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

Pope Francis’ July Prayer Intention

Stephanie EngelmanPope Francis

In July, Pope Francis asks us to pray for those who have strayed from the faith. Watch the video below. Full text can be found below the video. “Let us never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ — his faithful and inexhaustible love. When a Christian becomes sad, it means that he has distanced … Read More

Pope Francis’ June Prayer Intentions

Andrea JoinesPope Francis

Pope Francis calls for an end to the arms trade in his June prayer intentions. Full text follows the video below. “It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time, promote or permit the arms trade. Is this war or that war really a war to solve … Read More

Timeline of Church’s Response to Medjugorje

Richard SontagMedjugorje, Pope Francis

Please note: A more recent post regarding this subject is available. To read the updated timeline, please visit: Updated Timeline on Church’s Response to Medjugorje.  Timeline of the Church’s response to Medjugorje 1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin, taking place in the Diocese of Mostar, in the former Yugoslavia, now called Bosnia-Herzegovina. 1984: Bishop of Mostar, … Read More

How the Church Determines a True Marian Apparition

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

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The Vatican’s “Norms regarding the manner of proceedings in the discernment of presumed apparitions or revelations” were approved by Pope Paul VI in 1978. An official English translation was released in 2011. Like with Fatima, responsibility for determining an apparition’s veracity lies with the local bishop, according to the norms established by the Vatican Congregation … Read More

Pope’s Pilgrimage to Fatima

Andrea JoinesMarian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

Our Lady of Fatima

Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit the central Portuguese town of Fatima, where three young shepherd children were visited six time by the Blessed Mother in 1917. These numbers are expected to swell during this, the centennial year of these apparitions. One of these pilgrims will be Pope Francis, himself, who will arrive in Fatima … Read More

Pope’s February Video

Richard SontagPope Francis

Pope Francis speaks to us once again about not forgetting any of our brothers or sisters. May we all join together to meet each person right where they are.

Feast of the Holy Family

Richard SontagPope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

As the Feast of the Holy Family is approaching on December 30th, let us reflect on Pope Francis’ Homily from the Feast of the Holy Family in 2015: The biblical readings which we just heard presented us with the image of two families on pilgrimage to the house of God. Elkanah and Hannah bring their … 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

Pope’s September Prayer Intention

Richard SontagPope Francis

In a video, Pope Francis declared humanity is experiencing a crisis. He explains that it is one that is not only economic and financial but also “ecological, educational, moral and human.” He noted that during these times of crisis, we are presented with a special opportunity. We can come together and work in solidarity. “Come … Read More

Eucharistic Miracle at World Youth Day

Richard SontagPope Francis, World Youth Day

eucharistic

Nestled in the medieval Italian hill town of Siena lies the towering Basilica di San Francesco. Though it lacks the ornate black and white marble that decorates the Sienese cathedral, or the impressive and ancient frescoes that grace the neighborhood parishes, San Francesco does boast an extraordinary article of devotion – a Eucharistic miracle. The … Read More

Tekton Sends Pilgrims to WYD

Richard SontagPope Francis, World Youth Day

Tekton

Tekton Ministries had the pleasure of arranging the pilgrimages for World Youth Day in Poland, Germany. It sent a total of 225 pilgrims both youth and young adults from South Dakota and Indiana. Pilgrims traveled to Krakow, Poland for a seven-day worldwide encounter with Pope Francis and 1.6 million other young Catholics. These pilgrims each … Read More