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June 24th, 2019, marked the 800th anniversary of the day St. Francis met the Sultan of Egypt. The Italian Bishops Conference CEI news agency, SIR, acknowledged this in a March 1st, 2019 dispatch on the special stamp issued to commemorate the anniversary of such historical event.

Among the most recent commemoration initiatives, an exhibition with over 50 images focused on the anniversary was inaugurated on Friday, May 24, at the Sala Dono Doni of the Sacred Convent in Assisi. It will be open to the public till September 1.

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This beautiful quote from Jeremiah 1:5 shows that God loved us even before He formed us in our mother’s womb. We also know from Scripture that human life is distinct from all other forms of life on earth because in Genesis it is written: Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…”       

So, given the unique nature of human life, it is deeply troubling that there were an estimated 56 million induced abortions worldwide each year between 2010 and 2014, and it’s thought that one in four pregnancies around the world now ends in abortion.

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Interested to know more about the event which invited The Remnant’s Editor halfway around the world?

The symposium was the result of many meetings between a French “legitimist” Catholic and a Japanese priest who is back in his native country heading up the first traditional Catholic mission there since St. Francis Xavier’s in 1549.

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The dust is well-settled on June’s “Gay Pride” festivities held up and down the Italian peninsula. The pamphlets and confetti, condom packets and night club brochures have been swept up and the rainbow and hammer-and-sickle flags mostly put away, so we can take a look around at the general lie of the land, see which bishops said what about it in the end.

When I took photos of the Rome Pride demonstration in 2009, no one had ever even heard of anyone suggesting any response against it from the Church, either episcopal or lay. But last month a few tiny little events, barely grudgingly endorsed by a few bishops – and banned by others – went forward.

It has recently been reported that after current supplies run out, Vatican City State will no longer be selling any single-use plastic items.

This on the heels of the European Union pledging in May to ban all single-use plastic come 2021. Rafael Ignacio Tornini, head of the department handling Vatican City State's gardens and waste collection, now states that single-use plastics will no longer be sold.

In keeping with the Vatican’s Green Pride streak, most famous of which are the solar powered Paul VI audience hall and the jungle-scape lightshow on St. Peter’s, they’ve now entered the race to match the EU’s 70-75 percent recycling standard.

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Michael J. Matt visits the shrine of Our Lady at Akita in Japan. There he discovers an apparent conspiracy to silence and cover up the apparitions of Our Lady to Sister Agnes Sasagawa back in 1973.

After an 11-year investigation, Bishop John Shorjiro Ito (Nilgata, Japan) approved the miracles that had happened at Akita as well as the messages given to Sr. Agnes, expressing his firm conviction that the message was essentially Our Lady's attempt to deliver the same message she'd delivered at Fatima which, according Bishop Ito, had been largely ignored.

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I have not been in Prague for twenty-something years and when beginning the walk toward the famous Charles Bridge, karluv most, I wondered if things had changed.  

Going even further back in time, I remember being here in 1990 when the iron curtain was falling down. Obviously much has changed since then. Now there was even a museum of communism within easy walking distance from our rented flat. In a way, that made me feel old. To take our children there and try to explain to them what this “communism” was all about would make a large part of my life, which was lived under the shadow of the Soviet Empire, into history. Something harmless and hard to imagine as the Habsburg Empire. Something fit for an interactive exhibition in other words. However, to me, communism still felt very much alive, a spirit that had not died and which was still preying on my mind.

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As part of the RTV documentary "Hidden Catholics," Michael J. Matt interviews one of three or four traditional Catholic priests in Japan -- Father Thomas Onada, a Japanese convert who is now a priest of the SSPX.

Every week, Father visits the small traditional Catholic remnant on an Asian circuit that includes Osaka and Tokyo, thus serving the Church as missionary priest to the 'hidden Catholics' of Japan who have kept the old Faith in a place dominated by Buddhists and Shintoists.

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Michael Matt teams up with the Oken Rekishi Kenkyukai in Tokyo for a weekend conference on the principles of the French Revolution and how they impact our world still today, 230 years later.

Michael's talk (simultaneously translated into Japanese) answers the questions: what can Catholics today learn from the French Vendeans who resisted the French Revolution to become the original Traditional Catholics?

What can the remnant of Catholic believers around the world today learn from the "first responders" against the New World Order in the Vendee as well as from “Hidden Christians” of Japan who kept the faith for over 250 years — without the mass and without priests?

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