A family, who wants their identity protected, hid for three years two books containing Syriac Orthodox rituals. The head of the family recently entrusted them to a former Christian neighbour, with whom they have been friends for years. For Chaldean priest, many Muslims view Christians as brothers and are ready to risk their lives for a book.

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Iraqi archbishop fears more persecution, says IS went underground

Christianity in Iraq is just one wave of persecution away from extinction, said the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Basra.
In an interview with Catholic News Service, Chaldean Archbishop Habib Nafali said there were now so few Christians in his country that the church there would disappear if it was subjected to further persecution.
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Christian bakers win ‘gay cake’ case at UK Supreme Court

The court ruled there was no discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or political opinion.
A Christian bakery has won its appeal against a ruling that it unfairly discriminated against a gay man by refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan.
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Berlin and Beyond: Meeting with monks

As Germany's Catholic Church discusses how to deal with child sex abuse at the hands of its clergy, Tamsin Walker went to visit a new monastery on the German-Polish border that's quietly setting an example. 
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Authenticity of St Ambrose’s Relics Confirmed

As reported yesterday in several Italian newspapers, a forensic analysis recently performed on the relics of St Ambrose has not only confirmed their authenticity, but also the accuracy of the most ancient portrait of the Saint. In a letter to his elder sister Marcellina (also a Saint), Ambrose speaks of an intense pain which he experienced in his right sholder, and difficulty of movement, caused by a fracture of the right clavicle which he suffered in his youth, and which never properly healed. The presence of this fracture is confirmed by the examination of his skeleton, and, as explained by the head of the forensic team, Dr Cristina Cattaneo, accounts for the notable asymmetry of his face, as seen in this mosaic portrait of him from the early 5th century, in the chapel of St Victor in Ciel d’Oro within the famous basilica where his relics are kept. The Saint’s age of the time of his death is also confirmed, around 60 years old.

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An Orthodox Fracture With Serious Consequences

While Catholicism has been embroiled in a crisis of sexual abuse and episcopal malfeasance reaching to the highest levels of the Church, Eastern Orthodoxy may be on the verge of an epic crack-up with major ecumenical and geopolitical consequences.
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Bishop Schneider on Chastity vs. a Society "Becoming Ever More Cruel"

(...) Unfortunately, the ’55 reform, in its elements and structure, shows revolutionary changes, which are not comparable with the beautiful rites of Holy Week before. The changes made were not necessary. Maybe some few little elements could have been shortened, but not changing the rite itself. What was put in its place was manufactured. And this was already an exercise in advance of the post-conciliar revolutionary reform of the Order of Mass and of all of the liturgies of the sacraments – of the entire liturgy, even of the breviary.
Well, this is to say, in answer to your question, that the reform of the breviary under Pius X, in 1911, was unfortunately also a revolutionary reform. It is for me an enigma how he could do this, Pope Pius X, because he changed completely the entire structure of the psalm distribution, which the Roman Church kept almost inviolably since the times – even before – of Pope Gregory I. So, already from the 6th century, maybe even earlier, the …

Famed Australian Atheist, Bill Hayden, is Baptized in the Catholic Church at 85

Some amazing news came out of Australia today with a famous atheist politician receiving baptism. Bill Hayden had been the leader of a major Australian political party, then was the Governor General of Australia for 7 years. (The Governor General is the one who signs bills into law in the Queen’s name in 16 Commonwealth countries.) Recently, at 85, he renounced his atheism and joined the Catholic Church.
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A Remarkable Thing Just Happened in Liverpool, England

Sunday’s event was the largest Catholic procession in England since Pope St. John Paul II's visit to Britain in 1982. 
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The Imperative of the Imperium

In “The End of the Imperial Episcopate,” Fr. Jay Scott Newman speculates about the Church's current situation. One of his premises is that many bishops have become too much like distant managers and administrators, and that this has contributed to today's problems. He also suggests “the clerical culture in which bishops and priests live is in many ways diseased and deformed, requiring renewal.” I fully agree with Newman on these points. We do not need politicians and administrators. We need bishops who act like bishops:  teaching, shepherding, and, when necessary, disciplining like bishops. We need priests who don’t act like camp counselors, committee chairmen, facilitators, or socialites; we need priests who focus on their priestly, liturgical, and sacramental mission. Further, we need religious who remain faithful to the particular charisms of their founders instead of behaving like secular social justice activists.  In short, we need faithfulness to particula…

The End of the Imperial Episcopate

The Empire—in all its forms—is long gone. Christendom is dead. The Church is reeling from grave scandal, and Christians are crying out to heaven for reform and purification. It is time to end the Imperial Episcopate.
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Will the Church in Spain Soon Be Stripped of Her Belongings?

