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

Ein Karem and John the Baptist

Richard SontagHoly Land

In the southwest part of Jerusalem lies the ancient village of Ein Karem, literally meaning “Spring of the Vineyard,” and known by some as the “most beautiful neighborhood in Jerusalem.” Surrounded by green hills and forests, many travel to this village to experience its picturesque beauty and visit the various Christian and historical sites there. According to Christian tradition, St. … 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

Saint Anthony of Padua

Andrea JoinesItaly

St. Anthony of Padua was baptized “Ferdinand” in Lisbon, Portugal. When he was only fifteen years old, Ferdinand joined the Augustinians. He completed his formation at the abbey in Coimbra, where he was ordained a priest at the age of 25. During his time in Coimbra, he met some Franciscan friars and was drawn to their simple lifestyle and zeal … Read More

Our Lady of Knock Witness Reburied in NYC

Brea CannonIreland

“I remember it as well as I do last night.” Those were the words of an aged Irish immigrant named John Curry in 1940s New York, who had seen the apparitions at Knock, Ireland when just a boy. Now, his remains will be re-interred at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City. “Like most of the witnesses, John Curry … 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

Holy Week in the Holy Land

Andrea JoinesHoly Land

Holy Land

The greatest pilgrimage of all – that of Our Lord on His way to the Cross – took place in and around the modern city of Jerusalem. The steps He took for our salvation nearly 2000 years ago can be retraced even today. The sites He made holy are surrounded by celebration and throughout the year, but especially during Holy … 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

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

The Via Dolorosa

Richard SontagHoly Land

It is a weekly tradition in the Holy Land to walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. The Franciscans lead this procession through the winding streets of the Old City of Jerusalem following in the footsteps of Christ and His suffering. The procession marks the path Jesus walked under the weight of the Cross. It … 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

Mary – the Focus of WYD

Richard SontagWorld Youth Day

A Nov. 22 Vatican communique revealed that the themes for 2017 and 2018 diocesan-level events as well as the international gathering in 2019 will all be taken from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke, centering on Mary in the scene of the Annunciation and her Magnificat, spoken after her cousin Elizabeth’s declaration that “Blessed are you among women, and … Read More

Poland’s Great Saint

Richard SontagPoland

Saint John Paul II explained, “Pilgrimages, a sign of the condition of the disciples of Christ in this world, have always held an important place in the life of Christians. In the course of history, Christians have always walked to celebrate their faith in places that indicate a memory of the Lord or in sites representing important moments in the … 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