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Saint Francis, Pope Francis and the Cross of San Damiano

In 2013, shortly after being elected to lead the universal church, Pope Francis visited some of the sites associated with Saint Francis of Assisi. One of these stops included a

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A good time to reflect on Saint Francis of Assisi

Advent is a time for preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, the birth of the God-Man Jesus Christ. It is a time for reflection as, with joyful hope, we await

Columns Understanding Pope Francis

The Francis from Assisi and the Francis in Rome

This June I’ll be teaching a course on the “Theology of Pope Francis” in Rome. (Information is available at if you are interested in participating as a non-degree seeking

Church Columns

Parents today who are living out the Holy Family’s plight

As we celebrate the Christmas Season, I think of the Holy Family as well as of many struggling families today. I think of Mary and Joseph desperately searching for lodging

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Rejoice in the Lord and God’s goodness always

Did you know that certain Sundays take their names from the first Latin word in the Introit, (the antiphon of the Mass.) Gaudete Sunday does just that. The first words

Columns That All May Be One

The controversial decision about Jerusalem

By now most of you have heard about President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. His decision has evoked concern from various world leaders as

As I See It Columns

Saint Therese, working overtime for a Cherry Hill woman in Rome

VATICAN CITY — “You, here,” grudged the Basilica’s guard, whose frame resembled a linebacker. Tilting his head to the right, he passed me off to the second in command behind

Columns Growing in Faith

The global scandal of homelessness

In early December, the Institute of Global Homelessness invited theologians, practitioners and policymakers to Rome to work on coordinating global efforts to eradicate street homelessness and to discuss potential paths

Columns On Behalf of Justice

Racial discrimination both irrational and immoral

The teachers’ magazines and psychology journals narrate the experiment a fifth grade teacher in California did several years ago to convincingly teach the volatile subject of human dignity. In her

Columns That All May Be One

The plight of the Chaldean Catholic Church

Pope Francis recently met with representatives from the Chaldean Church encouraging them to be vehicles to peace and unity in their region. Addressing the Synod of the Chaldeans which took