Under the pretext of wishing to “do away with opacity”, Pedro Sanchez’ Socialist government wishes to publish the list of all the goods belonging to the Church and for which she does not have a certificate of ownership: the idea being for the State to take them back.
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Exiled for most of his life as a bishop, Dominik Kalata returns to his final home

Friday a week ago, the 24th of August, saw the passing of 93-year-old Bishop Dominik Kalata in Bratislava, Slovakia. It was the end of a life spent for the major part in exile, a life marked by the Church’s attempts to serve the faithful in Communist-dominated lands during the Cold War. Born in Poland, Bishop Kalata was consecrated in secret for the Church in what was then Czechoslovakia, spent 26 years of his life in Germany, only to return to what had then become Slovakia, where he died.
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If Pope Francis covered up McCarrick abuse, then he’s neither ‘holy’ nor a ‘father’

Should we be surprised at Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s detailed testimony about Pope Francis covering up ex-Cardinal McCarrick’s abuse? We have seen this level of mendacity and depravity coming for years. From the first moment of his papacy, Pope Francis showed disdain for papal traditions, a sign of disrespect for the duties and limits of his office. His minimalist and lackluster celebrations of Mass suggested that for him, the liturgy was not “the source and summit of the Christian life.”
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Our Catholic heritage is full of treasures. Let’s bring them into the classroom

In 1905, one Miss Agnew sat at her desk in Carlisle and sketched out the “scheme of instruction” for the poor Catholic boys and girls of St Cuthbert’s school. Among her entries was the history “object lessons”: here a lesson on Caedmon and Bede, there Joan of Arc, another on Wolsey, next “the Revolution” (nothing “Glorious” about it). It was history, but it was also more than that – it was a reflection of our Catholic identity.
Today, there is little agreement about how Catholic schools should teach children about our heritage. Curricula vary widely. While those under local authority control mostly follow the National Curriculum, academies are free to set their own content.
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Duas notícias e um artigo sobre a restauração da monarquia no "mundo ortodoxo"

Belgium’s euthanasia nightmare

One striking thing about modern Western societies is how quickly bioethical practices that would once have been shocking quickly become unremarkable. It happened with abortion, it happened with embryo selection, and now it is happening with euthanasia. Last week it emerged that during 2016 and 2017 three children in Belgium were given euthanasia, and the media reaction was one giant shrug. As far as I am aware it has barely been reported outside Christian and pro-life circles.
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The Russian Orthodox believers who treat the Tsar like a God

(...) Things haven’t changed since then, even after the bones of the two missing imperial children were discovered in 2007 not far from the first remains. A minority of Orthodox believers and clerics insist on the “ritualistic murder” explanation. These people have de facto deified the tsar. There is even a name for them in Russian – tsarebozhniki – literally translated as the “god-tsarists”. This has all the traits of a heresy, but Patriarch Kirill is shy about dealing with it. The problem for him is that tsarebozhniki form the most vocal, best organised and politicised part of the Russian Orthodox believers and clergy, including quite a few bishops. (...)
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Liturgy and Laity

(...) Catholics were a thoroughly obed­ient lot at the time. Bishops ­promptly implemented the changes ordered by Rome, and by and large the clergy and faithful accepted them, whatever their misgivings. Casini, though, warned Lercaro that this would not last forever. He mentioned a farm laborer with whom he had sung in the parish choir. In 1965 this man said to him, “To be sure the Mass suited me better as it was before. But what the priest says goes for me and I does as I am told. If the priest says I must dance, then dance I will . . .” Two years later, after the choir had been disbanded, he had changed his attitude. “Well,” he said, “to be sure if this is what the priest wants now, I must say—I don’t know . . .” 
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The Ill-Placed Charges of Purism, Elitism, and Rubricism

