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Pope asks prayers as he writes on Sacred Heart

As previously reported by the leadership of the Spanish bishops, Pope Francis is working on a document on the Sacred Heart. The Holy Father confirmed this news at the end of the general audience of June 5, 2024. He said: We are passing through this month dedicated to the Sacred Heart. December 27 of last Read More…

Pope asks prayers as he writes on Sacred Heart

Who is Our Lady of Divine Love, linked to World War II?

The devotion to Our Lady of Divine Love came about in the early 18th century. The story is about a wanderer heading to the Basilica of St. Peter’s. He heard fierce barking getting closer and closer. Turning to see a pack of wild dogs bearing down on him, the man began looking around for an escape Read More…

Who is Our Lady of Divine Love, linked to World War II?

6 Simple Bible quotes for peace in our lives

This Thursday marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, or the Normandy Landings, which brought about the liberation of France and much of Western Europe during World War II. The Allied invasion resulted in thousands of losses on both sides, adding to the millions of lives already lost in the war. On the anniversary of such Read More…

6 Simple Bible quotes for peace in our lives

No Hong Kong Mass for 35th anniversary of Tiananmen Square

For the third consecutive year, the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has had to cancel plans for a vigil Mass to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and massacre, locally referred to as “the June 4 incident.” While the annual gatherings cannot take place, Cardinal Stephen Chow, Bishop of Hong Kong, penned a letter in Read More…

No Hong Kong Mass for 35th anniversary of Tiananmen Square

Inside Budapest’s amazing St. Stephen’s Basilica (Photos)

Stepping into St. Stephen’s Basilica in Hungary, my family and I were immediately surprised. “It’s purple!” one of my young daughters exclaimed excitedly. And while she may be overstating things a little bit, the colors are stunning. Dark purple marble columns combined with gold ornamentation create a dynamic space that is a bit startling in Read More…

Inside Budapest’s amazing St. Stephen’s Basilica (Photos)

Why St. Boniface is called the Apostle of the Germans

Each region in the world has a particular saint who has been called its “apostle.” This is typically a saint who either brought Christianity to the region or who helped renew the practice of Christianity. When it comes to Central Europe, St. Boniface is widely known as the “Apostle of the Germans.” Pope Benedict XVI, Read More…

Why St. Boniface is called the Apostle of the Germans

Celebrate the summer with a community grill-out

My favorite summer memories growing up were the Saturdays we hosted big backyard barbecues in the backyard. My mom and dad would invite everyone they knew to come have dinner outside with us. As a kid, we played huge games of capture the flag, and generally just ran around for hours while the adults chatted Read More…

Celebrate the summer with a community grill-out

The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer of trust in God’s goodness

Each of the petitions within the Lord’s Prayer focuses on a different spiritual theme that has various aspects to it. For example, when we pray “Give us this day our daily bread,” it is first of all a prayer of trust in God’s goodness. While the petition “Give us” may seem as though it is Read More…

The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer of trust in God’s goodness

Faith as ’emuna’: The strength of what’s familiar

We often hear the call to push boundaries and “step outside our comfort zones.” Indeed, the phrase itself is virtually a cliché. Exploring is surely an important component of growth, but the so-called “comfort zone” itself can be a good thing – if understood correctly. Building a safe haven takes dedication, and it’s in these Read More…

Faith as ’emuna’: The strength of what’s familiar

Pope’s preface to fellow Jesuit’s book a reflection on Scripture

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, is known for a contemplative approach to Scripture. In a preface to a new book by fellow-Jesuit, Fr. James Martin, Pope Francis offers a reflection on the Word of God. The Holy Father describes the author’s text as reflecting “a person who has fallen in love with Read More…

Pope’s preface to fellow Jesuit’s book a reflection on Scripture