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Mary’s family at Knock – 2017 pilgrimage homily by Fr Dan Cashman SMA

The Irish comedian Hal Roach tells a humourous story about Knock. He says that during a lunch-break in a New York building site the topic of religion came up for discussion among some of the workers. There were workers from many nationalities and a French man began to hold forth about the apparition of the...

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The Magnificat – A Reflection by Fr. Michael McCabe SMA

Novena in Honour of our Lady Monday, 22nd May The Magnificat is one of the best known Christian prayers.   It is based largely on the canticle of Hannah in 1 Samuel 2: 1-10 and some of the psalms.  We pray this prayer so often that it is easy to miss its meaning – and how...

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POPE FRANCIS AND MARY

Following is the homily delivered by Fr Tim Cullinane SMA at the annual Novena in Honour of Our Lady, at St. Joseph’s SMA Church, Blackrock Road, Cork, on Saturday, 20th May 2017. Pope Francis and Mary Pope Francis has a special devotion to Mary. He told an interviewer that during the second vote in the...

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“Pope of Peace in Egypt of Peace” – Fr Wilson Kodav SMA recalls historic visit

“As someone commented, it seemed easier for a camel to get through a needle hole than it was to go the Pope’s mass… This visit was important for the esteem of the Egyptian people and especially Egyptian Christians. Despite the extreme and cumbersome security measures, Pope Francis looked happy and we all loved his simplicity and...

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More Chibok Girls Released – 113 still missing – Cardinal Onaiyekan speaks out

“If these girls had been the daughters of some powerful leader would they have lost all this time?” – Cardinal Onaiyekan  Agenzia Fides reports from Abuja, Nigeria (8 May 2017), the reaction of Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, following the release of 82 more of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls who were taken by Boko Haram on...

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