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04/25/2017 08:14 pm - Have you ever set aside time to pray, but then could not find the words to say? There are so many ways to pray that it can be difficult to find what best suits you, but there are no right or wrong ways to pray.
04/25/2017 04:11 pm - Who was St. Mark the Evangelist? He is known as one of the four evangelists and author of the Gospel according to Mark, but scripture and tradition tells us much more about his life and endeavors.
04/25/2017 01:21 pm - The devil’s hatred for Christ and for our redemption is the root cause of all persecution since the beginnings of the Church, Pope Francis said at a special liturgy that focused on modern martyrs.
04/24/2017 07:57 pm - Many of us, at one point in our lives, have had big dreams of changing the world. We aspired to do great things, but as life progressed and our aspirations were not realized, some of us have grown discouraged.
04/24/2017 02:16 pm - Conspiracy theories, ‘tinfoil hat’ stuff, was laughed off. Until it took hold.
04/24/2017 12:57 pm - On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said mercy is essential in living the Christian life, because it not only allows us to understand ourselves and God better, but it also prompts us to recognize and help those in need.
04/21/2017 08:23 pm - The first Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday, a day on which Our Lord promised that the floodgates of His mercy would be opened to sinners.
04/21/2017 01:12 pm - Earth Day, celebrated each year on April 22, is a day to focus on the environment and raise awareness for environmental concerns and conservation efforts.
04/21/2017 06:51 pm - Pope Francis will celebrate a Liturgy of the Word in memory of the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries on Easter Saturday.
04/21/2017 04:39 pm - Do we need the Benedict Option now? Yes. But we should also be deft enough, when necessary, to shift to a more open and engaging attitude.
04/20/2017 05:44 pm - The Catholic Faith is not something we can practice on our own – it’s important to have spiritual role models that help to support us, guide us, and be an example for us.
04/20/2017 12:29 pm - Pope Francis on Thursday announced that the two young shepherd children from Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be canonised during his forthcoming visit to the Portuguese town on May 13th.
04/19/2017 03:14 pm - Pope Francis held his Wednesday General Audience on this chilly and blustery morning in St. Peter’s Square.
04/19/2017 02:42 pm - Existing in some form since several hundred years before Christ, the Latin language seems like an unlikely subject to still be generating brand new research, especially among young scholars.
04/19/2017 01:20 pm - Mourning family members of a Cleveland man whose murder on Easter Sunday was posted online in a Facebook video said that despite their grief, they forgive their father’s killer.
04/18/2017 06:57 pm - On Easter, we celebrate with great joy the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, an event that occurred some two thousand years ago. What evidence is there that the Resurrection of Christ actually happened?
04/18/2017 01:07 pm - Celebrates birthday in Bavarian style saying the Lord has always helped him on a journey of life that's included trials and hard times.
04/18/2017 12:42 pm - Benedict XVI's closest aide describes how the retired pontiff is doing as he turns the milestone age of 90, giving a rare look into what life is like for the Pope Emeritus.
04/17/2017 07:24 pm - The Easter Season began yesterday with the Resurrection of Our Lord. Now that it’s Monday, Easter isn’t over, but rather, the Church’s 50 days of celebration are just beginning.
04/17/2017 01:03 pm - Pope Francis reminded Christians on Easter Sunday that the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith – and that even in the face of unexplainable tragedy and suffering in the world, we can declare, “Christ is risen!”
04/17/2017 11:30 am - (Vatican Radio) “Jesus is risen!” – “He is truly risen, as he said!”
04/16/2017 02:00 pm - On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning...
04/13/2017 03:32 pm - Have you felt a quiet settle over you today on this Holy Thursday?
04/13/2017 07:27 pm - Pope Francis spent Holy Thursday washing the feet of inmates, telling them in a brief homily that God is someone who loves until the end. He urged them to imitate this love even while in prison.
04/13/2017 02:20 pm - Holy Week can be a great time to celebrate family traditions that help to make this week special and holy for you and your kids.
04/13/2017 12:16 pm - Pope Francis celebrated the Chrism Mass of the Rome diocese on the morning of Holy Thursday in St. Peter’s Basilica.
04/12/2017 03:10 pm - As the Church this week reflects on Jesus’ crucifixion and death, Pope Francis said that it is the cross that gives us hope, and urged faithful to enter into the mystery of Christ’s death by contemplating the joy that comes from sacrifice.
04/10/2017 03:10 pm - On Monday the latest Pope Francis-inspired initiative for the poor opened up in Rome – a new laundromat, with washing, drying and ironing services for those without a home or a fixed living situation.
04/08/2017 02:35 pm - If you’re like us, you love a good Saint John Paul II quote. Somehow, his words have a way of making us stop and think. It must be because he’s so holy and wonderful.
04/07/2017 04:30 pm - This Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will wash the feet of prison inmates and say Mass at their penitentiary.
04/06/2017 06:08 pm - Saint Philomena was born in the third century, yet her remains were not discovered until the nineteenth century, when she was virtually unknown to the Church. How can this be?
04/05/2017 05:00 pm - On the fateful voyage that embarked from Southampton and never made it to New York City, a passenger on the RMS Titanic named Major Archibald Willingham Butt was tasked with a special mission – to carry a letter from Pope Pius X and personally deliver it to United States president William H. Taft.
04/04/2017 03:50 pm - God, Our Father, does not usually manifest His love for us in the ways we would expect. Do you have someone in your life who you believe God has used to show you how much He loves you?
04/03/2017 03:40 pm - What did Chesterton see in the Church? Exactly what he saw through the Church – pure brilliance.
03/31/2017 04:40 pm - How do we talk about God and our Catholic Faith? “When we have something in our hearts that we want to say, we have to find words to say it,” says Fr. Daniel Schuster.
03/30/2017 08:40 pm - Pope Francis issued a message ahead of the 2018 World Meeting of Families (WMOF), saying couples and families should root their relationships in the love of God, which then propels them to joyfully share it with others.
03/29/2017 05:30 pm - Do you have a patron saint? A patron saint is generally defined as the protecting or guiding saint of a person. Sure, some of us have a saint who we were named after, and many of us chose a confirmation saint, but do you have a saint whom you call upon regularly?
03/29/2017 04:30 pm - What does it take to renew marriage? The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to find out with a new initiative on marriage and family life: a three-year course which will be offered to both the clergy and lay people throughout its parishes.
03/27/2017 06:00 pm - A veteran Vatican official praised EWTN foundress Mother Angelica as a pioneer of the New Evangelization, saying the way in which the Church speaks to the men and women of today wouldn't be the same without her influence.
03/27/2017 03:00 pm - Dr. Brant Pitre tackles many of these challenges in his newest book, "The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ".
03/24/2017 07:00 pm - How can we teach our kids what Christian joy is? Sometimes it’s even more difficult to be a model of joy for our kids.
03/24/2017 06:10 pm - In accepting the seduction of the alluring Mystery, Mary allowed God’s love to become enfleshed for the transformation of the world.
03/23/2017 07:00 pm - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has officially recognized the miracle attributed to the intercession of two Fatima children - Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto. He also approved the canonizations of 30 Brazilian and 3 Mexican martyrs.
