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Our Lady of Knock  Our Lady of Knock was seen by 15 residents of Knock, a poor, small village in County Mayo, Ireland, on Aug. 21, 1879, outside of the Church of St. John the Baptist. St. Joseph and...
“I go to Russia as collaborator of the Pope, who wants to build bridges to make grow the capacity to understand one another and to dialogue,” says Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The Vatican Secretary of...
New research suggests that the Shroud of Turin, the notorious relic believed by some to bear the face of Christ, contains the blood of a victim of torture. The discovery has reignited debate about...
Christians from all continents have flocked to see the breviary of the murdered French priest since last September when it was placed in a Roman basilica that honors recent martyrs. Even in the...
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has released a 30-page “Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes.” Archbishop...
Pope Francis has named Msgr. Giacomo Morandi as the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on July 18 and raised him to the dignity of archbishop. Msgr. Morandi, the Congregation...
The Catholic Church is doing whatever it can to strengthen the family, including families often considered nontraditional, said Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, the theologian who reviewed...
I’m certain of this: if we all were to pray the Lenten prayer of the great St. Ephrem the Syrian, Father and Doctor of the Church, we would bring about the coming Kingdom of Heaven with great speed....
The African country is hostage to a regime since 1993. The Daughters of Saint Anne, who require some concrete help, bring the Gospel and lots of Hope to this dramatic situation. UNESCO has recently...
On Sunday, July 16, Pope Francis said that in the parable of the seed and the sower Jesus invites us to reclaim the ‘soil’ of our hearts by bringing to him, in prayer and Confession, the stones and...
The Holy See has hailed a UN plan of action for religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes, saying they also foster peaceful, inclusive societies....
July 16, 1949: a fundamental date for the Focolare. Chiara Lubich and Igino Giordani made a “pact of unity” that would be the basis of the movement’s birth. That day marked the start of Chiara’s...
At the Angelus Pope Francis comments the parable of the Sower, “the idols of worldly wealth, of living greedily for oneself, for possessing and for power, suffocate the growth of the Word.” A Prayer...
This is history lesson for the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. On May 13, 1981, after Pope St. John Paul II was shot, his thoughts were focused on his Brown Scapular, a sacramental consisting...
A papal visit to India is being planned for the near future, a spokesman for the country’s bishops has disclosed. “We are still hopeful that the visit (by Pope Francis to India) will take place at...
A former Manchester United and Northern Ireland soccer international has been ordained a priest of the Catholic Church. Belfast-born Philip Mulryne (39), a member of the Dominican congregation, made...
The mid-Hudson River Valley region in New York is home to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Carmelites in charge have made sure visitors feel the peace, serenity and spirituality...
Message to the “Laudato Si' & Big Cities” international conference in Brazil, “We can not stand with our arms crossed, when we notice a serious environmental degeneration”. Francis endorses a...
Before my present assignment, I was pastor in a small parish in Vermont. The former pastor, Fr. Paul, lived with me, and one of his greatest interests was his garden, one of the most famous in town,...
The timelessness of the Gospels is remarkable. Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel about the sower were spoken directly to those who gathered around him — and they are almost more relevant to us in our...