Staff Bloggers

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Tonight! Repeat of Pope’s Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Unusual times call for unusual responses. While the Holy Fathers give their “Urbi et Orbi” — to the city and to the word — blessing on Christmas and Easter, Pope Francis has decided to give this extraordinary formal blessing today from the...

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Why March 25, the Annunciation, Was Once New Year’s Day

“Happy New Year!” is what we would have celebrated along with the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 if we were living some centuries ago. Back then, the Annunciation also marked the start of the New Year. The choice was well thought out and...

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Here’s How You Can Get the Vatican’s New Coronavirus Indulgences

During this worldwide battle against the coronavirus, the Holy See on March 20 gave us a big gift in the form of increased spiritual help to those caught especially on the front lines and in the trenches in this current pandemic. The Apostolic...

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Tools for Catholic Parishes to Weather the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing Catholic life with the closure of public Mass. And in order to carry out their mission, Catholic parishes and dioceses all over the globe are realizing they need to get online to weather the...

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Ordinariate Becomes 14th U.S. ‘Restored Order’ Diocese

With the recent pastoral letter “Come, Holy Ghost,” Bishop Steven Lopes revealed the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter would now become the 14th Latin-Rite diocese to make the reception of Holy Eucharist normally follow Confirmation,...

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‘I Call You Brothers’ — Priest Brings Consolation Through Music

The recent revelations about clerical sex abuse allegations in the Diocese of Buffalo have certainly shaken and affected many good priests. Among them is Father Quinlivan, who is pastor of two parishes — St. Martin of Tours and Thomas Aquinas in...

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Join the Worldwide Campaign to Pray 5 Million Rosaries

Do you want to do your part in protecting families, upholding the sanctity and dignity of all human lives and obtaining quickly the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary? If you look around at the mess culture, society and the world are in, you...

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St. Joseph’s Apparition in the United States

This year marks the 60th anniversary of St. Joseph appearing to a nun in Ohio during March, 1958. He appeared during the continuing apparitions of the Blessed Mother under her title “Our Lady of America.” These private revelations to Sister Mary...

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Prayer is Our First Line of Defense Against Coronavirus

If you’re worried or at least uneasy about the threat of the coronavirus, you’ve heard what doctors are saying. But there is something you’re not hearing, and that is the first line of defense against it.  But we’re not hearing about the first...

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Iraqi Catholic Student at Franciscan Vows to Rebuild Christianity in Iraq

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – After enduring decades of war and now genocide by ISIS, the future of Christianity in Iraq, the cradle of Christianity in the Middle East hangs by a thread. But some courageous Catholics are now looking to return to Iraq and...