There is a new bright spot in Bethlehem, and it arrived just in time for Advent and Christmas! A fragment of wood believed to be a part of the crib where the Virgin Mary laid Jesus on that first Christmas morning 2,000 years ago came back to the Holy Land from the Vatican.
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The pop of the camera flash, the glitter of films, and the glamour of her photos have outshone other details of her life. We recognize Grace Kelly as a fashion icon, but who remembers that she went to Mass on Sundays?
Many people today do not realize that Grace Kelly was a Catholic, and a practicing Catholic at that. It wasn't merely nominal or cultural. Like the rest of us who are far from saintly, Grace may not have lived it out in a perfectly exemplary way—but it had formed her soul.
Those who followed her life, mission and cause remember the anticipation of waiting for the day...the day Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was declared a saint. December 17, 2015 (his birthday!) was the day that Pope Francis approved the second miracle needed for Mother Teresa's cause for canonization. The news spread like wild[...]
August 21st is the anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at a small village church in Knock, Ireland, in 1879. Known as Our Lady of Knock, it is one of the major Marian apparitions approved by the Church.
The United States were dedicated to the Immaculate Conception by Bishop John Carroll, its first bishop, in 1792, and in 1846, all the bishops of the nation officially named the Immaculate Conception the Patroness of the United States. An act of Consecration to the Immaculate Conception was made by the Bishops of the U.S. on the
Did you know? According to popular tradition, one of the most likely origins of April Fools’ Day is the result of the Western world switching from the Julian calendar to the Christian Gregorian calendar in the 1500s. (The Gregorian calendar was named after Pope Gregory XIII, who instituted it in 1582.) For centuries up u[...]
The Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem, in which over 4,000 babies are delivered each year, is located on the West Bank in Palestine and is known as the "birthplace of hope." To see the tiniest of humans in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit of the hospital, with their little white and red caps, is to understand why this hospital[...]
A dark, bitter, boiling hot, and addictive beverage that bestowed almost super-human energy, sharpened the wits, and had its origins in the land of the infidels was certainly suspicious in 16th century Europe. Yet it was becoming so popular that some began to demand that the pope forbid Christians from consuming the wicked brew.
Even amidst the devastation and tragedy of Hurricane Harvey, there have been many stories filled with hope. This Texas family lost everything, due to a fire that was caused by the hurricane. When the Rojas family returned to see the damage, they found something quite surprising. The one thing that Harvey could not overcome we[...]