03/23/2017 03:10 pm - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegram expressing his condolences to the victims of the terror attack at the House of Parliament in London on Wednesday
03/23/2017 02:13 pm - (Word on Fire Blog) In The Lord of the Rings, the Lady Galadriel gives Frodo a gift upon his departure from Lothlorien: a phial...
03/22/2017 05:12 pm - Pope Francis said each person must strive to imitate the perseverance and consolation of God, which not only gives us the strength to keep going, but also to help others who are in difficulty.
03/21/2017 04:50 pm - (Vatican Radio) A statement from Greg Burke, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Egypt at the end of April.
03/20/2017 06:30 pm - In the Litany of Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus and spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he is referred to as the Terror of Demons.
03/20/2017 04:15 pm - Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the guardian of the Christ-child. Perhaps the silence of Saint Joseph is his most profound witness.
03/17/2017 09:15 pm - Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.
03/16/2017 09:35 pm - This week Cardinal George Pell sat down with some 20 students from Harvard visiting Rome, with the goal of challenging them to both set firm ideals and to work hard to achieve them – something the Church can help with by providing a basic framework for moral leadership.
03/13/2017 02:30 pm - Pope Francis visited the Roman parish of St. Magdalene of Canossa on Sunday afternoon, meeting with young people and the sick and elderly before celebrating Mass with the parish community.
03/10/2017 03:00 pm - As a parent, you spend so much time doing everything for your kids. You’re responsible for their spiritual growth and development, but are you neglecting your own prayer life?
03/09/2017 03:15 pm - Getting to live in space is a challenge and an honor only a very few people will ever enjoy (at least in our generation). Astronaut Mike Hopkins is one of those selected few.
03/06/2017 04:15 pm - Pope Francis on Sunday called on Christians to consult the Bible with the same frequency as they might consult their cellphones for messages.
03/03/2017 04:10 pm - God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it. Fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life.
03/01/2017 04:10 pm - The ashes of Ash Wednesday are directly connected to the human desire to return to inner integrity.
02/28/2017 03:00 pm - Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and with this commemoration the Church begins the penitential practices of Lent.
02/28/2017 02:00 pm - Pope Francis has given a wide-ranging interview to an Italian magazine run by homeless persons.
02/27/2017 04:00 pm - For a person of faith, all work, regardless of how arduous, menial, tedious or toilsome, when it is suffused by love-from-the-cross, overflows with meaning and purpose.
02/24/2017 04:12 pm - How will you grow in faith during this Lenten season? The three pillars of Lenten observance are a great place to start: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
02/24/2017 03:50 pm - Obstetrician Maria Pollacci holds a very special record. She's delivered 7,642 babies and, after a 72-year career, is still receiving newborns coming into the world in Padavena, a small town in northern Italy at 92 years of age.
02/23/2017 04:18 pm - (Relevant Radio) When Ash Wednesday or Good Friday sneak up on the liturgical calendar, do you grumble about the need to fast?
02/23/2017 03:57 pm - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday told members of the Spanish Villarreal football club that the team spirit which is so vital in playing a good match is fundamental in life and society as well.
02/22/2017 04:00 pm - Through its annual rice bowl initiative, Catholic Relief Services has announced it will be promoting a “culture of encounter” in its Lenten operation.
02/21/2017 05:46 pm - The path to holiness is forgiveness and prayer. Revenge and resentment have no place in the Christian life.
02/20/2017 07:40 pm - Do you put things off until the next day? Do you tend to spend your time on meaningless activities? Time is truly a gift from God and we never know how much of it we will have. Morning Air® regular guest, therapist Leo Battenhausen, joined the show to talk about what we can learn about time from people who have lived a full life.
02/20/2017 03:30 pm - When one’s life is centered on Christ, all the energies, aspirations, and powers of the soul fall into a beautiful and satisfying pattern.
02/17/2017 03:40 pm - The new head of Opus Dei is a humble, hard worker with a “first-class mind” who has immense loyalty to the Church and the personal prelature.
02/17/2017 03:30 pm - Even her friend of more than 30 years, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, did not know Mother Teresa had conversations with and visions of Jesus before forming the Missionaries of Charity. It wasn't until after her death, for the vast majority of people, that this part of Mother Teresa's spiritual life was uncovered.
02/16/2017 07:03 pm - The first major step in the canonization cause of Sr. Lucia, the Fatima seer who spoke with Our Blessed Mother, was completed this week.
02/16/2017 05:30 pm - Pope Francis on Thursday meeting with a delegation from the Special Olympics International in the Vatican, said they were “a sign of hope for all who commit themselves to a more inclusive society.” Image credit: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock, Inc.
02/15/2017 03:35 pm - Step out of your comfort zone! As an incredibly cliché phrase in the English language, this advice often gets ignored or brushed aside, but it can be an important part of our spiritual lives.
02/15/2017 03:20 pm - As children we are taught that bragging is bad, especially when we do it to people who have less than us, however, for Pope Francis, there is one thing we should never hesitate to flaunt to whoever we meet: our hope in Christ.
02/14/2017 07:48 pm - People still associate February 14th with Saint Valentine but who are the other two Saints who have a Memorial today?
02/14/2017 05:05 pm - It’s Valentine’s Day, and in countries across the world, people are focused on love and marriage. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration of – and support for – marriage is not limited to one day, but all year round.
02/13/2017 04:00 pm - Many parents find it very difficult to bring their young children to Mass, especially when they act out, get loud, or run around the aisles. Rich Lamm, husband and stay-at-home dad of four young boys ages seven and under, joined Morning Air® to talk about how to handle young kids at Mass.
02/13/2017 03:35 pm - Venerable Henriette DeLille, born a “free woman of color” before the Civil War, had all the makings of a life of relative ease before her. But in her early 20s, she declared that her religious convictions could not be reconciled with the placage lifestyle for which she was being prepared.
02/10/2017 05:35 pm - Our fallen human nature, our habits, all “create barriers to receiving the fullness of the grace of God,” says Father Tom Wilson. He is a regular contributor to The Inner LifeTM on Relevant Radio® and the pastor of All Saints Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Fr. Wilson and Chuck Neff talked about personal conversion — why it is so difficult and how we can improve our own spiritual lives.
02/10/2017 05:15 pm - Saints like Scholastica show us that the way of Jesus Christ is not just an abstraction or ideal, but a real and practical possibility for our lives.
02/09/2017 05:28 pm - In a lengthy, unscripted dialogue with 140 male religious superiors, Pope Francis admitted that there is "corruption" inside the Vatican, but said that despite this, his secret to maintaining peace comes from St. Joseph and a strong prayer life.
02/09/2017 04:50 pm - Depression plagues our nation with staggering statistics—an estimated 6.7 percent of adults are affected by major depressive disorder.
02/09/2017 04:50 pm - Justo Takayama Ukon was an example of ‘great fidelity to the Christian vocation.’
02/09/2017 04:50 pm - When the fetal ultrasound gained popularity in the 1970s, it was hailed as a “window to the womb.” But now, new technology could offer a much more in-depth view of babies before birth.
