Oakland bishop: “Everything you need to get to heaven is at your parish church”

In homily during pilgrimage to Lourdes, Bishop Michael Barber reflects on sin, suffering and the promise of eternal life

The following is by the Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, S.J. Bishop Barber took part in a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, with Order of Malta, to the shrine where Our Lady appeared in 1858. This is part of his May 8 homily from a Mass at Sacred Heart Parish Church in Lourdes. I had heard years ago about the Diocese of Arlington, and how they were ordaining so many young priests — … [Read more...]

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When the Holy Spirit comes knocking

Good and bad things happen every day to people from all walks of life. How do we recognize the workings of the Holy Spirit?

When good and bad things happen to the faithful, is it just by random chance? Or is it the Holy Spirit working in some mysterious way? And if so, how can we recognize the Holy Spirit in our daily lives? “These questions raise the age-old tension between God’s will and our own free will,” said the Rev. Msgr. Arthur A. Holquin, episcopal vicar for Divine Worship for the Diocese … [Read more...]

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“We’ve had calls from people from all over Northern and Southern California”

Relics of St. Pio of Pieltrelcina displayed at St. Andrew Church in Pasadena, pastor says their popularity was "overwhelming and something of a surprise"

A long white, lace mantilla framed the face of a young woman as she kissed the glass-covered mitt. This is one of the fingerless gloves worn by the humble Franciscan priest, renowned throughout the world as Padre Pio. He needed them to cover the bleeding wounds in his stigmatized hands as he celebrated Mass. The mitt was one of three relics of St. Pio of Pieltrelcina that … [Read more...]

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Jesus warned frequently about hell

Msgr. Charles Pope: "No 'heresy' of our day is more widespread or pernicious than the denial of hell, its existence, and its sad frequency"

Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell. No “heresy” of our day is more … [Read more...]

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Children consecrated to Mary on Fatima centennial

About 80 children and teenagers placed themselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a prayer of consecration at the Church of the Visitation in San Francisco

About 80 children and teenagers placed themselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a prayer of consecration at the Church of the Visitacion on the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Mother at Fatima May 13. Among the children were teens who were confirmed the next day by Bishop William J. Justice, children in the parish religious … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Francis Arinze: Fatima reveals Hell is real

"Hell is not something that was invented in the Vatican,” says Nigerian prelate

People who disregard Hell as a place “invented” by the Church to scare people into acting a certain way need to listen to the message from Our Lady of Fatima, said Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria. She showed three shepherd children that Hell exists, and is not empty, he added. “There are people who don't want us to talk of Hell. But Hell is not something that was invented … [Read more...]

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What Bishop McElroy told theology school graduates

San Diego bishop addressed 55 graduates at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, telling them "a vibrantly transformed branch of Catholic theology" has emerged over last three years

Pope Francis teaches us that theology must "attend to the concrete reality of human life and human suffering," San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy told theology graduates at a commencement speech May 20. "There has emerged in the last three years a vibrantly transformed branch of Catholic theology which is rightfully claiming its place as a central element of Catholic doctrine and … [Read more...]

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