St. Vincent Ferrer, whose feast day falls on 5 April, was a Spanish Dominican Friar who lived through one of the darkest times in the Church's history - the 'Western Schism.' As Fr. Kubicki reflects in this video, during these dark times, God always seems to raise up extraordinary Saints. St. Vincent Ferrer was one of them.
Roman Catholics will celebrate the missionary efforts of St. Vincent Ferrer on April 5. The Dominican preacher brought thousands of Europeans into the Catholic Church during a period of political and spiritual crisis in Western Europe. Visit this article to read more about his life.
Twenty-two martyrs of the Spanish Civil War and a priest beheaded during the French Revolution will be declared “blessed” by the Church in coming months. On April 2, the Pope met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to review canonization causes up for advancement. The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had approved 29 beatification decrees and recognized the "heroic virtue" of six candidates for sainthood.
On 29 June, we celebrate the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul! This short clip is a preview from Fr. Robert Barron's ‘Catholicism’ Project on the life of Saints Peter and Paul – “The Indispensable Men”. This video documents the spread of Christianity by following in the footsteps of Paul and Peter.
The 2 April 2011 marks the sixth Anniversary of John Paul II's Death. In this video, let us reflect on his life and legacy - and his extraordinary love for Christ.
Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his catechesis during the general audience this week to St. Alphonsus Liguori, the patron of confessors and moralists. St. Alphonsus Liguori was a doctor of civil and canon law but abandoned his promising career as a lawyer to become a priest. Pope Pius IX appointed him as a Doctor of the Church.
St. John Climacus - also known as John of the Ladder - was a 7th century Christian monk at the monastery on Mount Sinai. He is revered as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Oriental Orthodox , Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches. We celebrate his feast day on 30 March. Watch this video to learn more about his life.
The Episcopal Conference of Pakistan gathered in a five day assembly and sent an official request to the Vatican to recognize Shahbaz Bhatti as a “martyr and patron of religious freedom.” Bhatti was the highest ranking Catholic official in Pakistan's government before his assassination in early March. It's believed he was killed by Muslim extremists due to his opposition of Pakistan's blasphemy law and his defense of Asia Bibi, the woman sentenced to death for violating this law.
Pope Benedict XVI has shared some of the highlights of his Lenten retreat, which this year focused on the communion of saints and the spiritual riches they hold for us. "Providence has willed that this retreat conclude with the Feast of St. Joseph, my personal patron and the patron of the Holy Church: a humble saint, a humble worker, who was made worthy to be the guardian of the Redeemer," the Pope said, concluding that it is the 'little' and 'humble' Saints who we should aim to imitate most. Visit this article to read more.
The Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph on 19 March. Joseph was an ordinary man, who said yes to God when he was asked to be the foster father of Jesus. Knowing that God trusted Joseph so much, we can also look to St. Joseph as a foster father, guiding us to make the right choices in life. Watch this video for more!
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