02/08/2017 04:50 pm - How can we offer sleep to God as a means to grow in holiness? Dr. Paul Thigpen, bestselling author and award-winning journalist, joined The Drew Mariani ShowTM to discuss how saints gave up sleep and how we can use it as a tool in our spiritual growth.
02/08/2017 03:50 pm - Today is the feast of Saint Josephine Bakita, as well as the 'International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking". Pope Francis appealed to government leaders to be strong in the fight against the scourge of human trafficking and encouraged prayers to Saint Josephine Bakita for all exploited migrants and refugees.
02/07/2017 06:05 pm - Grace Mazza Urbanski, Director of the Children’s Ministry for the Apostleship of Prayer, joined Morning Air® to talk about making time for technology-free family activities.
02/07/2017 03:25 pm - Pope Francis’ pastoral heart came out in his Lenten message this year, focusing in what could be a lengthy homily on the importance of recognizing others as a gift, with an in-depth reflection on the Word of God.
02/06/2017 07:15 pm - We are called to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News and to ‘let our light shine.’ But these things can be more difficult for an introverted person. Alex Hey, author at EpicPew.com, and John Harper, host of Morning Air®, spoke about how we can live the Faith as introverted Catholics.
02/06/2017 06:45 pm - Today’s feast of the martyrs Paul Miki and companions is a special feast of true friendship. What does it mean to be a true friend?
02/05/2017 03:23 pm - As the Patriots and the Falcons gear up for Super Bowl LI, Pope Francis sent a message to both players and viewers.
02/03/2017 06:39 pm - “Being a saint is the mission of the Church; the reason why the Church exists is to produce saints.”
02/03/2017 06:00 pm - Referring extensively to Pope Francis' writing in Amoris laetitia, a Swiss bishop on Thursday gave direction on how to implement the exhortation, emphasizing respect for the sanctity of the marriage bond.
02/03/2017 04:41 pm - Monoamniotic-Monochorionic twins share one amniotic sac, putting them at high-risk for becoming strangled by their own umbilical cords. Ultrasounds revealed a miracle: these babies were cuddling and holding hands as they grew, keeping one another alive.
02/02/2017 04:20 pm - It seems that many ordinary faithful have a keen inner desire to kneel at Mass and even sometimes at Communion.
02/02/2017 04:20 pm - Pope Francis’ prayer intention for February is to Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
02/02/2017 04:20 pm - There is one more sacred day that should not be lost in avalanche of the “winter holidays.” February 2 – the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord – deserves more attention than just being the absolute final day for the Christmas decorations.
02/02/2017 04:20 pm - Recently, over an enjoyable meal, a rabbi friend and I discussed at length a litany of controversial issues, from immigration to the death penalty; from minimum wage to abortion; from prison reform to physician-assisted-suicide.
02/01/2017 10:20 am - President Trump nominates successor to Antonin Scalia.
01/31/2017 07:00 pm - Ever since we were very young, we were told to be patient—by our parents, in school, and in the workplace. “It seems that our whole lives, people have been telling us to be patient but nobody ever tells us why,” says Fr. John Girotti, Vicar for Canonical Services and Associate Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Green Bay. “Why is patience important? Why is it a virtue?”
01/31/2017 04:35 pm - Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St. John Bosco, a man who devoted his life to helping young people. One of the greatest blessings of our Christian faith is the witness of men and women throughout history who let go of their own needs and worked tirelessly for the good of youth and those generations who were to come after them.
01/30/2017 01:20 pm - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington shared a letter with priests of the archdiocese which was also posted on his blog.
01/30/2017 01:20 pm - Dallas Cowboys’ Scott Linehan used popular sacramental in surprisingly successful season.
01/30/2017 01:20 pm - We know that not everyone is called to religious life or married life, but is living a single life a vocation?
01/28/2017 01:20 pm - Thousands of people from around the world spiritually joined together with the many thousands marching in Washington, D.C. to witness that life matters!
01/27/2017 04:20 pm - They are the Sisters of Life and they have a message for women and for the pro-life movement: “You are not alone.”
01/26/2017 08:30 pm - Why do Catholics consider suffering to be valuable, and even a gift from God? Jeff Cavins, Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, joined Morning Air® to discuss the value of suffering.
01/26/2017 07:33 pm - Weeks of speculation were confirmed on Thursday, when the White House verified that Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the national March for Life on Jan. 27.
01/26/2017 05:00 pm - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement decrying President Trump’s orders to construct a wall at the US/Mexico border and to increase immigrant detention and deportation.
01/25/2017 09:50 pm - Fr. John Girotti, Vicar for Canonical Services in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, shares what spiritual dryness is and how we can overcome it.
01/25/2017 06:20 pm - Among those greeting Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience today was Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of the US state of California.
01/25/2017 05:20 pm - Pope Francis has invited believers to trust in God’s providential care while doing everything in their power to respond to the challenges that come their way.
01/24/2017 06:35 pm - What is love? When do we experience God’s love for us? Fr. Bob Pagliari, Redemptorist priest and Professor of Communications at St. John’s University, joined Morning Air® to discuss the universal language of love and his first profound experience of God’s love.
01/24/2017 05:18 pm - The Vatican has released Pope Francis’ Message for the 51st World Day of Social Communications. The theme of this year’s message is "Fear not, for I am with you": Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time.
01/24/2017 04:45 pm - Pope Francis has named Mgr Fernando Ocáriz Braña prelate of Opus Dei.
01/23/2017 06:40 pm - Leo Battenhausen shares the power of a simple hug.
01/23/2017 04:35 pm - Families and medical professionals celebrate as premature infants survive and thrive.
01/23/2017 04:05 pm - A new book, the "Manual for Marian Devotion", provides the context and answers for all kinds of questions about Marian doctrine, as well as prayers and stories for growth in personal devotion.
01/21/2017 01:19 pm - Is laughter good for your health? What about its benefits to your spiritual life?
01/20/2017 06:45 pm - Pope Francis has sent his good wishes to United States President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated in a ceremony at the US Capitol Building on Friday, January 20.
01/20/2017 04:40 pm - After the death of Opus Dei Prelate Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez in December, members of the prelature are gathering in Rome in preparation for the election of their new leader, which will take place in the coming days.
01/20/2017 04:25 pm - With hearts full of devotion, humility and love, these encounters, which are found in the Catechism and are supported by sacred Scripture, connect intellectually as well as emotionally.
01/19/2017 04:15 pm - For Pope Francis, personal conversion is pretty much the key to the Church’s success in all of her activities, from Church governance to pastoral work, from Curial reform to evangelization and dialogue.
01/19/2017 03:00 pm - Mining the example of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's life and teaching, we can deduce some principles to guide our e-preaching.
01/18/2017 06:00 pm - As we mark the annual week of prayer for Christian Unity, Catholics have much to celebrate because 2016 was “truly an ecumenical year”.
01/18/2017 04:10 pm - “Prayer brings you forward in hope and when things get dark, there needs to be more prayer! Then, there will be more hope,” the Pope said January 18.
01/17/2017 09:14 pm - On Monday, January 16, Relevant Radio announced that the third hour of The Drew Mariani ShowTM would now be heard across all Immaculate Heart Radio stations.
