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Despite ruling, court battle over remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen continues

Archdiocese of New York files another petition to keep Sheen's body from going to Peoria, sixth time in three years

Yet again, the New York Archdiocese is trying to stop Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s remains from being moved to Peoria. The archdiocese has filed a second petition with the Court of Appeals, New York’s equivalent of the Illinois Supreme Court. On May 2, the Court of Appeals rejected an archdiocese argument claiming that lower courts had made constitutional errors in repeatedly … [Read more...]

Bishop Barron gives commencement speech on greatness of soul

Bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region elaborates on Aquinas' definition of magnanimity

The following is an excerpt from the commencement speech given by Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron at Thomas Aquinas College on May 11: How could I not take as my point of orientation today some thoughts from the patron of this school? I would like to draw your attention to a fairly obscure section of St. Thomas’s Summa Theologiae, namely, question 129 of the secunda … [Read more...]

Pope authorizes pilgrimages to Medjugorje

Permission does not mean "an authentication of known events"

Pope Francis has decided to authorize pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which can now be officially organized by dioceses and parishes and will no longer take place only in a private capacity which as has so far been the case. The announcement was made today during Mass, at the parish shrine which has become a destination for millions of pilgrims, by the Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Pezzuto … [Read more...]

St. Junipero Serra relic to be placed in Christ Cathedral’s altar

Thanks to a generous parishioner, the Diocese of Orange holds a first-class relic of the man who was instrumental in establishing Catholicism in California

Catholic saints forever serve as examples of faith. Their lives were rooted in Christ: all that He taught and all that He ultimately sacrificed for the world. As such, history has shown that the saints did the same.  The relics of these saints and martyrs serve as tangible connections to them. Millions throughout the world revere what they owned and touched. But the actual … [Read more...]

Pope Francis says negative image of Pharisees unwarranted

Tells conference that stereotype of Pharisee as “a self-righteous or hypocritical person” may not have concrete basis in the Gospel

Address of the Holy Father Dear brothers and sisters, The history of interpretation has fostered a negative image of the Pharisees, often without a concrete basis in the Gospel accounts. Often, over the course of time, that image has been attributed by Christians to Jews in general. In our world, sadly, such negative stereotypes have become quite common. One of the most … [Read more...]

Appeals court clears way for Archbishop Sheen’s body to go to Peoria

Could pave the way for the Illinois-born archbishop’s beatification

The New York Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal of an earlier judgement allowing Venerable Fulton Sheen’s remains to be moved to the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria, in accordance with his family’s wishes. The May 2 dismissal of the Archdiocese of New York’s appeal could pave the way for the Illinois-born archbishop’s beatification. “After almost three years of … [Read more...]

East Palo Alto living Stations of the Cross draws hundreds

For more than a decade, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has brought Christ’s last day to life in a dramatic reenactment of the Passion

For more than a decade, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in East Palo Alto has brought Christ’s last day to life in a dramatic reenactment of the Passion narrative with a living Stations of the Cross through the city’s streets. Several hundred people gathered April 19 at Jack Farrell Park in East Palo Alto, the afternoon of Good Friday, where the basketball court became the … [Read more...]

Not just for Protestants anymore

Increasing number of Catholic parishes now offer Bible study groups

An increasing number of Catholic parishes are offering Bible studies to parishioners, with some churches featuring a variety of studies targeted for specific audiences, such as women and young people.  For many Catholics, the idea of studying the Bible is a new concept. Katie Dawson, director of the Office of Parish Faith Formation for the Diocese of Orange, notes that the … [Read more...]

Thousands of Americans will enter Church at Easter Vigil

Los Angeles archdiocese will welcome 1,560 catechumens and 913 candidates; San Francisco archdiocese will welcome 174 catechumens and 175 candidates; San Diego diocese will welcome 306 catechumens and 806 candidates

Dioceses across the country will be welcoming thousands of people into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil Masses on the evening of April 20th. As the culmination of the Easter Triduum, the Vigil celebrates the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. While people can become Catholic at any time of the year, the Easter Vigil is a particularly appropriate moment for … [Read more...]

Gallup: Church membership continues decline in U.S.

Number of people who say they have no religion has increased

Church membership in the United States has dropped considerably in the last two decades, and the number of people who say they have no religion has increased, a new report from Gallup shows. The decline in “membership” of a specific church or parish community appears especially pronounced among Catholics and young people. Since 1998-2000, the percentage of Catholics who say … [Read more...]