Go Kiss a Crucifix!

Pick up a crucifix, said Pope Francis during his General Audience during Holy Week.  Kiss it and recite this simple prayer:Thank you, Jesus.  Thank you, Lord.The Holy Father reminded pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square that Jesus's Resurrection “isn’t the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn’t the happy ending of a film.”  Rather, he explained, it's the result of the loving intervention of God, who wanted to give humanity hope and salvation.In watching Jesus suffer and di … [Read more...]

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“Praying the Steps” at Holy Cross Immaculata, and Helping a Friend in Need

A PRAYERFUL TRADITIONAtop Mount Adams, the highest point in Cincinnati, Ohio, stands Holy Cross Immaculata Church.  Overlooking the downtown area and the Ohio River, it is a beacon of faith to local Catholics.On Good Friday, pilgrims from the local community and around the world flock to the historic church for a 150-year-old tradition called "Praying the Steps."From midnight on Holy Thursday until midnight on Good Friday, more than 10,000 pilgrims climb the long winding staircase to … [Read more...]

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It’s Good Friday—Time to Roll Out Obscure Gnostic Propaganda

No surprise here:  The BBC has chosen the noon hour on Christianity’s most reverent of days, Good Friday, to air a documentary suggesting that Jesus had a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene.In the program, author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg relies on accounts from the Gnostic Gospel of Mary, in which Jesus kisses his friend and disciple Mary Magdalene on the mouth and may, in fact, have taken her as his wife.   Bragg, who calls himself a Christian, believes that Jesus’ intimate relati … [Read more...]

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