• Gethsemane: the Agony in the Garden and the Prayer of Jesus

    “When God’s appointed time comes to save mankind from the slavery of sin, we contemplate Jesus Christ in Gethsemani, suffering in agony to the point of sweating blood. He spontaneously and unconditionally accepts the sacrifice which the Father is asking of him.” (Friends of God, no. 25)... Read more
  • The Heroism of Arnaud Beltrame

    Editor's Note: On March 23 in the French town of Trèbes, an ISIS attacker entered a supermarket, killed two people, and took a woman hostage. Arnaud Beltrame, a gendarme, persuaded the attacker to let him take the woman’s place, and then was killed. Beltrame had been preparing for a Catholic... Read more
  • Passiontide Chronology: Holy Thursday

    According to the Synoptic Gospels, sundown of Holy Thursday ushered in the Passover. Later on this evening, the Lord will celebrate the Passover meal with His disciples. We ought to be mindful that the unleavened bread Jesus will take in His hands is called “the bread of affliction.”... Read more
  • The First Holy Hour

    There are, in the life of the believer, occasions when the Lord seems to slumber. It isn’t that He feels completely absent—as He did to St. John of the Cross, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, and others who have experienced the dark night of the soul—but one senses He is not present and active... Read more
  • Vatican Denies Scalfari Claim that Francis Said Hell doesn’t Exist

    Pope Francis has again received Eugenio Scalfari, the 93 year old atheist philosopher, leading to more controversial comments that the Vatican has had to insist are not “faithful” to the Pope’s words. In his fifth meeting with the atheist philosopher, Scalfari — who neither records... Read more
  • We asked and you answered: How Mother Angelica touched your lives

    Irondale, Ala., Mar 27, 2018 / 03:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, founder of EWTN, passed away in 2016, on Easter Sunday, after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old. Mother Angelica founded EWTN out of a garage in Alabama... Read more
  • A Lesson for Holy Week From the Witness of Arnaud Beltrame

    These few remaining days before Easter are the most sacred time of every year. I began writing this column to explain what the word “holy” in Holy Week means. But actions often speak and teach more loudly than words. On Friday, March 23, an Islamist gunman in southern France attacked a... Read more
  • BREAKING: Sistine Chapel Choir to return to U.S. in July, including Detroit encore

    DETROIT — When the Sistine Chapel Choir’s angelic voices graced Detroit in September 2017, their performance was billed as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for the Motor City. Not so fast. The Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, as Pope Francis’ personal chorus is... Read more
  • Standing at the Crossroads of the Cross

    Crossroads, a blues classic performed by Eric Clapton, is a song about a man seeking escape from his desperate existence. Will he find it in a motorcycle ride, a drinking binge, a flight from one destination to the next, or in God’s grace? At the song’s end, we are left to wonder.... Read more
  • Here are the Plenary Indulgences Available During Holy Week

    The plenary indulgences that we can receive on every day of Holy Week actually are of two kinds. Certain ones are specific to Holy Week itself. Certain ones we can actually gain anytime. They’re listed in the Norms and Grants in the official Manual of Indulgences, fourth edition (1999), the... Read more