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Filipinos for the beatification of a Japanese Samuari

In a time of rising isolationism in many parts of the world, this celebration seems to stand boldly as a reminder of the boundedness that Christians of all nations share in our baptism and faith.


Ars Praedicandi: Preaching Church History

As often happens when a new bishop comes to town and tells everyone that they have been doing things wrong, particularly with regard to prayer and liturgy, the people of Constantinople would have none of this. They had called Mary “Mother of God” for years and were not about to change because of some bishop’s theological qualms.

New Marian Shrine at Christ Cathedral

On Wednesday, the seventh, Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, announced that there will be a shrine in the Marian plaza surrounding the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang. The Diocese of Orange has some 100,000 Vietnamese Catholics, worshipping throughout the diocese, with large communities in fifteen parishes. Our Lady of […]

Fiat Lux!

One year ago today, December 8, 2015, this striking light show on the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, “Fiat Lux,” heightened our awareness of “our common home” earth (cf. Laudato Si’).

Time for a New Feast

The precedent is set in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland to commemorate the great number of holy men and holy women who have gone before us.

A Holy Birth: The Nativity of Mary

Mary’s birth ushers in the good news of divine forgiveness granted by God to all of humanity.

Review: Blessed Among Us

True to Ellsberg style, the range of “blessed” held up in this volume is mind boggling.

Mother Theresa on Eucharist, Priesthood, and Celibacy

Did Mother Theresa really say that Communion in the hand is what made her the saddest?

A new, very ancient, and possibly the oldest known image of the Virgin Mary

I hope that PrayTell readers will find the article by Michael Peppard titled “Is This the Oldest Image of the Virgin Mary?” in the opinion pages of yesterday’s New York Times as fascinating (and at the same time as moving) as I did.  In his article (which is based on his new book about the […]

Indigenous Lives Matter

And so do indigenous languages in liturgy.  The Vatican has authorized the indigenous language Nahuatl for liturgical use in Mexico, presumably in preparation for liturgies that will be presided over by Pope Francis in his pastoral visit next month. And since the Virgin of Guadalupe is said to have spoken in Nahuatl when appearing to […]