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15 April 2017

He is Risen!

He is truly Risen!

The Resurrection is depicted in “Christ Risen from the Tomb,” a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Bergognone. The artwork is from the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, is April 16th in the Latin-rite church this year. (CNS photo/courtesy of the National Gallery of Art) (March 27, 2012)

Praeconium Paschale – Exsultet (Latin Version)
The Singing of the Paschal Proclamation

Sir, give me Thy blessing.
C. May the Lord be on thy heart and on thy lips, that thou mayest worthily and fittingly proclaim His Paschal praise.
R. Amen.
Let the angelic choirs of Heaven now rejoice; let the divine Mysteries rejoice; and let the trumpet of salvation sound forth the victory of so great a King. Let the earth also rejoice, made radiant by such splendor; and, enlightened with the brightness of the eternal King, let it know that the darkness of the whole world is scattered. Let our mother the Church also rejoice, adorned with the brightness of so great a light; and let this temple resound with the loud acclamations of the people.

Wherefore I beseech you, most beloved brethren, who are here present in the wondrous brightness of this holy light, to invoke wtih me the mercy of almighty God. That He who has vouchsafed to admit me among the Levites, without any merits of mine, would pour forth the brightness of His light upon me, and enable me to perfect the praise of this wax candle. Through our Lord Jesus Christ His Son, Who with Him and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth one God for ever and ever. R. Amen.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Lift up thy hearts.
R. We have them lifted up to the Lord.
V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God..
R. It is meet and just.

It is truly meet and right to proclaim with all our heart and all the affection of our mind, and with the ministry of our voices, the invisible God, the Father almighty, and His only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ, who repaid for us to His eternal Father the debt of Adam, and by the merciful shedding of His Blood, cancelled the debt incurred by original sin. For this is the Paschal Festival; in which that true Lamb is slain, with Whose Blood the doorposts of the faithful are consecrated.

This is the night in which Thou didst formerly cause our forefathers, the children of Israel, when brought out of Egypt, to pass through the Red Sea with dry foot. This, therefore, is the night which dissipated the darkness of sinners by the light of the pillar. This is the night which at this time throughout the world restores to grace and unites in sanctity those that believe in Christ, and are separated from the vices of the world and the darkness of sinners. This is the night in which, destroying the chains of death, Christ arose victorious from the grave. For it would have profited us nothing to have been born, unless redemption had also been bestowed upon us. O wondrous condescension of Thy mercy towards us! O inestimable affection of love: that Thou mightest redeem a slave, Thou didst deliver up Thy Son! O truly needful sin of Adam, which was blotted out by the death of Christ! O happy fault, that merited to possess such and so great a Redeemer! O truly blessed night, which alone deserved to know the time and hour when Christ rose again from hell! This is the night of which it is written: And the night shall be as clear as the day; and the night is my light in my delights. Therefore the hallowing of this night puts to flight all wickedness, cleanses sins, and restores innocence to the fallen, and gladness to the sorrowful. It drives forth hatreds, it prepares concord, and brings down haughtiness.

Wherefore, in this sacred night, receive, O holy Father, the evening sacrifice of this incense, which holy Church renders to Thee by the hands of Thy ministers in the solemn offering of this wax candle, made out the work of bees. Now also we know the praises of this pillar, which the shining fire enkindles to the honor of God. Which fire, although divided into parts, suffers no loss from its light being borrowed. For it is nourished by the melting wax, which the mother bee produced for the substance of this precious light. O truly blessed night, which plundered the Egyptians and enriched the Hebrews! A night in which heavenly things are united to those of earth, and things divine to those which are of man.

We beseech Thee, therefore, O Lord, that this wax candle hallowed in honor of Thy Name, may continue to burn to dissipate the darkness of this night. And being accepted as a sweet savor, may be united with the heavenly lights. Let the morning star find its flame alight. That star, I mean, which knows no setting. He Who returning from hell, serenely shone forth upon mankind. We beseech Thee therefore, O Lord, that Thou wouldst grant peaceful times during this Paschal Festival, and vouchsafe to rule, govern, and keep with Thy constant protection us Thy servants, and all the clergy, and the devout people, together with our most holy Father, Pope N., and our Bishop N.. Have regard, also, for those who reign over us, and, grant them Thine ineffable kindness and mercy, direct their thoughts in justice and peace, that from their earthy toil, they may come to their heavenly reward with all Thy people. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God: World without end. R. Amen.

