Nun stories back in secular news

Women religious stories have been making a social and spiritual comeback over the last several decades

After being dismissed as relics of the past, nuns and women religious have been making a social and spiritual come back over the last several decades. While Catholic media has been watching these women closely, the secular media is finally beginning to take note of these remarkable women. The remarkable tale of starlet actress, Dolores Hart, who left a bright career as the … [Read more...]

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Was Dorothy Day a dissenting Catholic?

New book from Ignatius Press says no, describes Day as "a faithful servant to the Church's teachings on everything from sexual morality to social justice"

A woman recognized by name by Pope Francis in 2015 who "shaped fundamental values which will endure forever in the spirit of the American people," Dorothy Day was a force in her time, advocating for the poor and living out the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church. But many people saw her — and still do today — as challenging the Catholic Church on its teachings of … [Read more...]

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Study: Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics

One group of women — practicing Catholics — appears to have bucked the national trend toward despair and self-harm

Against a grim backdrop of rising suicide rates among American women, new research has revealed a blinding shaft of light: One group of women — practicing Catholics — appears to have bucked the national trend toward despair and self-harm. Compared with women who never participated in religious services, women who attended any religious service once a week or more were five … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Blasphemy is the gravest sin

During June 10 Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, pope says sin against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin "because it starts from a closure of the heart to the mercy of God"

During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the incomprehension Christ faced during his earthly ministry, from both the scribes and his own family. The scribes’ assertion that Christ drove out demons by the power of demons led him to “react with strong and clear words, he does not tolerate this, because those scribes, perhaps without realizing it, are … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez paints sobering picture of Los Angeles

He cites homelessness, poverty, widespread abortion, family breakdown and 1 million undocumented immigrants in June 4 talk about polarization at Georgetown University

I am honored to be here to talk about these important issues of Catholic social teaching.  And I want to begin our conversation with a brief snapshot of our experience in Los Angeles.  As you know, we are the largest Catholic community in the country. We cover a territory about the size of New Jersey —  we have about 5 million Catholics in an overall population of 11 … [Read more...]

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Mary’s flowers

Nearly 500 original names for plants and herbs held some reference to the Blessed Virgin

Modern nomenclature may pen them honeysuckle but any medieval Christian would know them as Our Lady’s fingers. White campion - Our Lady’s candles, and forget-me-nots - the Eyes of Mary. Aside from rosemary and marigolds, today’s flowers and herbs are far-removed from their pre-Elizabethan names and associations. Religion was so deeply married to the daily routines of medieval … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles event planned to honor the “Rosary Priest”

Pope Francis declared Father Patrick Peyton to be Venerable on December 18, 2017; Prayer Celebration for Families on June 10 will honor him with Eucharistic Procession, rosary prayer and Mass

Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., was known around the world for encouraging families to pray the Rosary and his devotion to Mary.  Families in Los Angeles can be a part of this historic event honoring the “Rosary Priest” as he moves closer to sainthood during A Prayer Celebration for Families on Sunday, June 10, at Holy Cross Family Ministries in North Easton.  The celebration … [Read more...]

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Carmelite brother chose to become homeless

Brother Michael, a postulant with the Carmelite Order, voluntarily embraced homelessness as part of a one-man ministry to those living on the streets

From just looking at Brother Michael Ignatius, one wouldn’t suspect it. But the 61-year-old Carmelite is homeless. For several months, his bed was a bench on a bike path near San Diego International Airport. Later, he discovered that he could get a few hours of sleep every night by taking a round trip on the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line. And there were times when he was so … [Read more...]

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Wounded veterans seek healing and peace at Lourdes

Recent pilgrimage to Lourdes sponsored by the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus drew more than 200 pilgrims

American veterans in search of healing attended a recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, through the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus. Among the pilgrims was Charles Baldinger, a West Point-educated infantry officer who had to retire due to Stage 4 brain cancer. “We came for physical healing with my right side and speech. We got spiritual healing and … [Read more...]

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“Confirmation isn’t a coming of age ritual”

Director of Parish Faith Formation for Diocese of Orange: "The rites of initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, in that order"

The first step in our initiation into Christian life is the sacrament Baptism. In fact, because of your Baptism you are Christian. But in Catholic teaching, Baptism is just the beginning of a full life in Christ. For most children it is a gift to them from their parents while they are still infants.  The sacramental grace of Baptism works within the child’s soul to encourage … [Read more...]

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