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Hopes and challenges for the New Year

As we begin this New Year, I thought I would share with you some of the hopes and challenges that religious leaders propose for our reflection. Pope Francis warned the

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Celebrating the feast of the Epiphany in Spain

In many European countries, the feast of the Epiphany is still celebrated on its traditional date of Jan. 6, the 12th day of Christmas, and is not transferred to a

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Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

As we celebrate Christmas this year and listen to the beautiful readings and songs that bring to mind the many different sites in the Middle East that are mentioned in

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A musical antidote to holiday consumerism

On a brief stop in New Jersey on my way to Spain and Italy for the holidays, I recently attended a holiday performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Princeton University. If

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A Lesson of Christmas: God has special love for the poor and vulnerable

Every Christmas morning, my friend Sean’s parents would load their three sons into the family car and head to a local soup kitchen. Sean and his brothers would help out

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Anger as a factor in the presidential election

Most of the post-election coverage we have seen began with how unexpected its result was. What happened to the vast polling industry, so sophisticated, so knowledgeable — and so unconnected

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The patroness of light, eyes and virgin ‘lucidity’

Someone very dear to my heart in Spain is named Mariluz (“Mary Lucy” in English), and so I wrote her on Dec. 13 as is common practice in the Mediterranean

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Prayers for greater freedom, social justice in Cuba

Years ago, when I was in the seminary, I became friends with a fellow seminarian who is now Father Manuel Rios, pastor of Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, in

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Forgiveness: Merciful like the Father

This is the last in a series or columns on forgiveness in connection with the Jubilee of Mercy. The process of forgiveness does not begin after the offense; actually, forgiveness

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Live life with gratitude

A priest friend told me that the parish secretary had incorrectly typed on the weekly calendar in the parish Sunday bulletin for the last Thursday in November, THANKSLIVING Day, instead