01/17/2017 01:21 pm - Claude Paradis was impoverished and homeless, living on the streets of Montreal, Canada. He struggled with addiction to both alcohol and drugs, with a future so bleak, he considered ending his own life.
01/16/2017 05:42 pm - In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we're sharing two videos from Bishop Barron. The first is his video on why Dr. King still matters to all cultures and ages.
01/16/2017 02:53 pm - As colder weather settled over Rome last week, two area charities have found ways to reach out to those without food or shelter during the cold winter nights: one by turning a church into a temporary shelter, another by partnering with a newly-opened McDonald’s near the Vatican.
01/13/2017 10:06 pm - Bishop Robert Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston joined The Drew Mariani ShowTM to discuss Roof’s sentence and ask that everyone pray for the victims and for the conversion of this mass murderer.
01/13/2017 03:03 pm - After falling into a pool, little Joy Loboda did not have a heartbeat for some 20-30 minutes. She should not be alive today, but she is.
01/12/2017 07:54 pm - Global persecution of Christians has risen for the fourth year in a row and is on a “rapid rise” in Asia, the advocacy group Open Doors UK warned on Wednesday in its annual report on Christian persecution.
01/11/2017 10:32 pm - The Holy Father has been speaking about this theme of hope and what that means in our lives as Christians for the past few weeks.
01/11/2017 02:58 pm - On the night of Jan. 4, Nathan Leonhardt was locking up the Cathedral of St. Paul in Minneapolis when he found something extraordinary.
01/10/2017 03:42 pm - “These children are the ones you killed with your abortions,” said St. Thomas, and Stojan awoke in shock and fear. He decided he would refuse to participate in any more abortions.
01/10/2017 01:12 pm - Don't settle for something less than astonishment; be amazed! Don't fall into spiritual amnesia; treasure!​
01/09/2017 08:37 pm - Last Wednesday, a Select Investigative Panel in the U.S. House of Representatives released a report accusing Planned Parenthood of serious abuses and possible criminal violations in transactions between abortion businesses and fetal tissue harvesters.
01/09/2017 08:37 pm - Pope Francis Sunday baptized 28 babies during Mass in the Sistine Chapel, reminding parents that by asking for the Sacrament of Baptism, the gift of faith, for their child, they have a responsibility to guard it and to help it deepen.
01/09/2017 04:02 pm - Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, and it is with this awe-filled liturgy that the three great revelations or "theophanies" of the Christmas season are brought to stunning fulfillment.
01/09/2017 02:50 pm - Speaking to pilgrims gathered in a freezing St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis asked for prayers for all those living and dying on the streets at this time of year.
01/06/2017 10:28 pm - Bishop Richard Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee, was recently involved in presenting the cause for sainthood for Father Patrick Ryan.
01/06/2017 03:09 pm - Pope Francis on Friday celebrated Mass for the feast of the Epiphany telling the faithful in St Peter's Basilica the Magi personify all those who believe and long for God.
01/05/2017 08:01 pm - For decades, the Holy Father has asked us to join him in praying each month for two special intentions that are presented through the Apostleship of Prayer, but starting this month, there will be a slight modification to the way these intentions are chosen.
01/05/2017 03:34 pm - Pope Francis met on Thursday with participants in a Conference organized by the national Office for Pastoral Care for Vocations of the Italian Episcopal Conference.
01/04/2017 02:55 pm - Pope Francis on Wednesday continued his series of reflections on Christian hope, speaking of the inconsolable pain of a parent losing a child.
01/03/2017 06:33 pm - Perhaps what will count at the hour of death is the journey, the way our whole life became our unceasing prayer — because through it all, year after year, day after day, we never gave up and never stopped trying to do better.
01/03/2017 01:16 pm - Pope Francis has written to the Bishops of the world condemning all forms of oppression and exploitation of children.
01/01/2017 02:20 pm - 2016 was filled with incredible miracle stories from Mother Teresa finally getting her second miracle approved and then canonized...
12/30/2016 07:44 pm - There is undeniably something beautiful about the thirsting human spirit.
12/30/2016 06:00 pm - If you have ever experienced spiritual dryness, you know that it can be a real cross in the path towards holiness.
12/30/2016 03:32 pm - Pictures of a young Argentinian nun – smiling and serene though dying from a devastating battle with cancer – have erupted on social media, with thousands sharing the images and heartfelt prayers.
12/29/2016 06:35 pm - Today is the Feast of St. Thomas Becket, a 12th century archbishop from England martyred as a result of his unabashed loyalty to the Church of Rome in opposition to the English monarch, King Henry II.
12/29/2016 03:19 pm - I can’t see how it all fits together, but I have had enough experience and seen enough of God’s work in the world to believe that it does.
12/28/2016 06:38 pm - Many people are back at work after the Christmas holiday, and “for a lot of people, Christmas is over because vacation is over,” says Rev. Francis Hoffman.
12/28/2016 03:44 pm - Look at all that we’d miss out on if we shut down our Christmas on December 26 along with the secular world!
12/27/2016 04:27 pm - I would like to take the opportunity this Christmas season to reflect, however inadequately, on one of the most magnificent passages in the Scriptures, indeed one of the gems of the Western literary tradition: the prologue to the Gospel of John.
12/27/2016 02:13 pm - “Padre, they've come for you.” Those were some of the last words heard by Father Stanley Francis, spoken by someone staying at the mission in Guatemala who had been led, at gunpoint, to where “Padre Francisco” was sleeping.
12/26/2016 01:55 pm - Today the Church remembers the witness of Saint Stephen, the first of the Church's martyrs.
12/25/2016 10:14 pm - Pope Francis has urged Christians to allow themselves to be challenged by the Child in the manger, and also by the children of today’s world, so many of whom are suffering.
12/22/2016 09:27 pm - While hope can often be viewed as the desire for things out of our reach, Pope Francis has said that the birth of Jesus offers us a new kind hope — one which, thanks to the Incarnation, is attainable and leads to a different goal.
12/22/2016 05:00 pm - Pope Francis invited the Roman Curia to embrace the process of reform on Thursday, telling them Christmas is “the feast of the loving humility of God, of the God who upsets our logical expectations, the established order”.
12/21/2016 08:03 pm - Advent is a time of preparation. We’re told to quiet ourselves and make time for prayer, and to make room in our hearts for Christ Jesus and the celebration of His birth.
12/21/2016 03:35 pm - If you read the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, you hear two different accounts of the Nativity Story. What is the reason for the differences between these Gospel accounts of the first coming of the Lord?
12/21/2016 01:53 pm - Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the faithful to open their hearts to the Good News of the Saviour’s birth.
12/20/2016 08:19 pm - Do you ever fear your family gatherings during the holidays, knowing that the dreaded topics of religion and politics are bound to come up?
12/20/2016 06:26 pm - Pope Francis recently cautioned that the biggest enemy of mercy is “self-love.”
12/20/2016 03:02 pm - What are being called two major acts of terrorism in just the past 24 hours have prompted Pope Francis to again beg for an even stronger commitment to putting such bloody attacks, which have marred many parts of the world over the past 18 months, to an end.
12/19/2016 06:04 pm - Like it or not, food is a centerpiece of most Christmas gatherings. For people who are struggling to maintain or lose weight, or just want to eat healthy, this can be a difficult time of year.
