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Egypt’s complex and storied Christian history

In what is an unusually expedited timeline, the Vatican announced this week that Pope Francis will travel over the extended Easter season to visit Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during the

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Grace comes with the abandonment of self

The Western Church celebrates a relatively late start to Lent this year. One benefit is that as our spiritual journeys of penitence and self-reflection are still relatively fresh, the timing

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Only God can provide us with true happiness

Just a few weeks ago, on Jan. 20, 2017, the 45th President of the United States of America took the oath of office, becoming the chief executive of the government.

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The saint who chose Providence over politics

While attending an event at Georgetown with Father Guy Consolmagno, S.J., the director of the Vatican Observatory, a few friends and I took an Uber over to the campus of

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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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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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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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Saint Josephine Bakhita, more relevant today than ever

As Pope Francis has continued to raise awareness and urge Catholics to collaborate with other Christian communities, as well as political and NGO bodies, to end the scourge of human

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Saints to pray to, now that the election is over

After an incredibly intense and divisive political season, it is left to Americans now to forge a path forward that remains committed to reconciliation and the healing of wounds, always

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Pope, ‘black pope’ are both men from the global south

Recently, the church marked the feast of the North American martyrs — Saints Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, Rene Goupil and their companions. These priests and lay brothers were members