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Pope reminds the Pontifical North American College (Rome) to remain faithful to its founding principals

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As part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Pontifical North American College, Pope Benedict XVI addressed a gathering of cardinals, bishops, priests, students and friends of the College on January 9, 2010. The PNAC was founded by Blessed Pius IX.

I am pleased to welcome the alumni of the Pontifical North
American College, together with the Rector, faculty

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Pope speaks to the Diplomatic Corps for 2010

What follows are excerpts of an address the Holy Father gave to the
Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See today, January 11. I selected what I thought were some germane points for our consideration.

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The Church is
open to everyone because, in God, she lives for others! She thus shares deeply
in the fortunes of humanity, which in this new

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Blessed Bernard Scammacca

Merciful God, you led
Blessed Bernard along the path of conversion and evangelical perfection. With
the help of his prayers and by following his example may we have sorrow for our
offenses and turn to you with hearts cleansed of sin.


Saint Francis of Assisi is not the only one to have have sway over birds and animals, our blessed friend, Bernard is also known for the same. He had the gift of prophecy and

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Raising up saints and intercessors: witnesses to Christ urgently needed

A Church that
no longer raises up holy men and women among her priests, laypeople and
religious is a sterile mother. In fact, what matters the most is not the
construction of huge buildings or realizing great projects. What the Church needs
most is the witness of saints. Holiness is the sign of the Church’s
credibility. They are her letters of reference.


His Beatitude Fouad Twal
the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

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Saint Gregory of Nyssa

St Gregory of Nyssa3.jpgYou have shown forth your watchfulness, and were a
fervent Preacher of godliness: by the wisdom of the teachings you have gladden
the Church’s faithful, Righteous Father Gregory, entreat Christ our God to
grant us his great mercy
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(Troparion, tone 3)


God our Father, Saint Gregory, Your bishop, praised You by the

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Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of Christ 13th century.jpgIn the likeness of a dove, the Holy Ghost was seen: the Father’s voice was heard saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased: Hearken unto

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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