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: Focus on the Father

The arrival of Father’s Day in contemporary society raises what can be a challenging issue for passing on the Faith from one generation to the next. …

Christianity

Letters to the Editor for June 18-24, 2017

The Trinity<p>Re: “The central mystery of our faith” (In Focus, April 16-22).<p>David Werning’s article on the Holy Trinity keeps the mystery of the three …

Faith

Misery and mercy

I can’t get the image of Melania Trump standing outside the Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome before a statue of the Blessed Mother out of my mind. …

Moral of the story

As Americans, we don’t seem to agree on much these days. After last year’s contentious presidential election, we’re more divided than ever before, …

Morality

Epic imagery

<b>Question:</b> I was in a conversation with several unbelieving college friends who dismissed the Bible as unreliable and merely mythical because it …

Washington, D.C.

Missionaries to our children

Pope Francis consistently uses a “big” word: “Go!” Our Holy Father is calling all of us to be missionary disciples, to “go” to the margins of our …

Faith

Opening the Word: Memory and gratitude

Gratitude and memory are closely linked to one another. We remember the teachers who have changed our lives. We remember the friendships that have …

Jesus

Foundations of the Faith Part 6: Each Christian has a personal vocation

Walking home with her father, Louis Martin, after praying vespers on the feast of Pentecost on May 29, 1887, at St. Peter’s, their parish church in …

Faith

Practice the 'BeDADitudes'

Wouldn’t it be nice if fatherhood came with an instruction manual? What if it did? “The BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be An Awesome Dad” (Ave Maria Press, …

Parenting

The menorah: History and mysteries on display in the Vatican

The Braccio di Carlo Magno museum, next to the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica, is a rather unusual place for an exhibit on the Jewish menorah. <i>“La</i> …

Archaeology

How the Church meets 21st-century realities

Sandals and donkeys were essential tools for the first evangelizers. Today, it’s apps, websites and webinars that get the word out.<p>Even Pope Benedict …

Pope Benedict XVI

Ecology letter faces challenges two years later

Two years ago, on June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released his encyclical <i>Laudato Si’</i> (“On Care for Our Common Home”), addressing ecology and the need to …

Climate

Upholding religious freedom at home and abroad

This summer marks the sixth Fortnight for Freedom. The campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, aims to highlight the …

Summer Catholic trivia challenge

Whether you’re traveling or staying home this summer, brush up your Catholic IQ and have some fun, too. Whether with a friend or by yourself, test …

History

Editorial: Behold the body

As summer begins and so many people take their vacations, it isn’t unusual in the course of travels to find oneself driving past an unfamiliar parish …

John Paul II

Letters to the editor for June 11-17, 2017

Communication<p>Re: “Four strategies to improve our daily communication” (Openers, May 28-June 3).<p>I agree with all the suggestions in the article, and I …

Christianity

Vatican ambassador

President Trump has named Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to be the next ambassador of the United States to the Holy …

Life full of miracles

I’m excommunicated. At least from the Democrats.<p>Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez announced recently that the pro-abortion agenda is …

Tom Perez

Biblical texts

<b>Question:</b> I get a little frustrated when the Church is so quick to dismiss the Genesis texts as mere stories and yet still claim that the Bible is …

Washington, D.C.

Difficulties we encounter in prayer

Regular prayer has always been regarded as an essential part of Christian life. In the psalms the believer is compared to a tree planted by a stream …

Opening the Word: What's in a name?

When we name our newborn children, we don’t choose any old one. We find names that we love that represent the beauty of our child. We search the …

Jesus

Health care is a human right

Many object to the Church’s teaching that health care is a right. They argue there can be no right to something that requires other people’s property …

Health Care

Who needs a fidget spinner anyway?

It came in a nondescript box, part of an online order my daughter made using her allowance.<p>I didn’t expect it to be anything other than one more …

Fidget Spinner

Trump and the media

Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do. That’s been the story of Donald Trump’s relationship with the media for a long time, and we …

Journalism

A ‘road map’ of evangelization in Texas

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland set out 18 months ago to create a clear path of evangelization and catechesis for the next three decades in the Diocese …

Faith

Eucharistic adoration in the 21st century

At the encouragement of the pope, a movement began 30 years ago to create new chapels dedicated to the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in parishes …

Christianity

My motto for married life: 'It's always better to love'

This weekend marks my one-year wedding anniversary, which is strange even to write, as it seems I was just writing about the event itself. People say …

Editorial: Illuminated by virtue

“I was hoping that we would have a cathedral today full of people who disagreed with the Church’s teaching about immigration. But I don’t think …

Religion

Letters to the Editor for June 4-10, 2017

Faith and grief<p>Re: “5 steps for coping with the loss of a loved one” (Faith, May 28-June 3).<p>I often wonder how people overcome their grief without …

loved one