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Catholic Living

We are members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Therefore, we are not solitaries. We have a duty to help one another achieve our common salvation. We have a duty, first and foremost in our own homes, to work toward the restoration of the Catholic culture that our ancestors enjoyed. If we “cultivate” that culture ourselves, we can attract others. What we must realize is that we are not each our own species, like the angels (so taught St. Thomas), but we are members of one human race. God wills to restore and even more wonderfully recreate that original unity (disassociated after the dispersion at the Tower of Babel) in the one true Church. The articles found in this section emphasize the beauty of Catholic social and cultural life in its varied and sundry forms, as well as the harmony that flows from the incorporation of many into the one living Body of Christ. Viva Cattolicesimo!

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Sister Marianeldis, Over Fifty Years Serving the Poor in Taiwan

AsiaNews: “In 1962 I was sent to Taiwan. We set sail from Naples, we made a stopover in Hong Kong and then we arrived on this island where I have remained until today. My first mission was in Hsinchu,  one hour from Taipei, where I worked with the poor on the outskirts of the city. There were many older people, especially the sick, alone and … More →

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China: Catholic Mother’s Mission of Adopting Orphans

UCANews: For the past 42 years, Kong Zhenlan, a Catholic in China’s Shanxi province, has been bringing up handicapped orphans and abandoned children along with her own kids, and that has inspired one of her sons to become a Catholic priest. Kong’s son Father Anthony Fan Changliang says the adoption of orphans is related to a local tradition in their Jiuji catholic village in Qi county. Before the communist revolution in … More →

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The Higher Chivalry of Catholic Christianity

In any reflective discussion of a man’s “chivalrous disposition” or of the “chivalrous ethos and attitude” itself, one is also soon likely to speak of “a man of honor” and even “the matter of honor” itself and perhaps even “honor’s” own etymological relation to “honesty” — and even as a form of “gracious but firm forthrightness.” However, today, one does not usually, or immediately, think … More →


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13 Young Hindu and Buddhist Converts Want to Convert Nepal

AsiaNews: Thirteen young people were baptised on Easter night after they chose to embrace the Catholic faith. They are Hindu and Buddhist in background, but now they are ready to be “witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ” and “work for the Kingdom of God.” “When I heard about the Catholic religion for the first time, my Hindu parents forbade me from entering a church … More →

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The Real Mother Jones, Catholic Crusader for Working Men

Crisis, Richard Becker: It was a long drive from South Bend to Jefferson City, and I had a van full of cranky, road-weary kids. We were on I-55 heading south through Illinois to visit Aunt Mary Katherine, and the sooner we got there, the better. Then a brown highway marker loomed on the horizon, and everybody knew what that meant: A reduction in speed, dad … More →

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Hong Kong Diocese 3600 to Receive Baptism at Easter Vigil

Cardinal Tong for AsiaNews: At Easter this year, our Hong Kong diocese has two more reasons to be happy and thankful. The first is that 3,600 adults will receive the sacraments of Christian Initiation and become members of our great Catholic family at the Easter Vigil. Secondly, more and more of our Catholics are happily pursuing further education in doctrine, scripture and theology. They are doing … More →

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Taiwanese Convert Runs Best Restaurant in Taipei

And her name is “Purple”. AsiaNews: Purple owns one of Taipei’s best-known restaurant. About four years ago, she found Christ and just three years ago was baptised on Easter night. At the end of the interview, as a sign of the quality of her restaurant, a television crew from CTI came in to shoot a piece for the evening news. For the fifth time in six … More →


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Pennsylvania: A Young Catechumen’s Longing for the Eucharist

Catholic News Service: Tears of longing fill Jessica Bassili’s eyes as she sits in a pew during Mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lebanon. The parishioners around her are lined up to receive holy Communion, and Jessica can only sit and pray. And wait until she can join them. Jessica, a sophomore, is one of four students from Lebanon Catholic School who … More →


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Half a Million March for Life of Pre-Borns in Lima, Peru

Lima is the city of saints: They are Saints Rose (1617, whose feast day is today, August 30. She was the first person canonized who was born in the New World), Martin de Porres (1639), Turibius (1606), Francis Solano (1610), and John Massias (1645). CNA: More than half a million Peruvians participated in the historic March for Life 2015, held March 21 in Lima, rejecting abortion … More →

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It’s March 25: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

At the risk of upsetting my good friend Gary Potter, who does not care much for Twitter,  I’m going to quote a couple of “tweets.” Fear not, it is to a good purpose. Yesterday, in advance of today’s sublime Festival, I tweeted this: March 25, Feast of the Annunciation: This is the Greatest of All Days in the History of the World http://t.co/VIqQPA2uEG via @SBC_Catholic — … More →


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150th Anniversary of Resurrection of ‘Hidden Church’ in Japan

As the photo shows Japanese Catholic women are modest and wear veils in Church. This is far more common in the East. Catholic Herald: On March 17, 1865, a group of “hidden Christians” in Nagasaki announced their faith to a French priest who had been sent to Japan to minister to Catholics in the city’s French quarter. Meeting the Japanese bishops on March 20 during … More →

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A Dying Eleven Year-Old Angel’s Longing for Heaven

Such wisdom! “Suffer the little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Aleteia: From her doctor, Rogério Brandão, Oncologist: One day I arrived at the hospital, early and I found my little angel alone in her room. I asked her where her mother was. To this day I cannot recount her response without becoming very emotional. “Sometimes my mother … More →


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Homeless Get Food, Showers, and Sleeping Bags in St. Peters Square

Catholic Online: Homeless people are migrating to the Vatican to spend each night in sleeping bags donated by the Church. The homeless have been welcomed into the Vatican and given sleeping bags to keep warm at night. Last year Pope Francis had showers installed for these people and now they are arriving at the Vatican each day, a place where they say they are not judged … More →

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A Homeless Man With a Holy Mission, RIP Willie Herteleer

I just read a beautiful story about a homeless man who went to Mass every day at the Church of Sant’Anna inside the Vatican walls. His name was Willie Herteleer. He was from Belgium, but lived on the street near Saint Peter’s Square. He was one of God’s special people, an evangelizer for the one, true Faith, who, although he lived out of a pull-cart, … More →

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Benedictine Nuns Offer Traditional Song and Liturgical Chant

CNA: Together with the joys of the Resurrection and feasting, this Easter will have an added delight: listening to the new album by the hit-making, Missouri-based Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. “Many people do not realize that the Easter season lasts well beyond Easter Sunday – for a full 50 days in fact! Hopefully our recording will help bring many to a fuller awareness … More →


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