The WYD message Benedict XVI sent last week to youth was written with a "passion" for life and with the "wisdom" of someone who has met Christ, says the director of L'Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian. He affirmed that the message, which the Pope delivered on Sunday, "presents many signs of that wisdom that Benedict XVI has defined above all as characteristic of papal teaching and described as a combination of 'faith and life, truth and concrete reality.'"
On Wednesday 1 September, dedicating his catechesis to St. Hildegard of Bingen, Benedict XVI praised her as a model for modern women religious, and noted that she benefited the faithful by her willingness to submit her supernatural visions to the interpretation of the Church.
Who was the first person from the Americas to be canonised? It was St Rose of Lima, born in Peru in 1586. Rose wanted to become a Nun, but as her parents opposed her decision she committed herself to living a single life of prayer.
Who said young people are not responding to a call to the Priesthood? Sydney seminaries are full for the first time in 10 years, as 60 men prepare for a life in the Priesthood - three times as many as there were in 2000. And eighty per cent of them are under the age of 30! Read this article for more.
A group of Catholic moms in Omaha have been producing priest trading cards in an effort to promote vocations and raise some money for the Omaha Archdiocese Seminarian Fund!
On August 16th, 1917, one of the bloodiest battles of World War I was raging. Amongst the thousands of soldiers killed, was a chaplain named Fr William Doyle - a man who was known as a 'real Saint', and who could be trusted by every soldier he served with. This is his story...
Born in France in 1572, St Jane Frances de Chantal was born into aristocracy, her father being the president of the Parliament of Burgundy. She was married in 1592 to Baron de Chantal and had 4 children, and was widowed by the age of 28. After taking a personal vow of chastity, she met Saint Francis de Sales and became his spiritual student. On Trinity Sunday, 6 June 1610 she founded the Order of the Visitation of Our Lady at Annecy, France, designed for widows and lay women who did not wish the full life of the orders.
An Evangelical Protestant attorney couldn't make that promise to her mother when she announced that she was studying to become a Catholic. And now, she could end up spending her life in a cloister. Visit this article for her amazing story!
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had hoped to leave the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to become Cardinal archivist and librarian at the Vatican Secret Archives... However God had other plans for the now Pope Benedict XVI!
August 4th is the feast of St John Vianney, who in 2009 was named the Patron Saint of all Priests. On his feast day, let us pray for all Priests everywhere in the world.
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