Posted by Deo volente at his blog, Traditional Latin Mass in Maryland

Holy Week Begins: Pueri Hebraeorum – Tomás Luis de Victoria for Palm Sunday

9 April 2017

Sofia rants: ” I can no longer hold my tongue about the attacks on Pat Archbold”

26 February 2014

25 February 2014 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

Sofia has been struggling this winter with her health and I have been sitting in for her to try and keep Always Catholic going. She has full editorial control but I am physically posting as she recuperates.

Sofia has followed the awful attacks on Pope Bendict XVI, the Extraordinary Form and in particular, bloggers who make and support these attacks. Since the beginning, her Confessor ordered her to stay out of it because as Sofia says, her self-professed lack of charity when trying to to speak the truth has been something she has been working on. Now, the straw has broken the camel’s back as she has said and she has received permission to comment. I will be posting this for her so I am going to blockquote it.

Today after reading my friend and colleague Patrick Archbold’s post on Pope Francis and Unity I could not contain myself any longer. I had to contact my confessor to ask permission to comment. It was granted.

As I was preparing to have Sarah crosspost his BRILLIANT piece, Sarah noticed the flurry of activity on Twitter and brought me up to date.

I, to am speechless…No, I am really, really angry. Like Italian, NJ woman angry. After reading the crap, oh yes CRAP that has been heaved at Patrick since the great EF bashing carnival began, I could not let this go.

I knew Patrick could handle his own battles and would appreciate that my confessor kept this maniac (me) at bay. Patrick has a family to support. I didn’t want to bum-rush the Register and EWTN and cause a commotion. Not that I am that important, but I tend to have loyal friends and followers who would email, twitter and call those places if I asked them to. They are devout Catholics and KNOW TRUTH even if everybody else says the emperor is clothed.

The beginning of this started with information posted about the Holy Father not truly being open to the EF. I personally think that if there is lots of smoke, the darn house is burning down!

Then the Catholic blogosphere self-appointed A-listers jumped on the Mahoney-Wuerl bandwagon to praise Francis to the point that it was obvious in their sickening phoney agendized adoration. Benedict XVI had now become the guy who is no longer Gary Cooper in High Noon. –> Look it up.

I read blog piece after blog piece from Catholic Bloggers you all know or think you know to be “Catholic” jumping on the “anti-bling” police patrol. Sickening. I pulled away under orders as I was ready to start a battle neocons and so-called real, not RADTRAD Catholics think they could handle. I live in Wisconsin but I’m FROM Jersey. I was ready to show them that Chris Christie and Pat Archbold weren’t bullies as they have been accused. If they think that’s bullying, bring it on, lightweights.

There have been times when I have had to break my promise to my Confessor as I saw “CATHOLICS?!?” attack Lisa Graas (@CatholicLisa and no one was there when it was 12-1. Lisa didn’t need me as she is strong in her love for Christ but I know she is grateful for having her six.

Pat Archbold can certainly handle it. His brother Matt is there to support him and a wonderful wife and family who know what a good man Pat is. BUT! He is a human being who needs support and prayer like all of us do. Why should he be out there alone? Rorate Caeli has dug in their collective heels and guess what? It looks like they may not be so wrong. How many times do we have to explain Francis? How do I explain to the young lady of 19 whom I raised an orthodox Catholic that she is not addicted to fad or fashion for loving the sacredness of the EF. She is hurt by Francis’s lack of thought before opening his mouth. I don’t care if it was discussed at an AD limina visit. The Vatican could have made sure the comment didn’t get out. She told me, “I tweeted the Pope and if I didn’t bring up the EF he probably would call me like all these other things he is doing off the cuff with lay people. They probably read my tweet and they laughed in the Vatican.” What do I say to her?

She has been praying with me for the Brothers Archbold since the stupid RAD TRAD idiotic attacks have started.

