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Why Does The Blessed Virgin Mary Always Wear Blue?

The Blessed Virgin Mary In A Blue Mantle.

​The color has multiple spiritual meanings, each revealing a different attribute of the Mother of God.
When viewing Christian art from the past thousand years or so, there is one color that is almost always associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary: blue.

Why is that? What significance does it have?
To start off, the color blue has deep biblical roots in the Old Testament. According to Dr. R. Jared Staudt, the color is specifically mentioned as the color of the people of Israel in the book of Numbers.
    Speak to the people of Israel, and bid them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put upon the tassel of each corner a cord of blue; and it shall be to you a tassel to look upon and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to go after wantonly. (Numbers 15:38-39)

For the people of Israel blue brings to mind the following of God’s Commandments, as opposed to a person’s selfish will.
This was perfectly lived out by the Blessed Mother who said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). She was the faithful “Daughter of Zion” who fulfilled the call of obedience that God had asked of the Israelites.
Additionally, Numbers indicated that “the Levites are to ‘spread over [the Ark of the Covenant] a cloth all of blue’ (4:6). And further: ‘And over the table of the bread of the Presence they shall spread a cloth of blue’ (4:7).”

Mary is traditionally referred to as the new Ark of the Covenant, as she held within herself the Divine Presence of God.
On the other hand, the Byzantine/Orthodox tradition of clothing Mary in blue has a different meaning.

in iconography represents transcendence, mystery, and the divine. It is the color of the sky and as a result is viewed as a heavenly color.

Red in contrast is seen as an earthly color, the color of blood.
Jesus is typically depicted in icons with a blue outer garment and a red inner garment, symbolizing how divinity wraps his humanity.

Mary on the other hand is seen with a red outer garment and a blue inner garment, representing how she carried divinity (Jesus) within her humanity.
When Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego, she wore a blue-green mantel. 
According to the Knights of Columbus, “the star-speckled green-blue mantle symbolizes the heavens.

In addition, the mantle’s color indicates her royalty, since only the native emperors could wear cloaks of that color.”

So blue is a very important color in the artistic traditions of Christianity and has deep spiritual meanings that bring out different attributes of the Blessed Mother. It is a sacred color, one that reminds us of Mary’s faithfulness and her privileged role in salvations history.


Why is the Blessed Virgin Mary always wearing blue? By Philip Kosloski For Aleteia.

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British Singer Adele Surprises Grenfell Tower Firefighters With Goodies.

Singer Adele (m) with Firefighters

Adele surprises Grenfell Tower firefighters with goodies.
The singer popped into the Chelsea Fire Station to show appreciation for their efforts in the tragic fire.
In the aftermath of the recent tragedies in London, many celebrities have come forward to show support for those impacted and to bring some hope to those most affected. On June 20, the firefighters at Chelsea Fire Station shared photos on Facebook of a surprise visit they received from Adele. Sporting a summer dress and no make-up, Adele brought them cakes as an act of kindness.After visiting with them over a cup of tea (and sharing some laughs too), the pop star also joined them for a minute of silence. The firefighters shared the joyful occasion on Facebook to show their appreciation for all the support they’ve received from their community.
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Saint Of The Day: St. Romuald – June 19.


O God, who through Saint Romuald renewed the manner of life of hermits in your Church, grant that, denying ourselves and following Christ, we may merit to reach the heavenly realms on high. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
St. Romuald

St. Romuald was born in Ravenna of a noble family. Founder of the Camaldolese monks — one of the Italian branches of the Benedictines — in which the eremitical life is combined with life in community. 
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The Meaning Of The Mysterious Third Secret Of Fatima, According To Cardinal Ratzinger.

Blessed Virgin Mary

The Meaning of the Mysterious Third Secret of Fatima, According to Cardinal Ratzinger.


One of the most intriguing things about the Fatima apparitions of 1917 is the Mysterious Third Secret.

And one of the most trust-worthy guides to understanding it correctly is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI).

