Four 19th Century Nuns, Representing Three Nations and Four Unique Charisms, to Become Saints

They came from France, from Italy and from Palestine.  They founded new religious orders; and their orders worked with the elderly and small children, operated a monastery, established missions in many lands, and operated 50 Catholic colleges, providing an education to 35,000 new students per year. On Saturday, February 14, at the close of the Consistory, Pope Francis announced that he will elevate four holy women to sainthood in May.  The new soon-to-be-saints are: Marie-Alphonsine Danil Gh … [Read more...]

The Silent Sound of Tears: A Reflection on the Holocaust

Seventy years ago today, Allied Forces liberated the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, known as the "death factory."  On this day, we remember the victims and we search our hearts:  How could this inhmanity have happened in the modern world? Professor Robert P. George of Princeton offered some sober insights in an essay on the subject.  "The Holocaust," he wrote,"...did not begin with the mass killing of Jews or other ethnic or religious minorities, or even Hitler's political opp … [Read more...]

Birds Didn’t Work Out, So the Vatican’s Trying Balloons

Each year on the last Sunday in January, it has been the custom for the Pope, accompanied by children, to release a pair of doves into St. Peter's Square from his window in the Apostolic Palace.  The tradition, begun by Pope John Paul II, is a poignant symbol of the Vatican's call for peace during January.Or at least, that was the custom.  Last year the popular tradition turned to disaster when two children released doves from the Pope's window, only to see them attacked--first by a seagull, … [Read more...]


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