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In Venezuela, the country’s bishops are claiming that the Venezuelan government aims to install a “military dictatorship, that is socialist, Marxist and communist.” The Catholic Church in Venezuela and the Venezuelan government have a long history of tension, but the comments by the president of the bishops’ conference refer to a process initiated by Venezuelan ...read more
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A In verse 10 of today’s first reading from chapter 55 of the prophet Isaiah, we read: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for ...read more
In this tiny but powerful Rule, Benedict put what he had learned about the power of speaking and oratorical rhythms at the service of the Gospel. He did not drop out of school because he didn't understand the subject! Scholars have told us that his Rule reflects an understanding of and skill with the rhetorical rules of the time. ...read more
In Rome today, Pope Francis, before his weekly Angelus, reflected on Matthew’s Gospel passage: “Come to me, all you who are weary & burdened, and I will give you rest.” Although there have been problems and complaints in the past, the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital is working to resolve them. This statement from  Vatican ...read more
Last time we saw how far back the diaconate goes in our Catholic tradition. Deacons are there from the time of the Apostles and all throughout the early Church. We saw a lot of proof. At the expense of making this an exhausting (not just exhaustive) exercise, let me lead you to Council documents: Council ...read more
This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, we speak with author Chris Stepien about how to live life to the fullest and we reconnect with singer/songwriter Mags. Producer David Naglieri tells us about the latest Knights of Columbus films and John Michael Talbot has a new album. Email us your comments or send ...read more
In this video, Fr. Rob Galea talks how to succeed as an introvert. Follow Fr. Rob Galea! http://www.FrRobGalea.com Social Media: @FrRobGalea ...read more
Before Fr. Federico Lombardi was appointed to the Holy Press Office in 2006, it was Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who since 1984, was the official voice and spokesperson for the Vatican. Sadly, it was announced yesterday by Vatican spokesperson, Greg Burke that Navarro-Valls passed away on July 5th at age 80 of cancer. Navarro-Valls, was a medical ...read more
Today is Wednesday July 5th and normally I’d bring to you a summary of the Pope’s general audience. But this month, The Pope’s weekly general audiences are on hold and He’ll resume his public audiences again in August. In the meantime however, The Pope has just released his monthly Prayer Intention video. This July, the ...read more
Let’s begin in Rome today with a quick summary of the Pope’s message after his weekly recital of the Sunday Angelus. After praying the midday prayer with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope noted that July 5th is the feast of Venezuela’s independence and he expressed his love and closeness to the families that ...read more