12/19/2016 01:11 pm - Pope Francis on Monday encouraged young Catholics to cultivate their relationships with their grandparents.
12/17/2016 07:24 pm - He lived side by side with two saints for forty years. That was his preparation for what came next: serving the Church as the Bishop-Prelate of Opus Dei from 1994 to 2016...
12/16/2016 05:04 pm - December 16 marks the start of the third annual Relevant Radio Christmas Family Rosary Novena. This special LIVE broadcast airs at 9pm ET/8pm CT each evening from December 16 through Christmas Eve.
12/16/2016 03:11 pm - The distinctive mark of Jesus' Lordship is love, compassion, forgiveness, and non-violence—but this is not the stuff of sentimentality and warm feelings.
12/16/2016 01:49 pm - Birthday wishes have been pouring in from across the globe in celebration of Pope Francis’ 80th on Saturday, 17 December.
12/15/2016 04:03 pm - Many families have traditions, especially around the holidays, but as time goes on and our families grow and move and change, these traditions may evolve or change.
12/15/2016 02:42 pm - You might have seen an Army chaplain devoutly praying the rosary on the sideline during Saturday's Army-Navy football game. Who was he and what was he praying for?
12/15/2016 01:30 pm - Pope Francis on Thursday greeted young patients, their families and hospital staff of Rome’s ‘Bambino Gesù’ Children’s Hospital and encouraged them to nurture hope and to say ‘thank you’ to God for having shown us the way to give meaning to our human existence.
12/14/2016 07:46 pm - Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the theme of 'Christian hope' at his Wednesday General Audience, saying the Kingdom brought by Jesus at his birth calls us to be joyful heralds in a world that “yearns for justice, truth, and peace”.
12/14/2016 04:34 pm - On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill banning abortions performed after five months of pregnancy in most cases, citing evidence that unborn babies can feel pain at this point.
12/13/2016 09:02 pm - Even though Pope Francis was planning a “normal” workday for his birthday, well-wishers can help brighten it up with special tweets and emails.
12/13/2016 02:34 pm - Pope Francis is celebrating the 47th anniversary of his priestly ordination on Tuesday 13th December.
12/13/2016 01:09 pm - Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, the Prelate of Opus Dei, died Monday evening at the age of 84 in Rome, several days after being hospitalized with pneumonia.
12/12/2016 09:03 pm - Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, so we're sharing two videos from Bishop Robert Barron on this feast.
12/12/2016 05:33 pm - Scientists at a university in Liverpool recently unveiled what they say is the most realistic portrait ever created of St. Nicholas of Myra, the popular 4th Century bishop best known as the inspiration for the modern-day figure of Santa Claus.
12/12/2016 02:47 pm - Pope Francis this morning called His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, to express his condolences following the recent attack on the Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark in Abassiya, Cairo.
12/09/2016 07:14 pm - As a kid, you may have poured over the catalogs or paid close attention to the toy commercials and advertisements, and put together a wish list of gifts you hoped would be under the tree on Christmas morning.
12/09/2016 04:21 pm - A cloistered nun in India came out of her convent for an extraordinary reason: to attend a graduation ceremony for her doctorate in Aerospace Engineering.
12/09/2016 01:44 pm - This year’s Christmas tree and crib were due to be inaugurated and lit up on Friday afternoon in St Peter’s Square. Earlier in the day in the Paul VI hall, Pope Francis met with the donors of the tree and the nativity scene, telling them that these gifts “form a message of hope and love.”
12/08/2016 07:03 pm - Today the Church celebrates a mysterious and miraculous event of such importance to God's plan for our salvation in Christ that it happened in a manner that went virtually undetected.
12/08/2016 03:41 pm - Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to give their “Yes” to God, which allows the Lord to create for us a “new story,” as opposed to sin, which makes us “old inside.”
12/07/2016 08:29 pm - As the days of Advent fly by, you may be feeling that this holy season is slipping away and time is running out to prepare our hearts for Christ’s birth.
12/07/2016 02:53 pm - At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis began a new series of catecheses on “Christian Hope”.
12/06/2016 10:32 pm - He who does not know the tenderness of God does not know the Christian doctrine. This was the concept at the core of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, a homily focused largely on the figure of Judas.
12/06/2016 05:13 pm - More than 100 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities have reaffirmed their support for undocumented students in light of questions about the future of U.S. immigration policy.
12/05/2016 11:36 pm - A doctor in the Netherlands performed euthanasia on a 41 year-old father of two who claimed his alcoholism had made his life unbearable.
12/05/2016 06:45 pm - On 1 December, the Holy Father Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
12/05/2016 03:02 pm - Pope Francis has again captured the hearts of the world, with a tear-jerking letter to a young Italian girl dying from cancer, which was read aloud at the girl’s funeral once she passed away.
12/02/2016 08:18 pm - Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged the faithful to ask the Lord for help whenever they feel they may be resisting his grace.
12/02/2016 06:18 pm - What is a valuable gift?
12/02/2016 02:27 pm - As devastating wildfires continue to burn in East Tennessee, a startling discovery was made.
12/01/2016 08:50 pm - This December, the Holy Father’s intention is, “That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.”
12/01/2016 02:20 pm - For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017.
11/30/2016 09:28 pm - Christians must pursue true humility as they remember the “smallness” of Christmas, Pope Francis said in his Tuesday homily.
11/30/2016 05:21 pm - The Liturgical Calendar has started anew with the beginning of our Advent Season, and the Church gives us the gift of celebrating the feast days of many holy men and women during these days of preparation.
11/29/2016 08:43 pm - Scottish Catholics around the world are preparing to celebrate the feast of their patron saint tomorrow.
11/29/2016 03:29 pm - While signs of bustling pilgrims who came for the Jubilee of Mercy are mostly gone, new signs of Christmas are springing up around St. Peter’s Basilica, including the construction of the large Nativity scene in the middle of the square, and the placement of a Christmas tree alongside it.
11/28/2016 05:15 pm - Pope Francis marked the beginning of the new liturgical year at the Angelus for the First Sunday of Advent.
11/26/2016 10:43 pm - Advent begins this Sunday, but it seems like most of the culture is already in the full swing of Christmas.
11/23/2016 05:28 pm - How do you show gratitude? Saint Ambrose says, “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
11/23/2016 03:14 pm - Pope Francis focused on two more of the Spiritual Works of Mercy at his General Audience on Wednesday: “Counseling the Doubtful” and “Instructing the Ignorant”.
11/23/2016 01:53 pm - As the push for physician-assisted suicide continues throughout the country, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is asking the faithful to step up in opposing anti-life measures.
11/22/2016 07:47 pm - Pope Francis said death is not to be feared if we are faithful to the Lord but warned against being trapped into basing our lives around superficial things that are not transcendent as though we never had to die.
11/21/2016 05:36 pm - What would you cling to like a desperate animal? What loss would you fear? What do you ultimately love?
11/21/2016 02:23 pm - Although the Jubilee of Mercy has ended, Pope Francis has decided that some of the novelties he applied to the Church during the Holy Year will continue.