Now Patrick writes a stunning piece on this call to unity. Patrick reaches out for the same consideration for those once considered Roman Catholic. Oh yeah, Copeland and Palmer just love the Catholic Church, they don’t dare criticize it like Pius X, right? Puh-leeze. The Holy Father needs a crash course in all things not Argentina. But I have to explain that to a faithful Catholic that she is a simpleton addicted to a fad? Shaking my head.

Copeland’s ridiculous “Prosperity Theology” and Palmer’s misleading beliefs about the Early Church are not a “fad”, Your Holiness? I am laughing so hard right now, I feel better for the first time in nine months.

I cannot laugh however, at the dismissiveness towards those at the Pius X whom it is YOUR obligation to bring back into the fold. I cannot laugh at Sarah, who grew up in Benedict’s pontificate and  became a Latin scholar because of the EF. (Some fad there, huh?) I cannot laugh at a devout and orthodox Catholic father, husband and journalist who has been the object of a Catholic hate campaign by other Catholics. (Pat, Rorate can help you find joy in being attacked in the name of Truth, they have earned their stripes)

Lastly, I cannot blow off the National WIMP Catholic Register which was a narthex joke of a paper until the monolith known as EWTN bought it and decided to get truly Catholic people like Pat and Matt to contribute. But then what do you expect when an organization like EWTN no longer speaks for it’s founder, Mother Angelica. I was once in the studios in her heyday when I HEARD HER SAY, “If it was up to me, I would have the Tridentine Mass wall to wall all over the world, if it was up to me”.

EWTN speaks from the mind of it’s big guy, Doug Keck a producer who has helped to slick up EWTN’s image. Oh yeah, that’s right, he used to work for Playboy. Thank God for conversions…just sayin’

I certainly am sad to see the National Catholic Register which had finally become a strong contender to put down the lies of the National “catholic” uh, Schismatic Reporter, get one body shot and run from the Cross.

My money is on Pat Archbold. When I needed help starting Always Catholic and I contacted him and Matt for advice they helped me. They didn’t know me from a can of paint except that someone they know, knew me. They posted my first of articles that first week and my server shutdown I got so many hits! Oh yeah that happened again a month later and I had to upgrade!! Btw, Pat Archbold was the first visitor I got at the site the day it debuted. The first. This man who is so busy with a family and so many irons in the fire, went to my blog early right after midnight. Yeah, if that’s bullying, then keep on keepin’ on Pat. Oh and by the way, I LOVE THE TERM RAD TRAD, sorta makes me feel like those crazy Apostles who would do the ultimate radical thing and die for their faith. I would, would you?

Below is the article Pat wrote. I have only published half of it as I ask you to please click on the link and go to Creative Minority Report and show them some love. TRUE CHRISTIAN LOVE…

I will apologize for being cranky about Francis when Kenneth Copeland “Bishop” Tony Palmer gives up zillions of dollars and power to influence and both convert to Roman Catholicism. Something tells me Copeland would be a RAD TRAD. Bet you it’s the BLING… Palmer on the other hand would love the EF, once he realized it’s not about him. How did this guy slither in to actually be listened to by our Church on Christian Unity? Must be that “pastoral” thing I keep here from all those red hats over in Rome now. Pastoral approach means, refines lies until they resemble TRUTH approach. Still not laughing…praying for mercy.

Please join us in prayer for Pat Archbold, his brother Matt, their families and Creative Minority Report because something tells me the pack of wolves and Judas’s out there are about to launch.

Ad Iesum Per Mariam,

I apologize if I am all over the place in this piece as I am still not well and to be honest I am truly upset right now.

CMR header Dec2011b

From Pat Archbold of Creative Minority Report:

I must say that I am still in a state of shock, so I will refrain from any commentary on the situation. Suffice it to say, below you will find the contents that the Register felt was beyond the bounds and removed after posting, even though I had advance clearance to run it.”
. . .

Pope Francis and the SSPX: An Opportunity


By now, many of you have probably seen the Tony Palmer video last week that was so exciting to many.
At a Protestant conference, Tony Palmer, an Anglican priest, brought along an iPhone video of greeting from Pope Francis. The subject of the presentation and of the Pope’s recording was unity of Christians.

