100-year-old Marian promise still brings faith to Key West conchs

November 15, 2019
On May 25, 1922, Sister Louise Gabriel watched as the grotto she had commissioned in Key West honoring Our Lady of Lourdes was dedicated, standing as a tangible assurance that so long as the structure stood, the island would be protected from hurricanes. A member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, that have roots stretching back more than 100 years serving at Key West’s Minor Basilica of Saint Mary, Star of the Sea, Gabriel had witnessed the pain, devastation and...
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Neighborly Faith urges evangelicals to find a 'third way' to befriend Muslims

November 7, 2019
For evangelical Christians, the importance of evangelizing is right there in the name. But it’s not the best approach to building relationships with Muslims and people of other faiths, according to Matthew Kaemingk, assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Seminary and author of “Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration... Read more about Neighborly Faith urges evangelicals to find a 'third way' to befriend Muslims


Easter is the festive holy day of the Christian tradition on which the church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and victory of life over death.

de Porres, St. Martin

St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639) was born as the illegitimate son of a Spanish father and a Preuvian Indian woman. He became a Dominican monk and devoted himself to the poor. He was canonized as a saint in 1962, more than three hundred years after his death.

Valentine's Day

St. Valentine is the name of a Christian martyr, perhaps the conflation of two martyrs, of the 3rd century. The saint is honored on February 14th, a day which has come to be associated with popular traditions of love and courtships for reasons perhaps unrelated to the saint it honors.

One year before election, Christian leaders cross divides to call for respect

November 4, 2019
This Sunday (Nov. 3) marks exactly one year until the 2020 U.S. presidential election. And Christian leaders across theological and political divides are kicking off an initiative called “Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics,” hoping the next 365 days won’t be a repeat of 2016’s divisive election season. Source: One year before election, Christian leaders cross... Read more about One year before election, Christian leaders cross divides to call for respect


An archidiocese is a particularly large or important diocese over which the archbiship has juirsdiction.

Protestant Reformation

(also: The Reformation) The Protestant Reformation is a reform movement that began in the 16th century with Martin Luther in Germany and Huldrych Zwingli and John Calvin in Switzerland. More broadly, the Reformation came to include not only the Lutheran churches, the Reformed or Calvinist traditions (Baptists, Congregationalists, Presbyterians), but also Anabaptists (Mennonites, Amish, Brethren) Anglicans, and Methodists.


Clergy are the body of ordained men (and in some cases women) who are authorized to perform the priestly, pastoral, or rabbinical duties of the community—as distinct from the laity whom they serve.

Moses; Musa

Moses is a Biblical prophet who is credited with leading the people of Israel out of Egyptian bondage and teaching them the divine laws at Mount Sinai. The story of Moses is told in the book of Exodus in the Bible and is also told in the Qur’an, where this prophet is called Musa.

Numbers, Book of

The fourth book of the Humash or Five Books of Moses, Numbers (or Bamidbar, meaning ‘In the Wilderness’) details the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness, including the formative events of the twelve spies journeying into Canaan, the rebellion of Korach, the wars against the nations of Moab and Edom, and the deaths of Moses’ siblings, Aaron and Miriam.


The term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church refers to the building housing such a community or to a particular “communion” or denomination of the Christian tradition. The term “church” has been adopted by other American groups —such as the Buddhist Churches of America—to indicate this form of community fellowship.


(also: Virgin Mary, The Virgin, Madonna) Mary was the mother of Jesus and, as such, has a special place in the affection and devotion of Christians. The Gospels of Luke and Matthew speak of her as a Virgin who conceived Jesus by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Devotion to the Virgin Mary, also called the Madonna, is especially important in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. In the Orthodox tradition she is known as Theotokos, or God-bearer.