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What Is A Monstrance?

Host Enclosed In A Monstrance.

What is a monstrance?Connected to Eucharistic adoration, the liturgical vessel is traced back to the Middle Ages.

Expressions of faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist have developed over time. One such development was the introduction of Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass and outside of the tabernacle. To facilitate this new devotion, a liturgical vessel called a “monstrance” was invented.

Monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning “to show.” The purpose of the monstrance is to put on display a consecrated Host for those present to adore and venerate. The development of the monstrance can be traced back to the 13th century, when Eucharistic processions rose in popularity connected to the new feast of Corpus Christi.

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5 Myths About The Holy Eucharist That Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)

5 Myths About the Holy Eucharist that Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)

Corpus Christi
is a special feast each year to especially commemorate the dogma of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Since the Eucharist is Christ himself, the Eucharist is at the center of our Christian faith!
Which is why it’s unfortunate there are so many misconceptions about it. 
Here are 5 common myths:

Myth 1: The Eucharist is just a symbol.

Truth: Of course, there is symbolic value in our spiritual food coming to us in the form of bread and wine. But the Eucharist is not just a symbol. The Eucharist is Jesus himself!

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5 Myths About The Trinity That Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You).

5 Myths About the Trinity that Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)

The Trinity is arguably the most important doctrine of the Church, since it deals with the very nature of God. And it is also very often misunderstood!

Here are five of the most common misconceptions:
Myth 1: The Trinity didn’t exist in the Old Testament.

Actually, God has always existed as a Trinity. In the Old Testament, God did not reveal himself as clearly as a Trinity (though some evidence is there), but that doesn’t mean God wasn’t a Trinity. The doctrine of the Trinity describes the eternal nature of God.
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The Kingdom Of Galicia Boosts Of Its Own Holy Grail Which Is Precisely Not That Of King Arthur.

Pope Francis

The Kingdom of Galicia has its own Holy Grail, which is not precisely that of King Arthur.

An endless number of legends surround the chalice of the Last Supper which, some say, the Apostle James brought with him to the northern Iberian Peninsula. That chalice, or Grail, is depicted on the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Galicia. But in the midst of all these stories — a combination of popular devotion, apocryphal accounts and a little bit of superstition — a tradition persists along the Camino de Santiago of another Galician Holy Grail: a Eucharistic miracle that has drawn the faithful for more than 700 years.

About a 9-day walk from Compostela, following the Camino, you will find the small village of O Cebreiro. Its main treasure is a church, built by Benedictine monks at the beginning of the 9th century in the unmistakable Iberian Romanesque style of three sober naves, a rectangular apse and a bell tower.

But, in fact, the treasure is not the church itself, but what the church houses: the Galician Holy Grail.<!–more–>

A tradition deeply rooted in northern Spain tells us that on a rough winter morning, early in the first year of the 14th century, a priest was celebrating the Eucharist on the altar of one of the side chapels of the church. Snow and wind made it almost impossible to access the chapel, and the priest assumed no one would make it to Mass. To his surprise, a peasant named Juan Santín traveled all the way from Baixamayor to O Cebreiro, desiring to receive Communion.
According to the story, the priest (who had lost his faith in the Real Presence) asked the peasant “So much sacrifice for a little bread and wine?” At that moment the consecrated bread and wine became flesh and blood, restoring the faith of the priest. The dish bearing the bloody flesh remained on display, unspoiled, for more than a hundred years; Queen Isabella made a pilgrimage to the church in the late 15th century, and testified to its authenticity. The Eucharistic miracle of O Cebreiro became famous thanks to the stories the pilgrims spread through the Camino and beyond.

The miraculous chalice and paten are preserved in the church of O Cebreiro, where there is also a mausoleum with the remains of both the priest and the peasant, resting side by side. It is a must stop not only for pilgrims, but also for lovers of medieval traditions and stories.
Eucharistic Heart Of Jesus Have Mercy On Us And The Whole World!


