Pope meets missionary pastor of Gaza's Catholics
Pope Francis met on August 29 with an Argentine missionary priest who serves the tiny Catholic community in the Gaza Strip. Father Jorge Hernandez Zanni, an Incarnate Word missionary, told Vatican Radio that the Pontiff urged him to encourage his parishioners "to be the salt of the earth in the land of Gaza."
Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black masses
“I don’t think we’re going to see Satanists doing this again, or they’ll going to understand we’re going to come after them, anywhere, any time this happens,” attorney Michael W. Caspino of the Irvine, Calif.-based law firm Busch & Caspino told CNA Aug. 27. “We’ve now gutted the significance of their black mass. Now it’s really just a bad show with bad actors,” Caspino said.
Why Do We Commemorate the Beheading of John the Baptizer?
We now refer to this Feast as the Passion of John the Baptizer more often than the Beheading of John the Baptizer. However, given the realities we face in this new missionary age of the Church, the actual beheading rushes to the forefront. We are seeing it in our own violent times. That is the fate which this great man suffered for his fidelity to the truth. His witness cries out to all of us. His violent death reveals the extraordinary faith and heroic virtue a man who was totally given over to the service of the Lord, a man who understood that life wasn't all about him.
Wartime pontiff started tradition of papal peacemaking
Pope Benedict XV is the most obscure of the nine men who have led the Catholic Church over the last century -- the title of his biography by historian John F. Pollard is "The Unknown Pope" -- and in some ways, this negative distinction seems justified. His seven-and-a-half-year pontificate was relatively short and, with respect to his most prominent undertaking, spectacularly unsuccessful.
28% of US parishes have more than $1M in revenue
Because of parish mergers in the Northeast and Midwest and larger parishes in the South and Southwest, 28% of parishes in the United States now have $1 million or more in revenue, according to a report in Our Sunday Visitor. Per-capita giving tends to decrease in larger parishes that resulted from mergers, according to the report.
St. Louis, Missouri celebrates its 250th birthday
St. Louis is tied forever to its founding on the banks of the Mississippi River in a frontier land, Catholics were reminded at one of four Masses Aug. 23-25 celebrating the city's 250th anniversary. At an Aug. 24 Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Cardinal Justin Rigali, the former archbishop of St. Louis, spoke of the heroism of men and women religious and clergy who helped settle what became a great city.
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What the alcoholic St Monica teaches us about redemption
It is commonly said that St Augustine (feast day tomorrow) is the most knowable man of antiquity; and it may well be the case that his mother, St Monica (feast day today), is the most knowable woman of antiquity. We have a huge amount of information about Monica and Augustine, thanks to Augustine’s enormous output: letters, sermons, the Confessions, various works of theology, and his vast, sprawling and very readable City of God.
Parents and praying for their children in school
As St. Thomas’ prayer reminds all of us, education and the virtue of humility are inextricably related: The proper attitude toward learning—whether in an elementary or secondary school or a college or university—is to allow God to form one’s mind to grasp the light of truth and, then, to will it in one’s life from the beginning through its completion. With that attitude, other utilitarian ends—academic success, money, and prestige—are put into proper perspective with morality becoming an imperative.
On Joy, Christian Style
I once had a very talented research assistant (he had the idea for what is now The Catholic Thing), who grew up evangelical. He became a Catholic and remains one – a good one. He once explained to me the plight of the more emotional forms of evangelicalism, and why that very emotionalism, in part, brought him into the Church.
The Most Influential Saint of His Time
Some saints sequester themselves in monasteries, steeped in the contemplation of God, sometimes sharing their insights with us in the great spiritual masterpieces. Others take an active role in the life of the Church, leaving their mark on the great debates, questions, and controversies of their day. St. Bernard of Clairvaux was both.