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Columns Growing in Faith

The contributions of Cardinal John Henry Newman

While in England for some meetings with various diocesan representatives and the fabulous ecumenical Centre for Theology and Community in East London, our wonderful hosts Carlos and Alessandra (whose son

Columns That All May Be One

Christian unity in a multi-religious world

Ecumenists from throughout the United States gathered together at the National Workshop on Christian Unity 2017 earlier this month in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The workshop continues to be the only national

Columns Growing in Faith

The message of Our Lady of Fatima

This month we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Mary appeared to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, beginning on May

As I See It Columns

My marshmallow Fluff temper tantrum

I was so mad. You see, I had bought myself a small tub of Fluff — you know, that sticky, sweet marshmallowy cream that, along with peanut butter, makes the

Columns On Behalf of Justice

Our national flaws, exposed but ignored

Irving Berlin in 1918 wrote the second verse of “God Bless America,” asking God to “mend thine every flaw.” Believers have sung this quasi-anthem in church on patriotic feasts whether

Columns Growing in Faith

Christianity and socio-political controversies in Hong Kong

While attending a World Catholicism Week event at DePaul University recently, I heard a fascinating presentation by Justin K.H. Tse, a professor in the Asian American Studies Program at Northwestern

As I See It Columns

The loss of one of today’s titans of industry

As the Philadelphia and South Jersey region either celebrates or braces for the NFL Draft, depending on your perspective (and address!), it is undeniable that football is today a national

Columns That All May Be One

The Risen Christ, hope and inspiration of all who believe

It’s sad that my columns that surround two of the most sacred and joyous feasts in the Christian calendar this year, Christmas and now Easter, are marred by the necessity

Church Columns Growing in Faith

The Risen Jesus is present in the sacraments

Peace in the Risen Lord. This salutation reflects the first words Jesus spoke to his disciples on the night of his resurrection as well as the following Sunday: “Peace be

Columns Life & Justice Ministries

This Earth Day, care for God’s creation

What’s your favorite natural place on Earth? When I ask this question during talks I give around the diocese, you can probably guess the one answer I hear the most