A New Heavenly Advocate for Young People

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtues of a 14-year-old Italian boy who died in 1963. The pope advanced the cause of Angiolino Bonetta, along with four others, following a July 10 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  BonettaContinue reading “A New Heavenly Advocate for Young People”

Jesus Offers Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving

Pope’s Angelus Address, Sunday July 5, 2020 Dear brothers and sisters, good day! This Sunday’s Gospel reading (see Mt 11:25-30) is divided into three parts: first of all, Jesus raises a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving to the Father, because He revealed to the poor and to the simple the mystery of the Kingdom of heaven; thenContinue reading “Jesus Offers Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving”

Pietro Annigoni’s Immaculate Heart of Mary

Painted in 1961 for the Church of the same name (Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hayes, Middlesex), Mary is depicted as the strong Mother of Mankind. The child, sleeping peacefully on her arm, represents humanity undisturbed by the chaos of the world, shown in the blazing explosion of the background. Mary’s foot crushesContinue reading “Pietro Annigoni’s Immaculate Heart of Mary”

Francis or Dominic? Anthony replies.

The disputes between the Franciscans and Dominicans had become so intense at one point in history that the Pope had to intervene in their conflict. But it wasn’t so in the beginning with their founders. There are many stories told of the founder of the Franciscans and some are contained in a little book calledContinue reading “Francis or Dominic? Anthony replies.”

Nine Day Countdown to Pentecost: The Original Novena

The original novena took place after Jesus ascended into heaven and His disciples, (the scriptures tell us about 120 in number), followed Jesus’ instructions by remaining in Jerusalem and waited for the promised ‘gift of the Father’, the Holy Spirit. They gathered in the upper room for prayer, and not insignificant, of these 120 only Mary, the Mother of Jesus is mentioned by name.

Communion Solution: Protective Shield

‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ was put to work this past week when a company in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio started producing framed plexiglass shields, with a small opening in it, for the distribution of Holy Communion, protecting the Priest and the communicants. Fox8 reports: CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (WJW) — As the Catholic Diocese ofContinue reading “Communion Solution: Protective Shield”

Pope’s Plea: “Let’s Take Care of Creation, Gift of Our Good Creator God.”

Pope Francis has invited everyone to participate in Laudato Si‘ week, May 16 to May 24, to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of his encyclical, On Care of Our Common Home. In a televised message Pope Francis asks. What kind of world do we want to leave those who come after us, to children who areContinue reading “Pope’s Plea: “Let’s Take Care of Creation, Gift of Our Good Creator God.””

Damien of Moloka’i: Saint to the Lepers

May Day 11 Today we honor Saint Damien de Veuster, as our 11th ‘patron against plague’ in our search for one for each day of May. And Brandon Vogt has written an excellent brief biography of the Saint for Word on Fire: “When Damien de Veuster arrived in Hawaii in 1864, he found an island-communityContinue reading “Damien of Moloka’i: Saint to the Lepers”