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.

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 adventure awaits: Pilgrimage to Alaska

Richard SontagChurch News, US News

Alaska

Adding to the more than 70 national shrines in the United States, the St. Thérèse Shrine in Juneau, Alaska was added by the U.S. bishops to the national list on her Oct. 1 feast day this year. “We are pleased to have the Conference of Bishops recognize the Shrine of St. Thérèse as a National Shrine,” stated Bishop Edward J. … Read More

What a Heart He Had

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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

Christ at the Center for Olympic Athletes

Richard SontagNew Evangelization, US News, World News

Katie Ledecky has become the “Michael Jordan” of swimming. After winning a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, Ledecky proceeded to set 12 world records. She won her first gold medal of the Rio Olympics and set a new world record, crushing her old record for the 400-meter freestyle. She has done what most swimmers only dream of doing. … 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 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

Witness to humor, witness to Faith: Colbert shows us there is much more under the hood

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

“What’s worse than getting a mosquito bite?” “Decapitation.” Author and philosopher Henri Wald said of humor, “Humor brings forth the contrast between real and ideal with a view to criticizing the real.” One might be tempted to complain about a mosquito bite and the itch that ensues.  Mosquito bites are annoying, rarely anything more.  Yet that small bite and its raised … Read More

‘Complex’ trip to Cuba, U.S. will be Pope’s longest, spokesman says

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis, US News

(CNS) — Pope Francis’ 10th foreign trip will be the longest of his pontificate and, with stops in Cuba, three U.S. cities and the United Nations, it also will be a “very complex trip,” the papal spokesman said. Briefing reporters about the trip, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the plans were “enriched” after Pope Francis agreed to go … Read More