1491-1556 FEAST July 31 Born in his family’s ancestral Basque castle, Inigo Lopez de Loyola was a page in Castile and a soldier wounded in battle before he experienced a personal conversion that has had profound consequences for the church ever since. While convalescing, he read about Christ and the saints, made a long retreat […]
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12
Second reading: Romans 8:28-30
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46
Father Giulio Cirignano examines the possible reasons behind what he sees as a “disconcerting fact” — that a large part of the Catholic lay faithful have recognized the “kairos” or favorable occasion God is offering the church today while other Catholics, who are “closer to poorly enlightened pastors, are kept within an old horizon.”
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First reading: Isaiah 55:10-11
Second reading: Romans 8:18-23
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23
First Century FEAST July 12 Veronica does not appear in the Roman Martyrology, the church’s official list of feasts. According to legend, she was the woman who took pity on Jesus as he carried his cross, wiped his face with a cloth and was left with an image of the suffering Christ. Many such images, […]
c. 480-550 FEAST July 11 What’s known about the father of Western monasticism is from the “Dialogues of (Pope) St. Gregory the Great.” Sent to Rome to study, 20-year-old Benedict shunned the city’s wickedness to take up solitary living in Subiaco. He stayed there for about 25 years, with disciples he organized into 12 small […]
Pope Francis will beatify a priest and a bishop martyred in Colombia when he visits the country in September 8.
On Nov. 18, Father Solanus Casey, a Capuchin Franciscan, will be the second American-born male to be beatified, after Father Stanley Rother.
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First reading: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a
Second reading: Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42
1656-1680 Feast Date: July 14 At her canonization in 2012, Pope Benedict XVI prayed, “St. Kateri, protectress of Canada and the first Native American saint, we entrust to you the renewal of the faith in the First Nations and in all of North America!” The daughter of a Mohawk chief and Algonquin woman, Kateri was […]
Through digital outreach, Pope Francis has set forth a challenge to create a culture of encounter whether it be through emails, text messages, social networks and chats.