Join the Knights of Columbus in their call for all Catholics to participate in a National Novena from October 30th through November 7th invoking the patroness of the United States of America, the Immaculate Conception, leading up to the November 8th elections. Why should we invoke Mary particularly under this title? The United States Bishops, in the year 1846, chose the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title as the Immaculate Conception as the patroness of the United States of America.
ersecution against Christians in China is now at a new high. This month news hit that Chinese authorities arrested a Vatican-appointed bishop, and this week the Chinese government issued new regulations aimed “to suppress all unofficial religious activities via dispersing Christian house churches, silencing Tibetan and Xinjiang separatists and undermining the Vatican’s influence on Chinese Catholics.”
The Christians in the Middle East are facing almost global silence and indifference, even from America. This is felt even amongst Catholics and Christians, which undoubtedly adds to their great suffering. Meanwhile, the Knights of Columbus are doing masterful and diligent work in fighting for aid to be sent to the severely persecuted and destitute Church in the Middle East.
The day after Pope Francis’ announcement, the USCCB registered an objection to the NIH in response to this “grossly unethical” practice, rightly pointing out that embryonic stem cell research (which involves the killing of human embryos) “has failed to produce treatments for human ailments over the last 17 years.
Was this photo a Eucharistic Miracle? There is good reason to believe so, because that strangely large and bright light was shining from inside the private chapel of a priest’s residence where the Blessed Sacrament was reposed.
Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin first met Mother Teresa in the 1970’s when he was a simple priest working with the poor, and she soon had him flying to India (and later New York, Philadelphia, Rome . . . etc.) to give spiritual retreats for her nuns. Listen to the full interview recounting a great spiritual friendship between a holy priest and a holy nun.
One of the highlights coming out of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio is the strong Christian faith of many of our Team U.S.A. athletes. Read some of their inspiring words giving testimony to how God has carried them through the hardship and difficulty along their road to world-class athletic competition.
How are we as Catholic Christians and Americans supposed to celebrate this great day? John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of our country, wrote this about how to celebrate the fourth of July:
From September 25, 1983 to Feb. 11, 1990 (February 11th is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes) our Blessed Mother appeared nearly daily to a housewife and mother of two named Gladys Herminia Quiroga de Motta in San Nicolas, Argentina. The bishop during the time of the apparitions, Monsignor Domingo Castagna, believed in their truth early on, and said in a homily after they ceased that “undoubtedly this event of grace will continue to grow; it has proved its authenticity by its spiritual fruits.”
Once again, Our Lord has granted the Church a Eucharistic Miracle to strengthen our faltering faith in, and proper reverence toward, this central teaching of the Catholic faith: When Jesus said, “This is my body,” and, “This is my blood,” he meant it literally.