After Beirut explosion, Lebanon turns to St. Charbel

After Beirut explosion, Lebanon turns to St. Charbel

CNA—At least one massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday afternoon, which ignited fires and destroyed buildings in the city’s port area, caused damage across the city, and has reportedly flooded hospitals with casualties. Some local news sources are reporting that at least 10 people are dead, and videos have emerged online showing…
Saint vs. Congresswoman:  After AOC decries statue, Hawaiian Catholic says St Damien of Molokai ‘gave his life’ serving lepers

Saint vs. Congresswoman: After AOC decries statue, Hawaiian Catholic says St Damien of Molokai ‘gave his life’ serving lepers

CNA—A Hawaiian Catholic catechist said that St. Damien of Molokai is a “hero” to the Hawaiian people, after an outspoken congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), claimed the statue honoring him in the U.S. Capitol is part of colonialism and “patriarchy and white supremacist culture.”  St. Damien “gave his life” serving the isolated leper colony at Kalaupapa…
Spanish bishop defends Junipero Serra’s legacy

Spanish bishop defends Junipero Serra’s legacy

A Spanish bishop recently celebrated Mass in the church where St. Junipero Serra was baptized, defending the saint’s legacy against those who have accused him of racism. Bishop Sebastià Taltavull of Mallorca, Spain, recently visited Petra, on the Mediterranean island of Majorca, the hometown of St. Junipero Serra. A great injustice He said the saint…
Archbishop Cordileone offers exorcism prayers after St. Junípero Serra statue torn down

Archbishop Cordileone offers exorcism prayers after St. Junípero Serra statue torn down

After a mob tore down statues, including a figure of St. Junípero Serra statue, in a San Francisco park, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was joined by several dozen Catholics Saturday in prayer and acts of spiritual reparation. “Evil has made itself present here. So we have gathered together to pray for God, to ask the saints…for…
SAINTS AT WORK: New Beatification, Carlos Acutis, Age 15, New Patron of the Internet

SAINTS AT WORK: New Beatification, Carlos Acutis, Age 15, New Patron of the Internet

Los Angeles Times—The good news for anyone praying for a little less online vitriol or a much faster internet connection is that the Vatican is on the case. Showing that it has one foot in the 21st century, the ancient institution is backing a 15-year-old computer whiz to become the first patron saint of the…
Pandemic delays beatification of Cardinal Wyszynski

Pandemic delays beatification of Cardinal Wyszynski

CNA—The beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the former Primate of Poland who heroically resisted Communism, has been postponed because of the coronavirus. Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz said April 28 that the beatification would no longer take place as planned in Warsaw’s Piłsudski Square on June 7. “A pandemic threatening the health and life of people makes…
American priest heading for beatification died amid a global pandemic

American priest heading for beatification died amid a global pandemic

CNA—Fr. Michael McGivney, an American priest soon to be beatified, died amid a 19th-century pandemic which may have been caused by a coronavirus.  Fr. McGivney founded the largest world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, the Knights of Columbus, in 1882. Today the order formed in his parish basement in New Haven, Connecticut, has grown to more…
Blood of St. Januarius liquefies in Naples under lockdown

Blood of St. Januarius liquefies in Naples under lockdown

CNA—The liquefaction of the blood of the early Church martyr St. Januarius occurred Saturday amid the coronavirus lockdown, leading the Archbishop of Naples to bless the city with the miraculous relic. “Dear friends, I have a big announcement to make: even in this time of coronavirus, the Lord through the intercession of St. Januarius has…
SAINTS AT WORK: St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Model of Fortitude during Pandemic

SAINTS AT WORK: St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Model of Fortitude during Pandemic

St. Catherine of Siena was born March 25th, 1347, when the world stood at the brink of the very pandemic for which the word “quarantine” was invented. In Italian, “quaranta giorni” – forty days – was the allotted time that ships were required to remain offshore before landing. The Bubonic Plague, also known as the…
Our Gift to you: The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World, sermon by St. John Henry Newman

