AmericanCatholic.org
 
Skip Navigation Links
Home
Catholic News
Saints
Seasonal
Special Reports
Movies
Shopping
Donate
Share:
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
LinkedIn
Email
RSS Feeds
advertisement
advertisement
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
  • Pope Francis' one-day trip expected to give Albanians hope, healing

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' choice of Albania as the destination of his first international trip in Europe reflects his trademark pastoral approach: Head to the peripheries, bring healing to the suffering.

    But his Sept. 21 visit to the poor, Muslim-majority nation also will highlight, to ...
    FULL STORY

    Pope Francis prepares for first international trip in Europe
  • Cardinal pleas for solidarity with Iraq's Christians after CUA Mass
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington made an impassioned plea for solidarity with persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria and strongly urged that voices be raised against atrocities being committed there. "Today our solidarity with brothers and sisters ...
    FULL STORY
    Displaced Christians wait for humanitarian aid at church in Iraqi town of Hamdaniya, east of Mosul
  • Catholic aid agencies assist minorities in Iraq, Syria

    Catholic organizations in the United States have launched public appeals to fund assistance to Christians and other religious minorities displaced in Iraq and Syria.    The Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Jesuit Relief Service, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services and Aid to the Church in ...
    FULL STORY

    Members of the Yezidi minority receive humanitarian aid in northern Iraq. (CNS photo/EPA)
  • Immigrants, activists urge action on immigration reform
    Hundreds of protesters took part in a rally and march in Washington Aug. 28 chanting: "Not one more! Not one more!" to urge President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of immigrant families, workers and children.    The participants, including many young children, also got their ...
    FULL STORY
    A girl displays a sign at a march near the U.S. Immigration and Customs headquarters. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • Chinese priests, nuns study in US to prepare for leadership

    As Pope Francis' plane was cruising through Chinese airspace in mid-August en route to his first visit to the Far East, 20 Chinese priests and nuns were assembling halfway around the globe at a retreat house in the United States, preparing to begin a week of ...
    FULL STORY

    Sisters Jean Qi Zhi Zehn and Paulina Feng Shuang lead music at the retreat. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Time to Catch Up!
promotional
Missed an online event?
If you've missed one of our online events, the most recent are archived here.
  The Intimate Merton audiobook
  Geekpriest: Confessions of a New Media Pioneer
  The Last Words of Jesus
AMERICAN CATHOLIC BLOG
Stepping Beyond the Birdbath
Father Richard Rohr, O.F.M., leads readers to beyond the birdbath to see St. Francis anew, at once very traditional and entirely revolutionary in the ways of holiness, in his new book ...
 
Stormy Blasts
When life is stormy, Jesus is our refuge.
 
Audio Enhancements
Listening to audiobooks while driving makes traffic congestion far less stressful and even enjoyable!
 
Visit Our Blog

Gregory the Great: Coming events cast their shadows before: Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome. 
<p>Ordained a priest, he became one of the pope's seven deacons, and also served six years in the East as papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot, and at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome. </p><p>He was direct and firm. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking money for many services, emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners of the Lombards and to care for persecuted Jews and the victims of plague and famine. He was very concerned about the conversion of England, sending 40 monks from his own monastery. He is known for his reform of the liturgy, for strengthening respect for doctrine. Whether he was largely responsible for the revision of "Gregorian" chant is disputed. </p><p>Gregory lived in a time of perpetual strife with invading Lombards and difficult relations with the East. When Rome itself was under attack, he interviewed the Lombard king. </p><p>An Anglican historian has written: "It is impossible to conceive what would have been the confusion, the lawlessness, the chaotic state of the Middle Ages without the medieval papacy; and of the medieval papacy, the real father is Gregory the Great." </p><p>His book, <i>Pastoral Care</i>, on the duties and qualities of a bishop, was read for centuries after his death. He described bishops mainly as physicians whose main duties were preaching and the enforcement of discipline. In his own down-to-earth preaching, Gregory was skilled at applying the daily gospel to the needs of his listeners. Called "the Great," Gregory has been given a place with Augustine (August 28), Ambrose (December 7) and Jerome (September 30)as one of the four key doctors of the Western Church.</p> American Catholic Blog The pierced, open side of Christ on the cross, which makes visible the Sacred Heart of the Son of God, remains “the way in” to knowledge of Jesus Christ.
 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
New from Richard Rohr!

"This Franciscan message is sorely needed in the world...." -- Publishers Weekly

Spiritual Questions, Catholic Advice

Fr. John's advice on Catholic spiritual questions will speak to your soul and touch your heart.

Four Women Who Shaped Christianity
Learn about four Doctors of the Church and their key teachings about Christian belief and practice.
Adventures in Assisi

“I highly recommend this charming book for every Christian family, school, and faith formation library.” – Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN host

The Wisdom of Merton

This book distills wisdom from Merton's books and journals on enduring themes still relevant to readers today.


FRANCISCAN REFLECTIONS
José Rodriguez Carballo, minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, celebrates the Franciscan tradition.
As Christians, we have been given mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, in a communion that extends far beyond biological ties.
Here's a clip from our DVD Assisi Pilgrimage. Click here for more information.
 
ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER

Digital Edition!
Our award-winning magazine is now available in digital format. Click here for more information.

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Back to School
We ask God to bless their school year with friendships, wisdom and peace.
Happy Birthday
Every day is somebody’s birthday and a good reason to celebrate!
Labor Day (U.S.)
As we thank God for the blessing of work we also pray for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Ordination
Remember to pray for the Church, especially for those who have been ordained to the priesthood.
Friends
Reconnect with your BFF. Send an e-card to arrange a meal together.

BIBLE REFLECTIONS
Sharing the Word - Franciscan Media Productions
St. Gregory the Great
Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Bringing Home the Word
The Space Between Faith and Doubt
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Doubt can lead us to question, to reflect, to understand reality at a deeper level.
More Bible Reflections
 
advertisement
Come find us at: Facebook | St. Anthony Messenger magazine Twitter | American Catholic YouTube | American Catholic