Vatican Appoints Pastoral Envoy to Medjugorje

Richard SontagUncategorized

Vatican City, Feb 11, 2017 / 09:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warszawa-Praga as a delegate of the Holy See to look into the pastoral situation at Medjugorje, the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “The mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there … Read More

Chair of Saint Peter

Richard SontagUncategorized

The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter is on February 22nd. On this feast, do we really celebrate a piece of furniture? In short, no. This feast actually commemorates the office of the bishop of Rome and the fact that Jesus Christ chose Peter to “sit” in his place as the visible head of the Church on earth. As … Read More

Lets Celebrate Jesus’ Early Life

Richard SontagHoly Land, Uncategorized

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple on February 2nd celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus. It falls between the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th, and the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter on February 22nd. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is the fourth … Read More

Pope Francis November Prayer Intention

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Join Pope Francis during this month of November as he asks us to join him in praying for the countries receiving refugees. We have seen images and video of the conditions many refugees are faced with everyday. Let us join together in prayer.

St. Martin of Tours

Richard SontagUncategorized

Saint Martin of Tours was born to pagan parents in the early 4th century. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a Roman legionary, though he had already decided in his heart to follow Christ. It wasn’t until one of his more famous encounters that he was indeed baptized as a Christian. One winter’s day, in the city of … Read More

The Martyrs of North America

Richard SontagUncategorized

Hundreds of years ago, missionaries did not have modern means of transportation as they went about evangelizing. They ministered to those they met along the way and often walked from settlement to settlement to preach and live the faith. Today, modern pilgrims have the opportunity to step back in time by making a walking pilgrimage through the same country baptized … Read More

Our Lady of the Pillar

Richard SontagUncategorized

Many people are aware of the devotion to St. James the Greater in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Thousands of pilgrims walk from points all over Europe to venerate his resting place. What many pilgrims might not know is that there is another site of devotion related to this saint in another part of Spain – the Shrine to Our Lady … Read More

What a Heart He Had

Richard SontagUncategorized

The Capuchin keepers of the relics of the late mystic Padre Pio are sending the saint’s heart to Boston for his feast day. “I’m very excited to announce that the Capuchin Friars who run the Shrine of St. Padre Pio have offered to come to Boston with the heart of Padre Pio for his feast day this year,” Cardinal Sean … Read More

Walsingham Marian Shrine

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Walsingham

For more than 950 years, pilgrims have been making their way to a small medieval village in England’s Norfolk region to visit the site of a Marian apparition and what is believed to be the oldest shrine to Our Lady in the world. Save for a tiny chapel on the outskirts of the town of Walsingham, and a single stone … Read More

8 Times

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8 Times

Banneux is a small town in Belgium, so small that it is not even on the map. During the time of Hitler’s rise to power, an 11-year-old girl named Mariette Beco was experiencing something that made no news. Mariette was born March 25, 1921, the Feast of the Annunciation, the oldest of seven children. As her family rarely attended Mass, … Read More

Pilgrimage Guide to Saintly US Cities

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US Pilgrimage

Rome, the Holy Land, Fatima, Lourdes, Knock, Assisi… When I think of Pilgrimage I think of all of these deeply spiritual places all around the world. I think of the magnificent architecture in Rome and the ancient history of the castles and churches. I have been diving deeper into the treasure of our own sacred spaces right here in the … Read More

Pope Praises Olympic Refugee Team

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world. Naming each of the team’s athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia, Pope Francis said he had read some … Read More

The restoration of the Santa Maria Antiqua

Richard SontagUncategorized

( Aleteia ) For 1200 years the Roman Forum thrived as the legislative, religious and administrative nerve center of Rome. From the little kingdom founded in 753 BC to the SPQR of the Roman Republic to the mighty Empire, the little open area grew from marketplace to city center to hub of the world. But then what happened? When the … Read More

Kenya: A site of pilgrimage

Richard SontagUncategorized

A pilgrimage site in Kenya is becoming a place of peace and prayer for more than just Catholics. The Village of Mary, Mother of God is the National Marian Shrine located in Subukia 40 km from Nakuru. The Shrine is entrusted to the care of Conventual Franciscan Friars. It is a place of peace, prayer, reconciliation and rest. You are … Read More