In his remarks, Pope Francis made the following statements to our separated brethren regarding the separation: “Separated because, it’s sin that has separated us, all our sins. The misunderstandings throughout history. It has been a long road of sins that we all shared in. Who is to blame? We all share the blame. We have all sinned. There is only one blameless, the Lord.”

It is certainly true. Regardless of the truth of Catholic doctrine, the Church has accepted its share of the blame for the misunderstanding that were allowed to deepen and harden, leading to centuries of separation.

When I heard this, something else written by Pope Francis’ predecessor came immediately to mind. In 2007, along with the issuance of the “motu proprio” Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI issued a letter explaining his reasoning. In that letter, he made the following statement.

Looking back over the past, to the divisions which in the course of the centuries have rent the body of Christ, one continually has the impression that, at critical moments when divisions were coming about, not enough was done by the Church’s leaders to maintain or regain reconciliation and unity. One has the impression that omissions on the part of the Church have had their share of blame for the fact that these divisions were able to harden. This glance at the past imposes an obligation on us today: to make every effort to unable for all those who truly desire unity to remain in that unity or to attain it anew. I think of a sentence in the Second Letter to the Corinthians, where Paul writes: “Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return … widen your hearts also!” (2 Corinthians 6:11-13). Paul was certainly speaking in another context, but his exhortation can and must touch us too, precisely on this subject. Let us generously open our hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows.
It strikes me that this may be one of those critical moments in history to which His Holiness refers.”


Sources for Copeland and Palmer: Kenneth Copeland and “Bishop” Tony Palmer

C of E Anglo-Catholic leaders to convert "en masse"

2 May 2010
In a move likely to raise tensions between the two Churches, a group of Church of England bishops met last week with advisers of Pope Benedict XVI to set in motion steps that would allow priests to convert to Catholicism en masse.

They are set to resign their orders in opposition to the introduction of women bishops and to lead an exodus of Anglican clerics to the Catholic Church despite Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, urging them not to leave.

It would be the first time for nearly 20 years that large numbers of priests have crossed from the Church of England to Rome, and comes only weeks ahead of a crucial General Synod debate on making women bishops.

The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that bishops travelled to the Holy See last week to hold face to face discussions with senior members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the most powerful of the Vatican’s departments. More…

Our Roving Reporter – Kudos to the Irish!

19 April 2010

There is a smart and beautiful Catholic on Twitter who goes by the name,@lamblock. Such an interesting name for one so blessed with the gifts of Our Lord. She is our Roving Reporter…finding the great story in a time when all seems bleak.

She sent this to me today with the quip, ” thought u would love this!+JMJ+ Well, as usual, (Twitter followers of her know this already) she was correct. I love it!

In a time that hearkens back to the “Know Nothing” party in America, when being Catholic meant being treated like a dog, both the countries of Malta and Ireland show us what it means to be “Always Catholic”. It means to support and pray for Holy Mother Church, for the sinners and the Saints therein. It does NOT mean that we say it’s okay for priests and Bishops to break the law. The rule of Law keeps society civil.

What we should be doing in America is giving the presumption of innocence to anyone thought to have committed a crime. You know, the way we do to child molesters ad rapists that are NOT priests. The laypeople that are never even indicted or better yet, get a slap on the wrists to be returned to our neighborhoods. Thank God for Megan’s law or I wouldn’t have EVER known that 47 child molesters and rapists live within 2 miles of my nice neighborhood. Children in this “nice” neighborhood cannot walk to the bus stop or even the 100 yards to the park. Nice…

Why do people who don’t even raise an eyebrow about a child rapist like Roman Polanski, (convicted-on the lam) and actually defend him go beserk about Catholic priests committing the same crime? Please do not misinterpret this to mean that those priests who commit these heinous and horrific crimes and Bishops who hide those priests should not be held accountable. They should be treated like any other perpetrator in this instance. Funny thing, maybe that’s the case. Ironic, isn’t it?

Personally, I would like to see any “human being” who commits these crimes to NEVER leave prison. EVER! But in the meantime we must pray that our children are safe and use our heads when we accuse anyone of anything.

