Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly

By Our Sunday Visitor | OSV Newsweekly provides timely coverage of important national and international religious events reported from a Catholic perspective.

How to engage children in the faith

Bequeathing a vibrant Catholic faith to our children in a post-Christian era is no easy task. In his new book “Strangers in a Strange Land: Living …

Parenting

Editorial: Know where to look

The journey of Advent is one of hope and longing for the arrival of a savior in the world, the direct intervention of the eternal God in human …

Christianity

Letters to the Editor for December 17-23, 2017

Destroying death<p>Re: “Seeing him through it?” (Taking Note, Nov. 19-25).<p>The horror of the recent church shootings and the increasingly frequent acts …

Christianity

Praying for (teen) idols

Last Christmas, I confess I shed a tear. And it’s not because I loved the incessant soundtrack around this time of year, which includes: “Last …

David Cassidy

A personal invitation

The holiday season is now in full swing. Many of us already have our plans for Christmas and New Year’s gatherings on the calendar. We have the dates …

Italy

Coming to light

<b>Question:</b> We read in the Scriptures that what is hidden in the darkness will be brought to the light. Does that exclude confessed sins?<p>— <b>Armel Audet,</b> …

Christianity

Singing the joys of Advent

The hymns of Advent often are rooted in biblical faith and filled with varied symbols and imagery pertinent to salvation history’s central themes — …

Theology

Opening the Word: Rejoice always

Hugh of St. Victor (1096-1141) describes the Church as a bridal hall. Each and every soul is a bride, awaiting the final moment of her wedding to God.<p>…

History

Don't leave home without this!

Ah, Christmas. That time of year filled with sugar plums and the spirit of the season. And then it happens. You try — contrary to what conventional …

Emotions

Loving like Mary and her Son

Last month, President Donald Trump retweeted three videos that purportedly showed Muslims harming young people and destroying a Christian statue. Few …

Islam

Welcoming and accompanying the unchurched

Many of the movements responding to the call for the New Evangelization are realizing the need to reach out to, to welcome and to accompany those on …

Faith

Papal trip reflects a pastor at the peripheries

In advocating for the human rights of an oppressed religious community in a volatile political setting, Pope Francis had to strike a careful …

Christianity

Standing in solidarity with Iraq’s Christians

Even after witnessing the suffering of Christians at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq, Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil was …

Christianity

Rejection of Metro Advent ad a true sign of the times

Each year, sharing the true meaning of the Christmas season seems to get a little more difficult. Just ask the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.<p>After …

Religion

A season of hope

The liturgical season of Advent is a time of preparation for the great solemnity of Christmas. The name comes from the Latin word <i>adventus</i>, which …

Christianity

Losing Kennedy

Well, we have yet more information about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, 54 years ago, in Dallas, Texas, and people …

John F. Kennedy

The illiberal statement of FACT

Imagine the government ordered Ford dealers to post signs telling prospective auto buyers to check out Chevrolet or required vegan restaurants to …

Rights & Freedoms

Editorial: Recapturing Advent

During the “Christmas shopping season” formerly known as Advent, we find ourselves surrounded by symbols and serenaded by music, both sacred and …

Christmas

Letters to the Editor for December 10-16, 2017

St. Andrew novena<p>Re: “The gift of prayer” (Guest column, Dec. 3-9).<p>I shared this article about the St. Andrew novena with my Knights friends (about …

Christianity

Valuing all human life

We don’t think about it. Even when somebody dies.<p>Capital punishment — the death penalty — is not a hot issue for a lot of us. It’s hard to get worked …

John Paul II

Preach it, Father!

<b>Question:</b> The new assistant priest at our parish never preaches at weekday Mass. First, is that allowed? But secondly, is a sermon different than a …

Christianity

Write your own faith story

Shutterstock<p>The Church speaks of the “promptings of the Holy Spirit.” Writing coaches talk about “writing prompts.” Penning your memoirs may take …

Faith

Opening the Word: Salvation of the city

During the season of Advent, we await the final judgment, the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But we do not cry out as a group of …

Mesopotamia

A song of farewell in Chicago

Wearing blue blazers, peering intently at the songbooks in their hands, the 20 men on the altar sing “<i>Emitte Spiritum Tuum</i>” (“Come Holy Spirit”). …

Religion

Ireland awaits word on abortion law options

A committee of the Irish Parliament is due to report early in the new year about potential reform of the country’s laws governing abortion — …

Rights & Freedoms

Frankie is a fighter, and her mom is a witness

There’s a fight going on in upstate New York. I don’t mean a match in a boxing ring or a squabble between siblings or a political brawl. I mean an …

Brutal

Inside Mary's House

OSV Founder Played a Key Role<p>Archbishop John F. Noll (1875-1956), longtime bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and founder of …

Christianity

Father Solanus Casey beatified in Detroit

With a congregation of more than 60,000 present in Detroit’s Ford Field, Capuchin Father Solanus Casey was beatified during a Mass celebrated there …

Christianity

Editorial: Hope for the journey

Hope is a misunderstood virtue. Pope Francis has noted on more than one occasion that hope is more than a “positive attitude”; it’s a crucial link to …

Pope Benedict XVI