Body of St. Maria Goretti Arriving in the U.S.

09/15/2015 Comments (13)

St. Maria Goretti has arrived in the USA for her “Pilgrimage of Mercy,” a tour that will run through 18 states. (See the tour stops and dates here.)  In Part I we looked at the reasons, hopes and expectations for the pilgrimage of this youngest canonized saint in the Catholic Church. Now it’s time for a few more fascinating details and insights generally not well known.

Father Carlos Martins, the Director of the tour, shared a number of these additional facts and insights. A member of the Companions of the Cross, an order with the charism and mission of evangelization, he is an expert biographer of St. Maria Goretti.

As the Director of the Treasures of the Church, a ministry that...READ MORE

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The 80th Anniversary of the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Eight decades and counting from this heaven-sent prayer with powerful graces and promises

09/12/2015 Comments (6)
Courtesy of National Shrine of Divine Mercy

– Courtesy of National Shrine of Divine Mercy

This September 13-14 on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross marks a major milestone. It is the 80th anniversary of a gift Jesus gave us — the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

By now, many people should have heard of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Hopefully, many pray it. But how many know what promises Jesus attached to praying it? Or realize the circumstances in which St. Faustina received it from Jesus himself?

Even those who heard of these things would do well with a timely reminder because both the reason and the promises seem even more urgent and vital today. Why would we want to ignore trusting the promises Jesus made for saying this prayer he himself gave us?

Here’s just one...READ MORE

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Battleship New Jersey to Host Pilgrims for Pope’s Visit

Overnight Stay in Historic Quarters Is Unique Way to Attend the Historic Papal Visit

09/09/2015 Comments (6)

Aerial view of the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden waterfront shows her unobstructed view of the Philadelphia skyline across the river. (Courtesy of Battleship New Jersey museum)

Pilgrims going to see Pope Francis during his two days in Philadelphia need not spend a bundle on accommodations if they don’t mind a little adventure. And what an adventure it would be to stay one or two nights aboard the Battleship New Jersey.

That’s right, up to 200 pilgrims a night will be able to sleep and eat aboard the 888-foot long New Jersey, the most decorated battleship. This floating museum on the Camden, N.J. side of the Delaware River that divides Jersey from Pennsylvania has a commanding view of the Philadelphia skyline on the opposite bank.

Weighing in at 58,000 tons, the New Jersey is 11 stories tall. Maybe the view from the admiral’s command chair could even get a...READ MORE

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'Spiritual Adoption' Saves Lives Through the Power of Little Prayers

The newest Spiritual Adoption program begins on Sept. 8, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and finishes on June 3, 2016, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

09/03/2015 Comment
Courtesy Holy Heroes Adventures

– Courtesy Holy Heroes Adventures

Fresh from the overwhelming success of their Advent Adventure and Lenten Adventure program which drew 40,000 participants, Holy Heroes has come up with another adventure for kids called the “Holy Heroes Spiritual Adoption Program.”

Based on Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s simple daily “Spiritual Adoption Prayer” to the Holy Family for the safety of an unknown baby from conception to birth, the Spiritual Adoption program helps kids become Holy Heroes and teaches them about the wonder of life through the 40-week program that presents in simple ways how babies develop.

The first Spiritual Adoption program launched on May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and ends nine months later...READ MORE

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Atheists Defeated in Battle Against "Big Mountain Jesus" WWII Memorial

09/01/2015 Comments (7)

(Read the original story here: Atheists Attack “Big Mountain Jesus” Memorial to Fallen American WWII Soldiers)

August 31 officially became a momentous day for the Whitefish, Mont. area and beyond.

“Big Mountain Jesus,” the historical World War II memorial, will remain solidly on its plot of ground in the Flathead National Forest high on Big Mountain. So went decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which ruled that the memorial statue can stay just where it is on the ski slope.

Once again, the attack by a Wisconsin-based militant atheist group which fought to have the statue removed was repelled by yet another high court.

“Today’s decision rejects the idea that history and the...READ MORE

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Fr. Longenecker Building "A Church That Looks Catholic" in Bible Belt

Our Lady of the Rosary Breaks Ground for Its Romanesque Church Building

08/25/2015 Comments (12)

The title of Our Lady of the Rosary was originally Our Lady of Victory that was given after her critical help for the victory in the Battle of Lepanto. Putting the proverbial two-and-two together, there is another victory for a parish and for church architecture going on as Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, S.C. On July 5, with Charleston Bishop Robert Guglielmone, it broke ground for a new Romanesque edifice.

Like Lepanto, what a tremendous challenge for a small parish of 500 families in what is considered a poor section of town to take on in building a new church. But the victory is assured from the fortitude of the pastor, Father Dwight Longenecker, the passionate...READ MORE

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Confirmed: The Body of St. Maria Goretti Will Soon Be Brought to the U.S.

St. Maria Goretti will be coming to the USA in September and stay until early in November

08/07/2015 Comments (20)
courtesy Father Carols Martins &

– courtesy Father Carols Martins &

It’s been confirmed. The body — the major relics — of St. Maria Goretti, beloved by countless millions, is heading to the United States.

When she arrives from Italy, the first public appearance will be on Sept. 21 at Sacred Heart Basilica in Newark, N.J. — public because she will initially be visiting a prison before that. As of the latest scheduling she will tour through 25 Catholic dioceses spanning 18 states in parishes, schools, and prisons, including New York, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, and Oklahoma City.

Why the tour at this time?

Maria Goretti is the Patroness of Mercy. This tour will be known officially as the Pilgrimage of Mercy....READ MORE

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Atheists Attack “Big Mountain Jesus” Memorial to Fallen American WWII Soldiers

Long-Standing Statue of Jesus Honors Memory of Soldier-Skiers Who Fought in World War II

07/13/2015 Comments (11)

In Whitefish, Montana, the spectacular view from anywhere on Big Mountain up to its summit over 6,800 feet overlooks placid Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, and the Valley below, while its slopes have attracted skiers for decades.

Near Glacier National Park, this hardly seems a place where a battle goes on over a statue called “Big Mountain Jesus.”

The statue has stood on a tiny 25-foot-by-25-foot piece of leased land high up on the mountain for over 60 years as a memorial honoring soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division who lost their lives fighting in the Alps of Italy.

But it has somehow “offended” a group of atheists who want it removed. The...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.