Saint Celestine I, Pope

April 6 Today is the feast day of Saint Celestine I. Ora pro nobis. Nothing is known of his early history except that he was a Roman and that his father’s name was Priscus. He is said to have lived for a time at Milan with St. Ambrose; the first notice, however, concerning him that … Read more

Saint Vincent Ferrer, Confessor

April 5 Today is the feast day of Saint Vincent Ferrer.  Ora pro nobis. The Life of St. Vincent Ferrer’s From His Birth to His Religious Profession by Andre Pradel, 1875 In the middle of the fourteenth century there dwelt at Valencia, in Spain, a pious couple, who were not less distinguished by birth than … Read more

How Do You Teach Catholics Who Are Poorly Catechized?

VIEW FROM THE PEW There are many Catholics who genuinely love the faith but have a poor understanding of the teachings, including the one on papal infallibility. Five ordinary Catholics got together on Facebook recently to discuss this phenomenon. Here’s what Zachary, 31, a security guard from California; Robert, 61, a lawyer from Maine; Malia is … Read more

Saint Benedict the Moor, Confessor

April 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Benedict the Moor.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Benedict was born at San Philadelphio or San Fradello, a village of the Diocese of Messina in Sicily, in 1526.  He  died 4 April, 1589. The parents of St. Benedict were slaves from Ethiopia who were, nevertheless, pious Christians. … Read more

Saint Isidore of Seville, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

April 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Isidore of Seville.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Isidore was born of a ducal family, at Carthagena in Spain. His two brothers, Leander, Archbishop of Seville, Fulgentius, Bishop of Ecija, and his sister Florentina, are all recognized by the Church as Saints. As a boy Isidore despaired … Read more

How Culture Affects How Catholics View the Pope

VIEW FROM THE PEW Five ordinary Catholics got together on Facebook recently to discuss this turbulent papacy – and found that their views were heavily influenced by their age and culture. Here’s what Zachary, 31, a security guard from California; Robert, 61, a lawyer from Maine; Malia is 44, an entrepreneur from LA; Sean, 34, … Read more

Three Popes and the Global Media

VIEW FROM THE PEW Recent popes have come under constant and intense media scrutiny. How has this affected the Faith? Today, when so many Catholics get their information from secular media, it seems that Catholic teaching is routinely twisted to fit the media’s agenda. Similarly, the popularity of a pope has become a ‘media circus.’ … Read more

Saint Richard of Chichester, Bishop

April 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Richard of Chichester.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Richard (de Wyche) was born about 1197 at Droitwich, Worcestershire; and died 3 April, 1253, at Dover. He was the second son of Richard and Alice de Wyche. His father died while he was still young and the family … Read more

Saint Francis of Paula, Confessor

April 2 Today is the feast day of Saint Francis of Paula.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Xavier Weninger, 1877   Paola, a small town in Calabria, a province of Naples, was the favored place where St. Francis, who is so celebrated on account if his miracles and virtues, was born. Hence, he is called … Read more

Are Francis’s Critics ‘More Catholic Than the Pope’?

VIEW FROM THE PEW Is it arrogant to question or criticize a Pope’s words? Is what the Pope says ‘law’ – even if it contradicts Catholic teaching? Five ordinary US Catholics got together on Facebook recently to hash it out. Here’s what Zachary, 31, a security guard from California; Robert, 61, a lawyer from Maine; … Read more

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