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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It's Official: Major Apparitions of Mary Are Approved

Bishop Call Apparitions of Mary in San Nicolas, Argentina, Supernatural and Worthy of Belief

05/27/2016 Comments (32)

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary in San Nicolás (via Wikimedia Commons)

Holy Trinity Sunday, May 22, was a banner blue-letter day — blue for our Blessed Mother — as Bishop Hector Cardelli of San Nicolas, Argentina, officially declared that the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary in his diocese are of “supernatural character” and worthy of belief.

The apparitions took place in this city over 100 miles from Buenos Aires from Oct. 13, 1983 to Feb. 11, 1990. Our Blessed Mother appeared to a housewife named Gladys Herminia Quiroga de Motta nearly daily, giving 1804 messages. Gladys also received 68 visits and messages from Jesus.

Notice Oct. 13 was the anniversary of the last vision at Fatima and Feb. 11 is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes — a powerful...READ MORE

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What You Need to Know About the Antichrist (According to Bl. John Henry Newman)

05/02/2016 Comments (25)

Luca Signorelli, “Deeds of the Antichrist” (c. 1501). Note the lack of wounds in the hands of the Christ-like figure. This is the artist's way of indicating that he is actually the Antichrist.

With news in late January that the Archdiocese of Chicago sent the Vatican reports of a miraculous healing credited to the intercession of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, and considering the rise of anti-Christian culture around the world, it looks like a good time to take a look at the cardinal’s four sermons on the Antichrist all grounded in the teachings of the Bible and the Fathers of the Church. Delivered by him a little over 180 years ago, they sound as if they were written and preached in today’s times.

“Times of the Antichrist” was the title of the first sermon. Here as in the rest, Cardinal Newman follows the ancient Fathers who were not too far removed from the apostles, like...READ MORE

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21 Things St. Louis de Montfort Said About the Rosary and Marian Devotion

Thursday Marks the 300th Anniversary of the Death of the Great St. Louis de Montfort

04/27/2016 Comments (10)

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April 28 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, one of the most important promoters of Marian devotion, the Rosary, and consecration to Our Lady as a sure means of growing in grace and in love for Jesus her Son and our Lord.

It was de Montfort’s method of consecration to Our Lady that St. John Paul II made and led to his motto: Totus Tuus.

In Crossing the Threshold of Hope, St. John Paul II wrote, “Thanks to St. Louis de Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption."...READ MORE

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Remembering Fr. Thomas Byles, One of the Heroes on the RMS Titanic

As a Martyr of Charity, His Cause Should Pick Up Steam This Year of Mercy

04/21/2016 Comments (2)
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Father Thomas Byles

– courtesy Titanic

Forget the made-up, special-effects dramas about the Titanic. The real special effects were like the heroic actions of Father Thomas Byles, one of the passengers who perished in that sinking.

On April 14, the 104th anniversary of the Titanic hitting an iceberg, Father Byles was rightly memorialized in Brooklyn N.Y., where he was headed to celebrate the wedding Mass for his brother William and his bride Isabel Katherine.

A plaque dedicated to Father Byles and his holy heroism on that 1912 night of April 14-15 was unveiled and blessed at St. Paul and St. Agnes Church, his brother’s parish. The event included Benediction and presentations on the life of Father Byles.

Benjamin and Cady Crosby with Fr. Joseph Nugent, the pastor of St. Paul’s Church (Photo Credit:

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A New Song to Remember Mother Angelica on Her 93rd Birthday

04/20/2016 Comment

A new song called The Story of My Soul, beautifully melodic, came out recently in honor of Mother Angelica. It joins the ways she is being honored by those whose lives she has touch and changed.

The Story of My Soul by Catholic singer/songwriter Russ Rentler captures the amazing “catches” Mother made among the countless number of channel surfers who happened on her show in a divinely-inspired moment.

Couldn't sleep last night,
Troubles — they were on my mind
Turned on the TV
Channel surfin' for a dream.

The singer finds “an angel dressed in brownwho, he says, “turned my whole world upside down.”

And how did she do that? In the Chorus he lets us in on the major way:

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17 Things Jesus Revealed to St. Faustina About Divine Mercy

04/03/2016 Comments (9)

As a person, as a country, as a world, do we not need God’s mercy more and more in these times? For the sake of our souls, can we afford not to listen to what Jesus told us through St. Faustina about his mercy and what our response to is should be?

Benedict told us “It is a really central message for our time: Mercy as the force of God, as the divine limit against the evil of the world.”

Let’s remind ourselves right now. Or learn the highlights for the first time. Divine Mercy Sunday is the perfect day to start listening to what Jesus himself tells us:

(1) I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths...READ MORE

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Impressions From Mother Angelica's Beautiful Funeral Mass

04/01/2016 Comments (1)

The final resting place of Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation (Jeffrey Bruno/EWTN News)

The angels lining the clerestory windows in the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament were certainly smiling as they formed an honor guard for the funeral Mass for Mother Angelica. Maybe they were thinking heavenly thoughts about what proper place for her funeral in this incredibly beautiful temple she was inspired to build for our Lord, her Eucharistic Jesus and her Divino Niño.

So might have been the thoughts of many of the mourners who filled the shrine’s pews and the extra chairs along the nave’s sides. And those faithful the shrine could not hold who had to attend from out on the piazza out of necessity.

The bishops and archbishops — including Birmingham’s Bishop Robert J. Baker and...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.