I have finally figured out that the reason the world (particularly the land of my birth, America) is ready to hang Pope Benedict and destroy Holy Mother Church.The world knows that WE ARE THE TRUE CHURCH, that priests are “in persona Christi”, and that the Eucharist is REAL! It has to be the answer. Why else are priests, Bishops and Popes held to a higher standard than the layperson who commits the same crime? The world including all the athiests, agnostics, Progressives and whatevers know the TRUTH,

Now, after you have indulged my Rant, the story as sent to me by the great @IamBlock:

“Despite media smears, world and faithful have warmed to Benedict”
by Vincent Twomey

OPINION: Today marks the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict who has made an enormous impact, nothwithstanding the claims in last week’s atrocious letter from Fr Hans Küng to the bishops

THE NIGHT Pope Benedict XVI was elected, I announced on Prime Time that he would surprise us all. He did. The moment the newly elected pope first stood on the balcony of St Peter’s with a shy smile, his previous image as the Panzerkardinal, God’s Rottweiler, the Vatican Enforcer, began to dissolve.

In Germany, where his image was particularly bad, the popular press rejoiced that a fellow-German had been so honoured: Wir sind Papst was the banner headline on the front page of the largest daily newspaper. German Catholics, who tend to be liberal, were, to put it mildly, less enthusiastic.

Initial attempts by the English-speaking media to daub him as a Nazi sympathiser (“From Nazi to Papa Ratzi” was one front-page headline) gave way to a more positive image once this lie was exposed for what it is: a calumny. Then followed a kind of honeymoon with the media. It was short-lived. Several of his public pronouncements provoked media outrage, such as his Regensburg lecture and his interview about Aids during a flight to Africa. The negative image again surfaced. In recent weeks, that image has dominated the media, culminating in the atrocious letter of Hans Küng to the bishops of the world – a kind of encyclical from the man who would be pope (published in The Irish Times and elsewhere).

But among the faithful especially, the more positive image continues to predominate. More

A big nod to our Roving Reporter “@lamblock”. Great job, girl!
Source of story: The Irish Times


13 April 2010

"What Do You Want In A Pastor?"

6 April 2010

Editor’s Note: Pat Archbold of the Brothers Archbold (Creative Minority Report) are blogging also these days at the National Catholic Register. Pat gives us a piece where I’m sure our readers here at Always Catholic Blog would agree that it is also “What They would want in a Pastor”. Nicely done, Pat.

National Catholic Register
5 April 2010

by Par Archbold

There is a big shakeup going on in my diocese. Pastors are being relocated throughout the diocese and because of a shortage, many priests will become first time pastors. My parish will not be exempted and the pastor of my parish will be moving to my aunt and uncle’s parish.

They announced yesterday before Easter mass that an auxiliary Bishop for our diocese will be conducting an informational session this week to answer questions and to see what we desire in a pastor.

So I ask myself, what DO I desire in a pastor?

I suppose when we think of an ideal pastor, many of us conjure up images of Bing’s Fr. O’Malley, young, vibrant, and with great business sense or perhaps of the lovable old Barry Fitzgerald. But my experience with pastors has yet to land me in a parish with anyone resembling these caricatures. I have had some I liked, of course, and some that I didn’t.
What Do You Want In A Pastor?
I suppose the primary quality of a good pastor is that he is first and foremost a good priest, dedicated to the sacraments. I suppose that should go without saying, alas.

That said, here are some things I would like to see from my new pastor.

Confessions. Lot of ‘em. I want a pastor who doesn’t treat this critical sacrament like he is checking in with his parole officer. I want a pastor who doesn’t look at the confession time of 4:41pm to 4:45 pm on Saturday as a necessary inconvenience to stay out of trouble, but rather looks forward to his time in the confessional. I want a pastor who inculcates that same enthusiasm for confession in the other priests in the parish. More

Pope: Sacrifices are possible if they have meaning

28 March 2010

The lead of Planned Parenthood thanks the liberal nuns: via FatherZ

27 March 2010

Normally we save posts to write ourselves about a topic we find the most pressing. Today when we made the usual rounds of news services and blogs we found this disgusting story. Originally we found it at CNS but were happy to see that Father Z at WDTPRS addresses it. I cannot write a response on my own because I will commit a sin against Charity. I have been praying about this today and I must yield to Father Z and his response for our post. I ask forgiveness for the anger I have towards these nuns that have assaulted the Church. I ask Our Lord to forgive me and give me the strength to pray for them.  Sophia

