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From vulnerability comes strength

This is the third and final in a series of columns by the author about his pilgrimage to the Holy Land and his experience with depression. Every day is Christmas

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Pope Francis says the death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Recently Pope Francis made a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church which demands exactly such profound moral thinking. Part of the previous §2267 read: “Today, in fact, as

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God’s love evident in a highly public act

As I have learned of Bishop Dennis Sullivan’s directive concerning crucifixes in places of worship in the Diocese of Camden, the theology of the cross, and its relationship to the

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‘Sitting at the feet of others in order to serve Christ’

VATICAN CITY — On June 28, I attended the papal consistory in Saint Peter’s Basilica when Pope Francis named 14 new cardinals, among them Mallorcan Jesuit Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J.,

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Theologians look at politics, conscience and the common good

The 2018 Catholic Theological Society of America convention in Indianapolis will likely be remembered by future theologians for two powerful moments. Celica Gonzalez-Andrieu’s plenary address connecting her experience of cancer

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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