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8 Things You Need to Know About Easter Sunday

Note: This article originally appeared on March 30, 2013.   The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas. What happened on this day? Was Jesus' resurrection a...

Pope Francis’ Easter Vigil Homily 2019 — Full Text

At 8.30pm this evening, the Holy Father celebrated the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, during which he administered the sacraments of Christian initiation to eight catechumens from Italy, Albania, Ecuador, Indonesia and Peru. After the...

On Holy Saturday, Our Lady Stands Without Her Son and Savior

I recall an acquaintance once insisting to me that there is as much evidence the Buddha was born of a virgin as was Christ. First, this is perfect nonsense as the Buddha's story of being born of a virgin was first espoused only many centuries...

7 Traditional Easter Recipes From Around the World

Holy Week, the seven days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, is the most reverential time of the Christian calendar. For Catholics around the world, this week inspires worship, prayer and spiritual cleansing. Thus Catholics are ready to...

“Three Days and Three Nights?”

In Matthew 12:40, Jesus says: Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. This has widely—and correctly—been understood as a reference...

A Tale of Two Cities’ Cathedrals

The fires that burned brightly at Notre-Dame de Paris were matched by the vivid resolve of French politicians and civic leaders that from the ashes this great cathedral will rise once more. Across the channel in London, one cannot help but be...

How the Crown of Thorns Ended Up at Notre Dame Cathedral

During the recent tragic fire in Notre Dame Cathedral one of the relics rescued was the Crown of Thorns. It one of the most revered of Christian relics having been worn by Our Lord during His passion. There is a fascinating story of how the...

12 Things You Need to Know About Holy Saturday

Note: This article originally appeared at the Register on March 29, 2013.   Everytime we say the creed, we note that Jesus "descended into hell." Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do we...

Give Up Worry for Lent — and Year-Round

I’ve been revisiting Gary Zimak’s book, Give Up Worry for Lent!: 40 Days to Finding Peace in Christ. (Ave Maria Press, 2019) I read through it sometime ago and have been using it as a guide for my Lent 2019 journey. It’s been a fruitful resource...

Pope Benedict and Notre Dame de Paris

Pope Benedict’s letter regarding the sex abuse scandals came at the right moment.  As media interest seemed to be petering out, while faithful Catholics remain scandalized and wounded, on the cusp of Holy Week the pope emeritus released a...