On St. Agnes’ Feastday, the Blessing of the Lambs

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Sweet St. Agnes had taken a vow of chastity—so she refused when suitors wanted her hand in marriage.  Even the governor’s son Procop could not win her heart, since she was pledged to God.  Angered, Procop accused her of being a Christian—which was illegal—and when she would not renounce her faith, she was condemned to death.  She was only 13 years old when she was beheaded for her faith.On January 21, the Feast of St.Agnes, Pope Benedict continued a 132-year-old tradition—the Blessing of the … [Read more...]

That They May All Be One: From the Reformation to Christian Unity

PREFACE Almost 500 years ago—on October 31, 1517—an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the Wittenberg door.  Looking ahead to the 500th anniversary of what is today called the Reformation, Lutheran and Evangelical churches are even now planning for a grand celebration to mark the date. According to the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the great Reformers—Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, Calvin and others—are among the prime sources of ideas in religious, poli … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Prayer at Ground Zero

Pope Benedict at Ground Zero

The events of September 11, 2001, touched hearts around the world.Remembering that day, Pope Benedict XVI visited Ground Zero in New York, during his visit to the United States in April 2008.  Turning to God for comfort and for courage, he offered the following prayer. O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain….God of understanding, overwhelmed by th … [Read more...]


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