Our Gift to you: The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World, sermon by St. John Henry Newman

We at Catholic Business Journal wish you and your loved ones an especially blessed Holy Week and Easter Triduum during this unusual time in the world. The quarantine forces us to reflect on how much we take for granted—shopping when and where we want, full shelves, internet, hopping in a car, freely going where and…
The Lorica of the Great Saint Patrick

The Lorica of the Great Saint Patrick

As something a little different, and especially in light of the current battle against the spread of COVID-19 as well as the no less insidious battle for our Faith and culture, we at Catholic Business Journal decided to share with you what is believed to be one of St. Patrick’s prayers before battle, The Lorica. …
St. Basil the Great on Fidelity to Tradition

St. Basil the Great on Fidelity to Tradition

St. Basil the Great (born in Turkey, 329-379 A.D.) has much to say to Catholic business men and women of today, enmeshed as we are in a very secular and increasingly anti-Christian world and work culture. Before sharing St. Basil’s exhortation to the faithful of his day, a time that was not unlike our times…
Persecuted, Jailed, Passionate: That’s my kind of Santa Claus

Persecuted, Jailed, Passionate: That’s my kind of Santa Claus

In reflecting on this season of the year, I have often wondered how a Martian reporter would do a story on Christmas in the United States. If one only had the dominant cultural icons of TV, movies, news media and retail stores, my guess is that the Martian viewing audience wouldn’t have a clue as…
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen to be Beatified in Peoria, IL

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen to be Beatified in Peoria, IL

CNA—The Diocese of Peoria announced Monday that Venerable Fulton Sheen will be beatified Dec. 21 at the city’s Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Sheen had been ordained a priest of the diocese in that cathedral Sept. 20, 1919. “It seems entirely fitting that the Beatification will take place at the end of…
Polish bishops call for John Paul II to be named a doctor of the Church

Polish bishops call for John Paul II to be named a doctor of the Church

The Polish Bishops’ Conference has asked Pope Francis to name St. John Paul II a patron of Europe and doctor of the Church. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish Bishops Conference, sent the request to the pope on Oct. 22 – the feast day of John Paul II. “The pontificate of the…
Saint Robert Bellarmine: Example for our time, patron of canon lawyers and catechists

Saint Robert Bellarmine: Example for our time, patron of canon lawyers and catechists

Patron of catechists, catechumens, and canon lawyers—St. Robert Bellarmine, whose feast is celebrated Sept. 17 on the General Roman Calendar, was a Jesuit and a cardinal who used his incredible intellect to defend Catholic teaching, largely through responses to the Church’s opponents in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation. In all his writings, St. Bellarmine…
St. Monica, A Profile in Patience and Perseverance

St. Monica, A Profile in Patience and Perseverance

The feast of St. Monica occurs the day before the feast of her son, St. Augustine. Her tears, prayers, and sacrifices over many years helped bring about his conversion. It is only proper that their feasts are celebrated close together. Monica was born in North Africa. As a child she lived with her family, but…
Beautiful Feast of the Assumption

Beautiful Feast of the Assumption

CNA—On Aug. 15, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and her assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest…
The Miraculous Medal: St Maximilian Kolbe’s weapon for evangelization

The Miraculous Medal: St Maximilian Kolbe’s weapon for evangelization

CNA—As World War II raged around him in Poland, St. Maximilian Kolbe fought for souls using a printing press and another “weapon” – the Miraculous Medal. “Even though a person be the worst sort, if only he agrees to wear the medal, give it to him…and then pray for him, and at the proper moment…
Four priests who were martyred for refusing to violate the seal of confession

Four priests who were martyred for refusing to violate the seal of confession

CNA, CBJ—In recent years, some Catholics have been concerned by pushes from governments in locations such as Louisiana and Australia, and now California, who challenge the secrecy of the sacrament of confession, asking that priests betray the solemnity of penitents’ confessions when they hear of serious crimes in the confessional. However, the words of Saint…