Major Apparitions of St. Joseph Are Approved

Bishop Supported Major Apparitions of St. Joseph Along with Mary and Jesus in Brazil

08/05/2016 Comments (23)

Anton Raphael Mengs (1728–1779), “The Dream of St. Joseph”

Many know about approved apparitions of our Blessed Mother. But only a handful realize that there were apparitions in Itapiranga, Brazil from 1994-1998 in which St. Joseph appeared along with Mary and Jesus.

In January 2010, after much study, prayer, reflection, observation and seeing the growth in the faith life of thousands, the local ordinary, Bishop Carillo Gritti declared a Decree of Worship favoring the Itapiranga appearances and in an earlier document called it of “supernatural origin.”

In another document he stated that considering the manifestations of the Virgin from 2005-10, who has called upon devotion to the three Sacred Hearts: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, a first step has been...READ MORE

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Priest Witnesses Miracle in ER as He Brings Dead Man Back to Life

07/29/2016 Comments (21)

Fr. John Higgins meets Pope St. John Paul II (Photo courtesy Fr. Higgins)

How would you react if you saw a dead man suddenly come back to life? Father John Higgins can tell you about his reaction. He was a main part of the story.

Father Higgins is the pastor of St. Raymond Nonatus Church in Downey, Calif., a city in southeast Los Angeles County. He’s a genial, good-natured, friendly and cheerful, a priest who is obviously very concerned about all those in his care, whether they are parishioners or not.

As we were having a long phone conversation, he told me about a miraculous turn of events that happened some years ago when he was an associate miles away at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Goleta, a suburb of Santa Barbara.

Shortly after he had arrived at his...READ MORE

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The Holy League Is Reborn and Forming Again

The first Holy League Won the Battle of Lepanto; Today's Holy League Can Win Back Souls and Culture

07/22/2016 Comments (7)

In 1571 as Christendom was threatened to be overwhelmed, St. Pope Pius V asked for a Holy League to form and meet the threat. With the terrible world threats today, a new Holy League was reborn to meet the menace.

First, the historical background. When St. Pope Pius V saw Christendom not more than a shambles and Moslem Turks getting ready to deal the last blow, he got Don Juan of Austria to head remnant armies from a few nations to join together forming the first Holy League. St. Pius V called on people in Rome and the regions to pray the Rosary and implore Our Lady for her intercession. Don Juan gave every man in the naval armada a rosary, and all prayed it.

They asked for our Blessed...READ MORE

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Fr. Vincent Capodanno’s Story of Heroism Being Filmed for TV

06/30/2016 Comments (2)
The Archdiocese for the Military Services

Servant of God Vincent Robert Capodanno

– The Archdiocese for the Military Services

Great news! A new film is underway about the Grunt Padre —Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno, a Medal of Honor recipient, posthumously, for his heroism on Sept. 4, 1967.

That day, on a small, bloody knoll during a fierce battle with Marines greatly outnumbered by the North Vietnamese, it took more than 25 enemy bullets to stop Navy chaplain Father Capodanno, already severely wounded, as he moved about the field bringing comfort to all, ministering to the dying, and rescuing the wounded of “Mike” Company’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd platoons.

But this film — a partnership between the Father Vincent Capodanno Guild and EWTN — will not be only about those last hours in Father Capodanno’s life.


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O Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, Pray For Us

Unique New Image of Mary Combines Divine Revelation, the Old and New Testaments, and Devotion to Mary and Jesus

06/23/2016 Comment
courtesy Bernadette Conklin

– courtesy Bernadette Conklin

When Bernadette Conklin came to practice the faith more fully through the Divine Mercy devotion and then to consecrate herself to Jesus through Mary in 2009, she didn’t realize what it would lead to.

“The very next week after Easter when I attended the Divine Mercy Sunday celebration,” she said, “the words ‘There needs to be a greater devotion to Jesus within the womb of Mary’ were resonating in my soul for days.”

In short order Conklin would be inspired to begin her Preborn Jesus Ministry ( in the Pittsburgh area, to bring to fruition a new icon called Vessel of the Preborn Jesus, and then to follow it with a statue combining the ministry and a specific role of our...READ MORE

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Riding Across America for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

06/17/2016 Comments (2)
Steve Seguin / One Billion Stories

Skip Rodgers and his family in Washington at the start of his Ride for Hope and Mercy.

– Steve Seguin / One Billion Stories

On Monday, June 13, Skip Rodgers dipped the back tire of his steel-frame touring bike into the Pacific Ocean in Anacortes, Wash., 93 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., settled onto the seat, and began a trek of over 3,400 miles across the northern tier of the United States. His goal is to dip his tire in the Atlantic Ocean in Bar Harbor, Me., around August 9.

Why did 59-year-old Skip Rodgers take on this challenge which he calls the Ride for Hope and Mercy?

He just had to do something about the plight of the persecuted and displaced Christians fleeing violence in the Middle East, he explained.

The seed of the idea took root after Rodgers went to St. Rafka’s Mission of Hope and Mercy...READ MORE

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen's Cause May Move Forward After Breakthrough Agreement

06/14/2016 Comments (22)

(Photo Credit: Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer, public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

This morning the cause for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been granted a reprieve from the stalemate it has experienced.

The Diocese of Peoria announced “with great joy” that the family of Archbishop Fulton Sheen petitioned the Supreme Court of New York state to allow all his remains to be transferred to Peoria, Ill.

Up to this point both the Peoria diocese and the Archdiocese of New York, where Sheen is entombed in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, both laid claim to his remains. The cause for his beatification could not move along until this point was settled.

Now it seems decided and settled, thanks to Sheen’s living relatives.

Mrs. Joan Sheen Cunningham, his oldest...READ MORE

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New Film Shows How John Paul II Defeated Communism and Freed a Continent

06/09/2016 Comments (5)

The Communists were no match for St. John Paul II. He was the proverbial “one-man army” in action. But an army backed by heaven.

This is the focus of a new documentary called Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism.

On a video showing comments from viewers after the film’s premiere, one said: There was no way the Soviets could be contained by force — “It had to be contained by spiritual power.”  Another said, “The biggest hero of our time, someone larger than life who accomplished the impossible, was Pope John Paul II the Great.”

Carl Anderson, the film's executive producer and Supreme Head of the Knights of Columbus who while serving as a White House office under...READ MORE

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Joseph Pronechen is staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005. His articles have appeared regularly in a number of national publications including Columbia magazine, Faith and Family, Catholic Digest, and Marian Helper. His religion features have also appeared in Fairfield County Catholic and in one of Connecticut’s largest news dailies. He holds BS and MS degrees and formerly taught English and courses in film study that he developed at a Catholic high school in Connecticut. Joseph and his wife Mary reside in Connecticut.