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...

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...

Preparing for Pilgrimage

As you read this, I will be arriving in Italy for a Franciscan pilgrimage. For the past two weeks I’ve been getting ready. Amidst all the physical preparations, including creating “the List” (of things to do, buy, and pack for the trip — keeping in mind to simplify, simplify), buying good walking...

‘Never Needed You More’

A subscriber recently noted on a renewal form: “Keep up the good work. The Church has never needed you more.” We are certainly encouraged by those words as we work to bring St. Anthony Messenger to our readers. We seek to be good companions on your faith journey, introducing you to faith-filled...

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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