11/21/2016 01:12 pm - Although the Extraordinary Jubilee Year has concluded, we are still living in a “time of mercy.” That was the message of Pope Francis in a lengthy Apostolic Letter, entitled Misericordia et misera, (“Mercy and Misery”), issued on Monday following the close of the Year of Mercy.
11/18/2016 08:12 pm - What does it mean to trust in God? “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven,” said Our Lord.
11/18/2016 02:18 pm - In a lengthy new interview, Pope Francis opened up about his thoughts on the Jubilee of Mercy as well as progress made in the field of ecumenism, both of which he said have roots in the Second Vatican Council.
11/17/2016 04:01 pm - On the first day of the assembly, US bishops approved a strategic 5 point plan for the next 4 years.
11/16/2016 07:13 pm - During the U.S. bishops’ fall general assembly Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore, they approved by voice vote the sainthood causes of four men and women as part of the episcopal consultation in the Catholic Church’s process for possible canonization.
11/16/2016 02:25 pm - After the recent presidential election, the new president of the U.S. Bishops is adamant about standing with all vulnerable persons, including the unborn and immigrants.
11/15/2016 10:35 pm - How do we talk about God and our Catholic Faith? “When we have something in our hearts that we want to say, we have to find words to say it,” says Fr. Daniel Schuster.
11/15/2016 07:11 pm - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as its president, and Archbishop Jose Gómez of Los Angeles vice-president.
11/15/2016 05:07 pm - Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the international community to act without delay in combating climate change.
11/15/2016 01:30 pm - Elections were uppermost in the minds of the U.S. Bishops as they assembled on Monday for day one of their three day annual fall assembly in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday.
11/14/2016 07:04 pm - Turkey, mashed potatoes, and football… we don’t think of Thanksgiving as a Catholic holiday, but it’s easy to make this holiday of gratitude a truly Catholic experience.
11/14/2016 02:25 pm - The reality that everything in this world is passing shouldn’t frighten us, Pope Francis said, but instead it should strengthen us to place our trust completely in Christ, recognizing that what is truly important endures: the Lord and our neighbor.
11/11/2016 08:38 pm - Saint Philomena was born in the third century, yet her remains were not discovered until the nineteenth century, when she was virtually unknown to the Church.
11/11/2016 04:13 pm - Pope Francis on Friday welcomed to Rome more than 6000 people, men and women from various European nations, who have lived, or are even now, living on the street.
11/10/2016 02:08 pm - Pope Francis revealed on Thursday that the search for Christian unity is one of his principle concerns, one that he prays may be shared by every baptized person.
11/10/2016 12:55 pm - Catholics voted once again for the winning presidential candidate in Tuesday’s election, as they have done in recent elections.
11/09/2016 04:37 pm - Bishops in the United States called on Catholics to pray for elected officials on the morning following the 2016 presidential election, and exhorted them to work for unity and to promote the common good.
11/09/2016 01:40 pm - The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on Wednesday said he hoped the newly elected American president, Donald Trump, would be guided by God to serve his country but also to promote peace and wellbeing in the world.
11/08/2016 07:26 pm - During Mass at the Vatican Tuesday, Pope Francis warned that the desire for power and money is an obstacle which keeps us from God, and that true freedom can only be found when we serve others.
11/08/2016 12:02 pm - As Americans across the country step into the voting booth, what are the most important principles for Catholics seeking to form their consciences according to Church teaching?
11/07/2016 08:02 pm - We still have time to join in the prayers from across the country as far as the Holy Land itself making pleas to the Lord for his help with the U.S. election.
11/07/2016 03:17 pm - A new poll released Friday shows Donald Trump winning the Catholic vote by 16 points – but is it an accurate prediction of how Catholics will vote next Tuesday?
11/07/2016 01:29 pm - Pope Francis has named the Archbishop of Indianapolis, Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., to be the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.
11/06/2016 12:50 pm - On Sunday Pope Francis held a special Mass held for prisoners inside St. Peter’s Basilica...
11/05/2016 01:40 pm - Let’s spend the final days before the election in a productive, godly way.
11/04/2016 06:11 pm - With recent polls showing an increasingly tight presidential race, it's still unpredictable as to who will come out next week as the next president of the United States.
11/04/2016 02:49 pm - There is often an accusation of triviality when talking about sports as if they are more than just games.
11/03/2016 08:02 pm - It’s no secret that Fr. Francis Hoffman, “Father Rocky”, Executive Director of Relevant Radio, is a Chicago Cubs fan.
11/03/2016 07:15 pm - Pope Francis on Thursday urged representatives of different religions to foster a peaceful encounter of believers and genuine religious freedom.
11/03/2016 03:39 pm - Be rebels, and don't settle for spiritual mediocrity. If you want to be happy, you have to play an ‘emptying’ game rather than a ‘filling’ game.
11/02/2016 08:30 pm - Aboard the papal plane back to Rome from Sweden, Pope Francis said the issue of women priests has been clearly decided, while also clarifying the essential role of women in the Catholic Church.
11/02/2016 07:45 pm - After centuries of ministering to the dying, the Catholic Church has a fund of experience to share in what was traditionally called the art of dying wellAfter centuries of ministering to the dying, the Catholic Church has a fund of experience to share in what was traditionally called the art of dying well.
11/02/2016 02:39 pm - All Souls’ Day, the Church prominently prays for those who are still traveling there via purgatory — but praying for the departed and having Masses said for them is an all-year obligation.
11/01/2016 09:13 pm - Every year, the Holy Father gives us a month where we pray for refugees, but this year we’re praying for the countries that are receiving refugees or displaced persons.
11/01/2016 06:40 pm - Today is the start of the Month of the Holy Souls, and tomorrow we celebrate All Souls Day.
11/01/2016 02:37 pm - Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday for Sweden’s Catholic community, gathered in an open air stadium in the southern city of Malmo.
10/31/2016 09:43 pm - Do you have a patron saint? A patron saint is generally defined as the protecting or guiding saint of a person.
10/31/2016 08:43 pm - Pope Francis has arrived in Sweden for a two-day apostolic journey where, together with the heads of the Lutheran World Federation he will jointly preside at an ecumenical prayer service in Lund cathedral, followed by a public witness event in the nearby city of Malmö.
10/31/2016 06:43 pm - A large earthquake struck the central Italian town of Norcia this morning, leveling the Basilica of St. Benedict and several other buildings in the town.
10/28/2016 07:14 pm - Webster’s Dictionary defines a ghost as “the soul of a dead person; a disembodied spirit.” Do they exist?
10/28/2016 06:30 pm - Iraqi Christians stranded in Kurdistan have some reason for hope, now that the battle for Mosul and the Nineveh Plane has begun.
10/28/2016 01:43 pm - Pope Francis has called making war in the name of religion “satanic” and a "blasphemy.”
10/27/2016 08:46 pm - We hear that patience is a virtue, and we often strive to be patient with others. But are we patient with God?
10/27/2016 04:14 pm - Pope Francis met in the Vatican on Thursday with participants at an international conference on combatting human trafficking.
10/26/2016 06:49 pm - Most of us have been in situations where we have been confronted or asked about our Catholic Faith and we don’t quite know how to respond.
