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YEAR OF FAITH

News and features about the Year of Faith.

Jesus, the King who sets us free

“¡Viva Cristo Rey!” 86 years ago, November 23, 1927, these words rang forth in Mexico City as a young man was being executed by a firing squad.

Year of Faith: Pilgrimage calls Catholics to walk with Christ

Maria Renteria wasn’t using her cane as she shuffled out of customs at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Her family was waiting for her,...

Pro, amateur athletes race with faith to St. Peter’s Square

Seminarians, Vatican guards, Olympic champs, regular children and people with disabilities all took part in a morning "Race of Faith" to highlight how the church can help foster a world of sport that better respects human dignity. The 100-meter relay race was part of the Pontifical Council for Culture's promotion of the Year of Faith.

Indulgences: God’s mercy at work

It was Dominican friar Johann Tetzel who gave indulges a bad rap when he began selling them in Germany, which gave Luther more fuel to stoke the Reformation fire.

Our Faith: Priestly Celibacy: Learning the Catholic discipline

In what continues to be a paradox in an immoral society, celibacy in the Roman Catholic priesthood is not a doctrine of the Church, but a discipline.

Our Blessed Mother: Honoring the Virgin Mary in May

The Queen of Heaven is so revered for her relationship with Christ and her love and guidance of her earthly children, the Catholic Church has dedicated the month of May in her honor.

Our Faith: Reconciliation: God’s Love revealed

The most underused sacrament of our Catholic faith is arguably the one people need to receive more frequently — reconciliation.

Catholics Matter: Alex Vera: Catholic mother spent years serving diverse immigrants

Alex Vera grew up in St. Joseph, Mo., during the 1940s — a time when European immigrants arrived fleeing World War II. Although she was baptized Catholic by her mother, Vera was actually raised as a Methodist.

Letters to Gluestick, part 3: The marriage ‘obstacle’ insult!

Editor’s Note: On the occasion of the Year of Faith, the following is the second in a series of “letters” from a demonic supervisor...

Letters to Gluestick: Part 2: Exploiting the temptations of a particular family

On the occasion of the Year of Faith, the following is the second in a series of “letters” from a demonic supervisor to his underling regarding a plan to dismantle a family and ruin souls. It is not an original idea, but a variation on a theme begun by the great C.S. Lewis in his classic satirical book, “The Screwtape Letters.”