Pope Francis’ May Prayer Intention

Richard SontagPope 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.

“Love Mary…She is lovable”

Richard SontagChurch News, Marian Shrines of Europe

“Love Mary… She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does … Read More

St. Joseph the Worker – May 1

Richard SontagChurch News

St. Joseph - the worker

Upon hearing Mary’s news about her pregnancy, Joseph knew she could have been accused of adultery and would be stoned to death, so he decided to send her away quietly. However, when an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what … Read More

Easter Treats Around the World

Richard SontagChurch 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

Update: Papal Envoy at Medjugorje

Richard SontagPope 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

Chair of Saint Peter

Richard SontagUncategorized

The feast of the Chair of Saint Peter is on February 22nd. On this feast, do we really celebrate a piece of furniture? In short, no. This feast actually commemorates the office of the bishop of Rome and the fact that Jesus Christ chose Peter to “sit” in his place as the visible head of the Church on earth. As … Read More

Lourdes – Miracle for Many

Richard SontagChurch News, France

Our Lady of Lourdes, France

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor peasant girl by the name of Bernadette Soubirous near the French village of Lourdes. The Blessed Mother then appeared 17 more times that year and on January 18th, 1862, the local bishop recognized the authenticity of the Apparitions, opening up the devotion to the wider Church. Since then, … 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

Restoring Church of the Nativity is like ‘touching heaven’

Richard SontagHoly Land

Nativity

The Italian firm restoring one of Christianity’s holiest sites — the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem — says it’s more than half-way finished with the 14 million dollar project, which has already uncovered a Crusades-era mosaic angel hidden under plaster. Piacenti SpA, a family-run conservation firm from the Tuscan town of Prato, won the contract to restore the biblical … Read More

10 Destinations for Spiritual R&R

Richard SontagUS News

(Busted Halo) We’ve picked out our top 10 Catholic sites to visit (nine in the United States and one in Canada). Add the one closest to your vacation destination into your itinerary, or, if you live nearby, just plan a day trip, or a long weekend. These places offer breathtaking art and architecture, and inspirational histories, along with their obvious … Read More

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Richard SontagHoly Land

( Salt and Light Media ) According to the tradition in the Eastern Church, when Mary was three years of age, Joachim and Anne took her to the Temple so that she might be consecrated to the service of the Lord. The legend says that they invited the young girls of the town to walk before her with lighted torches. … Read More

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

Walsingham Marian Shrine

Richard SontagUncategorized

Walsingham

For more than 950 years, pilgrims have been making their way to a small medieval village in England’s Norfolk region to visit the site of a Marian apparition and what is believed to be the oldest shrine to Our Lady in the world. Save for a tiny chapel on the outskirts of the town of Walsingham, and a single stone … Read More