Pray for me and my brother bishops

Archbishop Gomez writes from Chicago

The following comes from a Jan. 8 letter in the Angelus News. I am writing to you from Chicago, where the bishops of the United States are finishing a weeklong spiritual retreat recommended to us by Pope Francis. The retreat has been led by the preacher of the papal household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., who is focusing our attention on the vocation and … [Read more...]

What confirmed Mother Teresa’s canonization

Miracles in India and Brazil

The following comes from an August 29 story in the National Catholic Register. In the end, two miracles were approved. The first took place in West Bengal, India, and involved the healing of an Indian woman, Monica Besra, whose abdominal tumor was so severe that her doctors abandoned hope of saving her. Taken into the care of the Missionaries of Charity, she continued to … [Read more...]

Mother Teresa got Carl’s Jr. burger and fries in San Diego

What she would have made of Pope Francis

The following interview with Father Brian Kolodiejchuck comes from a May 10 story on Actualidade Religiosa (Brazil). Father Brian, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity fathers, is  the postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause of canonization. For most of the time he worked on the cause, he was living in Tijuana, Baja California. Mother Teresa will be canonized on … [Read more...]

Censored: Mother Teresa and the facts of life

USC takes down banners of unborn babies from students' display

The following comes from an April 24 Life News article by Sarah Zagorski: On April 21, the University of Southern California removed banners of 11-week old unborn babies only a few hours after Students for Life placed them on campus. The banners featured quotes from Mother Teresa like, “Life is a promise, fulfill it” and “at 8 weeks she began to hear … at 11 weeks every … [Read more...]

I can not. I must not. I will not.

Raymond Arroyo to visit Bay Area parishes

In early May, Raymond Arroyo, host of EWTN’s news show, The World Over, will speak at two Bay Area parishes on “Signs of Hope – Padre Pio, Mother Angelica, John Paul II, and other Modern Day Heroes.” On  Friday, May 1, At 7:30 p.m. Arroyo will speak at St. Edwards Church in Newark. On Sunday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m., he will speak at Star of the Sea Church in San … [Read more...]

Nut? Saint? Regular girl?

I no longer felt like a journalist chasing a story

The following is a March 26 story on Catholic World Report by Dorothy Cummings MacLean. Canadian Catholic pro-life activist Mary Wagner was arrested on December 23, 2014 for entering a Toronto abortion clinic and asking the women she found in the waiting room not to go through with their scheduled procedures. Her arrest and subsequent imprisonment made headlines—in … [Read more...]

A shadow of its former self

Father Illo writes about the Church in San Francisco

The following comes from a Feb. 8 (and earlier) postings on the blogsite of Father Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea church in San Francisco. ….The Catholic Church in San Francisco is but a shadow of what she once was, and I suppose that is true in most of our big cities. I realized this most forcefully last week with the storm of protest against our altar boy policy, … [Read more...]