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The contributions of Cardinal John Henry Newman

While in England for some meetings with various diocesan representatives and the fabulous ecumenical Centre for Theology and Community in East London, our wonderful hosts Carlos and Alessandra (whose son

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The message of Our Lady of Fatima

This month we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Mary appeared to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, beginning on May

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Christianity and socio-political controversies in Hong Kong

While attending a World Catholicism Week event at DePaul University recently, I heard a fascinating presentation by Justin K.H. Tse, a professor in the Asian American Studies Program at Northwestern

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The Risen Jesus is present in the sacraments

Peace in the Risen Lord. This salutation reflects the first words Jesus spoke to his disciples on the night of his resurrection as well as the following Sunday: “Peace be

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The significance of the empty tomb

“So, tell me the significance of the empty tomb?” This question was asked of a student of theology by a professor of Christology. The tomb referred to in the question

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When we want to rewrite Scripture

In preparation for Holy Week this year, I have been re-reading “A Prophetic Voice in the City” by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (1927-2012). Cardinal Martini was a biblical scholar most

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A second grade lesson worth remembering

As a child, I recall being taught by Sister Celestine to give up something for Lent. The whole class of second graders, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, gave up various sweets

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Two saints who simply could not agree

“People who profoundly love the church can profoundly disagree.” Of course, such a statement appears obviously acceptable to most people at first blush. There are analogues to be drawn with

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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