Sidestepping orders from the Vatican, Medjugorje “visionary” hosts “apparition” in private home in Missouri

View image | gettyimages.com Seriously? What part of “No” didn’t they understand? From Te Deum laudamus:  Last week the CDF intervened in St. Louis to stop an event involving Ivan Dragičević. Reportedly, over 1000 people were planning to attend, with tickets sold and a center rented.  Archbishop Carlson said he was to remind people that, “they are not [Read More…]

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Rome pulls the plug on Medjugorje event in St. Louis

Diane over at Te Deum has all the details, but the letter below, from Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, makes it plain: “I have received a request from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to remind everyone that they are not to participate in events that promote the so-called visionaries of Medjugorje…” [Read More…]

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Spending an evening with Our Lady of Kibeho—and witnessing a miracle

They had me at The Angelus. When the lights go up on the stunning production of Katori Hall’s new play “Our Lady of Kibeho” at New York’s Signature Theatre, the first sound you hear is singing. Young women at Rwanda’s Kibeho College are singing The Angelus like, well, angels. It’s a beautiful and idyllic beginning to a [Read More…]

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Phoenix hosts massive celebration in honor of Mary

Behold, an annual tradition known as “Honor Your Mother.”  The Catholic Sun reports:  Thousands of people were drawn to the streets of downtown Phoenix Dec. 6 in an outpouring of love for Our Lady of Guadalupe at the annual Honor Your Mother celebration. Phoenix police shut down traffic to allow for the parade of colorfully [Read More…]

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WWMD: What Would Mary Do?

“The Annunciation” by James Tissot From the vault, my homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 2007:  +++ His name was Charles Sheldon – and he is one of the most influential preachers in American history. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of him. Until I started looking into this, I hadn’t [Read More…]

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Despite decline in Catholicism, millions turn out for Brazilian celebration of Mary

RNS reports:  More than 2 million worshippers, pilgrims and onlookers poured around an 11-inch wooden figure of the Virgin Mary as it made its way through the streets. A crush of the faithful heaved and hauled away at a rope that stretched over a thousand feet from the cart that bore the beloved statue, dragging [Read More…]

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Church militant?

Here’s something different, via CNS:  The head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Oct. 13 ordered all military chaplains to dedicate their daily rosary for the safe visit of Pope Francis to their country in January.Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. gave the directive during an Oct. 13 Mass at the military headquarters cathedral to commemorate [Read More…]

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Barbie-as-Virgin-Mary art exhibit cancelled

You may remember this item from a couple weeks back. Now, the exhibit has been nixed. From the AP:  A provocative art exhibit featuring Barbie fashion dolls as religious figures such as the Virgin Mary and her boyfriend Ken as a crucified Jesus Christ has been canceled amid complaints and threats by angry believers, the artists [Read More…]

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Pierced: Our Lady of Sorrows

Today marks this feast—which is also the feast day for my parish.  Below, a statue depicting Mary, pierced with seven swords for her seven sorrows, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Charlotte, North Carolina. [Read more…]

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“The birth of Jesus from the womb of Mary is the prelude to the rebirth of every Christian in the womb of the church”

During his audience today, Pope Francis had some consoling words for persecuted Christians in Iraq, and also spoke beautifully about the Church’s role as a mother to us all: “We are not orphans! We have a mom, a mother” in the church and in Mary, he said. “The birth of Jesus from the womb of [Read More…]

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