Day 2: The Trial of Cardinal Zen in Now-Communist-Ruled Hong Kong

Day 2: The Trial of Cardinal Zen in Now-Communist-Ruled Hong Kong

On Tuesday, Cardinal Joseph Zen’s second day in court in Hong Kong, five witnesses were cross-examined and the magistrate ruled that there was sufficient evidence to justify a trial. Paul Marshall, the director of the Religious Freedom Institute’s South and Southeast Asia Action Team, told CNA that Zen’s trial “further undercuts [communist] China’s 1997 promise…

Catholics in Poland and Around The World Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet to End War

Catholics in Poland and Around The World Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet to End War

Warsaw, CNA—On Wednesday, Catholics recited the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the streets of 173 cities in Poland and 44 localities worldwide, according to organizers of the prayer event. “We believe that 10 minutes of supplication to God can change our families, cities, and the whole world,” the organizers said. At 3 p.m. local time, street…

Benedict XVI writes about ‘inner drama of being a Christian’ in new letter

Benedict XVI writes about ‘inner drama of being a Christian’ in new letter

In a new letter, Benedict XVI praised the story of a woman who lived “the inner drama of being a Christian” and dedicated her life to the spiritual encounter with Christ in eucharistic adoration and other practices. The pope emeritus wrote that his own personal experience was similar to what Mother Julia Verhaeghe went through…

Blessed Sacrament found intact in tabernacle of church burned by armed men in Cameroon

Blessed Sacrament found intact in tabernacle of church burned by armed men in Cameroon

Last Sunday, the priest at a local parish where I attended Mass underscored the “unimaginable power” of Our Lord in the Eucharist and the importance of drawing closer to the Blessed Sacrament by sharing — calmly yet passionately, at the very end of his sermon — that a parish in his homeland had just been…

Catholic Artist Timothy Schmalz: His Padre Pio sculpture to be blessed on saint’s feast day…‘I have to honor him’

CNA—Catholic artist Timothy P. Schmalz calls Padre Pio his favorite saint. And so, when he learned that four of his sculptures would honor the Italian mystic on his feast day—Sept. 23—he was overjoyed. “I thought a couple years ago about that moment in my life where Padre Pio gave me that peace and comfort and…

The Anti-Catholic Path of Synodality

The Anti-Catholic Path of Synodality

Crisis—This week the USCCB released a report with the bureaucratically self-important title, “National Synthesis of the People of God in the United States of America for the Diocesan Phase of the 2021-2023 Synod.” Essentially, it’s a report from the bishops summarizing the results of the past year’s synodal “listening sessions” held in dioceses throughout the…

Two Truckers Saved from Suicide Thanks to the Catholic Chapels at Gas Stations in Brazil

Two Truckers Saved from Suicide Thanks to the Catholic Chapels at Gas Stations in Brazil

For 30 years, Rede Marajó, a chain of highway service stations in Brazil, has built and maintained Blessed Sacrament chapels at seven of its gas stations and plan to expand to more of their stations. Janeth Vaz (in feature photo at one of their gas station chapels) is director of the company. Each of these…

Catholic Business and Faith Innovation in Brazil: For 30 Years, Gas Stations with Blessed Sacrament Chapels!

Catholic Business and Faith Innovation in Brazil: For 30 Years, Gas Stations with Blessed Sacrament Chapels!

CNA w/ edits—A major gas station chain in Brazil is building chapels for the Blessed Sacrament on the country’s highways as an “oasis” for travelers. It is normal for travelers to stop at a gas station to fill a vehicle’s gas tank and maybe grab a bite to eat or take some time to rest,…

Archaeological digs in Pacific Northwest uncover Catholic artifacts

Archaeological digs in Pacific Northwest uncover Catholic artifacts

CNS/Catholic Sentinel—Oregon’s rich Catholic history begins a few miles north in what was then Oregon Country and now is Washington state. Archaeological digs at Fort Vancouver, Washington, have uncovered a trove of Catholic artifacts from the earliest days of the church in the Pacific Northwest, including a crucifix, rosary beads and a Miraculous Medal, all…

Introducing New Sponsor: Fidei Technology, Inc.

