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Pope Francis documentary deserves a larger audience

Many years ago a philosophy professor assigned my class to watch Wim Wenders’ “Der Himmel über Berlin” (called in English “Wings of Desire”) which was an award-winning film from the

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Leaders engage causes: What about Fatherlessness?

Quick, think of a few companies you admire. If you are in business, include your own. Now, what social, civic or charitable causes do they support? Diversity? Environment? Cancer? Climate?

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A reflection on Jesus, Lazarus and friendship

“Today you will go into the Tomb of Lazarus,” said the America Media pilgrim leader to the 106 faithful. “Think about one thing in your life right now that is

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The pope’s choices for new cardinals

On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis announced 14 new cardinals are to be created on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, in Rome. I’ve received an invitation to

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The profound symbolism of an outdated belief

When I am in New Jersey, I often attend Mass at the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. High above the altar, in the center of

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The first and most perfect disciple

Pope Francis recently established that a new universal feast dedicated to Mary as the Mother of the Church be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost, a day known as Whit

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A time to honor our mothers and fathers

During the months of May and June, we take time to pay honor to our mothers and fathers.  Some will jokingly say that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just

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The sad connection between suicide and adults with autism

That moment when your wonderful little boy lays his head, heavy with sorrow that is not his to carry, on your shoulder and breathes out such a sigh that you

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Experiencing Durham Cathedral and ‘the Hidden Gem’

Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies recently inaugurated an exciting program in partnership with the Northern English dioceses of Liverpool, Leeds, Hallam, Salford, Middlesbrough, and Hexham & Newcastle to

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The Millennial Generation and the Post-Post-Conciliar Church

This week I was invited to Villanova University to participate in their conference celebrating the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election, titled “Pope Francis – A Voice Crying Out in