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Author says Rosary 'can help us achieve peace in the world'

Why do Catholics pray the Rosary? The history of the Rosary traces to the 13th century. It is believed that Mary gave St. Dominic the Rosary to rescue the church from the Albigensian heresy.

Lord, I want to see

I. Love. Movies. I love going to the movies, the environment, the popcorn smell, the plush seats that have the ability to recline (like, seriously? When did this become a thing? Because I’m loving it.)

One Bread, One Body, June 25

June 25, 12th Sunday Ordinary Time 
Cycle A Readings:
1) Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
2) Romans 5:12-15
Gospel) Matthew 10:26-33

Charting change: Vatican statistics track Church health indicators

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The health of the Catholic Church can be measured in many ways, and the Vatican has a special office just for that purpose.

Encuentro process aims to create more involvement among Hispanic Catholics

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In Spanish, the word “encuentro” means encounter and in the modern Church in the U.S., it refers to a series of meetings that will take place over the next four years aimed at getting to know Latinos and producing more involvement in the Church of its second largest and fastest growing community.

Eucharist is reminder of God's love, call to unity, pope says

The Eucharist is a tangible reminder of God's love, and receiving Communion is a call to work to build the body of Christ by loving others and shunning all that sows division within a community, Pope Francis said.

Bearing fruit for the Kingdom

Our diocese was blessed with the ordination of two new priests on May 20, Fr. John Martin and Fr. Stephen Hauck. In the Gospel read at the ordination Mass, Jesus reminds us that He is the vine, we are the branches, and that with Him we “will bear much fruit” (John 15:5) and thus glorify the Father.

Surprisingly modern insights from an old children's book

I recently started seeing a priest for spiritual direction. The first book he recommended was a pretty obvious choice, An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, filled with short, thought-provoking, spiritually challenging meditations. The second book he gave me was a bit of a surprise.

Why do we renew our baptismal promises?

Our human identity is intimately linked to the sacrament of baptism; through it we are reborn as children of God. In baptism we are incorporated into the life of Christ. This rebirth includes the freedom from sin and our incorporation into the Church, sharing in Christ’s redemptive mission on the cross. 

Mary, Mother of Priests

The recent 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima has renewed the devotion to the Rosary for many Catholics. This renewal is true for many brother priests and myself, as the daily recitation and contemplation of the Mysteries of Jesus Christ through the heart of Mary were a significant part of our formation and now support us in ministry.

Why married priests won't really fix the shortage

In 1970, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in the United States. Today, that number has more than doubled, with one priest for every 1,800 Catholics.

Bishop Cantu reports on unrest, religious persecution around globe

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has earned his fair share of frequent flyer miles.

U.S. bishops urged to be vigilant, never complacent, in stopping abuse

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, urged the U.S. bishops June 14 during their spring meeting in Indianapolis to continue to keep their commitment to stopping clergy sexual abuse and supporting victims of abuse "at the forefront" of their ministry.

Conversation, listening essential for upcoming synod on youth, vocations

At a time when an estimated 50 percent of Catholics 30 and younger no longer identify with their religion, the U.S. bishops June 14 discussed the need to reverse that trend and why the consultation process for the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on youth and vocations is crucial to that effort.

Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world.

Two experiences of fatherhood

Fatherhood is a divine gift that too often goes unrecognized and unremarked upon. It is a vocation of love and a complete giving of self. As with any vocation, fatherhood is fundamentally not about the father himself, but about how he relates to others: as protector, defender, and sanctifier of his family.

Poverty requires action, not empty words, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People cannot sit back and be indifferent or unresponsive to growing poverty in the world as a privileged minority accumulates "ostentatious wealth," Pope Francis said.

Finding God on the Street

The streets of any city are a scary place when you don’t have a home or place of refuge to retreat to for safety. Father Claude Paradis found that out the hard way. Long before he became a priest, he was homeless and living in Montreal, Canada. 

One Bread, One Body, June 18

June 18, Body and Blood of Christ   
Cycle A Readings:
1) Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
2) 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Gospel) John 6:51-58

Joy in Carmel: Mother Anne Teresa celebrates 50 years of religious life

More than 200 people from at least eight states attended the Golden Jubilee Mass on June 11 for Mother Anne Teresa of Jesus, OCD, but she quickly shared the tribute. “Though it was honoring me, it was honoring the community, but more so it was honoring our Lord and our Lady,” the Carmelite nun said.

Lectio Divina: Bring Him all the praise you know

Callie Nowlin, MTS, a convert turned Latin teacher, catechist, and blogger helps us meditate on the Gospel reading from the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

Behold, Catholic beard balm (yes, it's a thing)

What do you do with an excess of chrism and a plethora of Catholic men with beards? Tony Vasinda, a director of faith formation at a Catholic parish in Seattle, Wash., was faced with that dilemma three years ago when he ordered some of the fragrant liturgical oil for his confirmation students.

I didn't sign up for this. Or did I?

Stripping soaked sheets off a child's bed for the third night in a row. Scrubbing vomit out of a carseat. Listening to a bedroom door slam with an angry "I hate you!"

House OKs bill to aid genocide victims; Senate urged to act quickly on it

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The co-authors of a House bill that will provide humanitarian aid to Christians and other religious groups suffering at the hands of Islamic State militants praised the June 6 House passage of the measure and urged the Senate to quickly act on it.

Texas bishops decry state's new immigration law

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CNA/EWTN News) — Two Texas bishops have defended from charges of fear mongering the opponents of a new law which targets sanctuary cities for immigrants, explaining that the bill draws little distinction between criminals and undocumented immigrants.