The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

In the year 326 the mother of Constantine, Saint Helena, then about 80 years old, having journeyed to Jerusalem, undertook to rid the Holy Sepulchre of the mound of earth heaped upon and around it, and to destroy the pagan … Continue reading

Hail, Mother of Hope

Optimism, pessimism, realism: what position should we take in the face of current events? Before answering this question we need to give words their true meaning. Strictly speaking, a realist is one who sees facts as they are. Therefore, an … Continue reading

Impressions of the Shroud of Turin

  Commenting on the Holy Shroud at a lecture on March 10, 1973, Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira said the sacred cloth is a reflection of the soul of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Here are a few excerpts from that talk: … Continue reading

Can Someone in Mortal Sin Receive Communion?

The question seems absurd as any child preparing for First Communion knows the answer: “No! To receive Holy Communion one must be in the state of grace.” The Sin of Adulterous Concubinage The same 7-year old knows that a serious … Continue reading

Tracing the Glorious Origins of Priestly Celibacy

Self-appointed reformers always arise in times of crises offering “brilliant” solutions that attempt to demolish the Church’s most venerable traditions. Priestly celibacy, a glorious trait of the Latin Church, has been a constant target of these so-called reformers. Curiously enough, … Continue reading

Holy Shroud: New Evidence of Authenticity

After five years of studies and research on the Holy Shroud, a scientific body of the highest competence concludes that Science, even the most advanced, is unable to produce anything like it. It is impossible to imitate or falsify it. … Continue reading

A Muslim’s Remarkable Conversion to Catholicism

The fascinating autobiography of Muhammad Moussaoui, who narrates his conversion from Islam to Catholicism, shows miracles of grace and of human correspondence, on the one hand, and on the other hand the terrible harshness of Islamic mentality and persecution of … Continue reading

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