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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.

Columns That All May Be One

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

Columns On Behalf of Justice

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

Columns Growing in Faith

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

Columns Growing in Faith

‘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.,

Columns Growing in Faith

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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Suicide is a complex mental health challenge

This past week two celebrities died by suicide. All of us were shocked to hear this sad news because it seemed by all appearances they were living exciting and successful

Columns That All May Be One

Prayers for the success of the Korean Summit

As of this writing, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are in Singapore preparing for their historic meeting to take place Tuesday, June 12. Success for this

Columns Growing in Faith

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