St. Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

Feast Day

(uCatholic) At the personal request Pope Francis, the annual July 22 commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene on the Catholic liturgical calendar has been elevated to a Feast Day, the same ranking as the individual commemoration of the Apostles. The decree, dated June 3 and published in Latin, was signed by Archbishop Roche and Cardinal Robert Sarah, secretary and president, respectively, … Read More

Pope Francis Canonized Two Saints

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On Sunday, June 5, Pope Francis canonized two saints. Pope Francis called Swedish-born Elizabeth Hesselblad and Stanislaus Papczynski “exemplary witnesses to this mystery of resurrection” during the canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Elizabeth Hesselblad saved the lives of 12 Jewish members of the Piperno-Sed families by hiding them in the convent in Rome where she was superior from December … Read More

A Pilgrimage of a Lifetime

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

(Catholic News Agency) Thousands of poor and excluded men and women from across Europe will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity this November: a chance to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Rome with Pope Francis. Around 6,000 people will be sponsored for the Nov. 11-13 pilgrimage to Rome. “This time of pilgrimage and opportunity to meet … Read More

A Pilgrimage Site: Shrine of St. Augustine

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(Catholic Herald) Pugin’s church of St Augustine in Ramsgate became a shrine in 2012. It is now the official place to honour the coming of Christianity from Rome to the Anglo-Saxon people with the mission of St Augustine. In a stunning location overlooking the sea, the shrine is near to where St Augustine first landed in AD 597. Augustus Pugin … Read More

Real Jewel in Pope’s Exhortation Comes on Married Love

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(Crux) Papal pundits are already entertaining themselves endlessly with the pope’s new letter on marriage and family, Amoris Laetitia, parsing each paragraph that touches on vexed questions and struggling to determine what, if anything, has changed as a result. The danger of course, is that bloggers will hungrily scour the document looking for declarations to support their favorite causes, and … Read More

Pope Appoints New Vatican Ambassador to the U.S.

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(CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed French-born Archbishop Christophe Pierre as the Vatican ambassador to the U.S., replacing Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Holy See press office announced Tuesday. The appointment of the new Vatican ambassador – known as an apostolic nuncio – comes after Archbishop Viganò reached the retirement age of 75 on Jan. 16 of this year. The … Read More

Amoris Laetitia : Joy of Love

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis’ summary document on the two synods on the family released today does not explicitly allow remarried divorcees to receive holy Communion, as some had feared — but it comprehensively covers complex pastoral challenges to the family, in a long text that leaves much open to interpretation. The document, signed on March 19, the Solemnity of … Read More

Sanctity of Life Day

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(Aleteia) The Feast of the Annunciation, which commemorates the event in salvation history of Christ taking on flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has been celebrated in recent years as the International Day of the Unborn Child. And as the Annunciation was moved this year to April 4 because Good Friday fell on March 25, many in … Read More

The Vatican Remembers Mother Angelica

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

(CNA/EWTN News) After the death of Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, on Easter Sunday, many in and around the Vatican praised the bold nun’s courageous witness at a time of crisis in the Church, and expressed their appreciation for the work EWTN continues to do. In an April 1 Memorial Mass for Mother Angelica in Rome, Cardinal George Pell praised … Read More

Pope Francis Easter Message

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter! The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” ( Mt 28:5-6). This is the culmination of … Read More