The death of Father Michael Scanlan, Third Order Regular Franciscan and president emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville passed away at the age of 85 this past weekend and will be forever known for his profound love for God and for the powerful way he ministered to souls throughout his life.
In his homily celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, Pope Francis said that it is the maternal face of a mother that protects society from the corrosive disease of being “spiritual orphans” – people who have no sense of belonging and become narcissistic and interested in only their own interests.
In a beautiful ceremony on Friday afternoon in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican officials lit an enormous Christmas tree and unveiled a Creche created to commemorate the death of too many migrants at sea.
Parishioners at churches throughout the Diocese of Oakland, California were asked to remember the souls of at least 36 young people who died on Friday night in a tragic fire at an artists’ warehouse known as the Ghost Ship.
The miraculous healing of a 12 year-old girl from a catastrophic auto-immune disorder is being investigated by the Vatican as a possible miracle attributable to a humble Kansas priest who died during the Korean war.
A campaign to raise funds for persecuted Christians and other minorities in Iraq is now underway and is asking the faithful to give up a superfluous gift this Christmas to send refugees a gift that will provide them with the essentials of life.