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

Easter Treats Around the World

Brea CannonChurch News, Spiritual Reflections

Hot Cross Buns

Every year throughout the world, different cultures carryout out various Easter food traditions to help in celebrating the resurrection of our Lord. Each custom or tradition symbolizes some form of the joy of Easter Sunday. For example, the three braids of the tsoureki symbolize the Trinity. What are some of your family’s Easter food traditions? Easter Butter Lamb Easter Butter … 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.

Real Jewel in Pope’s Exhortation Comes on Married Love

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis, US News

(Crux) Papal pundits are already entertaining themselves endlessly with the pope’s new letter on marriage and family, Amoris Laetitia, parsing each paragraph that touches on vexed questions and struggling to determine what, if anything, has changed as a result. The danger of course, is that bloggers will hungrily scour the document looking for declarations to support their favorite causes, and … Read More

Catholic comedian Jim Gaffigan shares his faith in new TV show

Richard SontagChurch News, US News

(CNA, By Adelaide Mena) God and comedy clubs are not generally something most families throw together; then again, most families don’t create a cable comedy show either. But for Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan, this mix of faith and funny is a vital part of their family life – a life that they draw upon in creating their latest project, a cable … Read More

Pope Francis to priests: “Don’t scare off God’s people”

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

(Vatican Insider, by Pablo Lambo) At the world retreat of priests, the Bishop of Rome gave advice to priests about the relationship they should have with their faithful and also about ecumenism and how to give homilies and about the work of the laity. He also spoke out against clericalism. After his address, the Pope took questions from five priests … Read More

What is a Cardinal of the Church anyway?

WebmasterChurch News, Pope Francis

Definition & Explanation: Cardinal comes from the Latin word meaning “hinge”.  A cardinal is a dignitary of the Roman Catholic Church and counselor of the pope.* Relations of the cardinals to the bishops The cardinals were, therefore, from a very early period, assistants of the pope in his liturgical functions, in the care of the poor, the administration of papal finances … Read More

Agree to disagree: How young Catholics pose a unique challenge for the Church

WebmasterChurch News, US News

By Matt Hadro  (CNA/EWTN News).- While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found. “They feel completely Catholic even while disagreeing with the Church. We often heard ‘the Pope is entitled to his opinion’,” … Read More