Aleteia, Larry Petersen: Maria Domenica Lazzeri was born in Capriana, Italy, on March 16, 1815. She was the youngest of five children born to Margaret and Bartolo Lazzeri, who was a miller by trade. However, Bartolo died in 1829 from … Continue reading
CNA, Mary Rezac: They came by plane, by bus, and even on foot: pilgrims traveled thousands of miles to Uganda’s Catholic shrine for the feast of the Uganda Martyrs, celebrated each year June 3. Report is here.
America: Ted Gioia: A young boy approached Mark Twain one day, after spotting the famous author standing alone on a stone bridge in Redding, Conn. Twain was a familiar presence in the community, and the boy had awaited such a … Continue reading
Blessed Leonid Feodorov, First Exarch of the Russian Catholic Church; Bridgebuilder Between Rome and Moscow, by Paul Mailleux, S.J. A Review by Eleonore Villarrubia Do you know the meaning of the title “Exarch?” I did not until I read this … Continue reading
Why even raise such a point? I think it was the skeptical father of Jules Lacassagne, who was cured at Lourdes, whom Franz Werfel, in his Song of Bernadette, has saying, “If miracles can happen, let them.” Yes, “let them!” … Continue reading
Aleteia, Philip Kosloski: Therese Martin was a stubborn and childish little girl. Her mother Zelie was terribly worried about her and her future. She wrote in a letter, “As for [Therese], one cannot tell how she will turn out, she … Continue reading
Aleteia, Philip Kosloski: Padre Pio is known for his many mystical experiences during prayer, often piercing the heavenly veil while on earth. One such experience involved an unexpected encounter with a soul from purgatory. More here.
Aleteia, Philip Kosloski: After King Henry VIII proclaimed himself supreme head of the Church in England and Wales, a violent wave of anti-Catholic persecution began — and lasted over a century. It started with the executions of Sts. Thomas More and … Continue reading
Infallibly Catholic (from April 19, 2012): This is a photograph of the incorruptible body of Padre Pio exhumed on March 2, 2008, 40 years after his death on September 23, 1968. His remains was shown to the public in the Shrine … Continue reading
The Remnant, Olivia Rao: The annual pontifical mass in honor of the Emperor Blessed Karl of Austria took place yesterday (October 21, 2017) at Mary Mother of God Church in Washington, D.C. The event, organized by the United States branch of … Continue reading
Aleteia, Meg Hunter-Kilmer: Blessed Thaddeus McCarthy had no way of knowing that he would be such an enormous failure. Born to a noble Irish family in 1455, McCarthy studied in Paris, served in a tribunal in Rome, and was made … Continue reading
Aleteia, Judy Landrieu Klein: St. Pius of Pietrelcina is still fondly known as “Padre Pio” and I gratefully remember the day I was “introduced” to him in the mid-1990s. It happened when my dry cleaner, Curt, dropped off a relic … Continue reading
Today is the feast day of Saint Porphyrius. He was an actor or “comedian” in Rome when Emperor Julian the Apostate ruled (361-363). Julian had reinstituted persecution against the Christians. The amazing fact about Porphyrius is that he was converted while … Continue reading
Pope Francis will visit his tomb in Colombia on the 10th. CNA has a summary of the saint’s life here. I wrote a short biography of Saint Peter Claver here. CNA: During his trip to Colombia, Pope Francis will visit … Continue reading
Aleteia, Philip Kosloski: Katharine Drexel was a pioneer in many ways. After seeing the plight of the Native Americans, she founded a religious order that she hoped could help relieve the suffering of the poor and vulnerable minorities of the country. … Continue reading