• Britons rededicate England to the Blessed Virgin Mary

    More than half a million people took part Sunday in the rededication of England to Our Lady Sunday, organizers have said. The English bishops had originally asked Catholics to gather in churches and cathedrals for the rededication at noon March 29. They were forced to change their plans when... Read more
  • With Courage and Conviction, Little Sisters of the Poor Face Coronavirus Threat

    The Little Sisters of the Poor have cared for their elderly and infirm residents through two world wars, the Spanish flu pandemic, the Great Depression and numerous natural disasters. Now, as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads around the globe, the Little Sisters’ fourth vow of... Read more
  • Coronavirus Quarantine Streaming Options for Lent and Easter (and More)

    In the last few weeks, articles about movies to stream while quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic have proliferated across the internet almost as fast as the virus has spread around the world. What makes this article different? Five principles went into the picks below: To begin... Read more
  • A sickness and a silver crown: How Saint Louis University survived the cholera epidemic of 1849

    In the basement of St. Francis Xavier College Church on the campus of Saint Louis University stands a statue of the Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus. Cut from plain white stone, the statue stands smaller-than-life on a pedestal across from a small chapel. It bears some obvious signs of... Read more
  • Games, walks and family bonding: Local families say crisis is building domestic church

    From family game nights to friendly bets on the weather, local families are finding ways to cope and build the “domestic church” during this time of home confinement. Beth Smith of Independence Township has enjoyed having four of her children home with her. Her college-age son is now... Read more
  • At Fatima, 24 Countries Consecrated to Jesus and Mary Amid Coronavirus

    Twenty-four countries on Wednesday were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal. In a March 25 ceremony that included the recitation of the rosary and a litany asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for... Read more
  • U.S. indicts Venezuela’s Maduro, a political foe, for ‘narco-terrorism’

    The U.S. government on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of "narco-terrorism," the latest escalation of the Trump administration's pressure campaign aimed at ousting the socialist leader. The State Department... Read more
  • While COVID-19 has separated us, Christ draws us together

    And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”—John 12:32 Is Jesus Christ an opponent of social-distancing? The Gospel text at the head of this article might lead you to think so. But no, we can be certain that Our Lord supports us in our effort to follow the... Read more
  • Discernment in Plague Times

    For some time, whenever I recommended Kristin Lavransdatter to friends I kept forgetting about the plague. I first read Sigrid Undset’s novel—a three-volume story of one woman’s life in 14th-century Norway—several years ago, not long after my conversion. I remembered the ending of the... Read more
  • 25 years after Evangelium Vitae, we still need a “new feminism”

    Perhaps at no point in human history has the urgency of the proclamation of the “Gospel of Life”—the name given to the 11th of Pope Saint John Paul II’s 14 encyclicals—been so apparent as today. Indeed, on this 25th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae (promulgated March 25,... Read more