Here is Father Z’s post which contains the CNS story. Read it and weep…

Before reading more, read this if you haven’t done so already:

A magisterium of nuns

Now from CNA with my emphases and comments

Planned Parenthood head thanks religious sisters for ‘critical support’ of health care bill

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2010 / 07:28 am (CNA).- Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has praised the Catholic religious sisters who endorsed the Senate health care bill, claiming they deserve gratitude for making “a critical demonstration of support” for a bill that significantly increased coverage of “reproductive health care.”

Writing for the Huffington Post Wednesday in her capacity as president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Richards claimed that it was Catholic nuns who “most importantly broke with the bishops and the Vatican to announce their support for health care reform.”  [I hope those old women are proud of themselves.]

“This brave and important move, demonstrating that they cared as much about the health care of families in America as they did about church hierarchy, was a critical demonstration of support.”

The group NETWORK claimed [lied] in a March 17 letter to the House of Representatives that it represented 59,000 women religious across the U.S. It urged members of Congress to support the bill.

Their statement was uncritically reported by the Associated Press. [uncritically] White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and others working to pass the legislation invoked the sisters’ endorsement for support[Which means that the sisters caused real scandal and did real harm.]

On March 18 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) spokeswoman Sr. Mary Ann Walsh said NETWORK “grossly overstated” their numbers.

“The letter had 55 signatories, some individuals, some groups of three to five persons. One endorser signed twice,” she added. “There are 793 religious communities in the United States,” Sr. Walsh said.

Another group of women religious, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), issued a statement saying it represented 10,000 sisters and supported the U.S. bishops’ criticisms of the Senate health care bill.

In her Huffington Post essay, Richards said in the last days of the debate over the health care bill, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and the USCCB “threatened to bring down health care completely over their narrow demands.”

Bart Stupak may not ask the nuns for advice, as he recently announced to the press, but maybe next time she should,” Richards jabbed. [Look at that sentence… it is in the Huff Post, it involves the liberal nuns, the president of Planned Parenthood, and Rep. Stupak.]

She praised Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) for fighting against an “abortion ban” in the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) gathered 41 signatures of members who pledged to vote against any final bill with the “Stupak ban.”

“These women stood in the way of plenty of men in Congress who were ready to cut a deal, whether with Bart Stupak or the National Conference of Catholic Bishops,” she continued.

Richards said Planned Parenthood was “committed” to changing the “egregious” Nelson language in the bill that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday. She claimed the bill unjustly treats abortion coverage differently than all other health care. [They claim that abortion is health care.]

However, she also said the bill was a “huge victory for women’s reproductive health” because it significantly increased insurance coverage of “reproductive health care, including family planning.” [And the euphemisms just keep coming.]

“Reproductive health care” and “women’s rights” are euphemisms common among abortion advocates.  [Speaking of euphemisms!]

Richards, the daughter of former Democratic Texas governor Ann Richards, noted that some in Congress opposed her agenda.

The simple and discouraging truth is that we have an anti-choice House of Representatives,” she claimed. [!]

She lamented that 64 Democrats voted in favor of the Stupak Amendment and that there are “too many” Republicans and Democrats in Congress opposed to “women’s rights.

“We need more than health care; we need women and men elected to office who will stand up for our health and our rights, even when it’s hard. So here’s to the women leaders in Congress—and to the nuns [Get that?]—and to the women everywhere who were counting on them. They need our gratitude and our support,” Richards’ Huffington Post essay concluded.

Lebanese Christians and Muslims celebrate the Annunciation together in the name of Mary

25 March 2010

Lebanon celebrates for the first time a national Christian-Muslim holiday. Schools, banks and public buildings are closed. Prime Minister Hariri says the day is a spiritual occasion for everyone. For Muslim leader, it is a tangible sign of dialogue between the two religions.

Beirut (AsiaNews) – Lebanese Christians and Muslims are celebrating today, 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation, an official national holiday sanctioned by the Government of Lebanon. All public buildings, schools, banks and university are closed. The government has also encouraged private businesses to do the same. … more

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