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Maria was born to a poor farming family in Italy, one of six children. Her father died when she was only 9 years old. After his death, Maria had to taking care of the rest of the children in the...
At the Transfiguration, Moses was there representing the law and Elijah was there representing the prophets. But why were Peter, James, and John present? And what does this event mean to us today? St...
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. O St. Maria Goretti, beautiful model of mercy, pray for me. God’s mercy is the only hope for mankind. I know we are called to...
An original project by a couple in Southern Italy plants a seed of communion for many, even as far as away as up north in Trent. “Small is beautiful,” you might say. Gennaro e Lucia Piccolo-aIt began...
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. O St. Maria Goretti, beautiful model of chastity, you guarded your virginity with such fervor. Even at the age of 11, you knew...
Roman Rite XVII Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A – July 30, 2017 1King 3.5.7-12; Ps 119; Rm 8, 28-30; Mt 13.44-52 Ambrosian Rite 1Sam 3: 1-20; Ps 62; Ephesians 3: 1-12; Mt 4: 18-22 Sunday VIII after...
“The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism.” (CCC 1250) Does the Bible support the baptism of infants? Yes it does, though the evidence is indirect...
With the Motu Proprio “Maiorem hac dilectionem” on the offer of life, Pope Francis has opened the path to beatification for those faithful who, inspired by charity, have heroically offered their life...
When Jesus prayed, in the Gospel of John, for all future Christians he prayed, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:21a) This kind of closeness—this...
Interview with Il Regno: “Peace is above all national interests”. On Europe, “Indifferent about immigration” and “Nationalism empties Europe of its values”. On Trump: “ time is needed to judge”. On...
We learn as children that praying doesn’t always “work”: we prayed and still failed that math test, we prayed and still were ignored by our crush, we prayed and our sick grandmother never got better...
Between Syria and Iraq, while the Islamic State's military defeat is approaching, different and conflicting Kurdish entities seek international endorsement for their own independence cause, casting...
The French Episcopal Conference disseminated the following official prayer to request Father Jacques Hamel’s intercession: Father Jacques Hamel, Grant us the favor of presenting our prayer to God...
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. O St. Maria Goretti, beautiful model of forgiveness, pray for me. Even at the age of 11, you did not withhold forgiveness from...
What is the true “great power of the universal Church”? “Its persecuted little churches.” Words of Pope Francis. The Pontiff often recalls that there are more Christian martyrs today than in the...
Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, celebrated Mass at the Martyrs of Jordan Church on Sunday July 23, marking the conclusion...
Spanish knights who drove the Moors from their homeland, and then conquered Central and South America, took St. James as their protector. Today, July 25, the two-week-long celebration in the small...
This is not intended to propagate the significance of the Restaurant of Mercy, but rather to shed light on its grand message. The Restaurant of Mercy is Jordanian. It was launched almost a year ago...
Have you ever been asked why you confess sins to a priest? In discussing the Catholic faith with non-Catholics, the doctrine concerning confessing one’s sins to a priest often arises. Indeed, in my...
At the Angelus Francis appealed for “reconciliation and peace” for the Holy City. Then he warns, “It is better a Church that is not afraid of getting its hands dirty, rather than a Church of “pure...