Christians in the Holy Land: How They Struggle and How We Can Help

Stephanie EngelmanChurch News, Holy Land, World News

At Tekton Ministries, we believe that every Catholic should visit the Holy Land at least once in their lifetime. The experience of walking where Christ once trod, stepping into the waters of the Jordan where Jesus was baptized, kneeling in prayer where Christ was crucified, and again at the tomb where he resurrected, will strengthen faith in a way that … Read More

When in Rome, Graduate!

Stephanie EngelmanItaly

When given the option of either journeying to Rome or attending her own college graduation, it was a no-brainer for Indiana University Indianapolis senior Bri Campbell. For the past four years, she had dedicated any and all free time she had to the Catholic student community on campus and the parish associated with it, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. … Read More

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Andrea JoinesFrance

In the late 17th century, Jesus appeared to a young nun, now St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, in the convent of the Visitation Sisters in Paray-le-Monial, France, to speak of his love for all people and to instruct her in the devotion to His Sacred Heart. He said to her, “My Divine Heart is so passionate of love for humanity and … 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.

“Love Mary…She is lovable”

Brea CannonChurch News, Marian Shrines of Europe

“Love Mary… She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does … Read More

How the Church Determines a True Marian Apparition

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

fatima

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

St. Joseph the Worker – May 1

Brea CannonChurch News

St. Joseph - the worker

Upon hearing Mary’s news about her pregnancy, Joseph knew she could have been accused of adultery and would be stoned to death, so he decided to send her away quietly. However, when an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what … Read More

Oklahoma-Born Martyr to be Beatified

Brea CannonNew Evangelization, US News

Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma-born martyr who served as a priest in Guatemala, will be beatified in Oklahoma City on Sept. 23, 2017. The beatification announcement was made by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on March 13. Fr. Rother was a priest of the archdiocese. In December 2016, Pope Francis officially acknowledged Fr. Rother’s martyrdom, making him the first recognized martyr … Read More

March 19th, We Celebrate St. Joseph

Brea CannonSpiritual Reflections

St. Joseph

March 19th is the Feast of St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary and foster father of Jesus. This falls on the calendar just seven days before the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25, which commemorates the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary announcing that she is to give birth to the Messiah.  St. Joseph was born in Bethlehem and worked … Read More

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity: Mothers and Martyrs

Andrea JoinesChurch News

March 7 – Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia – all names we hear in the Canon of the Mass. All martyrs of the early church. But who are these women and why are they so important that they are the few mentioned by name during the Holy Mass? On March 7, we … Read More

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

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.

What is the indulgence associated with Fatima?

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

fatima

The actual 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal is not officially until the 13th of each month May-Oct of this year, but celebrations began November 27th, 2016 when Pope Francis announced an opportunity to obtain a special plenary indulgence during this celebratory occasion. Now through November 26th, Catholics around the world can obtain a … Read More

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