(...) Some have curiously accused me in this connection of “rubricism,” a charge repeated, as we have seen, by Fr. Recktenwald. The reason I say “curiously” is that it is perfectly obvious that I am not a rubricist. The phenomenon of rubricism occurs when the liturgical or theological rationale for a given practice is forgotten, and all that one has to stand on is a rubric, a prescription of positive human law. If one cannot say why a practice is right and fitting but simply shouts “That’s the rubric and we must follow it!,” or if one breaks out into a cold sweat at 3 in the morning because one suddenly realizes that three manuals disagree about how many inches apart the items on the credence table should be, then perhaps one might be called a rubricist. But if one looks at what I wrote about why the Chartres abuses should be avoided, one can see a liturgical-theological rationale in addition to a reminder that the rubrics rule them out. (...)
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Vesting in Lavender

Do you remember a time, readers, when you could spend a whole day, actually a whole month, occasionally even a year, and not give one passing thought to the issue of sexual perversions?
Do you remember a time when not one liberal in a thousand would have thought it a good idea to have drag queens do story-hour for children in a public library? When people who fell into sexual perversion, or who are alleged to have done so, or who are alleged to have wanted to do so though they did not, or who are alleged to have been the sorts of people who would have wanted to do so if they had known What We Know Now, were not held up for the admiration of children, in their school textbooks?
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Vatican updates rules on consecrated virgins

The Vatican has issued a new instruction on Consecrated Virginity as the vocation experiences increasing interest.
The document, titled Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, comes after requests from bishops across the world for clarity on the role of consecrated virgins, as more women discern the vocation.
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Greek prime minister to initiate process of separation of Church from state

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras intends to initiate the process of separating the Greek Orthodox Church from the Greek state and revising the relevant article of the Greek constitution, reports Russian Athens with reference to the Greek paper Kathimerini. 
Mais uma vez esquerdistas estão agindo em prol da laicização de um Estado, agora na Grécia, sem ouvir a população. Leiam mais sobre o assunto aqui.

The Pope's master plan for a missionary Church has fallen by the wayside

The script for the pontificate of Pope Francis was written six years before his election, at the Aparecida plenary assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Latin America (CELAM). In the sixth year of the pontificate however, the set has been transformed, the actors seem miscast, the plot has been altered and the curtain is set to come down early. Has the great continental mission proclaimed at Aparecida been abandoned?
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The Visitation and the Precious Blood

How very ruthless of the post-Conciliar 'reforms': Westminster Cathedral, overnight, lost its Patronal Festival when the 'reformers' reduced July 1 to a feria on the almost sacrilegiously flippant grounds that the Precious Blood would get a perfectly adequate 'covering' by being merely added to the title of Corpus Christi. Sad little men. Thus a gorgeous piece of B Pius IX liturgy disappeared: the Solemn Festival he had placed on the calendar to commemorate his return to the City after the Roman Revolution of 1848. (There is nothing vulgar, incidentally, about doing that sort of thing to the calendar, or, if there is, it is simply the vulgarity of an incarnational religion. Byzantine calendars are richly and very appropriately peppered with such observances related to events in Christian history.)
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Prudence, Pizza, and Role Fatigue in the Liturgy

Other writers on this blog have often highlighted the role of organic vs. inorganic change in the liturgy, especially as regards the reforms and effects of the Second Vatican Council. It’s not my purpose to discuss this here. My purpose is instead to discuss the role of wisdom and prudent change within boundaries of an obedient, reverent liturgy celebrated according to the relevant norms. I wish further to discuss the topic of role fatigue and subsidiarity as it relates.
(...) Every good action is inspired, sustained, and brought to perfection through the working of grace. I get it; but no person receives exactly the same gifts and graces. I have prayed for the grace of being a cheerful early riser, and all I have been given is black coffee and an alarm clock.
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Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.

Leiam aqui um ótimo texto do Bispo Donald Sanborn, sedevacantista, sobre a culpa do clero no recente distanciamento da legislação de três países outrora católicos, a Irlanda, a Argentina e a Polônia, do Evangelho.

