Pope Calls for Concrete Acts of Mercy this Lent

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

(CNA/EWTN News).- In his 2016 Lenten message, Pope Francis called the faithful to place special emphasis on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy this Lent, taking into account the current Jubilee Year of Mercy. “God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn,” the Pope wrote in the … Read More

Message for Lent from Pope Francis : Full Text

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

The Lenten season is upon us. Lent is not only a time to give up conveniences and luxuries but it is also a time to reflect on God’s mercy for sinners. Below is a Lenten message from the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The message outlines multiple themes for Lent. Three possible themes for meditation: Mercy Mary’s Lowliness Spiritual and Corporal Works of … Read More

10 Things to Remember When Receiving Communion

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization

(Aleteia) Churches will be crowded soon with more people heading to Mass who don’t regularly attend. We’ll all be seeing some unfamiliar faces in the pews. And I know I’ll be seeing people in the Communion line I’ve never seen before; some will be casual Christmas-and-Easter Catholics, some will be visitors from out of town. And inevitably, I know I’ll … Read More

Pornography is ‘a dark shadow in our world’, says US bishop

Richard SontagChurch News, Spiritual Reflections

The US bishops began discussion on a varied slate of items on the first day of their November 16-19 Autumn general assembly in Baltimore. Among the principal items up for consideration were a formal statement on pornography as well as revisions to their quadrennial political responsibility statement. In introducing the pornography document, Create a Clean Heart in Me, to the … Read More

Record-breaking 40 Days for Life campaign sees monumental results

Richard SontagChurch News

(CNA/EWTN News).- After its 2015 fall campaign of prayer and fasting outside hundreds of abortion clinics around the world, the pro-life advocacy group 40 Days for Life says its efforts have been met with record-breaking results. “We had 307 cities participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign in the United States and around the world, and we have really … Read More

Bishop Barron’s new series CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Discover the figures who shaped the Church and changed the world

Richard SontagChurch News, Spiritual Reflections

Bishop Robert Barron’s CATHOLICISM series, an epic ten part documentary, took people around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith. The series aired on PBS and has been seen by millions. But there is still more of the story to tell. Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church’s most influential people. … Read More

Author explains why an elephant was buried in the Vatican

Richard SontagChurch News

(Catholic Herald) In February of 1962, while digging up the Vatican’s Belvedere Courtyard to modernize a heating and cooling system, a group of Italian workers hit bone. There was a large tooth and four pieces of a giant jawbone, and at first they thought they had found a dinosaur. But the bones were not fossilized, and when the custodian of … Read More

First canonization of a married couple; Pope canonizes the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

(Catholic Herald) Pope Francis called on people to replace their thirst for power with the joy of quiet and humble service, as he proclaimed four new saints, including the parents of St Therese of Lisieux. All of Christ’s disciples, especially its pastors, are called to model themselves after Jesus and “suppress our instinctive desire to exercise power over others, and … Read More

Catholic Priest: “Perversion of the Bible” when Methodist & Episcopalian Clergy Bless Abortion Clinic

Richard SontagChurch News, US News

A leading Catholic priest who is intimately involved in pro-life work is outraged that clergy from the United Methodist and Episcopalian Church would lead a prayer rally “blessing” a local abortion clinic in Cleveland. As LifeNews reported, in Ohio, United Methodist Church pastor, Reverend Laura Young, says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities … Read More

How the Catholic Church is fighting loan sharks in Texas

Richard SontagChurch News, US News

(CNA, by Mary Rezac) Lenders charging exorbitant rates on payday loans in Arlington, Texas have a new force to contend with in their fight against regulation: the bishops of the Catholic Church. Last week, the Texas Catholic Conference – which serves as the public policy voice for the Catholic bishops of the state – announced it would join several local … Read More

Cardinal Dolan Among Concerned Bishops Who Wrote Pope about Synod

Richard SontagChurch News

(CNA, by Ann Schneible)  New York’s archbishop is listed among the signatories in a letter last week to Pope Francis over whether this year’s Synod on the Family lacked the “openness and genuine collegiality” needed to accomplish its purpose, it was revealed Monday. In the letter dated Oct. 5, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the other prelates allegedly addressed the Pope with … Read More