Author Archives: Fr Stephen Smuts

About Fr Stephen Smuts

TAC Priest in South Africa.

Pope Francis Donates $1 Million to Iraqi Refugees

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, … Continue reading

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Images Surrounding the Crucifix

Catholic Exchange. Q: I have a very old crucifix which has a skull and crossbones at the bottom of the cross. What does that mean? Also, what does INRI mean? I have heard people pronounce it as though it were … Continue reading

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Do Not Be Afraid — I Am With You!

This portion of Scripture, I shared in Church today. Powerful… 1 Israel, the Lord who created you says, “Do not be afraid — I will save you. I have called you by name — you are mine. 2 When you … Continue reading

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California Persecuting Christians

(One News Now) – Romanian Christians are familiar with persecution in their home country but they didn’t expect to encounter it in America. The Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church struggled to find a place to worship in California. After finding … Continue reading

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On Packing For Heaven

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God Saved My Life

Brantly spoke of feeling ill on July 23 and of languishing in the subsequent days under the power of the painful and life-threatening illness. He became the first human to receive an experimental drug called ZMapp and was later moved … Continue reading

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Psalm 23

 

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Farm Workers Accused of Pelting Colleague to Death with Oranges

The Independent: Police in South Africa have launched an investigation as two rural farm workers are suspected of pelting their colleague to death with oranges. The man died after the suspects allegedly argued with him, before they collected oranges and … Continue reading

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ISIS Threats to March on Rome and Spain. We Can’t Say We Weren’t Warned…

Barbarians at the gate: It may sound perverse, but perhaps we owe a small note of thanks to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Like a bullet whistling overhead, the ruthless rise … Continue reading

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The Ancient Mass in the “House Churches” was not as Informal as Many Think

Writes Msgr Charles Pope: As you may know, the Catholic Faith was illegal in the Roman Empire prior to 313 AD, when the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan permitting the Christian Faith to flourish publicly. Prior to that time, … Continue reading

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