Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Fatima, JPII, Muslims

US Cardinal Sean O’Malley told scores of thousands of pilgrims in Portugal that Our Lady of Fatima had spared Pope John Paul II’s life from an assassin’s bullet so that he could help “topple the Iron Curtain” of Soviet communism.

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Editor’s note: Now … who do we have to shoot to fix the malevolent “Spirit of Vatican II”?

Exorcist priest provides tips for defeating the forces of darkness.

He reminds people that exorcism is a prayer and, as such, Christians can pray to liberate a soul or place from the Devil. However, three things are needed.

“The Lord gave them (the Apostles) an answer that also for us exorcists is very important. He said that overcoming this type of demon, you need much faith, much prayer and much fasting. Faith, prayer and fasting.”

“Especially faith, you need so much faith. Many times also in the healings, Jesus does not say in the Gospel it is me who has healed you. He says, you are healed thanks to your faith. He wants faith in the people, a strong and absolute faith. Without faith you can do nothing.”

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Twelve Tips for Praying a Daily Family Rosary


1) Pray using alternation (The father prays first half of Our Father and everyone else prays second half – same goes for Hail Mary and Glory be).

2) Pray the Rosary after dinner but right before bed – this means homework needs to be finished before dinner. Homework kills the Rosary if you don’t stay on top of it. You’ll also need to say goodbye to watching prime time television – since this is the ideal window of praying together as a family.

3) Pray the Holy Rosary always at the same place at the exact same time. Devotions become strong – even invincible – by constant custom and habit.

4) Pray the Rosary in a special room and set up a little altar with a Bible on it, candles, a statue or image, holy water, or a relic.

5) Dim the lights and light the candles when you begin. If you let the little ones light the candles – they will love it. Kids love fire. Make this a “special time” different from other times. We even burn incense on our domestic altar on feast days. (You can do this easily by placing a little metal screen over a votive candle and then by placing a few grains of incense on the screen. It’s fast and easy. This way you don’t have use charcoal.)

6) Maybe begin with a hymn or Bible reading to slow things down and set the tone.

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Statue of the Virgin Mary that ‘survived’ A-bomb: Icon of today’s embattled Catholic Church

by Hisashi Yukimoto
Tokyo (ENI). The remains of a statue of the Virgin Mary that survived the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki is to be exhibited in New York ahead of an international conference aimed at curbing arms proliferation, says the Roman Catholic Church in the Japanese city.

The wooden statue of the mother of Jesus, which stood in Urakami Cathedral in the western Japanese city, was almost completely destroyed by the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki by the U.S. Air Force in the last days of the Second World War on 9 August 1945. Only Mary’s head remained intact. The cathedral itself was reduced to rubble.

“It [the head] will be shown while prayers are said during a Mass [in New York]”, Midori Shikayama, an official of the Nagasaki archdiocese’s public relations department, told Ecumenical News International.

Shikayama explained it will be the first time the statue has visited the United States when it is shown during the Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on 2 May. The following day a 26-days-long U.N. conference reviewing the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons begins.

The service will form part of the visit to New York by Nagasaki’s Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, an A-bomb survivor. The visit is due to begin on 30 April to coincide with the U.N. conference.

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Why does Mary have a special role in helping us?

Q: Why does Mary have a special role in helping us?

A: As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us.

Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all those who are to be saved.31

Mary embraces God’s will and freely chooses to cooperate with God’s grace, thereby fulfilling a crucial role in God’s plan of salvation.32 Throughout the centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to Christ. Many forms of piety toward the Mother of God developed that help bring us closer to her Son. In these devotions to Mary, “while the Mother is honored, the Son, through whom all things have their being and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, is rightly known, loved and glorified and . . . all His commands are observed.”33 The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf.

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The Message of Fatima

The Message of Fatima

The apparitions of Our Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 stand as one of the most significant historical and prophetic “benchmarks” of modern times.

Never before have we been able to witness prophecy and contemporary history come togther in such a dynamic way.

And since virtually all of the Fatima prophecies came to pass from about 1930 through 1990, the only difficulty that remains is the authentic content of the famous “Third Secret”.

The Vatican has recently expanded the guidance on all of this.

Rather than attempt to summarize that which cannot be summarized, I suggest you click the link below, and peruse the 28 pages of documents, history, and testimony … complete with photostats of Sister Lucia’s own writings … and then make up your own mind.

The Vatican on Fatima, Sister Lucy, and the Third Secret