Sister, Soldier, Colonel, Surgeon, Speaker: Catholic religious sister to address Republican convention

Sister, Soldier, Colonel, Surgeon, Speaker: Catholic religious sister to address Republican convention

A surgeon, retired army officer, missionary and Catholic religious sister is among the featured speakers at this week’s Republican National Convention. The convention, which takes place over four days this week, will officially nominate President Donald Trump for reelection. What’s most remarkable, however, is the life of this consecrated religious. For example, other than Saint…
Father and Son: A very special Father’s Day!

Father and Son: A very special Father’s Day!

CNA—Edmond Ilg, 62, has been a father since the birth of his son in 1986.  But on June 21, he became a “father” in a whole new sense: Edmond was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark (New Jersey).  It was Father’s Day. Making the day even more special, it was Edmond’s son —…
Young Catholic missionary helps ignite faith on college campus

Young Catholic missionary helps ignite faith on college campus

At the start of my college career my main hesitation had a lot to do with my Catholic faith. My biggest fear was that with all the distractions college provided, even those not inherently bad like school, work, and sports, I would lose my faith. And that fear was very real, but by the grace…
More than 60 Italian priests have died after contracting coronavirus

More than 60 Italian priests have died after contracting coronavirus

CNA—In the past week alone, more than 3,000 people have died in Italy after contracting the coronavirus. Among the dead are at least 60 priests this month, according to local media reports. “I pray to the Holy Spirit to give us the gift of light and strength. Everyday I do the Via Crucis asking the…
From Mexican Beauty Queen to Poor Clare Missionary of the Blessed Sacrament

From Mexican Beauty Queen to Poor Clare Missionary of the Blessed Sacrament

CNA—Esmeralda Solís Gonzáles is a young Mexican woman who was crowned last year as a beauty queen in her native town – and now she’s joined the Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament. Twenty-year old Gonzáles has watched her story go viral over the last week on social media over a post on the…
Small Graces Can Lead to Abundant Blessings

Small Graces Can Lead to Abundant Blessings

“In the end, the only memorable stories, like the only memorable experiences, are religious and moral.  They give men the heart to suffer the ordeal of a life that perpetually rends them between its beauty and its terror.” ∼ Whittaker Chambers, Witness Evil loves the spotlight. It is exceedingly easy to perceive the chain reaction…
Polish priest ordained after cancer diagnosis dies

Polish priest ordained after cancer diagnosis dies

CNA—A young Polish priest who was ordained last month following a terminal cancer diagnosis has died, his community announced Monday. Fr. Michal Los, FDP, died June 17 in the morning, the Congregation of the Orionine Fathers said in a Facebook post. “We believe that he met with the Risen Christ whom he so desperately wanted…
Vocations: 7 priests ordained in 7 years: What’s the ‘secret sauce’ at this Ohio parish?

Vocations: 7 priests ordained in 7 years: What’s the ‘secret sauce’ at this Ohio parish?

CNA—Starting in 2013, and every year since for the past seven years, one young man from the parish of St. Mary’s in Hudson, Ohio, has been ordained a priest of Jesus Christ for the Catholic Church. It’s a rarity in the Catholic Church in the United States to have that many priests coming from one…
Pope names new auxiliary bishop for Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Pope names new auxiliary bishop for Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Pope Francis today named Msgr. Alejandro “Alex” Aclan Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Holy Father has also named Auxiliary Bishop Joseph V. Brennan, for the San Fernando Region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as Bishop of Fresno. The appointments were announced in Washington, D.C. at 3 a.m. PST by Archbishop…
Meet the Religious Sister Known as the ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’

Meet the Religious Sister Known as the ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’

CNA—Before Sister Ruth Pfau arrived in Pakistan in the 1960s, life for leprosy victims in the country was filled with suffering and ostracization. In addition to the discomfort of the disfiguring disease itself, victims would often be isolated from society by others who feared catching the illness. But the work of Sister Pfau – a…
Pope Francis: Church will focus on 8 points in ‘all-out battle’ against abuse of Minors

Pope Francis: Church will focus on 8 points in ‘all-out battle’ against abuse of Minors

Pope Francis Sunday outlined eight points that the Church will focus on in an “all-out battle” against the sexual abuse of minors to, he said, “turn this evil into an opportunity for purification.” “We need to recognize with humility and courage that we stand face to face with the mystery of evil, which strikes most…
Head of US bishops after Vatican abuse summit: ‘Intensify the Dallas Charter’

Head of US bishops after Vatican abuse summit: ‘Intensify the Dallas Charter’

CNA—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has promised “unyielding vigilance” and an intensification of the Dallas Charter following the Vatican summit on the sexual abuse of minors. “We owe survivors an unyielding vigilance that we may never fail them again,” DiNardo said. “How then to bind the wounds? Intensify the…
Order of the Knights of Malta elect Dalla Torre 80th Grand Master

Order of the Knights of Malta elect Dalla Torre 80th Grand Master

Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre was elected Wednesday the 80th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, a position usually held for life. Dalla Torre’s predecessor, Matthew Festing, resigned from the position in 2017. The election took place May 2, and was conducted by the 54 members of the Council Complete of State, the electing…
Singing Nuns to be at White House Tree Lighting Ceremony

Singing Nuns to be at White House Tree Lighting Ceremony

LifesiteNews—A group of Catholic sisters will be singing at this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House.  According to the White House’s official website for the event, this American tradition dates back to 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse park to light a 48-foot fir…
Despite abuse and cover up, I still want to be a Catholic priest

Despite abuse and cover up, I still want to be a Catholic priest

CNS — When I was in college and then as a young adult, I wanted to be married and have a family, but in my mid-20s I heard God’s call to something else. A call to something radical, sacrificial, and even “noble sounding,” and it was accompanied with a promise of his divine help live…
Why a Year for Priests?

Why a Year for Priests?

Vatican Spokesman Notes Objectives VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org)—The priesthood is a gift for humanity, but it is enduring more than a few difficulties, and the newly inaugurated Year for Priests aims to address that, says a Vatican spokesman. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, spoke of the Year for Priests during the…