10/25/2016 05:22 pm - Join us in praying a Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, starting today and concluding on All Souls Day!
10/25/2016 02:26 pm - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Tuesday published a new instruction on the burial of the dead and on the conservation of the ashes in cases of cremation.
10/24/2016 07:48 pm - Pope Francis on Monday warned against excessive rigidity and said God gives us the freedom and the gentleness to be merciful.
10/24/2016 01:15 pm - Seven young women in Kirkuk credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath beds while Islamic State group fighters used their room as a hideout during an assault on the city.
10/21/2016 08:06 pm - If you’re like us, you love a good Saint John Paul II quote. Somehow, his words have a way of making us stop and think.
10/21/2016 03:49 pm - For years, Cecilia Cunningham and her husband took their children trick-or-treating in their then-suburban Philadelphia neighborhood.
10/21/2016 01:04 pm - As a child, I loved Halloween and looked forward to dressing up and going trick-or-treating. Recently, my son shared with me that he does not like Halloween.
10/20/2016 03:22 pm - With the Nov. 8 election approaching, the Knights of Columbus have released a novena addressed to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, who is the patroness of the United States.
10/19/2016 08:13 pm - The five bishops of Wisconsin have collectively entrusted the entire state to Mary, Mother of Mercy.
10/18/2016 07:22 pm - There is much more to Saint Luke the Evangelist than many people realize.
10/17/2016 09:02 pm - Saint Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop, martyr, and Apostolic Father.
10/17/2016 04:21 pm - On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized seven new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that prayer isn’t always a smooth path, but that like the saints, Christ supports us even when it is difficult.
10/17/2016 02:58 pm - Pope Francis on Sunday canonized seven new Saints including Argentina's “gaucho priest'' Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero.
10/14/2016 01:00 pm - Relevant Radio® and Immaculate Heart Radio have announced their plan to unite as one Catholic radio network to reach 133 million souls in 36 states.
10/14/2016 07:10 pm - Pope Francis has decided to send an initial contribution of $100,000 to Haiti to help with emergency recovery in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Vatican announced Friday.
10/14/2016 04:36 pm - On Friday Pope Francis visited with young children at the “SOS Village” in Rome, a community made up of homes for children who are in positions of family or social hardship, as recommended by social services.
10/13/2016 01:05 pm - Pope Francis received some 1 thousand pilgrims in the Vatican on Thursday – most of them German Lutherans – here in Rome as part of ecumenical preparations for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation.
10/12/2016 03:15 pm - Pope Francis renewed his appeal for peace in Syria on Wednesday.
10/12/2016 01:48 pm - Catholics who can't in good conscience vote for either major presidential candidate are well within their rights to pick a third option, says Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska.
10/11/2016 04:09 pm - “The Year of Mercy ends November 20, but yet, being a person a mercy, a vessel of mercy, we will move forward,” says Emily Jaminet.
10/11/2016 02:27 pm - As states around the country consider legalizing physician-assisted suicide, “death with dignity” looks markedly different for patients under the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
10/10/2016 02:04 pm - The Albanian priest whose testimony moved Pope Francis to tears in 2014 is one of the 17 international bishops and priests the Pope will elevate to the College of Cardinals Nov. 19.
10/09/2016 01:14 pm - Archbishops Cupich of Chicago, Tobin of Indianapolis and Bishop Kevin Farrell to be U.S. recipients of red hats among 13 new cardinal-electors.
10/07/2016 07:47 pm - After Hurricane Matthew killed more than 300 people and left thousands more homeless, Pope Francis has written a telegram assuring his prayer and spiritual closeness to all those affected by the disaster.
10/07/2016 03:18 pm - The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says Anglicans and Catholics “have found renewed impetus and momentum” in how they “work and walk together”.
10/06/2016 04:15 pm - The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the XV General Assembly of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops taking place in October 2018 will be “Young people, faith and vocational discernment.”
10/06/2016 01:26 pm - Pope Francis’s October Intention: That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.
10/05/2016 05:14 pm - Pope Francis on Wednesday greeted participants of Sport at the Service of Humanity's First Global Conference on Sport and Faith, which is being held in the Vatican this week.
10/04/2016 03:09 pm - At 101 years old, Doña Penha has seen quite a bit of life. But the centenarian experienced something new on September 28, as she received her First Communion during Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel nursing home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
10/03/2016 08:41 pm - Michele Faehnle learned what mercy really was when her young son was sick with a rare disease called Guillain-Barre and he was in the hospital for five weeks.
10/03/2016 04:22 pm - Why do some young adults wander away from the Church and some do not? I do not think there is an easy answer to this.
10/03/2016 02:15 pm - The French diocese of Rouen has officially begun an inquiry into the beatification of French priest Jacques Hamel, killed by Islamic extremists earlier this summer, after receiving a note from Pope Francis waiving the traditional five-year waiting period.
09/30/2016 07:54 pm - The first annual National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help will begin on Saturday, October 1, and will conclude on October 9, the day of Our Lady’s apparitions in Champion, Wisconsin.
09/30/2016 04:46 pm - The Martin family lived in nineteenth century France. Saints Louis and Zelie Martin were the parents of nine children, one of whom has been canonized by the Church, St. Therese of Lisieux.
09/30/2016 02:22 pm - Pope Francis landed in Georgia Friday, telling leaders of the former Soviet republic that peace is urgent in today’s troubled world, and can only be achieved by the pursuit of justice and mutual respect for the sovereign rights of every nation.
09/29/2016 03:40 pm - “Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
09/28/2016 06:03 pm - There are many misconceptions about angels and their role in our lives, but though we cannot see these glorious beings, angels can play a big part in our spiritual lives if we let them.
09/28/2016 09:34 pm - Montoya is the third person from the homeless community selected to go on pilgrimage to Rome through Denver Homeless Ministries (DHM).
09/28/2016 01:49 pm - Pope Francis has once again appealed for peace in Syria. At his General Audience on Wednesday, the Pope said, “dramatic news continues to reach me concerning the fate of the people of Aleppo, with whom, through prayer and spiritual closeness, I feel united in suffering.
09/27/2016 05:18 pm - It was August in Rome, the dog days of summer, and most people had left the Eternal City for the beach or another summer holiday destination.
09/27/2016 02:48 pm - Repurposing has become a popular term. It does have a certain je ne sais quoi that “reusing for a different purpose” or “wearing a hand me down” does not.
09/26/2016 09:19 pm - It has been one year since the Holy Father’s Apostolic Journey to the United States of America. His messages during his time visiting our great nation were especially poignant and carry just as much weight today.
09/26/2016 06:52 pm - Californians should vote for Proposition 62, a ballot measure to end the death penalty, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said in a reflection on justice, Catholic teaching and American society.
09/26/2016 02:22 pm - Keeping the central truth of our faith – that Jesus Christ is Our Divine Lord, that He died and is risen from the dead, never to die again.
09/23/2016 06:38 pm - The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy began on December 8, 2015, and will conclude on November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.
09/23/2016 01:51 pm - After a police shooting left a man dead and roused hundreds of people in protest amid conflicting stories, he’s been thinking about what he can say to his flock.
