November: All Saints

Richard SontagNew Evangelization, Spiritual Reflections

Last Words of the Saints As the calendar year winds down, so, too, does the liturgical year. During the final weeks of this year, the Church turns a focus towards the end times – both our own personally, and those of the world as we know it. As we celebrate the great feast of All Saint’s Day on November 1, … Read More

What a Heart He Had

Richard SontagUncategorized

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

Pilgrimage Guide to Saintly US Cities

Richard SontagUncategorized

US Pilgrimage

Rome, the Holy Land, Fatima, Lourdes, Knock, Assisi… When I think of Pilgrimage I think of all of these deeply spiritual places all around the world. I think of the magnificent architecture in Rome and the ancient history of the castles and churches. I have been diving deeper into the treasure of our own sacred spaces right here in the … Read More

Pilgrimage to Holy Land with Vicar General

Richard SontagHoly Land

Pilgrimage

Original text written by Natalie Hoefer for the August 5th issue of the Criterion. Members of the archdiocese are invited to join Msgr. William F. Stumpf, vicar general, on an 11-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land coordinated by Tekton Ministries on Jan. 23 through Feb. 2, 2017. The pilgrimage to this region, the birthplace of the Christian faith, includes Mass … Read More

Pope Francis’ August Prayer Intention

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

August

Pope Francis’ August Prayer Intention: Peace through the Fraternity of Sports How fitting is it that Pope Francis would invite us to pray for peace through the unity of sports during these 2016 Olympics in Rio. Join Pope Francis and pray for the connections and unity among athletes as a way of fostering peace around the world. See Pope Francis’ … Read More

St. James and the Camino de Santiago

Richard SontagFrance, Upcoming Pilgrimages

St. James, Pray for Us! The last two weeks in July, the city of Santiago de Compostela celebrates its biggest festival of the year: St. James Festival or the Apostle Festival (Festas do Apóstolo). St. James is the patron saint of Santiago de Compostela but also Galicia; which means St. James Day is also Galicia Day and a holiday in … Read More

Pope’s Visit to Assisi

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

Assisi pilgrimage

(Vatican Radio) The Franciscans and the Bishop of the Italian hill town of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino announced on Monday that Pope Francis will visit the Umbrian village on Thursday August 4th. During the afternoon visit to the Porziuncola inside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, the Pope will officially mark the 8th centenary of the event known as … Read More

Pope at Auschwitz to shape WYD

Richard SontagChurch News, Poland, Pope Francis, World Youth Day

(CNA) Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope. This year’s gathering in Krakow, Poland will feature the same elements – but it will also be unique, with the Pope’s visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Paul … 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

Pope Francis suggests Divine Comedy as vital reading for Year of Mercy

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(Catholic Herald) Dante’s Divine Comedy is more than a literary masterpiece, it is an invitation “to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the human person shines in its fullness,” Pope Francis has said. As the Italian government formally celebrated the 750th anniversary … Read More