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The Church, in July, traditionally honors the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. By His blood we are washed of sin and given eternal life. Pope Saint John XXIII, with his apostolic letter “Inde a Primis...
"If Christians knew the power of the Rosary, it would be the end of me!" Following are excerpts from private dialogues between Satan and Fr. Gabriele Amorth, an exorcist in Rome who died recently at...
When Pope Francis canonized child seers and siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto May 13, the centenary of the first apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, he added to a long list of children and...
A consistory is a gathering of cardinals, which the Pope can convoke to give solemnity to a particular decision, or simply to ask his “Senate” to counsel him on an important issue. However, the most...
When I was a little boy and went to my catechism lessons the nuns, our teachers, used the famous Baltimore Catechism for their teaching guide. Many times they required us to memorize parts of the...
As a priest with a wonderful Catholic primary school in my parish, I often meet parents who want their children to go to the school because they like its “ethos”, but wish it didn’t have to be so...
In the Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul with the new metropolitan archbishops, the Pope recalls Christians persecuted in the world in a climate of “complicit silence”. For the sake of...
Francis to the consistory for the five new cardinals: face the reality of the innocent who suffer and die as victims of war and terrorism, of the refugee camps, which at times seem more like a hell...
Siji Antony was initially thrilled when, after many hurdles, she received her visa for a medical nurse's job in Saudi Arabia in 2013. A handsome salary and the lure of a big city added to the...
On Wednesday’s Audience (June 28): Martyrdom is not “the supreme ideal of Christian life, for there is charity above it,” but a witness and a lifestyle that “is part” of the Gospel. “The idea that...
Like any married couple still in love after 54 years, Larry and Marilyn Suchy cast a warm glow when they are together. Their story, however, is not one of complete marital bliss, but one that shows...
I just got back from a five-day retreat with my community of the Schoenstatt Movement. It was wonderful. Before going, I tied up all my loose ends – or as many as I could, as effectively as I could...
It is a very uncertain world we are living in. We do not know what is right and what is wrong. We stand at the crossroads of life not knowing which way to take. This uncertainty is very unnerving for...
Francis to ROACO: “If Eastern faithful are forced to emigrate,” they must be able to continue to live “according to their own ecclesial tradition”. The Eastern Churches in Syria, Iraq and Egypt "see...
This year on June 23, the Catholic Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But where did that tradition originate? Devotion to the wounded heart of Jesus has its origins in the...
Ordinarily the Church observes the day of a saint's death as his feast, because that day marks his entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of the Blessed...
On June 21, 2017 Pope Francis appointed German Joachim von Braun, 66, President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Expert in food security, he is Professor of Economics and Technological...
“Fear no one,” says Jesus in today’s Gospel. He doesn’t want us to be secret Christians, hiding our faith from the world, embarrassed that we still believe. He says, “Everyone who acknowledges me...
The Vatican Secretary of State points out that while conflicts diminish, civilian casualties increase. Too many hegemonic designs hinder peace. Parolin to Russia in August. “Those who run from...
“The relationship between individuals or communities and the environment ultimately stems from their relationship with God.” —Pope Benedict XVI Benjamin Wiker A less provocative title might have been...