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Pope Francis says the death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Recently Pope Francis made a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church which demands exactly such profound moral thinking. Part of the previous §2267 read: “Today, in fact, as

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The loss of a leading figure in interfaith dialogue

Last month I was saddened to hear of the death of one of the leading figures in the church in the ministry of interfaith dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of

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Take a pause, slow down and sit in the silence

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, recently authored a book entitled “The Power of Silence, Against the Dictatorship of

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The pope’s ‘inverted pyramid’ vision of the church

Many experts argue that Pope Francis’ homily on Oct. 17, 2015 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops is among his most programmatic discourses on

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Contemplating the image of Christ crucified

Only about 20 works by the Renaissance artist Matthias Grünewald survive, the most famous being the Isenheim Altarpiece, with an agonizing crucifixion scene at the center of the nine-panel work.

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Pope Francis and the World Council of Churches

A significant “pilgrimage” took place on June 21 with Pope Francis attending the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland. This 70th anniversary of the

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A dream of the end of poverty in America

Martin Luther King had a dream so famous broadcasters show the now grainy film clip of his speech every anniversary of his birth and assassination. I too have a dream

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God’s love evident in a highly public act

As I have learned of Bishop Dennis Sullivan’s directive concerning crucifixes in places of worship in the Diocese of Camden, the theology of the cross, and its relationship to the

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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