Interview to Bishop of Tandag (Surigao del Sur – Philippines)

I am Bishop Nereo Odchimar, the Bishop of the Diocese of Tandag, a province of Surigao del Sur, Philppines. I am the second bishop of this diocese. Our diocese will be celebrating 39th anniversary of the erection as diocese. We have around 25 parishes and three quasi parishes, with around 53 priests. At present we…

Saint Clare of the Cross of Montefalco

As we celebrate the feast of Saint Clare of the Cross of Montefalco today, we offer a brief description of her life. Clare had a tremendous devotion to the Cross and to the Passion. Tradition has it that in a mystical encounter with Christ as she was reflecting on the Cross, He told her, “I…

Saint Nicholas of Tolentine and the Star

Welcome to the crypt. Here with us, we have Friar Vincenzo, and he was saying to us that the crypt, where we are right now, it was dug recently in 1930, 1936, more or less. Until 1930, when they dug here in the crypt, the body of Saint Nicholas, which is in front of you,…

Saint Nicholas of Tolentine and the Frescoes

Where we are right now used to be, by Nicholas’ time, the church. From the 1100s. But, of course, without any of this decoration of frescoes that we see right now. By time of Nicholas, the church was dedicated to Saint George, and this area that today belongs to the city, by that time was…

Life of Saint Rita of Cascia

Welcome. Welcome to Cascia to the pilgrims of Saint Rita from the States, from the National Shrine of Saint Rita in Philadelphia. I am Father Rocco, and I welcome all of you in this site, which was the room in where Saint Rita lived for about 40 years, in the Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene….

Novena Prayer to Saint Rita of Cascia

Come, Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and our hearts will be renewed. And you will renew the face of the earth. O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, instructed the hearts of the faithful; grant us,…