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Pop Singer Justin Bieber Reassures Crowd Of God’s Goodness In The Face Of Evil At Concert.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Reassures Crowd of God’s Goodness in the Face of Evil at Concert.

On June 4th, several popular music artists performed in One Love Manchester, a concert to benefit the families affected by the Manchester bombing terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 23 people at an Ariana Grande concert. Among the performers were Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Justin Bieber.

At the end of his performance, Bieber did something unusual: he reassured the crowd of God’s goodness.


“God is good in the midst of the darkness,” he told the crowd. “God is good in the midst of the evil. God is in the midst, no matter what’s happening in the world, God is in the midst. And he loves you. And he’s here for you.”
He also said he wanted to honor the people who were lost, calling on the crowd to raise their hands and say with him, “We honor you, and we love you!”

Bieber grew up in a Christian family and has previously publicly identified as a Christian, saying he prays regularly. However, it’s not clear what his current religious beliefs and practices are.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Ends Harvard Speech With Prayer.

Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard Graduation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Ends Harvard Speech With a Prayer.
Last month [May], Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement speech at Harvard’s graduation. And he ended his 20-minute speech with something you might not have expected: a prayer.

Here’s what he said at the end of the speech:

“Before you walk out those gates one last time, as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, Mi Shebeirach, that I say whenever I face a challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking about her future when I tuck her into bed. It goes:

“‘May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.‘

“I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing. Congratulations, Class of ’17! Good luck out there.”

According to one Jewish website, there are many versions of the “Mi Shebeirach” prayer, which takes its name from the first two words in Hebrew which mean “May he who blesses.”

Though he was raised Jewish, Zuckerberg publicly identified as an atheist for years until this last Christmas. He posted a Christmas/Hanukkah message on his Facebook page, which prompted someone to ask him in a comment about whether he was still an atheist. He responded: “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

At the time, he gave no further information about exactly what his religious beliefs were now. His use of a Jewish prayer in his Harvard speech may indicate that he has returned in some fashion to his Jewish roots.

Last year, Zuckerberg and his wife met Pope Francis at the Vatican. “It was a meeting we’ll never forget,” Zuckerberg said of it. “You can feel [Pope Francis’] warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people.”

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The Mysterious Story Of St. Faustina And The Flying Eucharist!

The Mysterious Story of St. Faustina vs. the Flying Eucharist.

    Previously, we shared St. Faustina’s beautiful Litany to the Blessed Host. Today we’re sharing the story of a unique and mysterious Eucharistic miracle she experienced.
St. Faustina was one of the great mystics of the 20th century, and she recorded her amazing regular supernatural experiences in her diary. In a passage dated to the late 1920s, she shares a number of fascinating stories about her personal encounters with Jesus Christ, both in apparitions and in the Eucharist. One amazing story stands out that took place while she was praying in her convent’s chapel.
“One day Jesus said to me, ‘I am going to leave this house,” the diary reads. “Because there are things here which displease Me.’” (Diary, 44ff)
Then something strange happened: the Eucharist left the tabernacle on its own and flew to her! “And the Host came out of the tabernacle and came to rest in my hand…”
If this were you, what would you do in this situation? The Blessed Eucharist – which is Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity – has just miraculously started moving around the room and landed in your hand. Would you be scared? Confused? Would you just freeze?
Well here’s how the saint responded: “I, with joy, placed it back in the tabernacle.”
But the Eucharist kept moving. “This was repeated a second time, and I did the same thing. Despite this, it happened a third time…”
After the third time, though, something new happened: “…the Host was transformed into the living Lord Jesus, who said to me, ‘I will stay here no longer!’”
Now, Jesus has told her twice that he wants to leave, and she has prevented him multiple times. After this second declaration, wouldn’t you think a saint would relent?
Not this saint! She confidently told Our Lord that she just wouldn’t let him leave the convent. She explains:
“At this, a powerful love for Jesus rose up in my soul, I answered, ‘And I, I will not let You leave this house, Jesus! And again Jesus disappeared while the Host remained in my hands. Once again I put it back in the chalice and closed it up in the tabernacle.”
This time, it was Jesus who relented. “And Jesus stayed with us.”
But the polish nun didn’t leave it at that. Jesus had said he had wanted to leave due to “things here which displease me.” So, in a very saintly manner, she took it on herself to try to atone for the problems: “I undertook to make three days of adoration by way of reparation.”
And that’s all she says about the encounter. What an incredible story of a wonderfully personal and intimate encounter with Our Lord!
St. Faustina, please pray for us!


