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...]

CDF issues letter on Medjugorje; warns against taking authenticity of apparitions for granted—UPDATED

From Rorate Caeli:  At the very least it signals that the Medjugorje Commission is still actively investigating the alleged “apparitions”, and refutes the assumption, held in some “Marian” circles, that the apparitions are presumed to be genuine pending the final judgment of Rome. The letter reads, in part: The Congregation has affirmed that, with regard to the [Read More...]

Breezy Point’s Mary statue to be part of Sandy remembrance

From the Wall Street Journal:  On Tuesday night, St. Thomas More church will once again be the cornerstone of Breezy Point, the close-knit, mostly Irish community where hundreds of homes burned and flooded during superstorm Sandy. To remember the one-year anniversary, the church will host a Mass with readings and a sermon. And at the center of [Read More...]

“Am I a Christian full-time?”

“Mary said her ‘yes’ to God: a ‘yes’ which threw her simple life in Nazareth into turmoil, and not only once. Any number of times she had to utter a heartfelt “yes” at moments of joy and sorrow, culminating in the ‘yes’ she spoke at the foot of the Cross. Here today there are many [Read More...]

Two popes, one mother and the rosary

In 2005, the monthly magazine 30 Days invited 20 cardinals from around the world to share their remembrances of the just-deceased Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio—now, of course, Pope Francis—wrote the following: If I remember well it was 1985. One evening I went to recite the Holy Rosary that was being led by [Read More...]


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