Pope Francis 10 years on

Early in Pope Francis’s pontificate, the sense of expectation was enormous. He spoke simply and powerfully. He stayed away from the typical trappings of papal luxury. He was seen as an outsider and a natural reformer. He stirred some trepidation among conservatives, but not enough to override the global adulation. “The People’s Pope,” Time magazine called him,Continue reading “Pope Francis 10 years on”

Holy Family- The Model of All Families

Of all the families in human history, the family of Jesus stands above all others. This family is outstanding for its holiness, genuineness, understanding and acceptance of one another. Not health, wealth, education, location or social status accounts for their place of prominence in human history. To the contrary, Mary and Joseph were poor. TheyContinue reading “Holy Family- The Model of All Families”

St. Andrew

St. Andrew, also called Saint Andrew the Apostle, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus and the brother of St. Peter. He is the patron saint of Scotland and of Russia. In the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), Peter and Andrew—whose Greek name means “manly”—were called from their fishing by Jesus to follow him, promising that he would make them “fishers of men.” With Saints Peter, James,Continue reading “St. Andrew”

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is one of the oldest and highest ranking Papal Basilicas in Rome. Holding the unique title of ‘arch basilica’, it is defined as the “mother and head of all the churches of the city and the world” Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, butContinue reading “Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica”

Feast of St. John Paul II

Pope Francis canonized Saint John Paul II with Saint John XXIII in the Vatican City on April 27, 2014, a Divine Mercy Sunday, an observance that he established on April 30, 2000. October 22 was chosen as his feast day to remember the anniversary of the liturgical inauguration of his Papacy in 1978. Saint JohnContinue reading “Feast of St. John Paul II”