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Vatican Corner 05-31-2020

St. Peter’s Basilica, the 2,000 year old home to most of the Catholic Church’s crucial ceremonies, and one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world, is being prepared for reopening to the public after being closed to visitors and pilgrims for more than two months....

Pastor’s Desk 05-31-2020

One of the popular plays of William Shakespeare is “The Merchant of Venice.” Antonio, a successful merchant of Venice got into trouble because of his generosity. His friend Bassano requested him to lend him some money. Antonio agreed, but, as all of his assets were...

Vatican Corner 05-24-2020

Nine days after his election as pope on March 22, 2013, Francis started inviting small groups of people to the chapel at his residence at the Casa Santa Marta guest house for early morning Mass. His first invited guests to Mass were the Vatican gardeners and garbage...

Pastor’s Desk 05-24-2020

One of the national coordinators of Sun Day held early in May every year is Denis Hayes. He worked as researcher at a Washington D.C. ‘think-tank’ and has written a book on solar energy entitled Rays of Hope: The Transition to a PostPetroleum World. Hayes claims that...

Vatican Corner 05-17-2020

During the coronavirus shelter-in-place rules, many Catholic are concerned about how they can obtain the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The sacrament’s goal is to forgive serious postbaptismal sin so that one’s friendly and familial conversation with God and the Church...

Pastor’s Desk 05-17-2020

In 1991 an Air Canada flight ran into big trouble. Passengers were enjoying an in-flight movie on the Boeing 767 when the jumbo jet's massive engines abruptly stopped. At first only those without earphones on noticed anything. However, soon it was apparent the jet was...

Vatican Corner 05-10-2020

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 was the most severe in recent history, and yet it is largely forgotten today. Despite killing more people than were killed in combat in both World Wars combined. The pandemic was poorly covered by newspapers of the day, as a world war...

Pastor’s Desk 05-10-2020

When St. John Chrysostom was summoned before the Roman Emperor Arcadius and threatened with banishment, he replied, “You cannot banish me, for the world is my Father’s house.” “Then I will kill you,” exclaimed the Emperor angrily. “No, you cannot,” retorted...

Vatican Corner 05-03-2020

There is an army of women religious throughout the world who are combating the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as the nurse nuns who care for the sick in the hospitals, there are thousands of women religious who are using prayer to fight the virus. In Italy some nuns use...

Pastor’s Desk 05-03-2020

A famous actor was the guest of honor at a social gathering. As people gathered around, they asked the actor to recite excerpts from various literary works. He obliged and did so brilliantly. Finally, an elderly pastor asked the actor to recite the 23rd Psalm. The...

Vatican Corner 04-26-2020

On April 13, 2020, Pope Francis reflected on women’s contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic. He spoke of women who are “doctors, nurses, members of security forces, and prison guards, employees in stores providing basic necessities …, and mothers and sisters who...

Pastor’s Desk 04-26-2020

Dr. J. Wallace Hamilton, in his book Horns and Halos in Human Nature, tells of one of the weirdest auctions in history. It was held in the city of Washington, D.C. It was an auction of designs, actually patent models of old inventions that did not make it in the...

Vatican Corner 04-19-2020

Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican on April 12, 2020, was held inside the nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica rather than outside in St. Peter’s Square. The celebration normally draws tens of thousands of people to the Square, but this time it was surrounded by police...

Pastor’s Desk 04-19-2020

St. Faustina of Poland is the well-known apostle of Divine Mercy. On the 30th of April, 2000, at 10:00 AM on the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday, the Feast requested by Jesus in His communications with St. Faustina), His Holiness Pope St. John Paul II...

Vatican Corner 04-12-2020

Pope Francis in his special blessing on March 27, 2020 said that “God’s strength is turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies. The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our...

Pastor’s Desk 04-12-2020

You may remember a geography lesson from elementary school in which you learned that the southernmost point of Africa is a point which for centuries has experienced tremendous storms. For many years no one knew what lay beyond that cape, for no ship attempting to...