The Pilgrim's Journey

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Catholic Priests

R RLast Updated: April 27th, 2020Priests

10. Priests aren’t obligated to celebrate the Mass every day. No, priests aren’t required to celebrate the Mass every day. However, through the sacrament of Holy Orders, the priest has promised to pursue holiness and serve his people. What better way to do both than through the Sacrifice of the Mass? By celebrating the Mass … Read More

The Priest’s Own Lent: Prayer, fasting, almsgiving for the good of the faithful

R RLast Updated: September 15th, 2020Spiritual Reflections

(The Priest, OSV)  The most significant annual opportunities for spiritual attention and renewal for Christians naturally correspond to the busiest and most hectic times of year for the Church’s ministers, who labor to provide the faithful with the spiritual resources they need to respond more fully to God’s call to holiness and conversion. Lent is … Read More

I have made the pilgrimage of a lifetime

R RLast Updated: December 22nd, 2014Holy Land, Spiritual Reflections

Words cannot express how blessed I have been over the past week. Getting to walk in the Footsteps of Christ, from his humble birth in the cave stable in Bethlehem to his ministry along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to his entry into Jerusalem, and his cruel death upon the Cross. Finally experiencing … Read More

Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020World News

(CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the … Read More

82-year-old cardinal says he’ll face jail for democracy

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

(CNA/EWTN News, By Ann Schneible).- One of several leaders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail. “I’m prepared to be jailed, which is the strongest and most sincere proof of the unfairness of the system in … Read More

What Clericalism Looks Like (it may not be what you think)

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News

(First Things) For the past three months, parishioners and friends of the Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan have been wondering what happened to the fourteen icons that were removed from two pilasters in the sanctuary on the evening of August 22. They have also been wondering why the artwork was … Read More

Agree to disagree: How young Catholics pose a unique challenge for the Church

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, US News

By Matt Hadro  (CNA/EWTN News).- While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found. “They feel completely Catholic even while disagreeing with the Church. We often heard ‘the Pope … Read More

Exorcisms on the rise: Occult activity sparks ‘pastoral emergency’

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News

(CNA/EWTN News, By Mary Rezac)- Catholic experts say occult activity and the resulting need for exorcisms has reached a critical level. Just prior to the season of all things supernatural, the International Association of Exorcists (AIE) met for their 12th annual conference in Rome, from Oct. 20-25. According to AIE spokesperson Dr. Valter Cascioli, an increasing … Read More

Pope appoints Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, WI. as bishop of Boise City

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News, Pope Francis

The Holy Father appointed Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, U.S.A., as bishop of Boise City (area 218,272, population 1,584,985, Catholics 174,348, priests 91, permanent deacons 75, religious 91), U.S.A. He succeeds Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, whose resignation from the same diocese upon having reached the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father. Biography … Read More

185 churches torched, 190,545 people displaced by Boko Haram says Director of Communications

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, World News

( 185 churches in the Maiduguri Diocese were torched and 190,545 people displaced. This is the toll of the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram in the past two months in the diocese of Maiduguri, whose territory includes the States of northern Nigeria: Borno, Yobe and some areas of Adamawa. This was announced by the Director of … Read More

Pope removes Paraguayan bishop from governance of diocese

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News, Pope Francis

(Vatican Insider, IACOPO SCARAMUZZI) Pope Francis has taken this “difficult decision” to remove Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, Bishop of Ciudad del Este (Paraguay’s second major city), for “serious pastoral reasons”. The decision comes after Spanish cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló’s apostolic visit to the country in recent months. The Paraguayan prelate, who is a member of … Read More

Foul play suspected in priest’s death

R RLast Updated: September 24th, 2014Church News, Uncategorized, World News

( Chilpancingo – The Attorney General of Guerrero state, Mexico, has opened an investigation into the death of the parish priest of Arcelia, Father José Acuña Asención Osorio, whose body was found in the river Balsas. The priest had been missing since Sunday September 21, leaving the faithful who were waiting for mass astonished. The … Read More

“Bishops, don’t waste your energy antagonizing each other,” says Pope Francis

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News, Pope Francis

(Vatican Insider, Andrea Tornielli) The address Francis gave during yesterday’s audience with bishops who were appointed over the last year was one significant speeches of his pontificate. It added new elements to the identikit of the ideal pastor which Francis presented on other occasions. The text is worth reading in its entirety in order to … Read More