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Incredible: 3D printing technology now allows expectant mothers to hold their unborn children in their hands

Amazing. Check out the video below. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you…” — Jeremiah 1:5 Details:  Embryo 3D, headquartered in Russia, allows waiting parents to get a close-up look at their future progeny, and hold the results in […]

Can a deacon do the sprinkling rite during Mass?

A priest posed that question to a friend several weeks ago, at the start of the Easter season. My friend wasn’t sure, so  he asked me. I said, “Sure. I do it every year.” The celebrant does the initial sprinkling, and I then fan out into the congregation with him or other priests to spread […]

Happy new feast day: Mary, Mother of the Church

The image here comes from St. James Cathedral in Orlando. I took it last year during my vacation. It depicts the Virgin Mary as the Mother of the Church—the very feast we are marking for the first time today — and shows her gathering her children under her protective, motherly mantel. My colleague at CNEWA, […]

Chilean bishop suspends 12 priests, apologizes for not acting sooner

Rancagua, Chile, May 21, 2018 / 01:23 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Over the weekend, Chilean Bishop Alejandro Goić Karmelić suspended several priests after allegations of sexual misconduct were raised against them. He apologized for not following up when the accusations were first brought to his attention.

An atheist as confirmation sponsor?

Some surprising news out of Ireland regarding a prominent politician. It amazes me that something like this is even an issue, or that it got this far. His support for abortion rights is problematic enough. But being an atheist is the real deal-breaker. Details: Waterford TD John Halligan claims he was banned from standing as […]

Attuned to the Eternal

Seeking beauty is the pathway to seeking joy, and as women, we are endowed with unique gifts that allow us not only to long for that joy that is a reflection of our longing for heaven, but to create and birth things that are noble, good, and lovely in unique and creative ways. We see beyond the material pursuit of simple pleasure to the longing for joy that points our eyes and hearts toward the eternal.

—from When We Were Eve: Uncovering the Woman God Created You to Be

When We Were Eve

Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions

Photograph of Saint Cristóbal Magallanes Jara | Unknown
Image: Photograph of Saint Cristóbal Magallanes Jara | Unknown

Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions

Saint of the Day for May 21

(d. between 1915 and 1937)


Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions’ Story

Like Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, SJ, Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools, and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. Cristóbal established a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jalisco. He and the other priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics during the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-28).

All of these martyrs, except three, were diocesan priests. David, Manuel and Salvador were laymen who died with their parish priest, Luis Batis. They all belonged to the Cristero movement, pledging their allegiance to Christ and to the Church that he established, to spread the Good News in society—even if Mexico’s leaders had made it a crime to receive baptism or celebrate the Mass.

These martyrs did not die as a single group but over 22 years time in eight Mexican states, with Jalisco and Zacatecas having the largest number. They were beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later.


Every martyr realizes how to avoid execution, but refuses to pay the high price of doing so. A clear conscience was more valuable than a long life. We may be tempted to compromise our faith while telling ourselves that we are simply being realistic, dealing with situations as we find them. Is survival really the ultimate value? Do our concrete, daily choices reflect our deepest values, the ones that allow us to “tick” the way we do? Anyone can imagine situations in which being a follower of Jesus is easier than the present situation. Saints remind us that our daily choices, especially in adverse circumstances, form the pattern of our lives.

Other Saints of the Day for May 21 are Saint Eugene de Mazenod and Saint Crispin of Viterbo.

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Pope announces 14 new cardinals — including the papal almoner

From CNS:  Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal’s hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others. Announcing his choices May 20, the pope said that coming from 11 nations, the new cardinals “express […]

Deacon candidate is the son of Holocaust survivors

What a story, via The Catholic Register in Canada: For Mark Neugebauer, his journey to the permanent diaconate is something he says he just “fell into.” A look at his story would beg to differ. It’s been a long, winding journey for Neugebauer, as you might expect for someone who was born and raised a […]

Mary’s Eyes

Her eyes of mercy are surely the greatest vessel of mercy, for their gaze enables us to drink in that kindness and goodness for which we hunger with a yearning that only a look of love can satisfy. Mary’s eyes of mercy also enable us to see God’s mercy at work in human history and to find Jesus in the faces of our brothers and sisters. In Mary, we catch a glimpse of the promised land—the Kingdom of mercy established by the Lord—already present in this life beyond the exile into which sin leads us. 

—from Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

Mother Mary