Five ways to observe Advent

Advent begins Dec. 3 this year. The first two Sundays of Advent look forward toward Christ’s second coming, and the last two Sundays look backward to remember Christ’s first coming. It can be easy to miss out on this liturgical season…

Fr. Emil Kapaun, pray for us!

Emil Kapaun was a priest from Kansas and a U.S. Army chaplain serving in the 1940s and 1950s. During the Korean War he ministered to soldiers in battle. He was captured, spent seven months in prison, and died on May 23, 1951. In 2013 he…

The pope’s church

The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest of the four papal basilicas in Rome and serves as the cathedral church of Rome and, by extension, the ecclesiastical seat of the pope. Nov. 9 is the feast day for the Dedication of the…

Inspiration from St. John Paul II

Born Karol Józef Wojtyła, St. John Paul II served as pope from Oct. 16, 1978, to his death on April 2, 2005. Pope Francis canonized him on April 27, 2014. St. John Paul II was well-known for being an advocate of human rights and using his…

Five facts about the Passionists

St. Paul of the Cross (1694–1775) was the founder of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ. In honor of his feast day on Oct. 20, here are five facts about the Passionists. Paul wrote the rules of the Passionists in 1720…