Pope Francis’ July Prayer Intention

Stephanie EngelmanPope Francis

In July, Pope Francis asks us to pray for those who have strayed from the faith. Watch the video below. Full text can be found below the video. “Let us never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ — his faithful and inexhaustible love. When a Christian becomes sad, it means that he has distanced himself from Jesus. But then … Read More

Pope Francis’ June Prayer Intentions

Andrea JoinesPope Francis

Pope Francis calls for an end to the arms trade in his June prayer intentions. Full text follows the video below. “It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time, promote or permit the arms trade. Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems or is it a … Read More

Pope Francis’ May Prayer Intention

Brea CannonPope Francis, World News

African Woman - Pope Video

“Let us join with our brothers and sisters of this great continent, and pray together that Christians in Africa, in imitation of the merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace,” said Pope Francis in his newest monthly video.

Timeline of Church’s Response to Medjugorje

Richard SontagMedjugorje, Pope Francis

Timeline of the Church’s response to Medjugorje 1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin, taking place in the Diocese of Mostar, in the former Yugoslavia, now called Bosnia-Herzegovina. 1984: Bishop of Mostar, Pavao Zanic, forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje. 1986: Bishop Zanic submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), which … Read More

How the Church Determines a True Marian Apparition

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

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The Vatican’s “Norms regarding the manner of proceedings in the discernment of presumed apparitions or revelations” were approved by Pope Paul VI in 1978. An official English translation was released in 2011. Like with Fatima, responsibility for determining an apparition’s veracity lies with the local bishop, according to the norms established by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the … Read More

Pope’s Pilgrimage to Fatima

Andrea JoinesMarian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

Our Lady of Fatima

Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit the central Portuguese town of Fatima, where three young shepherd children were visited six time by the Blessed Mother in 1917. These numbers are expected to swell during this, the centennial year of these apparitions. One of these pilgrims will be Pope Francis, himself, who will arrive in Fatima on May 12, the evening … Read More

Update: Papal Envoy at Medjugorje

Brea CannonPope Francis

medjugorje

Pope Francis’ envoy to Medjugorje said on April 5 that the site seems to be bearing numerous expressions of faith and vocations. However, he added, the final determination of the apparition’s authenticity remains to be seen. Archbishop Henryk Hoser was sent by the Pope to evaluate the pastoral situation for residents and pilgrims in Medjugorje. He clarified that he was … Read More

Pope’s March Prayer Intention

Brea CannonPope Francis

Pope Francis Video Text: How many people are being persecuted because of their faith, forced to abandon their homes, their places of worship, their lands, their loved ones! I ask you: how many of you pray for persecuted Christians? Do it with me, that they may be supported by the prayers and material help of all the Churches and communities.

Pope’s February Video

Richard SontagPope Francis

Pope Francis speaks to us once again about not forgetting any of our brothers or sisters. May we all join together to meet each person right where they are.

Feast of the Holy Family

Richard SontagPope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

As the Feast of the Holy Family is approaching on December 30th, let us reflect on Pope Francis’ Homily from the Feast of the Holy Family in 2015: The biblical readings which we just heard presented us with the image of two families on pilgrimage to the house of God. Elkanah and Hannah bring their son Samuel to the Temple … Read More

Mercy does not end on the Feast of Christ the King

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

From November 20, the Holy Door will close and the extraordinary Year of Mercy will end. I’ll be honest, I have been extremely slack in terms of taking full advantage of this wonderful year. However, I have finally picked up Pope Francis’ Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It was a good way to … Read More

Pope’s September Prayer Intention

Richard SontagPope Francis

In a video, Pope Francis declared humanity is experiencing a crisis. He explains that it is one that is not only economic and financial but also “ecological, educational, moral and human.” He noted that during these times of crisis, we are presented with a special opportunity. We can come together and work in solidarity. “Come help me. For everyone to … Read More