Pope thanks people for prayers for his family after deadly crash
After each of the priests who translate the pope's words offered him condolences for the tragedy that struck his family, Pope Francis explained to the people: "The pope has a family, too. We were five siblings, and I have 16 nieces and nephews. One of these nephews was in an accident. His wife died along with his two small children -- one who was 2 years old and the other several months."
'Demography is destiny,' Archbishop Chaput tells Latino Catholics
Before launching into his full Aug. 16 address to the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders national conference in Houston, the archbishop paused to remember and to pray for the young undocumented immigrants on the southern border who “are stuck in an ugly kind of limbo.” “There’s simply no excuse for the suffering of children and families,” he said. “I hope each of us will find time today to pray for the young people caught in our immigration mess, and also for the officials who need to deal with this reality quickly and humanely.”
You Go Into the Vineyard Too! Every Baptized Christian Has a Vocation and Mission
The Lord continues His work through us. We are the workers in His vineyard. It matters little what time of day we entered the field. What matters most is that we get about the work that needs to be done. This parable tells us we all have a calling, a vocation, and we all have a mission. No matter what time of the day we experience the invitation, it is time to get to work.
Oklahoma archbishop brings suit to stop Black Mass
Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit in an Oklahoma court to stop the Black Mass scheduled for the Oklahoma City Civic Center in September. The lawsuit argues that the organizers of the Black Mass, who have claimed to have possession of a consecrated host, can only have obtained it by fraud. “Our legal theory is very simple,” explained Michael Caspino, a lawyer for the archdiocese: “A consecrated Eucharist belongs to the Church.”
Priest in Ferguson, Missouri tells Vatican Radio audience about simmering tensions
A Catholic parish priest in Ferguson, Missouri, spoke about the "long-time festering" of racial tensions in the town, during an interview with Vatican Radio. Father Arthur Cavitt, who works with African-Americans in the area, said that "mistrust, racism, and prejudice" have contributed to hostility between residents and police officers for years.
'The Giver' praised for themes on free will, sanctity of life
The new dystopian movie “The Giver” has drawn praise for its deep thematic content on the value of human life, suffering, free will and the dangers of a world that distorts language to do evil. “We all love to be comfortable,” actor Jeff Bridges, one of the movie’s leads, told EWTN's The World Over host Raymond Arroyo in an interview broadcast Aug. 14. “The movie asks the questions: 'What are you willing to pay for that comfort? What does that comfort cost?'”
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Holy Hour: Healing Through Forgiveness
Through many dark days and nights, Jesus the Eternal High Priest carried me through tumultuous waters. My encounters with Jesus during daily Holy Hours undoubtedly saved my family as the cross bore down upon us. Regrettably, the practice of my faith was mediocre at best during the first seven years of my marriage because my eyes were fixed on financial success and not on God.
Uniting With Christ Through Our Senses
The first time I walked into a Catholic Church as a child, I was hit by a sense of a Holy Presence. Overwhelmed by awe, I tip-toed around this foreign Church. The whole atmosphere seemed exotic, with dim, soft lighting coming through gorgeous stained glass windows and a few votive candles. Incense assaulted my nostrils, countless paintings and statues begged for my visual attention and the holy water in the font felt holy. This encounter was an experience of both sensory and spiritual overload, a profound experience of the Holy.
ASK FATHER: Parish priest doesn’t guard Eucharist from profanation. What to do?
Several of us have to be ‘on guard’ on Sundays to ensure that (mostly Hindu) friends of Catholics or just visitors don’t either try to take the sanctissimum away as a ‘lucky charm’ or receive it when they are not Catholics. Our priest seems reluctant to clamp down on this though the vast numbers and unaware visiting clergy make it more complicated.
How the Famous Sell Their Soul to Satan
Sadly, this rise to fame mirrors many, mostly female starlets, who quickly gained fame and fortune by selling their souls. Case in point, in a rather horrific interview, would-be Christian-pop superstar turned “I Kissed a Girl” singer Katy Perry said: “When I was 15, because I grew up in a household where all I ever did was listen to gospel music…. I swear I wanted to be, like, the Amy Grant of music, but it didn’t work out, and so I sold my soul to the devil.”