For Metropolitan Kliment, Catholics are always "heretics"

Um dos principais hierarcas da Igreja Ortodoxa Russa, o Metropolita Kliment, parece ter mais coerência que quase todo o clero católico e que certas figuras do Patriarcado de Moscou ao colocar luz numa verdade bem simples: a Igreja e os "ortodoxos" acreditam em coisas diferentes.
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More attacks against Catholic schools feared as new school year starts in Madhya Pradesh

Next week, classes start again. The Church runs 507 schools in the Indian state. In recent months, Hindu radicals have attacked some schools. The attacks have caused "disturbance in the young minds" of the pupils. Catholic schools welcome students of every religion and social group. For a local priest, "They are all our children."
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Being Christian in Western Europe

The majority of Europe’s Christians are non-practicing, but they differ from religiously unaffiliated people in their views on God, attitudes toward Muslims and immigrants, and opinions about religion’s role in society.
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The Diplomatic Knives Are Out After Trump’s Embassy Move

"Friedman recently caused a kerfuffle when he was photographed accepting a picture of the Temple Mount, with a picture of the Solomon’s third temple photoshopped in the place where the Al Aqsa Mosque now stands. He was clearly blindsided by the supporters of such an incendiary move. But such are the demons unleashed when Washington adopts the Netanyahu government’s Jerusalem narrative. It can be expected that Trump’s man in Jerusalem will do everything in his power to move Washington into Greater Israel’s corner."
É esse tipo de loucura sionista que está na base da transferência da embaixada americana para Jerusalém e que parece ter virado a moda entre a direita-olavética brassileira. Leia mais sobre o assunto aqui.

The Islamization of England and the Arrest of Tommy Robinson

“Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s unapologetic Muslim faith sends extraordinary message.”
That’s the headline on an NBC story about the Egyptian sports star who plays for the Liverpool soccer club. Salah prays before each game and prostrates himself in prayer after every goal he scores. He is also popular with fans, contributes to charities and is featured in an anti-drug campaign video.
According to the story, Salah’s unapologetic expression of his faith on the soccer field “sends a remarkable message.” What is the remarkable message? Answer: “Salah is living, breathing proof of the multilayered identity possessed by so many Muslims in Britain.” Moreover, he is a “human rebuttal” to “Islamophobes” and “far-right populists” who fear that Muslims pose an “existential threat.” “He is someone who embodies Islam’s values and wears his faith on his sleeve,” observes Miqdaad Versi, the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, “He is not the solution to Islamop…

In secular Uruguay, a populist cardinal rallies the faithful and kicks off a feud

When Daniel Sturla, a smiley and charismatic Salesian Catholic priest, was named archbishop of Montevideo in 2014, he took over the post from a man whose profile was as low and reserved as that of the church itself, in this most secular of Latin American countries.
The new archbishop – who a year later was named a cardinal by Pope Francis, with whom he had once worked – was having none of it. Cardinal Sturla launched a multipronged and energetic campaign to get Uruguay’s Roman Catholics to swallow their embarrassment and take pride in their faith. He has held public masses, launched a campaign to paper city balconies with images of the Virgin Mary and found other ways for his faithful to demonstrate publicly their religious devotion.
But recently, it has become clear that Cardinal Sturla has another goal: to turn Uruguayan Catholics into a political force of the kind they are in other neighbouring countries where far more people identify themselves as religious. This …

What Is America’s Cause in the World Today?

What is going on? A scholarly study sums it up: “The statistical trends in religion show two separate Europes: the West is undergoing a process of secularization while the post-socialist East, de-secularization.”
One Europe is turning back to God; the other is turning its back on God.
And when Vladimir Putin and Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko are standing up for traditional values against Western cultural elites, the East-West struggle has lost its moral clarity.
And, so, what do we Americans stand for now? What is our cause in the world today?
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IRELAND: a post-mortem examination

Novo Pentecostes? No espaço de uma geração, a Irlanda deixou de ser um dos países mais católicos da Europa para se tornar essencialmente um Estado pagão que substituiu o Sacrifício do Altar pelo de crianças.
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How one family is sending 13 kids to college, living debt free — and still plans to retire early

Rob and Sam Fatzinger, lifelong residents of Bowie, Md., lead a single-income family in one of the country’s most expensive regions. Rob’s income never topped $50,000 until he was 40; he’s now 51 and earns just north of $100,000 as a software tester.
They have 13 children. Which means they require things like a seven-bedroom house and a 15-passenger van. Four children have graduated from college, three are undergrads and six are on the runway.
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Brazil’s surprise vocations boom

A country known for its priest shortage has experienced a sudden increase in numbers.
Leia mais aqui sobre essa consequência de longo prazo do pontificado de Bento XVI. Quais serão as de longo prazo do papado atual?

