• THE PROJECT AND POLITICS

    Notre Dame or Disneyland? French identity at stake

    The contested restoration of Notre Dame in kitsch-Disneyland style is affecting the electoral campaign. Zemmour and French intellectuals, including non-Catholics, see the protection of Notre Dame as an opportunity to defend Christianity and French identity. The dispute is no longer between secularists and Catholics, since the defenders of tradition also include secularists, agnostics, Protestants and Jews, while Macron and the progressive French clergy have sided with those who want to "deconstruct". But the project conceals the goal of deconstructing everything: nation, gender, and family. This is a risk that the entire West runs.

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    • NEW MYTHS AND IDOLATRIES

    "Science says so": a materialistic and anti-scientific cult

    "Science says so": this is just one of several phrases that have become common usage in recent years. From a scientific point of view, there is no such thing as 'science', rather there are scientists. Scientists, precisely because they adopt a scientific method, are always ready to question themselves. Scientists are humble by nature, and an assertion is only scientific if some time in the future it can be proven false. Since the time of Bacon, however, there has been an idea of science replacing religion as the explanation for everything. And it is this view that prevails, both among communists orphaned of communism, and among Christians who consider themselves 'liberal'.

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    • THE RECIPE

    Beef stew from Piacenza

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    Rocco, God’s brave servant among the plague victims

    The charism of Saint Rocco, whom God sent among the plague victims, fell ill with the plague but recovered miraculously. He was humble to the end, even during the five years he spent imprisoned on a false charge of spying. He is the patron saint of the infectiously ill and invalids.

    - THE RECIPE: BEEF STEW FROM PIACENZA

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    • THE PROJECT

    The image of the Divine Mercy will relive in new paintings

    Eleven Polish painters have been invited to paint images of the Merciful Jesus as part of the project Paint Catholicism anew”. It is not about making copies of Kazimirowski and Hyla's paintings stress the organisers. The artists, by following the indications Saint Faustina wrote in her Diary, albeit with their own individual sensibility, are required to create new paintings for worship.

    • THE RECIPE

    Marinated fish salad from Futuna

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    Missionary Peter Chanel, protomartyr of Oceania

    He had been passionate about the missions since he was an adolescent. He became a priest, but for years he was unable to fulfil his desire to leave. He succeeded after joining the Marists, going as a missionary to the island of Futuna. He cared for the sick, baptised dying children, and converted many to Catholicism. He was killed for his faith, becoming the protomartyr of Oceania.
    - THE RECIPE: FISH SALAD FROM FUTUNA

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    • THE RECIPE

    Wild boar stew

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    Hubert of Liège, a Good Friday conversion

    He had decided to go deer hunting, his great passion, rather than go to church for the Good Friday services. At that point, he had no idea what was about to happen to him. Or that he would become St Hubert, the first bishop of Liège.

    - THE RECIPE: WILD BOAR STEW

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    • THE RECIPE

    Coliva

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    Lucy, the beauty of being bride of Christ

    Lucy suffered martyrdom under Diocletian because of her firm decision to live as a woman consecrated to Christ and therefore not to abjure her faith. Her patronage of the eyes does not stem from the acts of martyrdom, but from the devotion linked to her name (from lux, light). For centuries, her testimony of life has inspired the faithful, artists, and poets.

    - THE RECIPE: COLIVA

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    Francesca Cabrini, an intransigent saint

    Foundress of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on the advice of Leo XIII she left for America to evangelise and help Italian emigrants. She set up nurseries, schools, boarding schools for students, orphanages, rest homes, and hospitals. She gave extraordinary value to female religiosity and practised charity in a thousand ways. She never compromised with evil.

    - THE RECIPE: SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

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