Pope Francis’s Christmas message: full text

Richard SontagUncategorized

Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity. A day of mercy, in which God our Father has revealed … Read More

10 Things to Remember When Receiving Communion

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization

(Aleteia) Churches will be crowded soon with more people heading to Mass who don’t regularly attend. We’ll all be seeing some unfamiliar faces in the pews. And I know I’ll be seeing people in the Communion line I’ve never seen before; some will be casual Christmas-and-Easter Catholics, some will be visitors from out of town. And inevitably, I know I’ll … Read More


Richard SontagNew Evangelization, Spiritual Reflections

(Word on Fire, Bishop Robert Barron) Just recently on the website maintained by the episcopal conference of Germany there appeared an editorial concerning Pope Francis’s apostolic visit to Africa. As many have pointed out, the piece was breathtaking in its arrogance and cultural condescension. The author’s take on the surprisingly rapid pace of Christianity’s growth on the “dark continent” (his … Read More

8 questions about the Jubilee of Mercy you might be asking [English-language video]

Richard SontagUncategorized

(RomeReports) A Holy Year is one of the most important times in the Catholic Church. But since they typically happen just once every quarter century, they’re often misunderstood. Given that this year’s Jubilee of Mercy is an extraordinary one, it’s even more confusing. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the Jubilee of Mercy. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SxLUVwuqZk[/embedyt] … Read More

Catholic NFL Linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan, Named Redskins’ 2015 ‘Walter Payton Man Of The Year’

Richard SontagNew Evangelization

Growing up in Muncie, Indiana and attending St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church helped make Ryan Kerrigan a man of faith and someone who understands the importance of giving back. (Redskins) The Washington Redskins announced yesterday, December 2, that they have selected linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as the team’s 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Kerrigan’s selection qualifies him as one … Read More

Evangelize through sports? Bishop Paprocki, hockey player and marathoner (21 by the way) explains how

Richard SontagNew Evangelization

(CNA/EWTN News) By Matt Hadro- For a veteran runner who’s completed 21 marathons, one bishop sees a deep connection between his Catholic faith and running, and says this connection can even evangelize young people. “For young people, if we want them to aspire to a life of holiness, we have to give them good examples of that,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of … Read More

5 Things Married Couples Should Do Every Day to Invest in their Marriage

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

(by DEBRA K FILETA) “You’ve got to make time to invest in your marriage.” If you’re married, it’s likely you’ve heard that phrase at least once. But it often seems like people are constantly telling young married couples to “invest in their marriage” without explaining what on earth that actually means. While it sounds like a noble idea, the concept … Read More

New York priest: ‘We don’t derive strength from fear’ about Starbucks Christmas cup controversy

Richard SontagNew Evangelization

I’m Father Rob Ketcham, the chaplain of Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School in New York. I make short videos for the students at the school, and it was suggested that I make them available online. So I created petersboat.net where other categories have been added to the videos, all of which are directed toward my students and their … Read More

God Doesn’t Want You to Always Feel So Guilty

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

After my son, Jacob, died in an accident while I was asleep in the house, I struggled with debilitating guilt. Guilt can be powerful. For the first few years after the accident, it felt like an all-consuming force that I couldn’t let go of but one that I wanted desperately to run away from. I hated myself so much for … Read More

Record-breaking 40 Days for Life campaign sees monumental results

Richard SontagChurch News

(CNA/EWTN News).- After its 2015 fall campaign of prayer and fasting outside hundreds of abortion clinics around the world, the pro-life advocacy group 40 Days for Life says its efforts have been met with record-breaking results. “We had 307 cities participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign in the United States and around the world, and we have really … Read More