Author: S&P

Peru’s ‘Lord of Miracles’ carried in massive five-hour procession from St. Patrick’s Cathedral through the streets of New York City…

In the middle of the most populated city in the United States, a procession shook the hearts of believers: the ‘Lord of Miracles’ toured “The Big Apple” on Oct. 17. The Peruvian community along, with many other foreigners, processed through 5th Avenue with a replica of the indestructible Lord of Miracles (Señor de los Milagros) image after Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Peruvian Msgr. Guillermo Cornej...

Have you ever received fake messages from your “priest?” Internet scammers see churches as easy prey, simple precautions can provide enormous protection…..

Father David Mullen got the message every pastor dreads to hear thanks to 21st-century technology: “I think someone hacked your account.” An internet scammer had breached the Boston Archdiocese’s priests’ account back in August, looked at the content of his emails, and then proceeded to email people in his address book saying he needed to talk with the recipient “about something personal.”  T...

Catholic ink? Tattoos, piercings, and the pursuit of holiness…..

Though Millennials and Gen Z’ers are generally less religious than previous generations, young adults who embrace Catholicism actually tend to be more orthodox in their beliefs and more traditional in their devotions than the majority of their Boomer and Gen X elders. But visit a Theology on Tap or another Catholic young adult event these days, and amongst the Marian consecration chains and scapul...

Liechtenstein archbishop opts out of synodal process, saying it runs “the risk of becoming ideological”…

Haas, who was born in Vaduz, previously served as bishop of the Swiss diocese of Chur. Amid internal tensions, he was appointed in 1997 as the first archbishop of Vaduz, which was previously part of the Chur diocese. The archdiocese, which emcompasses the whole Principality of Liechtenstein and whose website lists just 12 parishes, does not belong to a national bishops’ conference and has no suffr...

50 states, 50 farmers’ markets: Here’s the top spot in each state for seasonal produce…..

Farmers markets are spectacular places to shop year-round. (Hooray for fresh produce that packs tons of extra flavor and for supporting local farmers and artisans by shopping local!) But in the fall, farmers markets truly shine. This is the time of year that the autumnal bounty arrives, from plump pumpkins ripe for carving to winter squash varieties that make hearty soups and side dishes. Did we m...

8-month-old baby among 17 Protestant missionaries kidnapped and held for $17 million ransom in Haiti, charity says…

By Leonardo Blair, Christian Post Reporter | Wednesday, October 20, 2021 A man films himself in front of tires on fire during a general strike launched by several professional associations and companies to denounce insecurity in Port-au-Prince on October 18, 2021. A nationwide general strike emptied the streets of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Monday with organizers denouncing the rapidl...

Encountering God

When I was nine years old, I gave my heart to the Lord. I walked to the front of the church, told the pastor that I had accepted Jesus into my heart, went through some Bible classes on what becoming a Christian meant.  That was my very first God encounter.  It was simple and uncomplicated. In my heart, even at such a young age, even if I did not fully understand the magnitude of my ...

5 tips on how to be a great mother-in-law…

Sep 28, 2021 We have all heard mother-in-law jokes. They are usually negative humor with a bite to them. We all want to avoid the MIL stereotype and here’s some hints to help us do that. 1.When an adult child marries, parents go from front line caregivers to the bench. That means we’re there if needed for backup but it’s up to the newly created family to take the ball down the court. When Blessed ...

16 tips to improving your parish hospitality…

Every parish has visitors, but not every visit is the same. Are your visitors having a positive experience? Will they come back? Do they feel welcomed? How is our hospitality to these visitors? Think of the last time you visited another parish for the first time. Did you know where to park? Did you find your way around easily? Did you feel welcomed? Were you a bit nervous? What was positive a...

Land, limits and the scandal of reparations…

We’ll call him Mr. Anderson. Featured not so long ago in The Wall Street Journal as his Kansas county’s leading farmer, the newspaper pointed to him as a model for the nation’s agricultural future. Owning thirty thousand six hundred acres, a full ten percent of the county’s cropland, he bases his decisions on “a constant analysis of efficiency and scale,” featuring the use of ever larger and more ...

Can we drink the cup Jesus drank?

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approach Jesus asking for a favor: “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” Jesus says to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink…?” They respond, “We can!” Jesus answers them, “The cup that I drink, you will drink… but to sit at my right or at my left...

The Tuesday Pillar Post: Notes from the road…

Hey everybody, Today is the memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, and this is The Tuesday Pillar Post. This will be an unusually short Post, because I’m writing to you from the road; I am on a reporting trip for a few days this week. I spent about 12 hours Monday conducting interviews, and I’ve got several more scheduled for Tuesday. It will take a little while to publish the story ...