The Pilgrim's Journey

Pope’s Easter Sunday Homily

R RLast Updated: April 7th, 2015Pope Francis

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday morning, April 5, despite the cold and the rain, to take part in Solemn Mass with Pope Francis in celebration of Easter. Following the Liturgy, the Holy Father gave the traditional Blessing Urbi et Orbi – to the City [of Rome] and to … Read More

Two young religious orders to expand to Denver this summer

R RLast Updated: March 27th, 2015Church News

(CNA/EWTN News).- Two rather new orders of religious sisters looking to expand their missions have set their sights on the Archdiocese of Denver. The New York-based Sisters of Life and the Rome-based Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo will establish houses and begin their missions in the archdiocese by August of this year. In their first … Read More

A grave problem: New Jersey law crafted to ban Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones could violate constitution

R RLast Updated: March 26th, 2015Church News, US News

(CNA/EWTN News, By Kevin J. Jones).- A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional law expert. Matthew Franck said the law “may well be violating the freedom of religion” guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution because it “singles … Read More

Archdiocese of NY introduces MA for lay people, preparing them for parish management

R RLast Updated: March 18th, 2015Church News

An agreement has been signed with Villanova University for a two-year course aimed at freeing priests for pastoral service. (Vatican Insider, Marco Tosatti) Freeing priests from administrative duties in parishes so they can spend more of their time concentrating on pastoral care: this is the philosophy behind a new initiative introduced by the Archdiocese of New … Read More

Pope Francis: Year of Mercy Jubilee Homily/Announcement

R RLast Updated: March 16th, 2015Uncategorized

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis presided over a penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday afternoon, during which he announced an extraordinary Jubilee dedicated to Divine Mercy. Below, please find Vatican Radio’s English translation of the Holy Father’s homily, in which he made the announcement. **************************************** This year as last, as we head into of … Read More

Archbishop Romero, martyr, to be beatified May 23

R RLast Updated: March 11th, 2015Church News

(CNA/EWTN News).- May 23 will be the beatification date for El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and repressed who was martyred in 1980 while celebrating Mass. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Romero’s cause, was expected to announce the beatification date on Wednesday, according to Avvenire, the newspaper of … Read More

“You’re too pretty to be a nun!”

R RLast Updated: March 10th, 2015Church News

When I tell people I’m going to be a nun, they are shocked. Their eyebrows shoot up, their jaws drop, their beers spill onto the bar. “You’re too normal to be a nun,” they say. “You’re too smart.” “You’re too pretty!” This last one took me by the greatest surprise — as if acne or … Read More

Tongue-in-cheek look at 6 reasons why I ‘hate’ Lent

R RLast Updated: March 9th, 2015Spiritual Reflections

(Cory Busse, OSV Newsweekly) This morning, my 10-year-old showed me an infographic on Lent. An infographic. On Lent. There’s nothing quite like the innocence of a child and an illustrated guide to fasting and abstinence to remind me of all the reasons no one genuinely looks forward to this time of year. Here are six … Read More