Architecture

National Shrine to Christ the King Renewed: Old Landmark Receives New Life in Chicago

The Shrine of Christ the King is rising again from the ashes, but must complete Phase II before the wrecking ball is completely at bay. By Peter Jesserer Smith, Jan. 24, 2019 CHICAGO — On a cold October day in the Windy City, as the first snow fell on the last shingle nailed to the new roof... read more

The Time Has Come to Ban “Reconciliation Rooms”

By Erik Bootsma, September 3, 2018 Amid the recent revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, there have been calls for substantive actions to prevent future abuse by clergy. While most of these calls have focused on transparency, accountability, punishment of guilty parties, and lay... read more

Shocking results!

Study finds that visiting and seeing the design of traditional churches and cathedrals among leading reasons young people convert to Christianity April 9, 2018 According to a recently released study, visiting beautiful churches and cathedrals are one of the top reasons that influences the... read more

Catholic By Design

By William Dempsey, Sycamore Trust, July  18, 2017 The ND School of Architecture earns high praise for pioneering a return to classicism and urban planning nurtured by a Catholic perspective. Duncan G. Stroik is a practicing architect, author, and Professor of Architecture at the University... read more

Church of the Nativity’s Face-Lift Reveals Ancient Treasures

Pilgrims who visit next Easter will be able to see the extraordinary work that has been done to the roof, walls and 900-year-old mosaics. BY MICHELE CHABIN, 06/15/2016 BETHLEHEM — Christians planning on making a Holy Land pilgrimage — for many, a once-in-a-lifetime journey — may want to... read more

Forget stained glass for churches

EPA goes after small shops BY ADMIN, JUNE 12, 2016 The following comes from a June 9 story in the Tampa Bay (Florida) Times. They were meant to hold images of the Eucharist, an elaborately decorated cross and St. Stephen clasping his hands in prayer as he readies himself to be stoned to... read more

St. John Cantius chosen America’s Most Beautiful Church

St. John Cantius Church has been selected as the most beautiful Catholic Church in the United States. By Manya Brachear Pashman, Contact Reporter, Chicago Tribune Threatened with the wrecking ball in 1988, St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church, with its opulent baroque interior, stands as... read more

Gender Theory and Sexual Confusion

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg • February 3, 2016 Perhaps the most confusing issue of our age and the one that may vex members of the Body of Christ the most, surround the topic of gender. This topic has become so enormously confusing over the last several decades that at first one can hardly be... read more

Only On AP: Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed

By MARTHA MENDOZA, MAYA ALLERUZZO and BRAM JANSSEN Jan. 20, 2016 0 IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet... read more

Catholic Mass Mobs: A New Hot Trend?

by Peter Jesserer Smith, November 2, 2014 Move over flash mobs in the mall, Catholics in western New York are pioneering the “Mass Mob,” and it’s getting attention in a big way. The Associated Press has run this cool story about Catholics in the great city of Buffalo, New York, who are... read more

Vatican goes after non-religious churches

The following comes from a June 2 story in the Telegraph (U.K.) Opposition is mounting in the Holy See to a spate of recent, ultra-modern churches, in Italy and abroad, by high profile architects. "The lack of integration between the architect and the faith community has at times been... read more