09/22/2016 04:13 pm - When Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected to the papacy in March 2013, he wasn't well-traveled or especially familiar with the United States -- and those were precisely the gifts he brought to his 2015 visit to America, the anniversary of which is this week.
09/22/2016 03:20 pm - Pope Francis on Thursday met with the Italian National Council of the Order of Journalists, telling them that truth, professionalism and respect for human dignity were essential elements in their work.
09/21/2016 08:12 pm - It’s common to feel discouraged. We all have goals that we want to achieve—some success that we want to attain.
09/21/2016 03:03 pm - For the past week, I have been sequestered at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, an institution about five miles west of St. Peter’s Basilica.
09/21/2016 02:25 pm - Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Buddhist religious leaders applauded the “Spirit of Assisi” in interreligious meetings launched by Pope St. John Paul II thirty years ago in the Italian hill town.
09/20/2016 02:59 pm - His one day visit to Assisi sees him taking part in the closing of the interreligious World Day of Prayer for Peace, organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio.
09/20/2016 01:11 pm - In light of Pope Francis' call to pray for the victims of sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will support a Worldwide Day of Prayer for Sexual Abuse Survivors, highlighting the importance of healing and noting the progress the Church has made over the years.
09/19/2016 04:52 pm - Saint Januarius, bishop and martyr, lived in Italy in the third and fourth centuries during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian.
09/19/2016 02:31 pm - Pope Francis has asked for prayers for peace in a world in which war is everywhere.
09/16/2016 08:09 pm - God, Our Father, does not usually manifest His love for us in the ways we would expect.
09/16/2016 04:19 pm - On Friday, Pope Francis visited a neonatal hospital unit and a hospice for the terminally ill, stressing the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.
09/16/2016 01:27 pm - If God exists, where is he? Moreover if God is all-loving and all-powerful why hasn’t he shown himself to the world?
09/15/2016 05:16 pm - At the Cross her station keeping, stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to Jesus to the last, begins the Stabat Mater Dolorosa.
09/15/2016 01:10 pm - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York issued the following statement alerting the public to a deceptive ad campaign calling for taxpayer funding of abortion in the name of the Catholic faith.
09/14/2016 05:22 pm - Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
09/14/2016 02:30 pm - Don’t let indifference stop you from an authentic encounter with another person, Pope Francis said Tuesday.
09/13/2016 06:36 pm - September 13 marks the feast day of St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church. How did he gain the name Chrysostom, a Greek name meaning ‘golden mouth’?
09/13/2016 02:28 pm - Christians can’t be second-class citizens if they are to remain in the Middle East, and the next United States administration will need to stand up for their rights, the head of the Knights of Columbus has said.
09/12/2016 07:08 pm - On Sunday Pope Francis said that God shows us, through parables, the merciful love of the Father, who rejoices over every sinful person who returns to him.
09/12/2016 01:53 pm - Pope Francis administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on a seriously ill young man before his Saturday Jubilee Audience in St. Peter’s Square.
09/09/2016 04:02 pm - Some Catholics only have Catholic friends. Some Catholics don’t have any Catholic friends. Which is the better part?
09/09/2016 02:57 pm - The 11-day competition will see more than 4000 athletes taking part from 161 countries.
09/09/2016 01:31 pm - After the United States has declared that genocide is taking place against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq, what is the next step for genocide victims displaced from their homes?
09/08/2016 08:25 pm - September 8th is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, occurring exactly nine months after the celebration of Mary’s Immaculate Conception in the womb of Her mother, Saint Anne.
09/08/2016 05:59 pm - Members of St Peter’s Cricket Club set out on a second ‘Light of Faith’ tour to the UK this weekend, with ecumenical and interfaith objectives high on their agenda.
09/08/2016 02:03 pm - In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.
09/07/2016 07:02 pm - During the month of September, Relevant Radio is welcoming an intern from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) in Rome.
09/07/2016 04:29 pm - On Wednesday, Pope Francis warned against making Jesus into the person we want him to be, and thus creating obstacles to a true relationship with Christ and his mercy.
09/06/2016 06:06 pm - On Saturday, Pope Francis marked the Jubilee of Volunteer Workers by presiding over celebrations in St Peter’s Square, the latest event in the Holy Year of Mercy.
09/06/2016 02:12 pm - Pope Francis on Sunday declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a Saint, saying that she shone a light in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering.
09/02/2016 10:03 pm - Mother Teresa will be formally declared a saint during her Canonization Mass on Sunday.
09/02/2016 08:45 pm - Tens of thousands of faithful are expected to turn out for the canonization Sunday 4 September of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
09/02/2016 05:54 pm - Blessed Teresa's successor, the postulator for her cause, and a Brazilian man miraculously healed on account of Mother Teresa's intercession give briefing to journalists ahead of Sunday's canonization.
09/02/2016 02:29 pm - The canonization portrait of Bl. Mother Teresa, a copy of which will hang from St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, is meant to reflect her joy and her selflessness, said the artist.
09/01/2016 09:13 pm - God calls on us all to share what we have, so when Relevant Radio had some outdated radio equipment we were no longer using, we knew we had to find a great place to donate it!
09/01/2016 06:27 pm - Michael O’Neill studies miraculous claims and calls the Catholic Church’s approach to them "perfect".
09/01/2016 03:46 pm - Pope Francis has issued a Message to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
08/31/2016 06:11 pm - As students are starting a new school year, many college students are moving back to campuses to start another year away from home. As a parent, have you prepared your college student to keep their faith strong?
08/31/2016 02:28 pm - On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of having the courage to recognize our sins and ask God for forgiveness, moving forward rather than getting stuck in feelings of shame and rejection.
08/30/2016 08:31 pm - Rebecca Frech was an atheist/agnostic. She was raised by parents who always went to Mass on Sundays but taught her that with “things like contraception, the Church was wrong; it was just a bunch of old men in Rome and they didn’t know anything.”
08/30/2016 04:12 pm - In honor of all “workers and volunteers of mercy,” the Vatican is asking those who volunteer in different service opportunities to share their testimony on social media with the hashtag #BeMercy.
08/29/2016 09:14 pm - I remember with great fondness childhood visits to the Art Institute of Chicago with my father.
08/29/2016 05:30 pm - On Monday Pope Francis met with Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of social networking giant Facebook, at the Vatican, marking the latest in a string of visits from other major tech-heads this year.
08/26/2016 06:14 pm - You probably know the pattern. A smart and gifted boy leaves home for school. He makes new friends.
08/26/2016 04:08 pm - Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace. This is the title of the Message for the 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of Pope Francis.
08/26/2016 02:19 pm - Two religious sisters were found murdered in their Mississippi home Thursday, according to police.
08/25/2016 04:10 pm - In a conversation with members of the Jesuit order in Poland, Pope Francis said the real life situations of everyday Catholics aren’t black and white, but rather vary on a spectrum of gray.
08/24/2016 01:19 pm - In the wake of the powerful earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday, Pope Francis at the General Audience postponed his prepared catechesis, and led the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square in the recitation of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary.
08/23/2016 02:24 pm - Mother Teresa will be canonized on Sept. 4, and a global film festival aims to screen 23 movies to mark the event.