Dismas the Thief by John Janaro (’85)

Reprinted from Magnificat (www.magnificat.com) GREAT CONVERSION STORIES All the Gospel accounts speak of criminals crucified with Jesus, but Luke (23:39-43) is the only source that indicates that a great conversion took place on the gruesome heights of Golgotha that...

Saint Basilides by John Janaro (’85)

Reprinted from Magnificat (www.magnificat.com) GREAT CONVERSION STORIES Christian apologists in the Roman Empire often stressed that the persecution of the early Church actually fueled her growth.  Tertullian famously coined an expression that has come down through...

Servant of God Chiara Corbella Petrillo by Heather King

Reprinted from Magnificat (www.magnificat.com) CREDIBLE WITNESS Chiara Corbella Petrillo (1984–2012), Italian-born wide and mother, gave birth to two children, both of whom died within an hour.  Pregnant for the third time, she refused treatment for a rare and...

Emperor Ezana the Great by John Janaro

Reprinted from Magnificat (www.magnificat.com) GREAT CONVERSION STORIES In the ancient world, “Ethiopia” was a term broadly applied to the African region south and east of Egypt.  Beyond the confines of the Roman Empire, its peoples had distinctive African cultures...

Blessed Pierre Lucien Claverie, Bishop of Oran, and Companions, by Heather King

Reprinted from Magnificat (www.magnificat.com) CREDIBLE WITNESSES “What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people...capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life.” –Porta Fidei 15 Blessed...