Diary Of St. Faustina, ‘Divine Mercy In My Soul’.


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Body Of African Bishop Suspected To Have Committed Suicide Found.

Body of African bishop who reportedly committed suicide found.

The body of Cameroon Bishop Jean-Marie Benoît Balla, who has reportedly committed suicide, has been found, African sources have reported.

The Bishop of Bafia in Cameroon had been declared missing earlier last week when his car was spotted on Wednesday near the Sanaha river, near the nation’s capital, Yaoundé.

A note was reportedly found in his car, which read: “Do not look for me! I am in the water.”

While many believe this was the bishop’s suicide note, others believe he may have been murdered, due to other unsolved murders of priests in the country. Boko Haram has been accused of kidnapping priests and nuns in the country.

The La Croix newspaper in its edition for Africa reported that the Cameroonian Bishops’ Conference had issued a communique asking for prayers to find the Bishop, in whose car “the police have not found any sign of violence or blood.”

Obianuju Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Life Africa,
posted a series of photos of the Bishop’s car and pleas for prayers early in the morning on Friday, June 2.

On June 1, fishermen discovered the body of the bishop underneath a bridge. He was 58 years old.
Investigations into his death are ongoing.

Bishop Balla was born on May 10, 1959. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Yaoundé on June 20, 1987.
He was appointed Bishop of Bafia on May 3, 2003 and consecrated on July 12 of that same year. The Diocese of Bafia has more than 200,000 Catholics.
May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

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Saint Faustina’s Little Known Litany To The Holy Eucharist.

Some of us may have probably heard of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which was given to St. Faustina by Christ. But have you heard of her beautiful Litany to the Blessed Host?

St. Faustina was one of the great mystics of the 20th century, and she recorded her amazing regular supernatural experiences in her diary.

In a passage dated January 4, 1935, she explains the holy way she spent the final hours of 1934: in intense prayer before Christ in the Eucharist. (Diary, 352ff) Then, as the clock struck midnight, she broke out into a litany of praise to Jesus in the Eucharist!
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Pope Francis Listens To Testimonies Of Earthquake Children Survivors, Tells Them To Trust In Jesus.

Pope Francis with one of the survivors of the earthquake.

Pope hears testimonies of earthquake children, asks them to trust in Jesus.

Pope Francis listened to the testimonies of several children from earthquake-struck areas on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Vatican. 
On Saturday June 3rd 2017, Pope Francis met with 400 children from towns hit by earthquakes in central Italy, telling them that during times of tragedy and natural disasters, we must deepen our trust in the Lord, who helps us.
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Only 7 Women In The World Can Wear White To See The Pope

Only 7 women in the world can wear white to officially meet the Pope.

This is the traditional protocol of the “privilège du blanc.”

President Donald Trump’s first visit to Pope Francis captured the world’s attention for various reasons, both because of their differences of perspective on sensitive issues and also because both Melania and Ivanka wore a black dress and veil to meet the Holy Father.
The Holy See does not impose a compulsory dress code, but does suggest a protocol for state visits and hearings with the Pope, both for men and women.
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7 Sanctuaries Linked By A Straight Line: The Legendary Sword Of St. Michael The Archangel.

Map of the 7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line.

7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line: The legendary Sword of St. Michael.

