Wisdom of Saints

A recent article in the Italian newspaper La Stampa states that Blessed Pope Paul VI sent the Synodal Fathers an invitation to let the pope know what they thought about birth regulation. Most bishops did not respond, and only seven were opposed to the use of artificial contraception.

For All the Saints and Souls

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

This past week we celebrated three important days in our Church year. The Vigil of All Saints, commonly known as Halloween, which has become a secularized observance that soon may outspend the expenditures of Christmas itself. Halloween has become an opportunity for spending money on costumes, candies, pumpkins, and decorations which underneath it all is a search for spiritual meaning as I have interpreted this observance.

Mary Magdalene Now Has Her Own Feast

Recognizing St. Mary Magdalene’s role as the first to witness Christ’s resurrection and as a “true and authentic evangelizer,” Pope Francis raised the July 22 memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a feast on the Church’s liturgical calendar, the Vatican announced.

George Weigel

Saints as Spouses

ROME – Amidst all the Sturm und Drang of Synod 2015, something genuinely new in the life of the Church began, and it shouldn’t escape our notice.

Synod Wrestles with Church’s Lost and Found

It is a wonderfully frightening time to be a Catholic. These past weeks the Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome is grappling with difficult questions that touch upon all our lives.

Four New Saints Include Little Flower’s Parents

Pope Francis called on people to replace their thirst for power with the joy of quiet and humble service, as he proclaimed four new saints, including the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Reflections on Being With the Pope

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, This article is written just following our bidding farewell to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. It is my hope that this account will be an upfront and personal witness to what I, myself, experienced these past few days. On, Tuesday, Sept. 22, I traveled, along with my […]

Relics of St. Maria Goretti To Be Venerated in Brooklyn

It is the first time that the saint’s body has travelled to the U.S. and only the second time that it has left Italy. The relics can be venerated at Good Shepherd Church, Marine Park, on Thursday Oct. 1 and at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights, on Friday, Oct. 2.

Cause for Bishop Ford’s Sainthood Moves Slowly

Someday, the late Bishop Francis X. Ford will be declared a saint, but no one thinks it will happen soon. “It’s a moving, alive process,” says Father Raymond Finch, M.M., the Brooklyn-born Superior General of Maryknoll. “Now, can I tell you exactly where and how long it’s gonna be? Can’t. Different things happen at different moments, some steps are taken and some steps take a little longer.”

Romero in Queens

In Queens, Romero’s Beatification Hits Home

A Mass at SS. Joachim and Anne Church on Memorial Day celebrated the beatification of Archbishop Romero, a martyr who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass.