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Francis in Ostia - takes everybody by surprise, shows up unannounced and like any other pastor he blesses the homes. He then jokingly apologizes for the inconvenience, reassuring however of having...
Pope Francis and President Donald Trump will meet May 24 in the Vatican. And while Holy See watchers debate the possible topics and tone of their private conversation, it was the Holy Father who...
Sixth Easter Sunday – Year A – May 21, 2017 This Sunday the liturgy continues the reading of Chapter 14 of the Gospel of John. The theme is love, as it appears from the beginning (“if you love me“) (...
The readings of the Bible impel me to reflect with you upon two things which are interior within us, two things that are mysterious and can be known only in their expression. One is love and the...
Echoing the words of his predecessor, Blessed Pope Paul VI, about the nature of Christ and the Church He founded: "it comes as no surprise to the Church that she, no less than her divine Founder, is...
The range of possible issues up for discussion during the May 24 tête-à-tête is vast. Although Pope Francis said Saturday he will not be seeking to soften U.S. President Donald Trump's policies...
The press conference on the return flight from Fatima. Francesco speaks of the apparitions in Herzegovina, and while opening to the first ones he expresses many doubts about the current ones. On...
Most of us, I think, are familiar with the Marian apparitions at Fatima, the 100th anniversary of which we celebrate this year. If you’re not familiar with them, here’s a brief synopsis: In 1916, an...
Francis' greeting at the blessing of the candles from the Chapel of the Apparitions of Fatima: No to subjective images that make Mary appear “sweeter” than Jesus, “Mercy has to be put before judgment...
Francis’ Mass for the canonization of the two visionaries, the first holy children who were not martyrs: “God effects a general mobilization against the indifference that chills our hearts”. Our Lady...
These Must-Know facts about Fatima can turn into a perfect response to the 100th Anniversary celebrations of Fatima. Fatima’s 100th anniversary gives us yet another chance to do more than just...
Many people believe that living the Gospel message is unrealistic. Numerous times people have begun a conversation with me using the phrase: “Father, out there in the real world …” Their unspoken...
The Story of Our Lady of Fatima Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos–received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova...
Among Papa Pacelli’s papers his dry account of what seen on the eve of the proclamation of the Assumption’s dogma, in 1950: the solar globe swirled as it happened during the last Portuguese...
Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Fatima later today, May 12, to celebrate the centenary of the apparitions and canonize the little blessed visionaries Francisco and Jacinta. The journey that...
A few weeks ago, four of my friends and I had a mini-reunion. We have all gone our separate ways since college, and it usually takes a wedding to get us all back together. That was the case this time...
In a letter to Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, Pope Francis said he hoped that both their churches can continue along the path of true unity and communion. The bond between the Catholic Church and...
As authentic Marian apparitions go, many of the aspects of our Lady’s appearances to the three shepherd children in Fatima a century ago seem commonplace: Mary asks the seers to pray and do penance...
An eyewitness tells of a second miracle she and others witness at Fatima right after the Miracle of the Sun Several years ago Carl Malburg had the privilege of speaking with a woman who was present...
Behind the scenes - between lights and shadows - of the renunciation of Patriarch Laham. An emblematic story of the “inner” malaise that crosses many Christian Middle Eastern communities. Potential...