The church’s newest saints represent a diverse group of people who offer encouragement and hope to Christians today through their example, a Brazilian bishop said.
As the Franciscans celebrate the 800th year anniversary of their presence in the Holy Land, a sacred role the 300 friars from 34 countries continue to play, Franciscan Father Wladyslaw Brzezinski reflects on his role as superior at the Church of the Visitation in Jerusalem and the mission of the care of the Franciscan Custody of the 29 shrines in the Holy Land.
Q. A family member was admitted recently to a hospital in central New Jersey. A local priest was called, and he came and administered the last rites of the Catholic Church. Two weeks later, the patient took a turn for the worse and was in imminent danger of death. We asked the nurse to call […]
Pope Francis reminds us that liturgical fruitfulness is not merely a matter of participating in the Sunday Mass but attuning ourselves to pray fruitfully.
Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
First reading: Is 5:1-7
Second reading: Phil 4:6-9
Gospel: Mt 21:33-43
1826 – 1887 FEAST October 11 As a child in Madrid, Spain, Manuela Torres Acosta reportedly was more intent on getting playmates to pray than to play. In 1851, she and six companions were invited by a Servite priest to provide home care to the sick of his parish. Taking the name Maria Soledad to […]
1182-1226 FEAST October 4 The son of a wealthy Italian merchant, Francis was a playboy who experienced a profound conversion after going to war for Assisi, being imprisoned, and enduring a debilitating illness. He renounced his family and riches, and lived a life of radical poverty and service because he believed Christ had asked him […]
A story in the daily newspaper caught Jennifer Pellegrine Sloss’ eye — about a new document from Pope Francis approving a fourth pathway to possible sainthood: giving one’s life in a heroic act of loving service to others as her dear friend Chiara did in sacrificing her life for her unborn childs life.
Devotion to St. Jude Thaddeus has mushroomed in Mexico City during the past two decades, spreading through word of mouth among the most downtrodden in the Mexican capital, especially those suffering discrimination and injustice.
died 1637 FEAST September 28 Lawrence, the first Filipino saint, and 15 others were martyred in Japan. The 10 Asians and six Europeans included nine Dominican priests. After various tortures, 14 of them died by being suspended by the feet in a pit of manure, one was burned at the stake and one died in […]
1805 – 1885 FEAST September 26 Born to a French farm family, Marie-Victoire Couderc joined a new religious teaching order, but was sent to manage a mountain hostel for women pilgrims at the shrine of St. John Francis Regis. It became a successful retreat house under her guidance, and the order split into a teaching […]
1745-1824 FEAST September 25 Vincent joined the Passionists as priest in 1768. Over three decades he served as a leader of the congregation, ultimately as provincial. In 1801, he became bishop of Macerata in central Italy. Vincent reformed the diocese by caring for his priests. He built a seminary, staffed it with gifted teachers, and […]