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This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, we learn all about Franciscan Saints and author Derya Little shares her conversion story from Islam to Christ. Also singer/songwriters Mikey Needleman and Steve Angrisano both have new albums. Email us your comments, find Deacon Pedro on Twitter, or send us a direct voice mail message ...read more
(CNS Photo: Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his office overlooking St. Peter’s Square Dec. 8, 2017.) Advent is a time of expectation and preparation for the Prince of Peace. But 2017 has not been a year of peace inside the Catholic Church. Backlash to Francis’ leadership and teachings from a boisterous Catholic ...read more
A giant nativity scene and Christmas tree was inaugurated at St Peter’s Square in a public ceremony that drew thousands. The nativity scene featured 2-meter tall statues, in 18th-century Neapolitan costumes inspired by the theme of the Works of Mercy and was donated by an Abbey from southern Italy.The annual Christmas tree itself is a giant 28-meter red fir, provided by the Archdiocese of Elk in Poland and was transported over 2000 kilometers across Europe and Italy, before arriving at the Vatican. The tree was decorated with stars and ornaments designed and made by young cancer patients from several Italian hospitals.  Both the tree and the nativity scene will remain in St Peter’s Square until the evening of January 7th, as the Church ends the Christmas season with the feast of The Lord’s Baptism. ...read more
This morning, Pope Francis gave his weekly catechesis at the Pope Paul VI hall. It was his first general audience since he returned from his apostolic voyage to Asia last Saturday ...read more
WYD organizers announced this morning that the WYD Cross has been fitted with a GPS so that its pilgrimage around the world can be followed on their website. ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 10th, 2017 One of the great stars of the Advent and Christmas stories, John the Baptizer, makes his appearance on the biblical stage today. Let us consider some of the details of John’s life and see how he is such a good model for us. John the ...read more
Below is Pope Francis’ message for the 2018 World Day of Vocations, as he reflects on the three key components of every vocation. Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018 World Day of Vocations Dear Brothers and Sisters. Next October, the Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will meet to ...read more
"I was crying, but tried to hide it. They were crying, too. Listening to them was emotional and I couldn't let them leave without saying something" to them and so I also apologized for all they had suffered. ...read more
? Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For December 2017, we join the Holy Father in praying for: The Elderly – That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations. Daily Offering Prayer God, ...read more
Video of America Magazine and American Bible Society Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB A very significant turning point in Marian piety and devotion occurred with the Second Vatican Council’s renewal and reform of the liturgy. A decade later, Pope Paul VI issued a remarkable encyclical letter on Marian devotions ‘Marialis cultus’ in 1974. In this landmark ...read more