“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...]

It’s Good Friday—Time to Roll Out Obscure Gnostic Propaganda

Mary Magdalene Praying, a 19th century painting by Ary Scheffer

No surprise here:  The BBC has chosen the noon hour on Christianity’s most reverent of days, Good Friday, to air a documentary suggesting that Jesus had a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene.In the program, author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg relies on accounts from the Gnostic Gospel of Mary, in which Jesus kisses his friend and disciple Mary Magdalene on the mouth and may, in fact, have taken her as his wife.   Bragg, who calls himself a Christian, believes that Jesus’ intimate relati … [Read more...]

The Sudarium of Oviedo: The “Other Shroud” of Jesus


And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. John 20:6-7What exactly are we talking about here?The “linen wrappings”—well, that’s the shroud, what has become known as the Shroud of Turin.  But what about this “face cloth” that was rolled up in a separate place?It was Jewish custom at the time of Jesus’ … [Read more...]