The use of the Paschal Candle has origins reaching at least to the third century, and may have a more ancient connection to the Jewish practice of lighting a candle at the end of the Sabbath. The blessing of the Paschal candle at the Easter Vigil and its use throughout the year is rich in […]
By Jack Smith Catholic Key Editor When my wife and I were married nearly twenty-three years ago, we wanted to have a child right away. I am the oldest of ten kids and found my experience growing up in such a large family to be ideal. We didn’t plan to have ten children but we did […]
Pope Francis chose Valentine’s Day to create 20 new Cardinals for the Church. The choice of St. Valentine’s feast was quite significant because he was an early priest of Rome who was tortured and beheaded for refusing to renounce the faith. When the Pope creates a cardinal, he imposes a red biretta on his head. […]
For almost a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have worked hard to support the right of every person to affordable, accessible, comprehensive, life-affirming healthcare.
When I was editor of the diocesan paper in St. Louis, my office had a statue of St. Francis DeSales, Bishop of Geneva, and Doctor of the Church.