In the words of co-founders Kailash and Michael—two serious Catholics… Fidei.email—We started Fidei to help Christians navigate the Internet intentionally by providing value-aligned software products and online services. Ultimately, we want to show that Christians can and should be at the forefront of innovation to help shape the culture in which we live and our…

Introducing New Sponsor: The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Introducing New Sponsor: The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Loyalty to the educational aims of the Catholic school demands constant self-criticismand return to basic principles, to the motives which inspire the Church’s involvement in education. – Sacred Congregation for Education, The Catholic School, n.67 – ICLE—Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church has called for the renewal of Catholic education at all levels, from…

Will You Curtsy to the Queen?

Will You Curtsy to the Queen?

Crisis—With the passing of Queen Elizabeth, several parallels to our Faith emerged. Here was deceased royalty brought to bear on a grieving nation, and all of the pomp and circumstance, along with the throngs of people along the route of the hearse, brought to mind both our King, Jesus Christ, and His Mother, the Queen…

Queen Elizabeth II Meets the Queen of Heaven…poignantly, on Mary’s Birthday

Queen Elizabeth II Meets the Queen of Heaven…poignantly, on Mary’s Birthday

OldHollywoodandBeyond—That Queen Elizabeth II would end her earthly sojourn today, September 8, 2022, the Feast of the Birth of Mary, Mother of Jesus, is poignant and special. On a personal note, as the Queen was getting ready to breathe her last, my 96-year-old father, recovering in the hospital, and I, said the Holy Rosary for…

A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s encounters with Five Popes

A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s encounters with Five Popes

(CNA)—Queen Elizabeth II passed away today, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Royal Family already had gathered in Balmoral Castle Thursday amid concerns for Queen Elizabeth II’s health, Catholic bishops in England and Wales have offered their prayers for her and her family. Queen Elizabeth, who turned 96 in…

Cardinal Nichols pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, after her death

Cardinal Nichols pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, after her death

(CNA)—Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, offered prayers for and paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died Sept. 8 while under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland with multiple family members by her side. She was 96. “On 21 April 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, Princess Elizabeth said, ‘I declare before you all that…

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

(CNA)—Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and the oldest and longest-serving head of state in the world, died at the age of 96 Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after a brief illness. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, born on April 21, 1926, was the elder daughter of Prince Albert, duke of York, and…

Gorbachev and Reagan: the capitalist and communist who helped end the cold war

Gorbachev and Reagan: the capitalist and communist who helped end the cold war

Editor’s note — With news of Mikhail Gorbachev’s death, memories of the remarkable, historic actions of then-U.S. President Reagan, Russia’s leader at the time, Gorbachev, and England’s Margaret Thatcher come to mind…. especially the unlikely connection and even a level of friendship between Reagan and Gorbachev. For those living in Soviet Russia at the time,…

Justice Alito Exposes Profound Secular Threats to Religious Liberty

Justice Alito Exposes Profound Secular Threats to Religious Liberty

“The problem that looms is not just indifference to religion. It’s not just ignorance about religion. There’s also growing hostility to religion or at least the traditional religious beliefs that are contrary to the new moral code that is ascendant in some sectors,” noted Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in a Rome speech…. Read more>>

Ortega regime in Nicaragua violently shuts down Catholic radio stations

Ortega regime in Nicaragua violently shuts down Catholic radio stations

Terror in Nicaragua as Marxist dictator Ortega’s police target Catholic radio stations. What and Who will be next? CNA—Nicaraguan police broke into Divine Mercy parish the night of Aug. 1 in the town of Sébaco in the Diocese of Matagalpa to shut down one of the five Catholic radio stations closed on Monday by the…

Vin Scully, Devout Catholic, Legendary Dodgers Broadcaster, Dead at 94

Vin Scully, Devout Catholic, Legendary Dodgers Broadcaster, Dead at 94

Vince “Vin” Scully, devout Catholic, famed sportscaster and legendary MLB broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 years straight, dead today—August 2, 2022—at the age of 94. George Weigel summed up the famous sportscaster’s life well, in an article (First Things, June 15, 2016): “Vin Scully has lived through tragedies that would have crushed…

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