Known as Hospitalité de Miami, the 200-member group serves the healing ministry born at the fountain in France where a peasant girl reported visions and messages from Mary. The Miami group organizes semiannual tours to the site to bring the sick and suffering. The volunteers book hotel rooms and work as guides for the various segments: walking the footsteps of St. Bernadette, visiting the grotto where she saw Mary in the 1800s, washing in the spring waters there, and taking part in the eucharistic and candlelight processions. They also carry the infirm to a pool at the site, lowering them into the waters in the hope of healing.Read More.
Everyone Belongs,” a new children’s book published by the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and Loyola Press, “is a book about recognizing the image of God in all people, valuing our differences, righting wrongs and forgiveness,” said the ad hoc committee’s chairman. “It is my hope that ‘Everyone Belongs’ will help families, schools and parishes engage in conversation and reflection about the dignity of every person made in God’s image,” Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, said in a statement.Read More.
No selfies. No cat videos. Not even an artfully composed photo of avocado toast. Come Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, Sheila Wheltle’s social media accounts will go dark for 40 days. Her last post will read: “Gone for Lent … See you at Easter.” More Americans are embracing the concept of a “digital detox” as social media becomes more ubiquitous and at times more harmful, however, others are disconnecting with a distinctly Catholic twist.Read More.
Q. I am a Catholic and single father of two. I was not married Catholic originally and was divorced 20 years ago. I am looking to marry a woman who was married in a Catholic ceremony and divorced 20 years ago because of abuse. The paperwork required for her to obtain an annulment in her home country of Venezuela is almost impossible. If I marry her without an annulment, would that ruin my chances to be an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and to receive holy Communion? (Tampa, Florida)Read More.