• Peoria bishop announces novena for Venerable Sheen’s sainthood cause

    Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria is inviting the faithful to pray a novena beginning Dec. 12 to "petition God unceasingly" that Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s sainthood cause may move forward. Sheen, a beloved American evangelist and television personality who died in 1979, was set to be beatified... Read more
  • Brother James Miller, America’s Newest Blessed

    Over the last few weeks, there has been considerable attention given to an American whom the Church was preparing to beatify — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. The attention on Sheen makes sense — even beyond the drama of the ups and downs of his cause for canonization — since he is... Read more
  • What our 2nd American-born martyr, to be beatified Saturday, is still saying to youth today

    Brother James Miller, a native of Wisconsin, will be beatified December 7 in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, the place where he was martyred on February 13, 1982, at the age of 37. Pope Francis has sent Cardinal Jose Luis Lacuna, bishop of David, Panama, to preside over the ceremony. The cardinal... Read more
  • Nutella founder said secret of success was Our Lady of Lourdes

    Michele Ferrero, founder of Nutella, who died at the age of 89 on February 14, 2015 was among the most successful people in the world. His company, founded in 1946 in Italy, produced the popular hazelnut chocolate spread along with Mon Cheri, Kinder Eggs, Ferrero Rocher, Fiesta and Pocket Coffee... Read more
  • Diocese of Rochester confirms it requested Fulton Sheen beatification delay

    [caption id="attachment_66749" align="aligncenter" width="650"] (Photo Credit: Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer, public domain via Wikimedia Commons)[/caption] The Diocese of Rochester confirmed on Thursday that it had requested a delay of the beatification of Archbishop Fulton... Read more
  • The Last Church Father: 7 Things to Know and Share

    On Dec. 4 we celebrate St. John of Damascus. He was a priest, a religious, and he is a doctor of the Church. He’s also the last Church Father. Here are 7 things to know and share...   1) Why is he the last of the Church Fathers? We need to divide history into... Read more
  • Updated: Sheen beatification postponement not related to 2007 cover-up allegation, sources say

    The delay of the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen is not related to a 2007 allegation that Bishop Fulton Sheen witnessed and covered up an act of clerical sexual abuse, sources close to the beatification told CNA. Sheen was due to be beatified at a Mass in Peoria, Illinois Dec. 21.... Read more
  • Mary Calls Us to Embrace the Waiting of Advent

    Every year, I reflect on my Advent failures. Lately, I’ve even gotten so that I am thinking about failing before I even begin. While I’m sure there’s a bit of memento mori in all of this, I’m not sure it’s the right approach. It started off well and good: I was reflecting and... Read more
  • Fulton Sheen beatification postponed

    The scheduled beatification of Ven. Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been postponed after several U.S. bishops asked that the cause be given more time for examination. The Diocese of Peoria announced the delay on Dec. 3. Archbishop Sheen's beatification was set to take place on... Read more
  • No Unity Without the Cross

    This essay was given as a homily on November 16, 2019, at the Mass of the Americas at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, directly over the spot where our Lord’s Cross stood, there stands a Greek altar.... Read more