• Paul VI’s Canonization Presents an Opportunity

    On June 30, 1963, a large crowd gathered in Rome for the formal installation Mass for the newly elected Pope Paul VI. As Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini, he had entered the conclave to choose a successor to Pope St. John XXIII on June 19 as the heavy favorite to win election, and he had been... Read more
  • Blessed Oscar Romero’s legacy of charity in El Salvador

    San Salvador, El Salvador, Oct 11, 2018 / 03:01 am (CNA).- Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, better known as Blessed Oscar Romero, once said that if El Salvador’s military oppressors killed him, he would “arise in the Salvadoran people.” On March 24, 1980, Romero was assassinated in the... Read more
  • St. Francis & the Voice from San Damiano

    Repair My House Particularly dear to Francis was an ancient chapel long allowed virtually to  fall into ruins, dedicated to  San Damiano. In it hung a Byzantine wooden crucifix, painted in red, gold, and blue. It did not represent the tortured Christ of later art; but the large, open, dark eyes... Read more
  • St. Michael’s Heroic Humility Can Save the Church

    St. Michael the Archangel is my patron saint, and I have loved him for as long as I can remember. In true Catholic geek form, I dressed as an angel for Halloween in Kindergarten, and spent my time chasing a friend who dressed like a devil so that I could “fight him like St. Michael... Read more
  • “This Is All I Can Do Now” – Applying a Practice of St. Catherine of Siena to Our Current Crisis

    Many Catholics have struggled to find a voice that has been nearly washed out of us by our training. We remember a time when it was unthinkable to criticize a priest; those who did were quickly rebuked, with little opportunity for explanation. Bishops and especially the Pope were not to be... Read more
  • The Deeper Meaning of Mary’s Intercession at Cana

    Woman, what have I to do with thee? This question—posed by Jesus to Mary after she asks for His intervention at the wedding at Cana in John 2:4—is often cited by Protestants attempted to refute Catholic devotion to Mary. The translation above—which dates back at least to the King James... Read more
  • Catholics in Korea look to martyrs amid nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang

    Seoul, South Korea, Sep 20, 2018 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As nuclear negotiations with North Korea continue, Catholics in South Korea are encouraging devotion to their martyr saints and renewing prayers for peace on the peninsula. South Korea’s bishops applauded the successful... Read more
  • The Past Her Prelude: Marian Imagery in the Old Testament

    St. Augustine said that “the New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old is fulfilled in the New.” Like other Church Fathers he distinguished between the outer “literal” and the inner “spiritual” meaning of Holy Scripture. And like the others, he often preferred spirit to... Read more
  • Dare to Discipline: Lessons from Saint Paul

    Discipline is in short supply in the postmodern West. A long season of postwar prosperity has made possible an age of indulgence in which technological fixes substitute for virtue, fake remedies for the wages of vice. We indulge immoderately in food, drink, and sex, and expect pills to save us.... Read more
  • Algerian martyrs to be beatified in December

    Oran, Algeria, Sep 14, 2018 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- The Algerian bishops' conference has announced that the beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in the country between 1994 and 1996, will be held Dec. 8. The beatification will take place at the Shrine of... Read more