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‘Sitting at the feet of others in order to serve Christ’

VATICAN CITY — On June 28, I attended the papal consistory in Saint Peter’s Basilica when Pope Francis named 14 new cardinals, among them Mallorcan Jesuit Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J.,

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Theologians look at politics, conscience and the common good

The 2018 Catholic Theological Society of America convention in Indianapolis will likely be remembered by future theologians for two powerful moments. Celica Gonzalez-Andrieu’s plenary address connecting her experience of cancer

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Pope Francis documentary deserves a larger audience

Many years ago a philosophy professor assigned my class to watch Wim Wenders’ “Der Himmel über Berlin” (called in English “Wings of Desire”) which was an award-winning film from the

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The pope’s choices for new cardinals

On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis announced 14 new cardinals are to be created on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, in Rome. I’ve received an invitation to

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The profound symbolism of an outdated belief

When I am in New Jersey, I often attend Mass at the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. High above the altar, in the center of

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The first and most perfect disciple

Pope Francis recently established that a new universal feast dedicated to Mary as the Mother of the Church be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost, a day known as Whit

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Experiencing Durham Cathedral and ‘the Hidden Gem’

Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies recently inaugurated an exciting program in partnership with the Northern English dioceses of Liverpool, Leeds, Hallam, Salford, Middlesbrough, and Hexham & Newcastle to

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The Millennial Generation and the Post-Post-Conciliar Church

This week I was invited to Villanova University to participate in their conference celebrating the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election, titled “Pope Francis – A Voice Crying Out in

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Saint Benoît-Joseph Labre, ‘the begger of Rome’

Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz has created a number of striking sculptures which are situated in prominent locations around Rome, and the globe. One of the most renown is the bronze

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‘Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’

Pope Francis continues to advocate for a deepening awareness of and care for our common home, the earth. It is indubitable that the poor and marginalized disproportionately shoulder the burdens