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Can you recommend any amazing priests?

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Archbishop Brown: "if you want renewal in the Church, it begins with the liturgy; the Holy Mass celebrated reverently, attentively and devoutly"

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Pictured below is Archbishop Brown meeting pilgrims from the 1932 Congress
Q and A with Archbishop Brown 
Q - What were the most positive developments in the run-up to the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin?
A – On a smaller, preparatory scale, there have been several local Eucharistic Congresses all over Ireland, which have really helped people to focus on the presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist.  I myself participated in one in Carlow, where there were many people; in fact, it was full to capacity.  All these various preparations for the Congress have also brought the memory of the1932 Eucharistic Congress alive, and that has been a good thing as well.  Of course, we can’t reproduce the past, but we can reflect on the deep faith of the people of that generation, many of whom made great sacrifices to attend the 1932 Congress.  This is important for us today, because when we think of the past, we automatically make a kind of examination of conscience about the present. …

Why even wear a mantilla? "Wearing a mantilla is a lot like being a bride..."

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Male readers - there is something in the middle of the video that is for all readers - not just women!



My one problem with wearing a long, beach-towel sized scarf as a mantilla is that in wider society they are associated with being hejabs. When I have worn shawls in place of a lace mantilla people have mistook me for a Muslim woman who is visiting a church or 'experiencing' the Mass. I'll stick with my dusty silver lace mantilla.  One person did describe me as someone who was trying too hard at an audition for the role of a mafia widow. But more lace, more grace?

Ten Catholic women who changed the world

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1. Phyllis Bowman
On May 7 Britain lost arguably its most dynamic fighter for the unborn. Phyllis Bowman was a journalist on Fleet Street before she became involved in the parliamentary struggle for the rights of unborn children and people at risk of euthanasia.
She was not always pro-life, working for a medical newspaper and seeing the plight of the disabled in hospital. But she became convinced by the pro-life position after researching the causes of disabilities in unborn babies. At the time she also suffered a terrible tragedy with the death of her first husband.
From 1967 to her final days, Bowman waged what she called her “battle for the baby”. During her last weeks she dictated letters and gave instructions to her group of campaigners from her hospital bed.
Bowman was born Jewish, had a period of agnosticism and then converted to Catholicism. Her faith and her pro-life mission became entwined. But Bowman never felt superior because of her Catholicism and sought ne…