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A theological influence on Pope Francis

This week I have been offered an amazing opportunity to sit down with Jesuit Father Juan Carlos Scannone at Boston College, where he will be attending an event titled the

Columns Growing in Faith

Only God can provide us with true happiness

Just a few weeks ago, on Jan. 20, 2017, the 45th President of the United States of America took the oath of office, becoming the chief executive of the government.

Columns On Behalf of Justice

Islands don’t need insurance, but people do

Anglican divine and British poet John Donne said it 500 years ago: “No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of

Columns That All May Be One

Religious leaders condemn refugee ban

President Trump’s executive order that temporarily suspends entrance to the U.S. of any immigrants from Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen, as well as totally barring Syrian refugees, has

Columns Growing in Faith

The saint who chose Providence over politics

While attending an event at Georgetown with Father Guy Consolmagno, S.J., the director of the Vatican Observatory, a few friends and I took an Uber over to the campus of

As I See It Columns

Father Arrupe’s contribution to Catholic education

“O how our hearts beat high with joy, whene’er we hear that glorious Word.” So closes the first stanza of F.W. Faber’s hymn Faith of Our Fathers, originally honoring the

Columns On Behalf of Justice

Pray and work for human life and social justice

Catholics last November voted 52 percent for Donald Trump and 48 for Hillary Clinton. Contrary to the “fake news” that said Pope Francis endorsed the former because he claimed a

As I See It Columns

The loss of ‘a Jewish, atheist, civil libertarian, left-wing pro-lifer’

The right to life movement lost an irrepressible and irreplaceable voice on Jan. 7 with the death of Nat Hentoff, a man who described himself as “a Jewish, atheist, civil

Columns That All May Be One

Hopes and challenges for the New Year

As we begin this New Year, I thought I would share with you some of the hopes and challenges that religious leaders propose for our reflection. Pope Francis warned the

Columns Growing in Faith

Celebrating the feast of the Epiphany in Spain

In many European countries, the feast of the Epiphany is still celebrated on its traditional date of Jan. 6, the 12th day of Christmas, and is not transferred to a