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A time to remember the faithful departed

Not so long ago, we observed a Year of Mercy. During that year the corporal and spiritual works of mercy were to be reflected upon and put into practice. Of

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The importance of indigenous heroes like Black Elk

Today a central theme in reading the “signs of our times” is the increased attention paid to inculturation, the planting of Christianity in soil beyond the Mediterranean world where it

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Unlikely places to worship and pray

Many airports around the world have chaplaincy ministries which include daily or weekly Masses in chapels tucked away in their terminals. In fact, when I worked for Cardinal Dulles, I remember

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A case study in the battle over evolution

The Vatican journal run by the Jesuits named La Civiltá Cattolica recently published an article about the American political situation that has caused waves to ripple internationally. (The authors described

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God’s glory in the community of the church

In a world ravaged by Islamophobia, it’s worth pointing out that if European civilization, for all its many imperialistic and self-aggrandizing shortcomings, had instead followed its perennial and equally pernicious

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October, the month of the rosary

October is dedicated to the rosary. This is due in part to the commemoration of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7. This feast was instituted

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A scientific thinker with the heart of an ascetic

Just south of Goose Island here in Chicago sits a church recently voted the most beautiful in America by 16,000 online supporters. Named for the Polish Saint John Cantius (spelled

Columns Growing in Faith Science & Catholicism

Finding God in all things, including polymerized acetylene

As was the case with so many of the other 19th-century and early 20th-century Catholic university figures, Julius Nieuwland (1878-1936) was an immigrant. Virtually all of the Catholic institutions of

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‘God’s architect,’ blending knowledge of science and art

A perhaps unsurprising number of my favorite buildings in the world are churches, from grand basilicas to underground catacombs to hospital chapels. Due to my many personal connections there, one

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‘Interpretive keys’ to the pope’s new document

Archbishop Arthur Roche has long been a friend of the Lay Centre, where I lived while studying and teaching in Rome, and where I continue to build relationships for my