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Padre Pio on the Mass: "each Holy Mass heard with devotion produces marvelous effects in our souls..."

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Pray for Eccles!

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I have been asking many priests and bishops to read Eccles Is Saved, the blog run by the Catholic Church's resident satirist.  I send them links to his blog posts.  I keep meaning to ask Eccles how many hits he gets from Rome each day... 

One of the shepherds asked me if Eccles was 'a contender' for my affections. Ha, ha! The simple answer is no.  But it's time to 'fess up and blush 'till my cheeks go postbox red. When I first started reading Eccles' blog - I thought he was a witty (and single) young man. So, that explains the time that I joked on Twitter about throwing pebbles at his window.


Now, I realise that Eccles ain't available, and even if he was, his hands are full with Anti-Moly and Bosco.

Yesterday, courtesy of Twitter, I learned that Eccles is poorly and suffering a bout of ill health!  We must fly to his aid!

It's time to give back. We've enjoyed many a good laugh reading Eccles' blog, and now we can return the favour by praying …

Bishop-Elect Kevin Doran: “Vocation is not about achievement or personal advancement.”

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The truism that “the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there” is very apt when you compare Ireland of the 1950s to the present-day.   Bishop-elect Kevin Doran was born in June 1953 in a Dublin that was poles apart from modern Ireland. In the 1950s, the majority of Dubliners attended Sunday Mass. A 2011 poll showed a mere 14 per cent observed the Sabbath in the Dublin area. 
In the Ireland of Fr Doran’s youth, people were more likely to accept the authority of bishops. Fr Doran, who will be ordained a bishop on July 13, will exercise his ministry in a Church in which bishops have to earn respect and trust, and in a society in which, for many, his ministry will not be regarded as particularly relevant. Pope Francis has appointed him to the rural Diocese of Elphin, which has 37 parishes, 90 churches and a population of 70,000. 
Fr Doran was raised in the seaside area of Dún Laoghaire. The eldest child of middle-class Dubliners Joseph and Marie Doran, he has…

Pope Pius XII made life much easier for Padre Pio. During his life Pope Pius XII confided in a journalist that Padre Pio was ‘a great saint’

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The extensive interview that I did with Nigel Farage is available...

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After many years, I am finally able to see the face of my favourite person...

He was an impassioned preacher, who died at the tender age of 35. Only a year after his death, he was canonised, meaning he had the second fastest canonisation in history. 

He is, of course, St Anthony, and my number one saint. 



St Anthony is my favourite regular person that ever lived. Please don't think that I'm side-stepping Our Lady and Our Lord in a rude and blasphemous way. Our Lady is the masterpiece of God's hands, and Our Lord is His Son. 

It's just that St Anthony is in my most cherished 'ordinary' person, who was like us, in that he was born a fallen creature, and strove to become a saint. 

After watching the Rome Reports video, my main comment would be that the real St Anthony had a very rugged, manly face. He had a firm jaw, sturdy, dynamic feautures and deep-set eyes. 

Such a contrast to the soft-chinned, big-cheeked, oval-faced St Anthony of the statues and pictures in our churches and homes. The St Anthony of our imagination is a more motherly …

50 years ago Padre Pio was being treated like a criminal, until Pope Paul VI released him...

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Fifty years have passed since 1964, when Padre Pio was freed from certain tight constraints that bound him.


The humble Italian friar had been blessed with supernatural gifts such as reading souls, hearts and minds, and also phenomenal intercessory powers such as interceding for the sick so that they obtained miraculous cures from God. But in 1960 Padre Pio’s ministry was seriously limited following a strange series of events.

I find it dangerous for my stress levels to reflect on the way it was started by his fellow friars attempting to manipulate him. A very divisive issue was the money poured into the hospital, which Padre Pio had founded, the House for the Relief of Suffering.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds were donated for the construction of the hospital. Excited by the idea of making quick cash, Padre Pio’s superiors asked him if they could use the donations for a get-rich-quick scheme. Padre Pio refused because the money did not belong to him. When they lost huge sums …