On the alleged apparitions in Bayside: “These supposed visions completely lack credibility”

Word about these “apparitions” pops up from time to time on my Facebook feed.  People continue to disseminate the “messages” from something that was soundly condemned by the Church decades ago. That may be one reason why the Bishop of Brooklyn, Nicholas DiMarzio, last week issued the following statement:  Today, I write in order to [Read More...]

Pope encourages Muslim-Christian group meeting “Together Around Mary, Our Lady”

From ZENIT:  The 8th Islamic-Christian Prayer Meeting was held Tuesday, feast of the Annunciation, in Beirut, Lebanon, and focused on the theme “Together around Mary, Our Lady.” The Solemnity of the Annunciation is marked by both Christians and Muslims and was declared a national holiday by the Lebanese government in 2010 The meeting was organized [Read More...]

“How can this be?”: a homily for The Annunciation

From the vault, here’s part of a homily from Advent in 2008, with some thoughts on the feast we celebrate on March 25: +++ How many of us have been blindsided by events we never expected – a twist on  life’s path that we never saw coming, for better or for worse — and asked  [Read More...]

What’s the scoop on Medjugorje?

One of the most balanced writers on this subject, across several years, has been Diane Korzeniewski, whose blog Te Deum laudamus  has followed the saga of Medjugorje with clarity and charity. She responds today to reports in Italian media that appear to quote people with inside information who have concluded that what is happening in [Read More...]

Vatican confirms Medjugorje commission has completed investigation

Diane has the scoop:  (Vatican Radio) The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, confirmed on Saturday that the international commission investigating the events in Medjugorje held its last meeting on 17 January. The commission, created by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is presided by Cardinal Camillo Ruini. The [Read More...]

My favorite church

It’s where my wife and I were married 27 years ago: the chapel at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville, Md. We paid a visit today, before heading back to New York, and had the privilege of praying during Adoration and sharing in the celebration of the mid-day Mass. There were about 70 or 80 [Read More...]

Our Lady of Guadalupe—in Los Angeles?

Yes. Believed to be the only relic of its kind in the United States, part of St. Juan Diego’s miraculous tilma is on permanent display in a side chapel of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Details: The relic is a small piece that was detached from the tilma and given to Archbishop [Read More...]

Pope Francis sends a message to the Americas

For the first time, a pope from the Americas has sent a message to the Americas.  Details:  Pope Francis has sent a Message to the Americas to mark the Dec. 12th Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is venerated as Patroness of the American continent. The Holy Father delivered the message during the course [Read More...]

“We need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church…”

From Pope Francis’s “The Joy of the Gospel”:  102. “Lay people are, put simply, the vast majority of the People of God. The minority – ordained ministers – are at their service. There has been a growing awareness of the identity and mission of the laity in the Church. We can count on many lay [Read More...]

Did the pope reference Medjugorge in today’s homily?

Sounds that way:  The spirit of curiosity generates confusion and distances a person from the Spirit of wisdom, which brings peace, said Pope Francis in his homily during Thursday morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope began his homily by commenting on the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, which describes “the state [Read More...]


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