Capernaum: Peter’s House

Since 1990, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) has been celebrated with special devotion in the modern church built over Peter’s house in Capernaum, by the Sea of Galilee. Peter’s mother-in-law was healed there (Mt 8:14-15, Mk 1:29-31, and Lk 4:38-39). Jesus’ “Bread of Life” discourse (Jn...

Hope in the Holy Land

Five journalists from various Catholic publications are in Tel Aviv for a tour of the Holy Land that coincides with the historic visit of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew. This is a crossroads where Christians, Jews, and Muslims, among Druze and other peoples, struggle to maintain identity in the heart...

I’m Sorry- Nice To See You!

How strange is it that we find the answers when we least expect it. I had one of those moments a while ago at a meeting on the New Evangelization. Before I get to that answer, let me start with the question. A few years ago, during Lent, I went to confession. Now, most people reading this are probably...

Is Jesus At My Parish Festival?

Well it’s that time of year again! Parish festival season is commencing. Almost every Catholic parish in my city has one during the summer months. For some people it may be the only time they see their fellow parishioners outside of Sunday Mass. And I think that’s too bad because it’s important to...

Death Penalty

On April 30, the Governor of Ohio granted executive clemency to Arthur Taylor, just days before his scheduled execution. That same day there was a botched execution in the state of Oklahoma which led the Governor of Oklahoma to declare a stay on all executions until a review of the botched execution could be...

Bethlehem: Jesus’ Birthplace

On May 25, Pope Francis will visit here, one of the world’s most visited Christian shrines. The Friars Minor have been here since 1347. The current basilica incorporates a 12th-century church built over a fourth-century basilica constructed over an even earlier shrine. Sharing the use of this basilica with...

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