Pope Vetoes Vito

In what was a move that perhaps ought not to have been shocking, Pope Francis made headlines last week by excommunicating the Mafia. The move came after an especially shocking drug-war-related hit that took the life of a 3-year-old boy and his grandfather in January. While it might seem naive to think that...

Gethsemane: Jesus’ Agony

At the foot of the Mount of Olives sits the Church of All Nations, completed in 1924 with financing from 16 countries. The Friars Minor began working at this shrine in 1392 and acquired the property in 1663. A 12thcentury Crusader church was built over a fourth-century Byzantine church. A grotto nearby has...

Faith Is an Option

“Faith is an option, not a given,” says Bob McCarty, Executive Director of National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, during an interview with John Feister for American Catholic Radio. As for me, I definitely grew up with the idea that my Catholic faith was a given. I went to Catholic grade school...

Pentecost

Pentecost, meaning “fifty days” after Easter, celebrates the Holy Spirit’s descent on the Apostles. The narrative in the second chapter of Acts of the Apostles describes a dramatic transformation of the disciples in Jerusalem. A sudden sound, like that of a strong wind filled the house where they were....

Dispelling Rumors

I hear there are rumors about things happening at St. Anthony Messenger and our parent, Franciscan Media. The true story is that, in a move to grow this ministry, we’ve decided to focus on St. Anthony Messenger and our popular lines of Franciscan Media and Servant Books. And we will continue to develop...

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...

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