Our Latest Saint: Pope Paul VI, The “Original” Pilgrim Pope

Mel UllrichChurch News

Most Catholics today lovingly refer to St. John Paul II as “The Pilgrim Pope.” After all, during his 26 years as pontiff, he made pilgrimages to 129 different countries on six continents. But this month, we celebrate the canonization of the “original” Pilgrim Pope, Pope Paul VI. Now known as St. Paul VI, he was … Read More

The Church’s Response to Medjugorje Apparitions – Updated Timeline

Ann VucicChurch News, Medjugorje, Pope Francis

1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin 1984: Local bishop, diocese of Mostar forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje. 1986: Bishop submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), which at the time was led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later, Pope Benedict). 1986: CDF, under Cardinal Ratzinger … Read More

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity: Mothers and Martyrs

Andrea JoinesChurch News

March 7 – Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia – all names we hear in the Canon of the Mass. All martyrs of the early church. But who are these women and why are they so important that they are the few mentioned by name during the Holy … 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 … Read More

Mercy does not end on the Feast of Christ the King

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

From November 20, the Holy Door will close and the extraordinary Year of Mercy will end. I’ll be honest, I have been extremely slack in terms of taking full advantage of this wonderful year. However, I have finally picked up Pope Francis’ Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It … Read More

The adventure awaits: Pilgrimage to Alaska

Richard SontagChurch News, US News

Alaska

Adding to the more than 70 national shrines in the United States, the St. Thérèse Shrine in Juneau, Alaska was added by the U.S. bishops to the national list on her Oct. 1 feast day this year. “We are pleased to have the Conference of Bishops recognize the Shrine of St. Thérèse as a National … Read More

Italy Earthquake Survivor

Richard SontagChurch News, World News

Earthquake

Sister Marjana Lleshi awoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning to the violent shaking of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed 250 people, devastating several towns in central Italy. Wounded and trapped under her bed as her convent in Amatrice crumbled to the ground around her, Sr. Lleshi thought for sure that death was … Read More

Pilgrimage in the Modern World

Richard SontagChurch News, Spiritual Reflections

Pilgrimage

Summer is the time for modern travel, and the time too for modern pilgrimage. What is it about pilgrimage, and what should one take away from the experience of place? At this point one might like to think of the famous quote from TS Eliot’s Little Gidding, about coming to a place where prayer has … 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 … Read More

Pope’s July Prayer Intention

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

Each month since January, Pope Francis has invited us to join him in prayer for a special intention on his heart. This month, he has asked us to join him in praying for the Indigenous people in our world. Learn more about the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer – http://popesprayerusa.net/).

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 … Read More