April 21-26, 2014

Octave of Easter



In becoming human, Jesus became subject to everything we are, including death. And time. He knew the brightness of morning, the activity of the day, the cool of the evening, and the stillness of night.

Through his Death and Resurrection, he has conquered death and sanctified time.

The Church celebrates this fact by marking different times of each day with prayer and punctuating each year with the events of Christ's life.

The hours and days and seasons of our lives have also been sanctified in Christ. How do we keep the hours, days, and seasons of our lives as celebrations of our life in Christ?

—The Way of Faith, Keeping Lent, Triduum, and Easter Time

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Canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII

On July 5, 2013, the day that his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), was released, Pope Francis approved the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. After signing decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, he immediately called for a consistory of cardinals to set the date and make plans for the ceremonies. Pope Francis announced the final decision on September 30, 2013, explaining that both late popes would be declared saints at a single ceremony on April 27, 2014. The date is significant as it is Divine Mercy Sunday, a celebration instituted by Pope John Paul II. MORE...


EWTN is celebrating with series and specials commemorating the lives of these extraordinary men. MORE...

Sister Marie Paule Willem, FMMSister Marie-Paule Willem, FMM, from the Diocese of Las Cruces, has been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2014 Lumen Christi Award!


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Now in its 37th year, the Lumen Christi Award is presented to a woman religious, priest, lay person or group whose service builds faith, inspires hope and ignites change. Both the nominating diocese AND recipient of the Lumen Christi Award will receive a $25,000 grant, for a total of $50,000 to fund their ministries.


Catholic Extension received nearly 40 nominations for this year’s Lumen Christi Award. Each nominee has worked tirelessly in their community, shining the light of Christ as they put their faith into action. Your vote for Sister Marie-Paule Willem, FMM also helps share the light of Christ by letting Catholics across America know about the good news going on in your diocese.


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Special Report Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ year of “firsts”

One year ago, on March 13, 2013, Proto Deacon Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauren stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to inform the world that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, had become the first Pope Francis. It was the beginning of a remarkable year of “firsts.”


First “firsts”

Pope Francis’ election marked the first time in 100 years the conclave had arrived at a consensus on only the fifth ballot. In addition to the selection of the papal name of Francis, the reigning pontiff was the first non-European pope in modern times, the first South American pope and the first Jesuit pope.



On Choosing “Francis”

Pope Francis wasted little time in explaining why he had chosen the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. The pope indicated to journalists just three days after his election that the inspiration had come to him after the Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes had embraced and whispered to him, “Don’t forget the poor,” when it was becoming apparent he was going to be elected the bishop of Rome. “And that’s how in my heart came the name Francis of Assisi,” who cared so deeply for the poor. According to the Associated Press, he then sighed, “Oh how I would like a poor church and a church for the poor.”

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