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A Holy Week ‘special devotion’ experience

During this Semana Santa, the holiest week of the year when we mark the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, half a world away from South Jersey, pilgrims are experiencing a

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Remembering Saint Stanislaus the Martyr

Roughly one-third of all Polish immigrants to the United States live in the Chicagoland area, and Illinois and Wisconsin have among the highest percentages of those of Polish descent outside

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New head of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

On March 27, Pope Francis appointed a new head of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. One of 10 pontifical academies — which are distinct from pontifical universities like the

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Saint Joseph, Pope Francis and higher education

Though from the moment the candidate accepts his nomination from his brother cardinals (“Accepto”), he is technically pope, the current Holy Father chose to celebrate his inauguration Mass six years

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‘Tear open your heart and demand renewal’

In this Lenten season, the church, through the mouth of the prophet Joel, consistently reminds us to “rend our hearts and not our garments,” (Jl 2:13) in our approach to

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Being a ‘steward of creation’ this Lent

Lent has traditionally been an annual opportunity to recalibrate one’s relationship with his or her neighbor and the gifts of creation, in addition to with God. In preparation to celebrate

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Polarization, dialogue and power dynamics

Last week the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM) convened at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. This group of representatives from Catholic higher education institutions

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A man of God, a man of the church

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, an increasingly close collaborator with Pope Francis who has seen a meteoric rise to become his personal Vicar for Rome, opened the cause for canonization for

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‘Love is work,’ and a lifelong commitment

For many Christians, the central thrust of their life on earth will take place either in, or in direct contact with, married life. This does not negate the realities of

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Ananias of Damascus, a saintly, unsung hero

Both the spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola and the ancient practice of lectio divina encourage Christians to savor the biblical narratives and ponder their mysteries with intentionality, patience, depth and