• Report finds hate crimes rising against Indian Christians despite lockdown

    Hate crimes against Christians in India increased by 40% in the first half of 2020 despite a three-month nationwide lockdown, according to a new report. In a report published July 29, the ecumenical group Persecution Relief said it had documented 293 incidents between January and... Read more
  • The Magnanimity & Humility of St. Ignatius of Loyola

    When Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope, celebrated Mass for the feast of St. Mark last April, he used his homily to exhort the Church to proclaim the Gospel with magnanimity and humility.  He noted that St. Thomas Aquinas taught that magnanimity, or great-souledness, means... Read more
  • St. Anne is Our Grandmother In Heaven

    Not every earthly grandmother is necessarily a doting one, but the stereotype is well deserved. Speaking as a grandmother, it’s easy to adore the next generation of these precious children of God. St. Anne bore the Immaculate Conception in her womb. She is the grandmother that God chose... Read more
  • Restoring MLK’s Dream

    Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a Dream” speech before a huge crowd at the August 28, 1963 March on Washington, D.C. The key to understanding King’s speech is his appeal to the notion of a “promissory note,” of principles asserted in the “Constitution and the... Read more
  • Columbus statues ‘temporarily removed’ from Chicago parks

    Two statues of Christopher Columbus in Chicago parks were removed Friday following demonstrations and attempts to pull down one of the monuments. The office of Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot announced July 24 that the city had “temporarily removed the Christopher Columbus statues in Grant... Read more
  • How the Upcoming Gospels Teach of the Kingdom

    Editor's note - this article was originally written before the Sunday readings of 7/12/20 For the next three Sundays, the Church’s Gospel will tap Chapter 13 of St. Matthew, which contains five parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew, as a devout Jew, prefers to speak of the... Read more
  • Religious sisters in Peru offer free quarantine housing for COVID carriers

    A group of Franciscan sisters in Ica, Peru, is offering a facility free of charge as temporary quarantine housing for coronavirus patients who are asymptomatic or experiencing only mild symptoms. The temporary shelter was dedicated July 14 in La Tinguiña, Ica Province, one of the regions... Read more
  • The ‘respectable’ sponsors of anti-Catholic violence

    Today, July 14, is Bastille Day: the date when the French people celebrate their Revolution. Or should I say, the date when some French people celebrate the Revolution, while others mourn the orgy of mob violence that it unleashed. At first, leaders in the newly independent United... Read more
  • Massive fire at historic San Gabriel Mission destroys roof and much of interior

    A massive fire ripped through the 249-year-old San Gabriel Mission early Saturday, destroying the roof of the church and much of its interior, authorities said. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Capt. Antonio Negrete, public information officer for the San Gabriel Fire... Read more
  • St. Junípero Serra statue destroyed at California state capitol

    On the evening of Independence Day, a crowd in Sacramento tore down a statue of St. Junipero Serra, set fire to it, and beat it with sledgehammers. The statue, on the grounds of California's state capitol, was the third figure of the missionary saint to be torn down by crowds in California... Read more