The Pilgrim's Journey

Pope Francis’ June Prayer Intentions

Andrea JoinesLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Pope 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

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How the Church Determines a True Marian Apparition

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Marian 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

Chair of Saint Peter

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Uncategorized

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

Nativity

Restoring Church of the Nativity is like ‘touching heaven’

Richard SontagLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Holy Land

The Italian firm restoring one of Christianity’s holiest sites — the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem — says it’s more than half-way finished with the 14 million dollar project, which has already uncovered a Crusades-era mosaic angel hidden under plaster. Piacenti SpA, a family-run conservation firm from the Tuscan town of Prato, won the … Read More

Why we need the Holy Spirit

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Spiritual Reflections, Uncategorized

(Aleteia) What is the most unlikely gift you have received? I have a friend who received a set of salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a maid and a butler. When you used them, they played the classic Elvis Presley song, “Love Me Tender.” I’m thinking of uncalled-for gifts because on Sunday we … Read More

10 Powerful Weapons

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Spiritual Reflections

( Aleteia )We Christians face a spiritual battle each day. The Word of God teaches us that our life on earth is a constant struggle against the Evil One, and it reminds us that we have decided to follow Christ and to be always ready to face the Devil’s blows. To make this Lent a … Read More

Real Jewel in Pope’s Exhortation Comes on Married Love

Richard SontagLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, Pope Francis, US News

(Crux) Papal pundits are already entertaining themselves endlessly with the pope’s new letter on marriage and family, Amoris Laetitia, parsing each paragraph that touches on vexed questions and struggling to determine what, if anything, has changed as a result. The danger of course, is that bloggers will hungrily scour the document looking for declarations to … Read More

Pope Francis Easter Message

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Church News, Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter! The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” ( Mt 28:5-6). … Read More

Much of new Pew Research Center study fails to distinguish between vibrant, orthodox churches and fading, mainline denominations

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

(CWR) Are We Really Losing Our Religion?  Much of the analysis of a new Pew Research Center study fails to distinguish between vibrant, orthodox churches and fading, mainline denominations. The just released study “America’s Changing Religious Landscape” (May 12, 2015) from Pew Research Center indicates that trends shaping and marking the religious landscape for the … 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