Forbidden books, cases like Galileo’s

VATICAN CITY — Established almost 500 years ago, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is no longer “the Inquisition.” Instead, its main focus is handing … Read More

It’s all Greek (praying) to me

The Mass is peppered with words from various languages. For example, “Amen” comes from the Hebrew word for “truth.” However, the use in Hebrew has a stronger … Read More

Why we crown Mary as a queen

Question Why do we have May crownings? Where did they come from? Why are they part of the church tradition? — Allouez Answer May Crowning is a … Read More

Saying it in ink

Do you have a tattoo? Once the mark of sailors, tattoos have become commonplace today. At least a third of Americans have some form of ink, according … Read More

Jesus shepherds us through Easter

This Sunday, April 25, is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. It is often called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The name comes because, even though there is a three-year … Read More

When did the sprinkling start?

We’ve all seen them — especially during the Easter season — but we may not know what to call them. They are the holy water sprinkler and … Read More

When three days become one

Welcome to the longest Welcome to the longest day. No, that’s not a reference to Monday. We have begun the triduum — triduum is a Latin word, … Read More