Wear the Veil Day: Catholic Young Women Veil in Devotion to the Real Presence

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, many young Catholic women across America will be wearing a veil to Mass. I grew up in the pre-Vatican II days when chapel veils or mantillas were de rigueur. All women wore hats or veils to Mass as a sign of reverence. In grade school I wore a round white chapel veil, pinned to my pony tail with a hairpin. Later, Jackie Kennedy popularized the Spanish mantilla; and older girls favored the elegant lace headcovering that dropped to the sh … [Read more...]

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Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter Just Got Its First Bishop

Just announced: Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Steven J. Lopes to be the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.The Ordinariate is a structure equivalent to a diocese, but serves Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition.  The Ordinariate provides a path for groups of Anglicans to become fully Roman Catholic, while retaining elements of their worship traditions and spiritual heritage in their union with the Holy Roman Church. At present the … [Read more...]

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A Pencil in God’s Hand: Mother Teresa’s Story Comes to the Big Screen

Anjezë (Agnes) Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was only twelve years old when she first felt the call to become a missionary to India. At the age of 18 she joined the Sisters of Loreto, with the hope of serving in missionary work. For fifteen years, she lived in a convent in Darjeeling and Calcutta, teaching school to local girls.Then, while traveling by train from Calcutta to Darjeeling for her annual retreat, she experienced what she called her "call within a call." Later repeating the message she heard fr … [Read more...]

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