Category: Church Street

S. Maria in Domnica
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S. Maria in Domnica

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Perhaps better known by it’s nickname, Santa Maria della Navicella, today’s station church is Santa Maria in Domnica. In the ninth century, a church was built here over the site of a third century house. The home, owned by a noblewoman named Cyriaca, was a meeting place for early Christians and a refuge for the poor. A […]

S. Pietro in Vaticano
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S. Pietro in Vaticano

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Yesterday we visited the church of Santi Apostoli. This is the church where candidates for the priesthood would go on Ember Friday to pray for guidance from the Holy Apostles. Today’s station church is Saint Peter’s Basilica, the place they came to be ordained on the following evening. We’ll visit this massive basilica again in a […]

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The Altar and the Confessional: A Pastoral Letter on the Sacrament of Penance

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My dear friends in Christ: On this Feast of Saint Patrick, I wish the entire Archdiocese of New York an abundance of God’s blessings. May our great patron saint intercede for us, obtaining from the Almighty Father all the graces that we need as disciples of His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ! Is there one […]

Ss. Dodici Apostoli
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Ss. Dodici Apostoli

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Today we travel to Santi Apostoli, the church of the Holy Apostles, to visit the tomb of apostles, Saint Philip and Saint James the Less. That we visit the church today on Friday of the Quattro Tempora di Primavera, is not by chance. This was traditionally a day when the public would approve candidates for the priesthood […]

San Lorenzo in Panisperna
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San Lorenzo in Panisperna

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We continue our Lenten pilgrimage through the station churches of Rome with a visit to the church of San Lorenzo in Panisperna. The church is located over the site of Saint Lawrence’s martyrdom, just a few blocks from yesterday’s church, Saint Mary Major. Originally built during the time of Constantine, today’s structure only dates back […]

S. Maria Maggiore
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S. Maria Maggiore

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sToday we visit Santa Maria Maggiore, Saint Mary Major. This is our first of three visits to this church throughout Lent. Today we’ll discuss the story of how this basilica, also known as Our Lady of the Snows, came to be. To truly appreciate the story, you must realize that Rome can be ridiculously hot […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 20, 2011
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Reflections for Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion         (Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20,22; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Matthew 17:1-9) Meeting Christ in a Deeper Way During Mass It is good that we are here. (Matthew 17:4) How ironic! We first see Peter gushing over how good it was to witness Jesus’ transfiguration. How magnificent it […]

San Pietro in Vincoli
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San Pietro in Vincoli

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San Giovanni in Laterno
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San Giovanni in Laterno

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Sacrosancta Lateranensis ecclesia omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput. Of all the churches in the city and the world, the Most Holy Lateran church is the mother and the head. This phrase is inscribed above the entrance to Saint John Lateran. Surely this is a mistake, right? Isn’t Saint Peter’s Basilica the mother and […]

Sant’ Agostino
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Sant’ Agostino

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Just a few blocks away from the craziness that is Piazza Navona sits the church of Sant’Agostino. Originally, the titular church of San Trifone sat nearby. The property was given to the Augustinians and construction on the current church, dedicated to Saint Augustine, began in 1296. Just a few short years later, in 1446, the […]

Santi Giovanni e Paolo
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Santi Giovanni e Paolo

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Located a short distance from the Colosseum, Santi Giovanni e Paolo is our stop for today. Named for the martyrs of the fourth century, this church is dedicated to two wealthy brothers who served in Constantine’s court under his daughter, Constantia. She converted them to Christianity and they would host Christian rites here in their […]

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2011
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Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2011

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“You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him.” Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Lenten period, which leads us to the celebration of Holy Easter, is for the Church a most valuable and important liturgical time, in view of which I am pleased to offer a specific word in […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 13, 2011
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Reflections for Sunday, March 13, 2011

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion         (Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11) Sharing in Jesus’ Victory over Sin You certainly will not die. (Genesis 3:4) What a study in contrasts! In the first reading, we see Adam and Eve, surrounded by all the beauty of Eden, giving […]

Allowing God to Make Us Holy
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Allowing God to Make Us Holy

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[Given by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde on the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at the Convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist in Rome] “The Lord said to Moses, ‘…Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.’” Jesus said to His first disciples and now to us, “…be perfect, just as […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 6, 2011
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Reflections for Sunday, March 6, 2011

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Deuteronomy 11:18, 26-28, 32; Psalm 31:2-4, 17, 25; Romans 3:21-25, 28; Matthew 7:21-27) Building our Spiritual House on Christ and his Word “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Matthew […]

Homily at the Funeral of Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D.
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Homily at the Funeral of Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D.

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Your Excellency, Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, how pleasing it is to us all that you are offering this requiem Mass for the soul of Dr. Bernard Nathanson in the Cathedral where he was baptized, confirmed and received his First Holy Communion in December of 1996. Your telephone call from Rome to Dr. […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 27, 2011
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Reflections for Sunday, February 27, 2011

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Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 49:14-15; Psalm 62:2-3,6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-3) In the first reading the Lord tells us, with very tender words, that he will never forsake us or forget us.” These words also remind us of the Lord’s words quoted in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never forsake you or […]

Papal Homily at Episcopal Ordination Feb. 5, 2011
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Papal Homily at Episcopal Ordination Feb. 5, 2011

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I greet with affection these five priest brothers who will shortly be receiving Episcopal Ordination: Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi and Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra. I would like to express to them my gratitude and the Church’s for the service they have carried out to […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 20, 2011
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Reflections for Sunday, February 20, 2011

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Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18; Psalm 103:1-4,8,10,12-13; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48) In the first reading from Leviticus 19, the Lord commands us to: “Be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.” He then provides some commands on how to be holy including: “You shall not bear hatred for your […]

Iraqi Christians: A Shared Faith, and its Duties
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Iraqi Christians: A Shared Faith, and its Duties

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Five years ago I received a letter from a former Special Forces officer and graduate of West Point—a career Army veteran—serving in Baghdad as a security adviser to Iraqi authorities. A Catholic himself, he wrote to me about the harassment and violence Iraqi Christians face as part of their daily routine.  He knew, as many […]

Church Has a Duty to Form the Human Heart in God’s Truth
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Church Has a Duty to Form the Human Heart in God’s Truth

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Over the past few years, as I’ve talked about Catholics and the obligations of citizenship, two quotations have always guided my thinking. The first is from the French writer Charles Péguy. Péguy once said that “Freedom is a system based on courage.” What he meant is this: We’re never truly “free” until we have the […]

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Holy Name Sunday
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Holy Name Sunday

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St. Oswald, Bishop
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St. Oswald, Bishop

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OSWALD was of a noble Saxon family, and was endowed with a very rare and beautiful form of body and with a singular piety of soul. He was brought up by his uncle, St. Odo, Archbishop of Canterbury, and was chosen, while still young, dean of the secular canons of Winchester, then very relaxed. His […]

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