French investigators say it could take up to two months before the cause of the fire that nearly destroyed Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15 is known, but a former chief architect of the cathedral who insists that the fire was “incomprehensible” has raised plenty of questions.
The faithful from across the globe are rallying around the people of Sri Lanka whose lives were torn apart on Easter Sunday in a series of terrorist bombing attacks that left nearly 300 dead and more than 500 injured.
A Rwandan couple who raised 10 children while enduring a rocky marriage and political violence that would eventually end their lives, is being considered for sainthood.
While the mainstream media devoted extensive coverage to the senseless slaughter of 50 Muslim worshipers in two New Zealand mosques earlier this month, they uttered barely a word about the 120 Christians who were slaughtered in Nigeria by Muslim extremists during the same time.
Joseph of Nazareth has been a trusted confidant, beloved father figure, and favorite saint to me over a span of many years. Researching his life, I am reassured; I have chosen my mentor well. The same sterling characteristics – faithful, compassionate, humble, hard-working, obedient, strong, protective – reveal themselves over and over again in his story. Those, and countless other positive adjectives, make up the portrait of a righteous man whose life was centered on God and family.
Declared Venerable by His Holiness Pope Saint John Paul II on December 20, 1999, Concepcion Cabrera de Armida (Conchita) (1862-1937), born in Mexico, into a pious Catholic family, was a married woman, mother of nine children, foundress of the five Works of the Cross and a great mystic of the Mexican Church.
In the eyes of the world, Ash Wednesday is the day when people with “dirty foreheads” appear in supermarkets and cafes and order fish instead of steak. But in the eyes of the faithful, this day is the beginning of a season designed to make the weak-kneed-but-willing into true champions.