Timeline of Church’s Response to Medjugorje

Richard SontagCatholic Pilgrimages, Medjugorje, Pope Francis

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, Pavao Zanic, forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje. 1986: Bishop Zanic submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the … Read More

How the Church Determines a True Marian Apparition

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

fatima

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

St. Joseph the Worker – May 1

Richard SontagCatholic Pilgrimages, Church 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 … Read More

Easter Treats Around the World

Brea CannonChurch 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? … Read More

Holy Week in the Holy Land

Andrea JoinesCatholic Pilgrimages, Holy Land

Holy Land

The greatest pilgrimage of all – that of Our Lord on His way to the Cross – took place in and around the modern city of Jerusalem. The steps He took for our salvation nearly 2000 years ago can be retraced even today. The sites He made holy are surrounded by celebration and throughout the … Read More

Pope’s Pilgrimage to Fatima

Andrea JoinesCatholic Pilgrimages, Marian 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

Update: Papal Envoy at Medjugorje

Brea CannonCatholic Pilgrimages, Pope 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. … Read More

Oklahoma-Born Martyr to be Beatified

Brea CannonNew Evangelization, US News

Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma-born martyr who served as a priest in Guatemala, will be beatified in Oklahoma City on Sept. 23, 2017. The beatification announcement was made by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City on March 13. Fr. Rother was a priest of the archdiocese. In December 2016, Pope Francis officially acknowledged Fr. Rother’s martyrdom, making … Read More

“Where the Word became Flesh”

Andrea JoinesCatholic Pilgrimages, Holy Land

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is not complete without a visit to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. This holy site is where God first humbled Himself to become one of us – where “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). This remarkable event from our salvation history … Read More

Are You Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

Andrea JoinesCatholic Pilgrimages, Ireland

St-Patrick-Lough-Derg

Saint Patrick’s Day is often associated with overindulgence and festive celebrations. With a cry of “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!” people flood local pubs and drink Guinness and green beer, eat corned beef and cabbage, watch parades and dye rivers green. These customs are quite different from historical celebrations of this holy day and … Read More

Pope’s March Prayer Intention

Brea CannonPope Francis

Pope Francis Video Text: How many people are being persecuted because of their faith, forced to abandon their homes, their places of worship, their lands, their loved ones! I ask you: how many of you pray for persecuted Christians? Do it with me, that they may be supported by the prayers and material help of … Read More