The Pilgrim's Journey

When in Rome, Graduate!

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: July 14th, 2017Italy

When given the option of either journeying to Rome or attending her own college graduation, it was a no-brainer for Indiana University Indianapolis senior Bri Campbell. For the past four years, she had dedicated any and all free time she had to the Catholic student community on campus and the parish associated with it, St. … Read More

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Project ManagerLast Updated: June 21st, 2017France

In the late 17th century, Jesus appeared to a young nun, now St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, in the convent of the Visitation Sisters in Paray-le-Monial, France, to speak of his love for all people and to instruct her in the devotion to His Sacred Heart. He said to her, “My Divine Heart is so passionate … Read More

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How the Church Determines a True Marian Apparition

Richard SontagLast Updated: April 19th, 2017Marian Shrines of Europe, Pope Francis

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

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity: Mothers and Martyrs

Project ManagerLast Updated: June 4th, 2019Church 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

Vatican Appoints Pastoral Envoy to Medjugorje

Richard SontagLast Updated: March 8th, 2017Uncategorized

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 … Read More

Chair of Saint Peter

Richard SontagLast Updated: February 15th, 2017Uncategorized

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 … Read More

Pope’s February Video

Richard SontagLast Updated: February 16th, 2017Pope 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.

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What is the indulgence associated with Fatima?

Richard SontagLast Updated: January 16th, 2017Marian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

The actual 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal is not officially until the 13th of each month May-Oct of this year, but celebrations began November 27th, 2016 when Pope Francis announced an opportunity to obtain a special plenary indulgence during this celebratory occasion. Now through November 26th, Catholics around … Read More

Feast of the Holy Family

Richard SontagLast Updated: December 14th, 2016Pope 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

Fatima 100th Anniversary Indulgence

Richard SontagLast Updated: December 1st, 2016Marian Shrines of Europe, Upcoming Pilgrimages

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the … Read More

10 Destinations for Spiritual R&R

Richard SontagLast Updated: November 11th, 2016US 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 … Read More

St. Martin of Tours

Richard SontagLast Updated: October 20th, 2016Uncategorized

Saint Martin of Tours was born to pagan parents in the early 4th century. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a Roman legionary, though he had already decided in his heart to follow Christ. It wasn’t until one of his more famous encounters that he was indeed baptized as a Christian. One winter’s … Read More

The Church of Saints

Richard SontagLast Updated: October 14th, 2016Spiritual Reflections

Our God is the God of the living, and who is more alive than those who have completed this earthly journey and are now with Him in Heaven? Jesus said, “As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, … Read More

8 Times

8 Times

Richard SontagLast Updated: September 6th, 2016Uncategorized

Banneux is a small town in Belgium, so small that it is not even on the map. During the time of Hitler’s rise to power, an 11-year-old girl named Mariette Beco was experiencing something that made no news. Mariette was born March 25, 1921, the Feast of the Annunciation, the oldest of seven children. As … Read More