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Justice, not charity, is the solution to poverty

Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Francisco had an eye-opening essay in America magazine last November. Noting the resistance of some American Catholics to Pope Francis’s frequent criticisms of

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015

Later this month, Jan. 18-25, the church will be celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Bishop Dennis Sullivan and some other Christian bishops and leaders will be joining

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Pope Francis: Continuing the path of unity

Some historians and history text books contend that there was a single moment in history in the year 1054 AD when the churches of East and West divided one from

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Europe’s relationship with the church, the human family

Pope Francis recently gave an important, if not widely discussed, speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In it, he laid out his vision and hope for Europe’s relationship with

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It’s called sin, and it’s still around

Long before 1642, when this carol appeared in a Lutheran hymnal, people both Christian and otherwise asked the question, “What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap

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Pope Francis’ devotion to the Blessed Mother

On Dec. 8, Pope Francis will celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Piazza di Spagna in Rome, where he will venerate an

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Interfaith family meeting, ‘Humanum Colloquium’

Two significant interfaith gatherings took place these past few weeks involving Pope Francis. A rather interesting three day interreligious meeting took place at the Vatican. The “Humanum Colloquium,” organized by

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Pope Francis’ vision of and role in the church

I was invited to speak at the annual American Academy of Religion conference this week in San Diego. And while Europe-to-West Coast travel is exponentially worse than to the East

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Social justice and the New Evangelization

When I was invited to speak at a parish recently, I shared a story that my predecessor in Life & Justice Ministries, the late Larry DiPaul, loved to tell. At

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‘Poverty is an unnatural condition’

A few years ago a laicized priest friend, the late Joe McGarrity, and I and some others incorporated a non-profit called Windmills for Mozambique. Joe had served in the diocese’s