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April 8th is the optional memorial of Saint Julie Billiart. For the little girl who loved to play “school” as a child, founding a religious order dedicated to the education of the young was something...
Georg Gänswein in a TV interview denies the latest allegations on the renunciation: “It was a free decision. What has been recently said is invented.” The two Popes theory? “The Pope is one,...
The statistical yearbook of the Vatican registers an overall increase of 1,285 million of baptized Catholics in 2015. 49 per cent live in the Americas. For the first time since 2000, a decline of...
Recalling an extraordinary gesture of Pope Montini while waiting for Francis’ Pilgrimage to the African country. The Orthodox Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark’s located in the Abbasyia district in Cairo...
As Jesus hangs on the cross, naked, dying, and at the climax of his earthly ministry he cries: 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.' The phrase appears in both Matthew's and Mark's account of...
The cross is a sign of God’s love for humankind and not just an emblem of Christianity or a piece of jewellery to display, Pope Francis said. The cross is a symbol of “the power of God who made...
There is something fascinating about famous last words. Some are merely interesting: “All my possessions for a moment of time” (Queen Elizabeth I); “Josephine” (Napoleon Bonaparte); “I have tried so...
At the general audience, on Wednesday, April 5, Pope Francis also remembers the attack in St. Petersburg. "Mobsters respond to evil with evil because they have no hope". "We witness horrified the...
When a group of Christians from different denominations get together to pray, it is easy to figure out who is Catholic. Instead of diving right into prayer by addressing God the Father, the Catholic...
One of the favorite stories from the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima a century ago this year is how Our Lady was compelled gently to correct the three shepherd children for “cheating” on how they...
The Pope in Mirandola: these are “places of historical memory and are crucial areas of social and ecclesial life.” “Raise your children with the same courage you had during those hard times.” “Thank...
Be not troubled about those who are with you or against you, but take care that God be with you in everything you do. Keep your conscience clear and God will protect you, for the malice of man cannot...
Our Blessed Mother had the profoundest influence on the spiritual life of St. John Paul II. Intense devotion to her was always a characteristic trait of Polish mysticism, and so it was for him. Karol...
Following is a homily by Fr. René J. Butleron the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 2, 2017, Year A: Resurrection of Lazarus We are faced today with such an embarrassment of riches in the readings, one...
Each Lent I look forward to participating in the Way of the Cross at one particular parish in our diocese which also celebrates a half hour of Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. This parish uses...
Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A – April 2, 2017 Roman Rite Ex 37: 12-14; Ps 130; Rm 8.8 to 11; Jn 11, 1-45 Sunday of Lazarus 1) Eternal Love gives eternal life: Christ wants to open our eyes to the...
It’s said that the first person to make the Stations of the Cross was the Blessed Virgin Mary. After her Son ascended into Heaven, everyday she walked the route from the place where Pontius Pilate...
On Lenten Sundays, Catholics might wonder why the Gospel readings are so long. They are long because they are intended to be a biblical course on baptism, preparing for which is the purpose of Lent....
In all things consider the end; how you shall stand before the strict Judge from Whom nothing is hidden and Who will pronounce judgment in all justice, accepting neither bribes nor excuses. And you,...
The Vatican confirmed that a second miracle for Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the little shepherd-seers of Fatima who died during the Spanish Flu Pandemic, has now been approved. It seems...