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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

Columns That All May Be One

A look at religious groups in the news

As director of ecumenical and interreligious affairs, I’m often asked about different religious groups who are prominent in news stories of the day. Two such groups that I have been

Columns Growing in Faith

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

Columns Growing in Faith

A ‘bridge’ program for young adults of limited means

Every August for the last 34 years, I have prepared to re-immerse myself in Catholic education for the coming academic year. For the first 13 of these, that meant formative

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The environment and racism are social justice issues

Football fans can congratulate the home turf, south Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, for winning exemplary certification for excellence toward the environment. Whether Cowboy or Giant or Eagle fan, everyone breathes

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Living with faith but battling depression

The poet Dennis Hall describes attending a graveside service with a group of friends and his wife, who was at that time dying of cancer. In the brief poem titled

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Moving toward Christian unity and ecumenism

At this time of year most news agencies highlight their top 10 news stories of 2018. For the Roman Catholic Church, unfortunately, the year was overshadowed by the distressing news

Columns Growing in Faith

Yes, Virginia, Santa Claus is a Turk

On Sept. 21, 1897, the New York Sun ran an editorial responding to an inquiry from a young reader, who would eventually go on to earn a doctorate from Fordham

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A holiday season tinged with sadness for some

Beginning on Dec. 17, the Western Church marks the coming celebration of the Incarnation at Christmas with a series of antiphons at Vespers and the Alleluia Verses at daily Mass

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A worthy Advent cause for all Americans

We Christians celebrate the beginning movement of Advent this year and meditate on our conduct as we await the return of the Lord in his glory. As Christians we also