Three Seminarians Abducted in Nigeria

Courtesy photo.The entrance to Christ the King Major Seminary in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma, Nigeria, whence three seminarians were abducted Oct. 11, 2021.“We ask for your closeness to us in praying for the quick and safe release of our abducted brothers,” Father Emmanuel Okolo, chancellor of the Diocese of Kafanchan, wrote in an Oct. 12 memo.

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As support for Columbus Day wanes, it’s worth revisiting the events that led to the first celebration…

The bad news for proud Italian Americans is that Columbus Day looks about as sunk as the Santa Maria. It’s been 129 years since the first major national celebration of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World, and the holiday for the most famous Genoese in history has never been in lower standing in American culture.

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The synod on synodality has launched, but many questions remain …

Pope Francis used a quartet of trios to launch the first phase of the synod on synodality, local meetings preparing for the regional, national, continental and hemispheric meetings that will lead up to the synod of bishops in October 2023. On Saturday, in an address to the launch meeting for the elongated synod process, he spoke of three themes…

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The Tuesday Pillar Post: Liturgy nerds, hope in suffering, and Carlo Acutis…

A Catholic school in the Archdiocese of New York aims to uniquely serve students with moderate and severe learning disabilities. While the trend in education is to focus on the inclusion of children with disabilities in typical classrooms — and while many Catholic schools have no special education programs at all…

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Prayers, questions, and the XY problem…

I love beautiful questions. While the saying may be true that “there’s no such thing as a stupid question,” it certainly does not follow that every question is beautiful. In the recent Sunday Gospels, Our Lord has answered several questions posed to Him by those who are not His followers. After meditating on these passages for a bit, and on many of the other questions that Christ is asked in the Gospel, I realized that…

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