The Pilgrim's Journey

Celebrating The 50 Anniversary Of The Civil Rights Movement: Then And Now

R RLast Updated: September 14th, 2020Church News, US News

(USCCB) To celebrate the 50 anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on African American Affairs will release a series of resources to highlight the achievements of the Civil Rights era and its connections to the Catholic Church. Over the next 12 months, resources will highlight the Mississippi … Read More

Pope Francis donates $1 million to Iraqi refugees

R RLast Updated: January 4th, 2021Church News, Pope Francis, World News

(CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis’ envoy from … Read More

Faith of Iraqi Christians unbreakable, despite persecution

R RLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Church News, World News

(CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians’ faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and … Read More

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, Spiritual Reflections

The world is full of trials.  Some are natural.  Some are man-made.  We cannot go it alone.  On this Solemnity of the Assumption, may the Blessed Mother intercede on our behalf. (Photos from theguardian.com and other sources) On November 1, 1950, in his Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus (MD), Pope Pius XII solemnly defined the dogma … Read More

Advocates advise that First Amendment protects school choice

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News, US News

(CNA/EWTN News).- Faith-based schools should not be excluded from Colorado’s educational choice programs, according to a brief filed by attorneys in a case which is due to be heard by the state supreme court. “School districts have a responsibility to provide the best educational choices for parents and their children without discriminating against religious options,” … Read More

$170 million: Knights of Columbus set yet another record for global charitable giving

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, US News, World News

(CNA/EWTN News/Mary Rezac).- The Knights of Columbus continued to set records for charitable giving and volunteer hours, making this the 14th consecutive year they’ve increased their contributions. For the 2013 year, the Knights donated nearly $170 million and volunteered more than 70.5 million hours, according to their Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity discussed at the … Read More

Catholic Church on front line against Ebola outbreak

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, World News

(CNA/EWTN News/Andrea Gagliarducci).- The Catholic Church plays a fundamental role in responding to the worst outbreak of Ebola infections in history, a Holy See collaborator has explained. “The Catholic Church manages health facilities, and so it will be able to care for Ebola-affected people whenever the structures have the capacity to keep the infected people … Read More

Violence against Iraqi Christians has Pope very concerned

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, World News

(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father’s prayerful concern over the violence raging in Iraq, and especially for the Christians affected by the violence. In the statement, Fr. Lombardi says, “The Holy Father is following with deep concern … Read More

5 ways Pope Francis has spent his summer

R RLast Updated: August 6th, 2014Church News, Pope Francis

Pope Francis has accomplished many things in his papacy thus far.  Here are 5 important ways he has spent the months of May-July. 1. (Beatification/Blessed) Pope Paul VI announced During his audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Holy Father authorized the dicastery to communicate that … Read More

EWTN to open new studio at Orange County Catholic cathedral

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News

(CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, EWTN Global Catholic Network announced it has begun construction on a television studio on the West Coast, located on the campus of the Diocese of Orange’s Christ Cathedral. “As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner … Read More