SpaceX’s ‘Resilience’ commanded by astronaut who flew with Eucharist

In 2013 NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins got permission to bring Consecrated Hosts into orbit.   On Sunday four NASA astronauts made history with the launch of a capsule built by SpaceX, a privately-owned space exploration company. The 27-hour scheduled voyage to the International Space Station (ISS) is the first operational flight of the Crew Dragon… Continue reading SpaceX’s ‘Resilience’ commanded by astronaut who flew with Eucharist

Pope prays for California wildfire victims, firefighters

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Adds a petition that God teach us the need to safeguard Creation.   After leading the midday Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to all those who are suffering from wildfires raging in various parts of the world.“I want to express my closeness to the people affected by wildfires which are devastating… Continue reading Pope prays for California wildfire victims, firefighters

Michigan chapel devoted to our Lady of Fatima named a shrine

The new shrine’s designation will be marked by an October 13 Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima,coinciding with the 103rd anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun.”   Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron announced last week that he has designated Our Lady of Fatima Chapel in Riverview, Michigan, as a shrine.The chapel… Continue reading Michigan chapel devoted to our Lady of Fatima named a shrine

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Bishops seek increased federal funding to protect churches against attacks

A four-fold rise in federal funds sought to counter rise in church vandalism.   With a recent rash of attacks on houses of worship in the United States, the Catholic bishops of the U.S. are asking for an increase in security funding from the federal government.The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious… Continue reading Bishops seek increased federal funding to protect churches against attacks

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US bishops call for nationwide Rosary on October 7

In “chaos of current events,” says Archbishop Gomez, we need to “keep getting closer to Mary.”   The president of the US bishops’ conference is inviting the faithful to join with him and his brother bishops in a virtual Rosary for America on October 7 at 12 p.m. Pacific (3 p.m. ET), which is the feast of… Continue reading US bishops call for nationwide Rosary on October 7

California forest fire spares Benedictine monastery

Bobcat fire goes around St. Andrew’s Abbey, “like the parting of the Red Sea.”   “God in his mercy saved the abbey for whatever reason. But I can’t answer why other people’s homes have burned to the ground.”Such are the mixed sentiments of Benedictine Fr. Damien Toilolo, abbot of St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, California, which… Continue reading California forest fire spares Benedictine monastery

Attacks on churches continue, leaving a majority of Catholics concerned, according to poll

Catholic and Protestant churches burned or broken into, according to reports from around the U.S.   The vast majority of Catholics who are likely to vote in the November elections are concerned about recent anti-religious actions and violence, including church desecrations.“By a seven to one margin (83% to 12%), the overwhelming majority of Catholic likely… Continue reading Attacks on churches continue, leaving a majority of Catholics concerned, according to poll

Salvadoran seminary rector shot to death

Bishops of the country call for investigation, lament other priests’ deaths.   Church leaders in El Salvador are calling for an investigation of the apparent murder of a Catholic priest who was rector of a seminary.Fr. Ricardo Antonio Cortez, rector of the San Oscar Arnulfo Romero Seminary in Santiago de Maria, reportedly was shot along… Continue reading Salvadoran seminary rector shot to death

John Hume, key negotiator in Irish peace process, dies at 83

He received a Nobel Peace Prize — and a papal knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI — for his efforts to bring peace to Northern Ireland.   John Hume, one of the key figures in creating the foundations of the 1998 peace agreement that ended decades of sectarian violence across Ireland, died Monday in his native… Continue reading John Hume, key negotiator in Irish peace process, dies at 83

New York cardinal blesses cremated remains of Mexicans who died of COVID-19

St. Patrick’s Cathedral service held for 250 immigrants who were then flown home.   The cremated remains of 250 Mexican immigrants who died of COVID-19 in New York City were blessed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral before being flown home to their final resting place.Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said he was gratified to be… Continue reading New York cardinal blesses cremated remains of Mexicans who died of COVID-19

“Our Lady of the Rockies” is the fourth largest statue in the U.S.

The statue of the Virgin Mary overlooks the town of Butte, Montana.   Situated brilliantly atop the Rocky Mountains, overlooking the town of Butte, Montana, the “Our Lady of the Rockies” statue of the Virgin Mary is striking in its serenity. The fourth largest statue in the United States, its story revolves around the faith and… Continue reading “Our Lady of the Rockies” is the fourth largest statue in the U.S.

Priest dies of COVID-19 a day before his 25th anniversary

Fr. Vincent Bui, who escaped from Vietnam, devoted his priesthood to formation of seminarians.   A day before his 25th anniversary as a priest and 39 years after escaping from communist Vietnam, Fr. Vincent D. Bui died of COVID-19.   Father Bui, a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, and the Society of St.… Continue reading Priest dies of COVID-19 a day before his 25th anniversary

Houston church closes again after priests test positive for COVID-19

Holy Ghost Church had begun offering public Masses, but has stopped again.   Catholic churches in Texas had begun offering Mass for the public again in early May. But at one parish, public Masses were abruptly suspended again after three priests tested positive for COVID-19. “Today we learned that three members of the Redemptorist community… Continue reading Houston church closes again after priests test positive for COVID-19

Here’s how Catholic dioceses plan to resume public Masses around the country

As public officials lift COVID-19 restrictions, bishops prepare parishes for safely bringing the faithful back to church.   Masks, the 6-foot rule, and Communion in the hand are the predominant features that will characterize the Catholic Mass in the coming months, as churches reopen to the faithful and society continues to take measures against the… Continue reading Here’s how Catholic dioceses plan to resume public Masses around the country

New Jersey diocese takes first steps towards reopening some churches

The Diocese of Trenton formed a task force to to develop a “phased approach” for “the reopening of churches for private prayer to the gradual restoration of our full Catholic and sacramental life.”   On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, churches in the Diocese of Trenton will be permitted to reopen for private… Continue reading New Jersey diocese takes first steps towards reopening some churches

Two New York churches suffer over 100 deaths due to COVID-19

A Catholic church in Queens buries 63 people, and possibly dozens more. Two churches in New York City serving largely Hispanic populations have lost over 100 parishioners between them to COVID-19. One of the churches, St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in the Elmhurst section of Queens, N.Y., reported 63 deaths to the coronavirus disease. The other,… Continue reading Two New York churches suffer over 100 deaths due to COVID-19