- Apr 18, 2021
Facing one of the most acrimonious and distressing election cycles in a long time, the Knights of Columbus have released a novena addressed to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, who is the patroness of the United States. It consists of nine days of prayer, starting Oct. 30 and running through Nov. 7, the eve of the election.
Pope Francis’s five-day trip to the United States one year ago was full of big public events, but two private moments loomed large in fueling discussion and debate: His drop-in on the Little Sisters of the Poor on Sept. 23, and his encounter with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis a day later.
A July 8 vigil at Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception tried to recapture the spirit of Pope Francis’s outing three years ago to the island of Lampedusa, where he condemned a ‘globalization of indifference’ toward immigrants and refugees.
Citing his college term papers, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said on July 4 that footnotes strengthen an argument and help drive home a point, calling on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth of Christ, including the importance of religious freedom.