St Padre Pio
On 16th June 2002 Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio at a solemn ceremony in St. Peter's Square. On September 20th, 1918 the five wounds of Our Lord's Passion appeared on Padre Pio's body, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Church.
The Shroud of Turin
The Shroud, is an object of study and of controversy to hundreds of scientists, historians, theologians and scriptural experts. The shroud itself is a piece of linen cloth about 14 feet long, bearing head-to-head along its length the anterior and posterior images of a man. Could with all probability the figure be of Jesus of the Gospel Story?
WHAT KILLED CHRIST ON THE CROSS
Although the crucifixion story has been known all over the world for centuries, hardly anyone has a clear understanding of what crucifixion entailed. They have only a vague image that it was painful. And in many details, what passes for common knowledge is fundamentally wrong.
The Christmas Miracle of 1914
The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, 1914, at Sarajevo provided the spark that plunged Europe and much of the world into the greatest war known up to that time. But in spite the shelling, gunfire, smoke, blood, mud and earth, a little-known miracle took place on Christmas day 1914. It was a miracle of human kindness and love.
Religious persecution in secular India! (Recommended Reading)
9 Sept. 2000 - A mob attacked a Catholic priest's home in northern India and beat up his guard and a neighbour, who later died, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India said on Friday. The attack came two days after a US State Department report said the BJP (India's ruling nationalist party) had links with Hindu extremist groups which had been implicated in violent acts against Christians and Muslims.
Attacks on Christians in India: January 1, 2000 - December 31, 2000 (Updated)
"Religious violence reaches unacceptable levels. Violence against religious minorities, mainly Christians, is escalating throughout India... Much of the violence against Christians has centred around deprived areas of India where Christian missionaries have traditionally carried out development activities with tribal and dalit communities, organizing health and educational services." - Statement made by Amnesty International.
St. Paul: From persecutor to apostle!
Saul, better known by his Roman name Paul, was born in Tarsus around the time when Our Lord may have been fifteen years old. His family was Jewish, of the tribe of Benjamin. His father was a Roman citizen, yet deeply attached to his religion. He sent his son at the age of 13 to Jerusalem to be trained by the famous Rabbi Gamaliel. Saul graduated as a Doctor of the Law, a Pharisee.
Miracles: Do They Really Happen?
It is useful to examine the really serious healings, but to try to find an absolute proof is impossible, because when God does something very extraordinary he does it in half light, half shadow.
The Marylike Standards for Modesty in Dress.
A girl who follows this, and looks up to Mary as her ideal and model, will have no problem of modesty in dress. She will not be an occasion of sin or source of embarrassment or shame to others. Marylike is modest without compromise, "like Mary", Christ's Mother.
Can we eat food offered to idols?
"If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question of the ground of conscience" (1 Cor 10:17). "Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean" (Rom 14:20).