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.

Editorial: Back to school

The next generation of Catholic school students will come of age in the year 2035, and we can only speculate on the kind of world they will …

Education

Letters to the Editor for August 20-26, 2017

Eucharistic matter<p>Re: “Matter for Eucharist” (God Lives, Aug. 6-12).<p>I just wanted to say “thank you” to Msgr. Owen F. Campion for his article …

InFocus

Drop in numbers

Alexis de Tocqueville was a French philosopher who toured the United States 175 years ago, curious about life in what then was our new country. The …

Religion

A shared sensibility

The bishop was mired in a spiritual dry spell. Dullness had settled over him and his ministry. He was out walking that cold winter night, trying to …

Literature

Will to listen

<b>Question:</b> As I understand it, Jesus came as the Savior for all. Yet Jesus spoke in parables, and when asked why, he says that knowledge of the …

Christianity

The New World's first saint

Aug. 24 is the fourth centenary of the death of St. Rose of Lima — the first saint canonized from the New World. The Peruvian lived a simple, austere …

Faith

Scraps from the Master

Good pastoral care (we would hope) should avoid insulting the person asking for such care.<p>Yet, when the Canaanite woman — a non-Israelite — …

Theology

Foundations of the Faith Part 8: The Catholic conscience

<i>This is the eighth of a 12-part series that will cover core teachings of the Catholic faith. Once a month from January through December, this space</i> …

Faith

Your marriage is worth saving

According to researchers at the University of Washington, March and August see the largest spikes in divorce filings. Because the holidays tend to …

Marriage

The miracle of the weeping icon in Illinois

The simple beige exterior of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, Illinois, was not what I expected as the home of a miraculous icon …

Christianity

A 'little way' toward digital evangelization

For a generation of smartwatch-wearing, smartphone-toting, app-installing millennials, learning about the Catholic faith is not difficult. In fact …

Education

Fake Church news and Catholic click-bait

News media has been transformed by the internet and social media, but the breadth of that change appeared clearly during the past election cycle. …

Journalism

The Church is alive in Africa — and it needs our help

A series of news stories lately can’t help but draw one’s eyes to the African continent. In early August, a Catholic church was attacked in Nigeria, …

Africa

Editorial: Getting burned

The brief tenure of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director at the end of July highlighted yet another animated turn in the …

Anthony Scaramucci

Letters to the editor for August 13-19, 2017

Eternal love<p>Re: “Rome roiled by recent scandals, conflicts” (News Analysis, July 23-29).<p>We are deeply troubled by the report on the recent scandals …

InFocus

Courage of conviction

It’s possible that you haven’t<p>prayeduntil you’ve prayed at a Courage conference. Courage brings together people who love the Church and its …

Faith

Media manipulation

As my husband and friends will quickly affirm, there aren’t too many times in my life when I have been rendered speechless. But in the case of recent …

Journalism

Reparation to Mary

<b>Question:</b> In the Fatima devotions, we are told to make the five First Saturdays in reparation to Mary. But, though I am devoted to Mary, I wonder how …

Faith

Myth of ‘happy divorce’

Conventional wisdom once held that couples should stick it out in unhappy marriages for the sake of the children. But as the divorce rate soared, the …

Marriage

Opening the Word: 'A light silent sound’

In the summer, my neighborhood in northern Indiana once again becomes populated with human beings.<p>Locked in the chill of winter, we rush into our …

Theology

Lessons in ‘Reclaiming Hope’

In Michael Wear’s new book, “Reclaiming Hope” (Thomas Nelson, $25.99), he recalls his time directing faith outreach for President Barack Obama’s 2012 …

Pope Francis

Thriving Parishes

While parish closings and mergers dominate headlines in certain parts of the country, they don’t tell the full story of the Church in the United …

John O'Brien

Making the Church present to military women

There are nearly 350,000 Catholics on active duty in the U.S. military, comprising around 25 percent of the U.S. military forces. However, Catholic …

Bible

Church faces culture shifts in abuse response

The sexual abuse of minors by priests received repeated attention throughout the month of July in news stories around the world, often in ways that …

Christianity

Pro-life pregnancy centers challenge state law

California’s pro-life pregnancy resource centers — many of which are operated by staff motivated by their Catholic pro-life convictions — are in the …

Rights & Freedoms

An opportunity for a 'yes' in the 'no-ness'

Last week, I wrote about the importance of a new pastoral letter by Bishop Mark Seitz on immigration, a current challenge and source of division in …

Same-sex Marriage

Portals into the divine

We are creatures of the senses. Beyond words, we take in reality though touch, smell, taste and sight. This finds fullest meaning in the Incarnation, …

Theology

Editorial: The liability of labels

In 2014, a man wrote into the advice column of musician Andrew W.K. in the Village Voice, complaining that he “just can’t deal with” his 65-year-old …

Jesus

Letters to the editor for August 6-12, 2017

Respect life<p>Re: “Mission vs. distraction” (Editorial, July 23-29).<p>Your editorial observing that there seems to be “two wings” — the pro-life and …

InFocus