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St. Irenaeus: Born of the Virgin, Emmanuel

By • Catholic Online • 10/10/2009

'God is man’s glory. Man is the vessel which receives God’s action and all his wisdom and power.' CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - One of the great early defnders of the ancient Catholic Christian faith, the Bishop of Lyons, Irenaeus is best known for his work entitled "Against Heresies". This ...

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St. Ephrem: Keep Watch -- No One Knows the Hour

By • Catholic Online • 10/7/2009

'Though the Lord has established the signs of his coming, the time of their fulfilment has not been plainly revealed.' CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - The deacon Ephrem is a Doctor of the Church who wrote in the 4th Century. This excerpt is taken from the Office of readings for Thursday, Frirst ...

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The Holy Father's Vespers Message in Nazareth

Catholic Online • 5/15/2009

The wonder of the Incarnation continues to challenge us to open up our understanding to the limitless possibilities of God’s transforming power. NAZARETH (Catholic Online) - We present the teaching given by the Holy father during the Vespers service held in Nazareth: Benedict XVI, Vespers ...

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Theophany: The Baptism of the Lord and the Christian Vocation

By • Catholic Online • 1/9/2009

“When Thou, O Lord was baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest... O Christ our God who has appeared and enlightened the world, Glory to Thee." CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - In the Western Church we end the Christmas season with the Feast of the Lord’s “Baptism in ...

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Pope: On Orthodox Christmas and Gaza Violence

Asia News • 1/7/2009

Pope Benedict XVI sends his greetings to Orthodox communities and speaks of the “disarming meekness of love”. VATICAN CITY (AsiaNews) – Christmas by Eastern Churches, the violent armed clashes in the Gaza Strip and the abducted children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are some of the ...

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Epiphany – The Manifestation of Christ is Needed Today

By • Catholic Online • 1/6/2009

Epiphany means “the showing” or the “manifestation.” On this feast day the Church remembers when the savior was revealed to the Gentile world in the coming of the magi. WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) - As Catholics in America, we currently celebrate the Epiphany (“manifestation”) of the Lord on the ...

On the 18th Day of Christmas

By • Catholic Anchor • 12/31/2008

For an Octave of eight days, twelve days, and even eighteen days, the Church takes Christmas far beyond December 25. Anchorage, Ak (Catholic Anchor) - Based on the number of Christmas lights, decorated trees and stockings that already appear along storefronts and neighborhood streets, one might ...

Octave: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

By • Catholic Online • 12/31/2008

What better way could Catholics begin the New Year than by celebrating the divine order and plan established by God? WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - This Holy Day of Obligation is not just a remembering of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It addresses her most fundamental attribute. On this day we ...

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Octave: St Hippolytus on the 'Word Made Flesh'

Catholic Online • 12/30/2008

God wished to win men back from disobedience, not by using force to reduce him to slavery but by addressing to his free will a call to liberty. CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - On the sixth day of the Octave of Christmas we offer this excerpt from the Third Century Church Father St Hippolytus ...

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Pope: Bethlehem's Divine Light Covers the World

Vatican Information Service • 12/30/2008

Jesus was born for everyone, and just as Mary, in Bethlehem, offered Him to the shepherds, so on this day the Church presents Him to all humanity. VATICAN CITY (VIS) - At noon on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, the Pope gave his traditional Christmas message and imparted the "Urbi et ...

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