This Lent, Go To Confession! New Website Can Help

Good Confession

Whatever happened to Confession?  A generation ago, Catholics lined up on Saturday afternoon to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at their local parish.  Nowadays, not so much.  CARA, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, asked Catholics in 2005 and again in 2008 about the frequency with which they took advantage of the sacrament.  The results were discouraging:  Only 2 percent of self-identified Catholics went to Confession once a mor … [Read more...]

World Meeting of Families Is Announced in Rome–and Philly Delegation Was There

Archbishop Paglia rings a "Liberty Bell" which was presented by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

A month ago, I told you that the World Meeting for Families would bring people from around the world to Philadelphia in September 2015.And two weeks ago, I told you that the Holy Father had been invited to address a joint session of Congress during his expected U.S. trip.I added that Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput would lead a delegation to Rome from Philadelphia, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.  The group will meet personally w … [Read more...]

“Praying the Steps” at Holy Cross Immaculata, and Helping a Friend in Need

Holy Cross Immaculata - steps

A PRAYERFUL TRADITIONAtop Mount Adams, the highest point in Cincinnati, Ohio, stands Holy Cross Immaculata Church.  Overlooking the downtown area and the Ohio River, it is a beacon of faith to local Catholics.On Good Friday, pilgrims from the local community and around the world flock to the historic church for a 150-year-old tradition called "Praying the Steps."From midnight on Holy Thursday until midnight on Good Friday, more than 10,000 pilgrims climb the long winding staircase to … [Read more...]