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)
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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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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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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.