145 Unclaimed Bodies Laid to Rest in Archdiocese of Detroit

Our Lady of Hope Cemetery 2

The seventh corporal work of mercy is to bury the dead.  Usually, we fulfill that work by attending a funeral liturgy and praying for the deceased.  We help a bereaved friend or loved one who is grieving, listening to her stories and drying her tears, helping her to find peace and to pass through the emotional turmoil of loss. In the Archdiocese of Detroit, though, the command has taken on added significance this week as 145 unclaimed bodies have been laid to rest at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in … [Read more...]

How Would You Like to Be Married by Pope Francis?

At Wednesday's General Audience, a newly married couple walks past the Swiss Guards to receive the traditional papal blessing.

The Vatican has announced that next month, Pope Francis will officiate at his first wedding ceremony since his election to the papacy.On September 14, Pope Francis will marry not just one, but 20 engaged couples from the Diocese of Rome.  The nuptial Mass will take place in St. Peter's Basilica, just a few weeks before the start of the extraordinary synod of bishops on the family.According to the Catholic Herald, this will be the first time since 2000 that a pope has officiated at a … [Read more...]

The Queenship of Mary Is Deeply Rooted in Scripture

Mary Queen of Heaven

Today Catholics celebrate the Memorial of the Queenship of the Virgin Mary.Pope Pius XII established August 22 as the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary in 1954; but Mary’s role as queen over the universal Church finds its roots in the Scriptures.At the Annunciation, the archangel Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would rule forever on the throne of David. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary the “mother of my Lord.”The Old Testament foreshadows this queenship of Mary, by teachin … [Read more...]