The Only Catholic parish  in Afghanistan

The Only Catholic parish in Afghanistan

Aug 16, 2021—Ambasciata d’Italia Kabul—The possibility to host a Catholic Chaplain within the Italian “legation” was provided by “The Agreement between Italy and Afghanistan to exchange permanent diplomatic missions” in 1921. King “Amanullah”, [who was] grateful to Italy for being the first western country to recognize formally the independence of Afghanistan, [and who] showed himself…

Archbishop Cordileone Named Prior of Historic Order of Catholic Knights

Archbishop Cordileone Named Prior of Historic Order of Catholic Knights

CNA—Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was recently named the new prior of a historic order of knighthood. Cordileone will serve as principal chaplain to the U.S. delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. The Order is an organization of Catholics who prioritize the propagation of the faith and support Catholic education,…

Mother Superior Visits Alma Mater

Mother Superior Visits Alma Mater

21 years after her graduation from Thomas Aquinas College — and 16 after she left the United States to enter the religious life in Italy — Mother Madeleine Marie of St. Joseph (Mary Kay Ellis ’99) returned to the California campus last week. As Superior of the Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus…

“Your bishop wants to kill you!” : Willingly working in one of the most dangerous places in the world, One Priest Inspires Beyond Words

“Your bishop wants to kill you!” : Willingly working in one of the most dangerous places in the world, One Priest Inspires Beyond Words

“Your bishop wants to kill you” When priest friends of Fr. Innocent Sunu learned of the newly ordained priest’s first parish assignment in Madagali, Nigeria, they warned the new priest that his bishop was trying to kill him. But Fr. Innocent Sunu saw it differently. In fact this young priest waived his right to refuse…

Cardinal: Renewal of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre goes deeper than swords

Cardinal: Renewal of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre goes deeper than swords

CNA—The leader of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre has defended changes to the order’s rituals amid criticism that the swearing-in rite no longer features a sword. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the order’s Grand Master, told CNA that the changes did not mark a break with tradition and were part of a broader reform linked…

Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani: Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani: Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

CNA—Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani, who was ordained to the priesthood in his hospital room on Holy Thursday with special permission from Pope Francis, has died of leukemia at the age of 31. The young priest’s funeral was held in Rome on April 26 (2021) at the parish of San Giovanni Leonardi. He had dedicated the…

Pope Francis Advances Saint Causes of Two Inspiring Priests–one a seasoned layman

Pope Francis Advances Saint Causes of Two Inspiring Priests–one a seasoned layman

Pope Francis advanced Tuesday the sainthood causes of several men and women, including two Italian priests of the 20th century — one who was ordained at age 23 and another who was ordained at 65, after a lay career and a lifetime of serving the poor. Venerable Fr. Mario Ciceri knew his vocation from a…

The McCarrick Report’s Unanswered Questions

The McCarrick Report’s Unanswered Questions

Like the editor and staff of Catholic Business Journal, others had unanswered questions after the McCarrick Report. Michael Warsaw, head of EWTN, shares his observations here: National Catholic Register—The long-awaited McCarrick Report, detailing the rise and fall of the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, was finally released Nov. 10. First promised two years ago, the report…

INSPIRATION:  ‘Grant me an undivided heart’: first biography reveals spiritual writings of Sr. Clare Crockett

INSPIRATION: ‘Grant me an undivided heart’: first biography reveals spiritual writings of Sr. Clare Crockett

CNA, with CBJ edits—On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing at least 676 people, including a young religious sister called Sr. Clare Crockett.  Two years after her death, her order released a film about her remarkable life in both English and Spanish. “All or Nothing: Sr. Clare Crockett” now has more than…

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…