Pope’s Message to Catholics in England and Wales: “Care for Life—It’s Worth It”

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The theme for this year’s Day for Life in Britain is “Care for Life—It’s Worth It.” Britain’s annual Day for Life focuses on care for unborn children and their mothers, the elderly, and those who are suicidal and their families.  The Day for Life will be celebrated Sunday, July 28 in England and Wales; the day was observed earlier in Scotland, on May 28.  In England and Wales alone, there were 189,574 abortions reported in 2009--more than 26% of children conceived.This year’s slogan was d … [Read more...]

An Explosion of Light from Rio’s New Cathedral Will Greet WYD Pilgrims

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As World Youth Day pilgrims descend upon the city of Rio de Janeiro, I thought you’d enjoy a peek at the city’s great cathedrals.First the old one:  The Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel of the Ancient See. The Old Cathedral, located in the Praça XV square in downtown Rio, is one of the most important historical buildings in the city.  It served as the diocesan See from 1808 until 1976, and was also used in the 19th century as the Imperial Chapel by … [Read more...]