‘Earthly hopes fall down before the Cross,’ Pope tells weekly audience
The Holy Father reminded his audience that the people who greeted Jesus on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem “placed many hopes in Jesus,” including hopes for “manifestations of power and even freedom from enemy occupiers.” Those hopes were dashed, he continued. “The earthly hopes of those people fell down before the Cross.”
Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel to close, as her religious order shrinks
The shrine, which contains relics of St. Katharine Drexel, is located alongside the motherhouse of the order she founded, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The order has been forced to sell properties, primarily because of a drop in the number of members. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, who once boasted 600 members, now have only 100, most of them living in retirement.
Vatican stamps mark Pope Benedict's birthday, Fatima apparitions
The Vatican stamp and coin office has big plans for early May: the release of stamps marking retired Pope Benedict XVI's 90th birthday and important events in the life of the church spanning almost 2,000 years. The Philatelic and Numismatic Office said the stamp sheet celebrating Pope Benedict's April 16 birthday was designed to "offer our affectionate tribute to him."
Fatima seers are holy because of virtue, not visions, cardinal says
“The apparition of the Virgin Mary was an occasion, but it has nothing to do with or has not influenced the reason” Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be declared saints, Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, told Catholic News Service.
The case for (and problem with) "The Case for Christ"
Will viewers be troubled by the vague sexism, racism and cultural bias that these movies represent (unintentionally or not)? If these offenses register, probably. But it’s likely that few people who watch Christian movies are expecting nuance and insight on divisive issues of justice. Rather, viewers are asked to consider only two questions: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, and are you willing to stand for that belief even when the world might think you are mad?