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THE RAISING OF PAOLO MASSIMO

FROM THE LIFE OF OUR GLORIOUS PATRIARCH ST PHILIP NERI APOSTLE OF ROME Fabrizio de’ Massimi, who has been so of- ten mentioned, had five daughters by his wife Lavinia de’ Rustici, and she was again preg- nant, and the pains of labour had even com- menced when Fabrizio went to ask the holy fa- ther to pray for his wife. Philip, reflecting for awhile, said, “This time your wife will have a son but I wish you to give him the name I shall choose; do you agree to this?” Fabrizio answered, “Yes.” “Then,” replied Philip, “I will give ...

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St Teresa of Kolkata

Nineteen years ago tomorrow, on the day before the funeral of Diana Princess of Wales, an 87-year-old Albanian woman named Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu passed quietly from this life into the life of eternity. Her death attracted little attention, and although she had gained a certain amount of fame in her later years, her life and achievements were judged less newsworthy than the question of whether the monarchy was doomed because the Union Jack was lowered to half-mast on the roof of Buckingham Palace a couple of days later than some people thought it should have been. Today, the judgement of ...

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