The 2019 archive of Daily News

Take some inspiration from St. Padre Pio

Posted by Megan Muhich

Of the many feast days we will celebrate in the month of September, one stands out for me: Sept. 23, the feast of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest. “Padre Pio” was born Francesco Forgione in 1887 in the small town of Pietrelcina, Italy. He died on Sept. 23, 1968, at the ... Read More »

Jesus is truly present: Do most Catholics need to go back to second grade?

Posted by Megan Muhich

By Tom DermodyGuest columnist

As schools reopen and parishes gear up for religious education and RCIA classes, a new survey shockingly shows that many Catholics need to return to second grade, the year most of us received our first holy Communion. Before that most special day, we were taught repeatedly that ... Read More »

Institute offers free online video series on thought of St. Thomas Aquinas

Posted by Megan Muhich

The Thomistic Institute in Washington has launched "Aquinas 101," a free online video course that instructs interested viewers in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. This is the poster for the upcoming video series "Aquinas 101" being launched by the Washington-based Thomistic Institute. The free online course will made ... Read More »

Latin American bishops urge action to save burning Amazon rainforest

Posted by Megan Muhich

"Crying out to the world for solidarity," leaders of the Latin American bishops' council urged international action to save the Amazon rainforest as massive fires continued to burn. Fires burning in the Amazon rainforest are pictured from space by the geostationary weather satellite GOES-16 Aug. 21. Leaders of the ... Read More »

'So many funerals,' says El Paso priest who comforted grieving kin

Posted by Megan Muhich

Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time. Father Fabian Marquez encourages a woman during a vigil service for Andre Pablo Anchondo at Perches Funeral Home in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 15. Anchondo died along with his wife Aug. 3 as they protected their 2-month-old ... Read More »

Planned Parenthood decides to withdraw from Title X program

Posted by Megan Muhich

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced Aug. 19 it is withdrawing from the federal Title X program over the Trump administration's "Protect Life Rule" barring these funds from being used for promoting or providing abortion as family planning. Planned Parenthood employees stand outside the facility during protests in ... Read More »

Father Nick Nelson: Should the Catholic Church allow married priests?

Posted by Megan Muhich

One Saturday in Hibbing, I was having a cup of coffee and getting ready for the vigil Mass when I heard a knock on the rectory door. When I opened the door, standing there was my former homiletics professor, Father Michael. He was at the church for a wedding ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Sending fifth son to college — where did the time go?

Posted by Megan Muhich

 A few shorts weeks ago, I was able to enjoy a picnic lunch with some old friends that have four kids under the age of six. As it happens with lots of little children, the parents appeared frazzled trying to keep their tots under control while holding a conversation ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: If you are a crank or grump, read this

Posted by Megan Muhich

Both the Old and New Testament make it pretty clear that we are to love our neighbor, but nowhere in the Bible does it say that we have to like everyone. We are to love everyone, because every person is created in the image of God, but it is ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Can we have a sense of humor about God?

Posted by Megan Muhich

The Catechism defines blasphemy as “directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God — inwardly or outwardly — words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one’s speech; in misusing God’s name.” My issue is ... Read More »