According to legend, the sacred line represents the blow with which St. Michael sent the Devil to hell.
A mysterious imaginary line links seven monasteries, from Ireland to Israel. Is it just a coincidence? These seven sanctuaries are very far from each other, and yet they are perfectly aligned.
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New South Korean President Moon Jae-in Poses With Pet Cat In The Blue House.

Moon Jae-in with pet cat. Photo credit – CGTN

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in poses with pet cat in the presidential Blue House

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in tweeted photos of himself and pet cat Jjingjjingi at home in the presidential Blue House, writing “The separated family members reunited.” 

Moon, an active animal rights promoter, has several pets and they have been joining him in the Blue House, which is now home to a cat for the very first time. “Jjingjjingi isn’t familiar with the new environment yet so she doesn’t go outside and clings to me and does not let go when I watch TV,” the tweet continued. 

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How Did A Stone Seal Jesus Tomb?

The Risen Christ with Mary Magdalene

If you have a mental picture of a large disk rolling away, think again.
When you imagine the stone that was rolled away from the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection, what do you see in your mind? We dare say that many people think of a nice round disk-shaped stone that merely needs a little push to get it rolling.

But recent archaeological studies on the matter suggest otherwise.
Disk-shaped stones to seal the caves in which people were buried in Jesus’ time were rare, as archaeologist Amos Kloner found out. Kloner could find only four such arrangements out of the more than 900 Second Temple-period burial caves around Jerusalem. And those four belonged to royal or well-to-do persons.
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Feast Of The Visitation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary – May 31.

Ordinary Time: May 31st

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

[The Visitation]

Almighty ever-living God, who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb, inspired her to visit Elizabeth, grant us, we pray, that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit, we may magnify your greatness with the Virgin Mary at all times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The feast of the Visitation recalls to us the following great truths and events: The visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation; the cleansing of John the Baptist from original sin in the womb of his mother at the words of Our Lady’s greeting; Elizabeth’s proclaiming of Mary—under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost—as Mother of God and “blessed among women”; Mary’s singing of the sublime hymn, Magnificat (“My soul doth magnify the Lord”) which has become a part of the daily official prayer of the Church. The Visitation is frequently depicted in art, and was the central mystery of St. Francis de Sales’ devotions.


The Mass of today salutes her who in her womb bore the King of heaven and earth, the Creator of the world, the Son of the Eternal Father, the Sun of Justice. It narrates the cleansing of John from original sin in his mother’s womb. Hearing herself addressed by the most lofty title of “Mother of the Lord” and realizing what grace her visit had conferred on John, Mary broke out in that sublime canticle of praise proclaiming prophetically that henceforth she would be venerated down through the centuries:

    “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me, and holy is His name” (Lk. 1:46).
—Excerpted from the Cathedral Daily Missal.

This feast is of medieval origin, it was kept by the Franciscan Order before 1263, and soon its observance spread throughout the entire Church. 
Previously it was celebrated on July 2. Now it is celebrated between the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and the birth of St. John the Baptist, in conformity with the Gospel accounts. Some places appropriately observe a celebration of the reality and sanctity of human life in the womb. The liturgical color is white.

The Visitation.

And Mary rising up in those days went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah. [Lk. 1:39]

How lyrical that is, the opening sentence of St. Luke’s description of the Visitation. We can feel the rush of warmth and kindness, the sudden urgency of love that sent that girl hurrying over the hills. “Those days” in which she rose on that impulse were the days in which Christ was being formed in her, the impulse was his impulse.

Many women, if they were expecting a child, would refuse to hurry over the hills on a visit of pure kindness. They would say they had a duty to themselves and to their unborn child which came before anything or anyone else.

The Mother of God considered no such thing. Elizabeth was going to have a child, too, and although Mary’s own child was God, she could not forget Elizabeth’s need—almost incredible to us, but characteristic of her.

She greeted her cousin Elizabeth, and at the sound of her voice, John quickened in his mother’s womb and leapt for joy.

