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

Mercy does not end on the Feast of Christ the King

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Church 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

November: All Saints

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020New Evangelization, Spiritual Reflections

Last Words of the Saints As the calendar year winds down, so, too, does the liturgical year. During the final weeks of this year, the Church turns a focus towards the end times – both our own personally, and those of the world as we know it. As we celebrate the great feast of All … Read More

What a Heart He Had

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Uncategorized

The Capuchin keepers of the relics of the late mystic Padre Pio are sending the saint’s heart to Boston for his feast day. “I’m very excited to announce that the Capuchin Friars who run the Shrine of St. Padre Pio have offered to come to Boston with the heart of Padre Pio for his feast … Read More

Earthquake

Italy Earthquake Survivor

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Church News, World News

Sister Marjana Lleshi awoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning to the violent shaking of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed 250 people, devastating several towns in central Italy. Wounded and trapped under her bed as her convent in Amatrice crumbled to the ground around her, Sr. Lleshi thought for sure that death was … Read More

Christ at the Center for Olympic Athletes

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020New Evangelization, US News, World News

Katie Ledecky has become the “Michael Jordan” of swimming. After winning a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, Ledecky proceeded to set 12 world records. She won her first gold medal of the Rio Olympics and set a new world record, crushing her old record for the 400-meter freestyle. She has done what most … Read More

US Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage Guide to Saintly US Cities

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Uncategorized

Rome, the Holy Land, Fatima, Lourdes, Knock, Assisi… When I think of Pilgrimage I think of all of these deeply spiritual places all around the world. I think of the magnificent architecture in Rome and the ancient history of the castles and churches. I have been diving deeper into the treasure of our own sacred … Read More

A Pilgrimage of a Lifetime

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Church News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

(Catholic News Agency) Thousands of poor and excluded men and women from across Europe will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity this November: a chance to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Rome with Pope Francis. Around 6,000 people will be sponsored for the Nov. 11-13 pilgrimage to Rome. “This time of … Read More

Year of Mercy in Rome

Richard SontagLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Uncategorized

(CNA/EWTN News) While Rome is always a popular destination for tourists, with millions of visitors annually, the Eternal City this year will be swarming with even more sightseers who want to make a pilgrimage to the city’s Holy Doors for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Holy Year, which takes place Dec. 8, 2015-Nov. 20, … Read More