‘Gay Doesn’t Matter’ Remark Continues ‘Shadow Magisterium’

Pope Francis has pioneered a new form of papal teaching, massively influential but officially nonexistent. It is something of a shadow magisterium, but on occasion it shines a brighter light than the official magisterium. 
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Breve biografia dos novos cardais

No dia 29 de de junho a Igreja ganhará mais 14 cardeais, saiba um pouco da biografia de cada um aqui. O nome deles está listado segundo a ordem apresentada pelo Papa no dia 20 de maio.

The Hard Work of Re-Establishing an Artistic Tradition - The Icons of Dr Stephane Rene

Some NLM readers will be aware of the Neo-Coptic iconography of Dr Stephane Rene. He is one of the main figures in the group of iconographers who are working to maintain the momentum of the revival of the Coptic style of iconography, a student of the man who is generally seen as responsible for reestablishing Coptic iconography in the mid-20th century, the late Dr Isaac Fanous.
In my opinion, the Coptic revival demonstrates just how a tradition can not only be re-established after a hiatus in practice, but it can be done so in such a way that the new work surpasses the quality of the old. This latter point is just a personal opinion, but I am struck by how powerfully distinctive and instantly recognizable the neo-Coptic style is. It participates in the tradition of Coptic iconography, but at the same time has a wide appeal to contemporary Christians from other rites and churches, as well as, presumably, Coptic Christians. I have seen Stephane’s icons in Catholic churches…

Runaway slave-turned-priest moves closer to beatification

The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause took another step forward this week.
A document summarizing the life, virtue, and alleged miracles of Servant of God Fr. Augustus Tolton, known as the positio, was unanimously approved as historically correct by a committee of six Vatican officials this week, clearing the way for the priest’s cause for canonization to continue moving forward.
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Present condition and role of the Catholic Church in Poland

First let us ask what do the statistics say about the Catholic Church in Poland. In the context of the Western countries of Europe the Catholic Church in my country manifests to be quite strong institution and living community of believers. Over 30 % of the entire population of the Poles are dominicantes and this means that they participate in Mass every Sunday. One needs to add that in the South of Poland the percentage of dominicantes is higher and in some places it reaches 40%. Though the number of dominicantes and comunicantes keeps to be exceptionally high, there is a remarkable tendency of downfall. In the recent year 2017 the fall reached 3, 2 % and it should be already alarming.  
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O Deus de Albert Einstein

Terminei, faz uns dias, de ler a biografia de Albert Einstein escrita por Walter Isaacson. Bastante abrangente e didática, consegue explicar a ciência toda (o que eu não entendi é culpa minha mesmo) e ao mesmo tempo nos faz conhecer bem a personalidade do físico, com seus lados positivos e negativos (marido infiel, pai ausente, essas coisas).
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Ilha de Tristão da Cunha abriga a paróquia mais remota da Terra

Paróquia de São José na ilha de Tristão da Cunha, na África do Sul, é considerada a paróquia mais remota da Terra. Para visitá-la, uma vez ao ano um sacerdote faz uma viagem de duas semanas de barco. Contrariamente ao que se poderia esperar nestas condições, a Fé dos católicos locais se mantêm firme e é alimentada pela recordação de uma heroica leiga, segundo relatou o Administrador Apostólico das Ilhas Malvinas, Abade Hugh Allan O. Praem, em um artigo publicado por The Catholic Herald.
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De Mattei: “Europe will be Muslim, if it is the will of Allah”

For years now the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been officially celebrating May 29th 1453 which saw the conquest of Constantinople by Mohamed II, along with the date of August 26th 1071, when the Seljuks of Alp Arslān defeated the Byzantine army at Manzikert and founded the first Turkish State in Anatolia.

Let’s imagine for a moment that the European Union made a proposal to celebrate solemnly the victory of Lepanto in 1571 and the liberation of Vienna from the Turks in 1683. The mass-media world-wide, controlled by “the powers that be” who run world politics, would protest with all their might against this provocative act and Islamophobia. But the European Union would never take upon itself such an initiative as in the act of its constitution, The Treaty of Lisbon of December 13th 2007, it definitively renounced every reference to its historical roots. And while Edrogan claims the Ottoman identity with pride - which defines itself as against Christian Europe - the E…