I am come, said Christ, that they may have life and may have it more abundantly. [Jn. 10, 10] Even before He was born His presence gave life.

With what piercing shouts of joy does this story of Christ unfold! First the conception of a child in a child’s heart, and then this first salutation, an infant leaping for joy in his mother’s womb, knowing the hidden Christ and leaping into life.

How did Elizabeth herself know what had happened to Our Lady? What made her realize that this little cousin who was so familiar to her was the mother of her God?

She knew it by the child within herself, by the quickening into life which was a leap of joy.

If we practice this contemplation taught and shown to us by Our Lady, we will find that our experience is like hers.

If Christ is growing in us, if we are at peace, recollected, because we know that however insignificant our life seems to be, from it He is forming Himself; if we go with eager wills, “in haste,” to wherever our circumstances compel us, because we believe that He desires to be in that place, we shall find that we are driven more and more to act on the impulse of His love.

And the answer we shall get from others to those impulses will be an awakening into life, or the leap into joy of the already wakened life within them.

from The Reed of God, Caryll Houselander

Patronage: St. Elizabeth: Expectant mothers.

St. Elizabeth or Elisabeth: Pregnant woman saluting the Virgin; Elderly woman holding St. John Baptist; huge rock with a doorway in it; in company with St. Zachary.

Things to Do:

    Read Luke 1:39-47, the story of the Visitation. Read and meditate on the words of the Magnificat and the Hail Mary, two prayers from this feast. For those with children, depending on the ages, assign memorization for these prayers. Also discuss the meaning of the text as a family.

    This feast reminds us to be charitable to our neighbors. Try to assist some mother (expectant or otherwise), visit the elderly or sick, make a dinner for someone, etc. 

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How To Dress If You Are Going To Meet The Pope.

How to dress if you’re going to meet the pope.

Following protocol is a way to show respect, and that is itself a sign of charity.

Most people can only dream of an opportunity to meet the pope face to face, but if that dream ever does come true, here’s something to take into account: there’s a dress code.

The code applies especially to heads of state, and notes differences between formal state visits and informal encounters.
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Why Melania And Ivanka Trump Wore Black To Meet The Pope.

Why Melania and Ivanka Trump wore black to meet the Pope

The Godfather’s funeral? An Addams Family remake? No, just diplomatic protocol.

We live in a world where few social conventions are firmly upheld. Nobody takes the request to RSVP seriously. Every day is casual Friday. When was the last time you worried about the proper placement of utensils or glassware for a dinner party?
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How To Venerate The Relic Of A Saint.

A basic and simple guide for those unfamiliar with the ancient practice.
The veneration of relics in the Catholic Church is an ancient tradition that dates back all the way to the New Testament. We can find its origins in the life of Jesus Christ (think of the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed). The Church has always treated the relics of saints in a special manner, preserving them and often putting them on display for the benefit of the faithful.
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Courageous Seminarian Who Saved The Eucharist From ISIS Desecration, Returns As A Priest.

Seminarian who once saved the Eucharist from ISIS returns as a priest.

Martin Baani was just 24 years old when he risked his life as a seminarian to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the imminent invasion of Islamic State terrorists in his hometown.

Now, he is returning to his native village as a priest, ready to serve the people through the Eucharist.

On August 6, 2014, Baani received a call from a friend who warned that a nearby village had fallen into the hands of ISIS, and that his hometown of Karamlesh would be next.

Baani promptly headed to the San Addai church and took the Blessed Sacrament, to prevent the jihadists from desecrating it. That day, he fled in a car along with his pastor, Fr. Thabet and three other priests.
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Donald Trump’s First Remarkable Visit To Pope Francis.

Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump in the Apostolic Palace May 24, 2017. Picture Credit: L’Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting.

After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday May 24 in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience.

According to a May 24 Vatican communique, Pope Francis and Trump expressed satisfaction “for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy See and the United States of America, as well as the joint commitment in favor of life, and freedom of worship and conscience.”
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