Athletes Hit the Streets in Rome for the “Race of Faith”

Nun runs in the Race of Faith - photo credit CNS

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” –Timothy 4:7As the sun rose over the Eternal City last Sunday, the cobblestone streets of Rome were transformed into a racetrack for a unique event:  the Race of Faith.A temporary three-lane track was laid along the Villa della Conciliazione, carving out a 100-metre track on which a few hundred people raced toward St. Peter’s Square.  Among the racers were seminarians and sisters, Vatican guards, children, … [Read more...]

Anti-Religious Propaganda in the Soviet Union: Could It Ever Happen Here?

Soviet propaganda

I was in elementary school during the Cold War.  I remember praying the Leonine Prayers for the conversion of Russia—or, more exactly, "to permit tranquility and freedom to profess the faith to be restored to the afflicted people of Russia".   The Soviet Union in those days was a hotbed of militant atheism, we believed; and we stood vigilant against their errors of faith.According to Soviet propaganda in the first half of the 20th century, Christian virtues such as humility and meekness were … [Read more...]

World Series Fans: Did You Know There’s a Catholic Mass at Comerica Park?

Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers

For Major League players, weekends are devoted to baseball—and it can be pretty difficult for a Catholic athlete to find time to attend Sunday Mass.But at Detroit’s Comerica Park, the athletes, stadium employees and journalists can attend Mass each weekend the Tigers play on the home field.  That’s because Comerica Park is one of 19 stadiums around the country to offer a Sunday liturgy.Father Ron Richards, pastor of St. John Neumann parish in Canton, Michigan, first proposed the idea of a … [Read more...]