Q. Is it true that men born out of wedlock cannot enter the priesthood? (Philadelphia) A. No, that is not true. But your question does reflect a lengthy period in the church’s history when illegitimacy was ruled a barrier. The Council of Poitiers, under Pope Paschal II, determined in the late 11th century that being […]
1642-1716 FEAST May 11 Already a priest in Naples, Italy, Francis entered the Society of Jesus at age 28. From 1676 until his death, this Jesuit missioner, who wanted to evangelize in Japan, served in Naples and the surrounding countryside. A renowned preacher, he was said to be “a lamb when he talks and a […]
For the past 69 years, flowers have shown up at the statue of Mary courtesy of an anonymous donor. Though parishioners enjoy the sight of the lovely flowers, no one has figured out who the donor is.
Here is the Catholic News Service translation of the prayer Pope Francis wrote and was to recite May 12 at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal.
1500-1569 FEAST May 10 Born near Toledo, Spain, John was sent by his wealthy parents to study law in Salamanca. But, renouncing such a career, he instead lived as a hermit for three years, and was ordained in 1525, after his parents had died. Though he hoped to be a missionary in Mexico, his archbishop […]
c. 1620-1679 FEAST May 9 This English Benedictine lay brother was a martyr of the Popish Plot. He professed vows in France in 1660 and was sent to London in 1665 as procurator of a small community celebrating liturgies in the chapel of Queen Catherine of Braganza. Though other monks were banished, he was allowed […]
died c. 560 FEAST May 7 French by birth, Domitian became the bishop of Maastricht, in the Netherlands, and had a prominent role at the synod of Orleans, France, which refuted heretical errors. He evangelized in the Meuse River area of Europe’s Low Countries, converting people and founding churches and hospitals. He prophesied a plentiful […]
Fourth Sunday of Easter —
First reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-4;
Second reading: 1 Peter 2:20b-25;
Gospel: John 10:1-10
The more we emphasize the uniqueness of Christianity, the less the faith speaks to the wider culture; and the more we emphasize the connection between faith and culture, the less distinctive Christianity becomes.
Should a baby born in danger of dying be baptized by a nurse and why do we genuflect using the right knee in church.
circa 400 – 449 FEAST May 5 This French aristocrat, a pagan holding high office in a local government, was converted to Catholicism by his relative, St. Honoratus, and became a monk at Lerins. An austere and strict monastic, Hilary succeeded Honoratus as bishop of Arles when he was just 29. As bishop, he preached […]
?-304 FEAST May 4 A martyr of the most violent of Roman persecutions, Florian was a Roman officer serving in Noricum, now part of Austria. Upon declaring his faith, he gave himself up to a Roman governor, was scourged, set afire and thrown in a river to drown. His body was recovered, buried and later […]