Mary Magdalene France Pilgrimage—July 2017


July 18-25, 2017 La Sainte-Baume—the Cave where Mary Magdalene spent the last thirty years of her life in prayer and contemplation This 7-Day Mary Magdalene France Pilgrimage is now fully reserved. We will stay in or very near the town of St Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume (which houses the Basilica of Saint Mary […]

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Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary

March 19th is the feast of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. It is also Father’s Day in the Catholic countries of Spain, Portugal and Italy. Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus by Guido Reni, c. 1635 Joseph, the carpenter from Nazareth in Galilee, was of […]

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Light of the World


DECEMBER 24, 2016—Written by Fr Martin Henry, Catholic visiting priest at St Bernardine of Siena in Woodland Hills, California It’s slightly ironic that the Son of God, the “light of the world,” whose birthplace we anticipate in Advent, should have been born not during the hours of daylight, but in the […]

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Saint Anne Relics miraculously discovered

Saint Anne Ancient Crypt - Apt, France

July 26th is the feast of Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary. I would like to share a story with you that I read about the relics of St. Anne in Apt, France on Catholic Tradition, and photographs I took this past week at the Cathedral of Saint […]

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Holy Door - cropped

Holy Doors of Mercy My first experience with a Holy Door of Mercy was on August 2, 1989, when I was visiting the charming city of Assisi, Italy, the home of the beloved “FRANCESCO.” I was so taken by Francis’ kindness and goodness and peacefulness that a year later, July […]

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Pope Francis upholds Mary Magdalene as Apostle

Apostle of the apostles

VATICAN CITY—June 10, 2016 . Vatican announced that a decree entitled: .  “Mary Magdalene, apostle of the apostles” was issued in accordance with the will of Pope Francis raising the July 22nd memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to a feast on the church’s liturgical calendar. In the Mass and in the […]

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Camargue Cross Origin

La Croix de Camargue

CAMARGUE CROSS is an emblem formed with a Latin cross whose upper ends represent a three-pronged fork or “trident” (a working tool used by “guardians” or cowboys) and whose lower end is a sea anchor topped by a heart. The Camargue Cross stands for the three cardinal virtues: cross of […]

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Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy begins….


Today, December 8th, the Holy Year of Mercy will begin with Pope Francis overseeing the opening of the Holy Door, an entrance in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome that is sealed, apart from during holy years. “I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door on the Solemnity of […]

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14th of 14—PAUL—Apostle

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Paul was an apostle (though not one of the Twelve Apostles) who taught the gospel of Christ to the first-century world. Paul is one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age. He used his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to his advantage in his […]

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13th of 14—MATTHIAS—Apostle

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Matthias was born in Bethlehem. According to Acts of the Apostles, Matthias was one of the seventy-two disciples and had been with Jesus from His baptism by John in the Jordan River to His ascension. Matthias was witness to the many  miracles Jesus performed during the three years of His […]

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12th of 14—SIMON the zealot—Apostle

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Simon Zelotes was also called “Simon the Canaanite” in Hebrew, not because he was from Cana or a Canaanite, but because “Canaanite” is the same word as the Greek word “Zelotes” and the English word “Zealot.” The Biblical meaning of the name Simon is: “That hears, that obeys.” Simon had the […]

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11th of 14—JUDE THADDEUS—Apostle

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Jude Thaddeus was born into a Jewish family from Paneas, a town in Galilee about 27 miles north of the Sea of Galilee, later rebuilt by the Romans and renamed Caesarea Philippi. Jude and his brother James the lesser were sons of Alphaeus (Greek) or Cleophas (Hebrew) and Mary of […]

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10th of 14—JAMES the lesser—Apostle

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James the lesser was the son of Alphaeus and Mary of Clopas (Maria Jacobi in Latin) and the brother of Jude Thaddeus. James the lesser was also called “the minor” and “the little,” to distinguish him from James the greater, who was the son of Zebedee. James the lesser came from Nazareth and was […]

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9th of 14—MATTHEW—Apostle

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Matthew, also known as “Levi,” was born in Galilee, son of Alphaeus. Matthew lived in Capernaum and worked at a nearby border crossing as a customs agent where it was his job to collect toll or duty on all of the people, animals, and goods. He worked under Herod Antipas, […]

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8th of 14—THOMAS the doubter—Apostle

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Thomas is also called “Didymus” (the twin), yet it is unclear why he had that nickname. He was a Jew living in the Galilee. There are no recorded facts of how he met Jesus. Thomas first appears in the gospel as a symbol of strength, encouraging the others to follow […]

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