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Why lighting up a candle in church?

Why lighting up a candle in church?

Lighting up a candle in church is a tangible sign of faith. From the baptism candles to votive candles, light as a symbol of love towards God. We already talked about the importance that light has in the Christian religion sphere; furthermore, lit candles in […]

The Botafumeiro, the largest thurible in the world

The Botafumeiro, the largest thurible in the world

The Botafumeiro in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is the largest church thurible in the world, loved by all pilgrims that undertake the Camino pilgrimage The Botafumeiro. A funny, exotic name that evokes suggestions from a distant past, memories of an ancient history told at […]

10 mistakes we make when taking the communion

10 mistakes we make when taking the communion

Communion is the highest and solemn moment in a Mass, when bread turns into Christ’s Body. Here are a few mistakes we should avoid when approaching Eucharist. Eucharist. The most Holy Sacrament. Communion. Any way we wish to call it, this is surely the highest […]

The day the Holy Sacrament landed on space

The day the Holy Sacrament landed on space

Perceiving God’s presence while immersed in a particularly majestic and beautiful natural setting is something that has always joined almost all believers. In fact, how can you be insensitive while contemplating the magnificence of the sky, crossed by wispy vessels made of clouds or quilted […]

Hosts for celiacs: let’s shed some light on that

Hosts for celiacs: let’s shed some light on that

The modern world can easily question anything. Centuries-old traditions, actions repeated for millennia, by multiple generations, even rituals codified in time and kept unmodified since the beginning of time, now require modifications to adapt to the needs of modern men. It’s not always about making […]

Curious facts: how weddings are celebrated around the world

Curious facts: how weddings are celebrated around the world

Have you ever thought about how weddings are celebrated in the rest of the world? Italian habits and customs are deeply rooted in centuries-old traditions, but it would be interesting to find out about particular traditions of other countries, such as lucky days to get […]

Jesus said there is no better novena than this one, and it only consists of 11 words!

Jesus said there is no better novena than this one, and it only consists of 11 words!

Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying? Leave the care of your affairs to me and everything will be peaceful. […] Surrender to me does not mean to fret, to be upset, or to lose hope, nor does it mean offering to me a worried […]

The saints that changed the world

The saints that changed the world

The history of Europe and of the Western world as we know them goes through many and constant political and social changes, economical and thoughts revolutions. The study of these phenomena is fundamental to understand history, and should also be the core and engine of […]

Padre Pio and the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin

Padre Pio and the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin

What makes Padre Pio, known today as Saint Pio from Pietralcina, such an adored and celebrated figure since he was still alive, and yet so discussed? The popular adoration he received since his youth is probably due to his fame as thaumaturge, to the miraculous […]

Padre Pio and his favorite prayer

Padre Pio and his favorite prayer

Padre Pio is a figure that was controversial and debated in the Catholic Church sphere for a long time. Even after his canonization on June 16th 2002 by Pope John Paul II, his name kept splitting the public opinion between those who recognize his sanctity […]

Priest, friar and monk: three words that are often convoluted

Priest, friar and monk: three words that are often convoluted

The three words priest, monk and friar are often confused with each other. And it’s a legit confusion actually, because these three religious figures have much in common, and the differences among them are often uncertain. Apart from the fact that a monk or a […]

The Morning Prayer: how to start your day right

The Morning Prayer: how to start your day right

Jesus told his disciples and his friends that they should pray, always, and never get tired of it. From that exhortation comes the Liturgy of the Hours, which schedules the moment of prayers during the day, so that every moment of our lives is a […]

Story and production techniques of Prayer Cards

Story and production techniques of Prayer Cards

The word Paryer Card defines a small rectangular card, displaying on one side the printed or carved image of a saint or other sacred objects, and on the other a prayer or a hagiographic text related to the portrayed saint. There are Prayer Cards that […]

The Novena to Saint Benedict

The Novena to Saint Benedict

Saint Benedict of Norcia is celebrated on July 11th. This is actually just one of the dates dedicated to the saint from Umbria, founder of the Benedictine order and creator of the so called Rule, which will strongly affect lives and spiritual experiences of all […]

The consecration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The consecration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for Christians is twofold: on the one hand, it means worshipping the heart of Jesus as a symbol of his humanity, of having become a man and having sacrificed for us all. On the other, it is […]

Altar linens in the liturgical celebrations

Altar linens in the liturgical celebrations

Altar linens are an essential accessory for the celebration. In addition to a true and proper use connected to church supplies, they are valuable for the ornament of the altar and its consecration. Altar linens are usually composed of a corporal (square cloth in linen […]

St. Joseph: the supposed father of Jesus

St. Joseph: the supposed father of Jesus

St. Joseph is a very beloved figure venerated by Christians and with affection and incomparable devotion. In his being considered the supposed father of Jesus and faithful and respectful husband of the Virgin Mary, has ended up becoming the father of the whole Church, of […]

The symbolic value of bishop rings

The symbolic value of bishop rings

The Bishop is among the priests, one of the most important and invested figures with meaning for the faithful. In his role of “supervisor” (from the greek επίσκοπος, episkopos) he embodies in himself the value of souls pastor, the supreme minister of religion, teacher and […]