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On Advent and Its Six Circumstances

Today we celebrate the beginning of Advent. The name of this great annual commemoration is sufficiently familiar to us; its meaning may not be so well known. When the unhappy children of Eve had abandoned the pursuit of things true and salutary, they gave themselves up to the search for those that are fleeting and perishable. To whom shall we liken the men of this generation, or to what shall we compare them, seeing they are unable to tear themselves … Read More

Saint Andrew and his X-Shaped Cross

Saint Andrew whose feast we celebrate on the 30th November was the first of the Twelve Apostles to follow Christ. The Gospels give us precious information about the his life, and Tradition tells us that he travelled and evangelised many regions in the East until eventually laying down his life for Christ in Greece. According to the Gospels, Saint Andrew was a fisherman of Galilee, and brother of Simon Peter.  He was also one of the disciples of Saint John … Read More

The Canonization of Cardinal Newman

Now that these islands have a new saint, it is time to set aside the dismal news about the promotion of anti-life, anti-family measures by the British government in Northern Ireland and by the UN worldwide. John Henry Newman was received into the Church only after he had satisfied himself that the infallibility that she claims for the Popes was not a personal infallibility but a personal exercise of the Church’s infallibility. Therefore, it was not and is not possible … Read More

The Sin Of Ecocide!

Is it possible to invent a new sin of ‘ecocide’? Pope Francis, following a demand by the Amazon Synod, says he is mulling over whether to insert the novel sin of “ecocide” into the Catechism of the Catholic Church – in short, whether to alter the unalterable teachings of the Faith. His Holiness recently told the International Penal Law Association: “We have to introduce – we are thinking about it – in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin … Read More

The Family Rosary

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Apocalypse 12:1) This week’s article has a personal note to it. I received a call during the week from a man whose wife is in hospital, and we were talking about family life and the inevitable crosses one must bear. Faithful Catholic parents are greatly troubled if any of their children fall … Read More

Institute of Christ the King – Belfast

Following the recent closure of the Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian church, in Belfast, Northern Ireland a young religious community has purchased this sacred building. The Presbyterian community received with joy and hope the offer made by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is, in turn, very grateful to the Elders and community at Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian church for the opportunity to take over this sacred building, which will   remain … Read More

The Truth Will Set You Free

 “Then Jesus said to those Jews, who believed him: If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him: We are the seed of Abraham, and we have never been slaves to any man: how sayest thou: you shall be free? Jesus answered them: Amen, amen I say unto you: that whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. Now the servant … Read More

Bishop Schneider Launches New Book

One of our Lumen Fidei Institute patrons, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, has recently launched a book-length interview conducted with Diane Montagna of LifeSiteNews. Our other patrons, Cardinal Burke and John Smeaton attended the press conference for the book launch which was held at the Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, in Rome, on Monday, October 14. The book is published by Angelico Press and can be ordered online at the following link with free delivery worldwide. ‘Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of … Read More

Tafida: The Cult of Death and the Instinct of Compassion

Tafida Raqeeb, a child of just 5, has a grave illness that requires life-support. Her devoted parents, who love Tafida, rightly see it as their duty to give her the chance of a normal life if that is possible. They want to fly her from London to a children’s hospital in Genoa, where Italian doctors think they will be able to treat Tafida successfully. However, the Health Trust that administers St Bartholomew’s Hospital, one of the world’s foremost teaching hospitals, … Read More

How Can We Foster Vocations?

Some Insights from Irish PriestsThe bishop of Ossory, Dermot Farrell, recently made news when he predicted that the number of priests in his diocese would halve within the next ten years. It was rather surprising that this declaration reached the headlines, since the vocations crisis in Ireland is nothing new. In 1965, four hundred and twelve priests were ordained in Ireland, the highest number on record. Ever since then, the number has been falling steadily. Statistics on ordination are (unsurprisingly) … Read More

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