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Why do Catholics venerate Mary? Isn't Jesus the only One who should be worshipped? Fr. Rob Galea answers these questions and more. ...read more
We go to Belgium first where a group of health centers run by a Catholic religious order has announced that it will permit doctors to undertake medical suicide of “non-terminal” mentally ill patients in its facilities. The Brothers of Charity Group stated that it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia in any of its 15 ...read more
This morning, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has signed the decree paving the way for the beatification of US Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey. I am happy to provide some background on this extraordinary American Capuchin priest whose beatification ceremony will take place in Detroit, Michigan in the next few months. The Positio for Detroit’s ...read more
A political prisoner of the Communist regime for thirteen years, nine of which he spent in solitary confinement, Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan’s experience is a powerful testimony of faith in the Eucharist and in the power of forgiveness and the redemptive value of the cross. Cardinal Van Thuan’s writings and spiritual insights written in ...read more
Let’s first begin in Rome, where the Pope addressed the pilgrims at his weekly General Audience. He spoke of his visit to Egypt and reaffirmed his mutual commitment to unity and prayed for the victims of the recent attacks. Here now is the summary direct from Rome. As many as 16,000 displaced people filled St. ...read more
A reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday This Sunday’s Gospel gives us an image that summarizes all that we have celebrated in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus description of the Good Shepherd in John 10 shows us how He saw His mission in the world, and His mission in ...read more
So it seems, The Pope’s historic, 72-hour visit to Cairo last weekend has left a profound mark on Egyptians. And according to local Catholic leaders, and they anticipate increased ties with fellow Orthodox Christians and Muslims as a result of it. Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Egyptian bishops told CNS that The Pope’s visit ...read more
This weekend, Pope Francis completed a two day apostolic visit to Egypt, a trip loaded with meaning and symbolism. In this post, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Pope’s visit and we begin with Italian producer Matteo Ciofi here: Find out what Pope Francis’ Trip to Egypt means. Pope Francis’ Itinerary On April 28, ...read more
A Reflection on the Centenary of the Apparitions in Portugal  This year, on May 13, will be the hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children of Fatima in 1917. The three were: Blessed Francisco Marto (b. June 11, 1908 – d. April 4, 1919); Blessed Jacinta Marto (b. March ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 7th, 2017 Of all the images of Jesus throughout the ages, which manifests his tenderness and compassion more than the Good Shepherd? Even before Jesus’ time, the image of shepherd was used to describe the tenderness and provident care God shows us. Shepherd and host are both ...read more