Blessed Paul VI, Pray for Us

Blessed Pope Paul VI

Today in Vatican City, Pope Francis has beatified his predecessor Pope Paul VI, who was pontiff from 1963 until his death in 1978.Beatification is the official recognition by the Church that the deceased is in heaven, and is the first step toward formally declaring the person a saint (called canonization).  According to rules laid down by the Catholic Church, one miracle must be believed to have taken place through the intercession of the person.How fitting that Pope Paul VI, author of … [Read more...]

Knoxville Bishop Opens Inquiry Into Possible Miracle

Decree signed by Bishop Richard Stika, calling for investigation into a possible miracle in Knoxville diocese

A miracle may have occurred in the Diocese of Knoxville. Bishop Richard F. Stika, bishop of Knoxville, has launched a diocesan inquiry in the diocese of Knoxville, to determine whether a miracle has occurred through the intercession of Father Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers.  If it is found that a miracle has occurred, that would advance the process of declaring Father Hecker a saint. Cardinal Edward Egan, former archbishop of New York, formally opened Fr. Hecker's cause fo … [Read more...]

Baby Mary Sisters Safeguard a Precious Statue

The Maria Bambina, a wax image of the Child Mary created in 1730

Just a block or so from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, there live an order of nuns affectionately known as the “Baby Mary Sisters.” The actual name of their religious order is the Sisters of Charity or, more commonly, the Sisters of Maria Bambina; and they came to mind because on September 8, we celebrate the birthday of the Virgin Mary.The Baby Mary Sisters got their name because since the 1700s they have been caretakers of a wax statue of the Holy Child Mary (Maria Bambina).  The sta … [Read more...]