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Ananias of Damascus, a saintly, unsung hero

Both the spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola and the ancient practice of lectio divina encourage Christians to savor the biblical narratives and ponder their mysteries with intentionality, patience, depth and

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A ‘bridge’ program for young adults of limited means

Every August for the last 34 years, I have prepared to re-immerse myself in Catholic education for the coming academic year. For the first 13 of these, that meant formative

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Yes, Virginia, Santa Claus is a Turk

On Sept. 21, 1897, the New York Sun ran an editorial responding to an inquiry from a young reader, who would eventually go on to earn a doctorate from Fordham

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A holiday season tinged with sadness for some

Beginning on Dec. 17, the Western Church marks the coming celebration of the Incarnation at Christmas with a series of antiphons at Vespers and the Alleluia Verses at daily Mass

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The rapid growth of Christianity in Africa

Pope Francis has named Abel Gabuza, the current bishop of Kimberley, South Africa, to the post of coadjutor archbishop of Durban, one of the largest cities in the nation. He

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The church begins anew the liturgical year

The end of the year is upon us. Our calendars (for those who do not use an electronic one) are turning to the last page. It becomes a time to

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Living the Advent Season with John the Baptist

When I read the Sacred Scriptures I keep asking myself, can there be a sadder picture in all of human history than that described in the first book of the

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Evangelization too often included regrettable culture clashes

While skiing in Mont Tremblant this weekend, we drove through Brébeuf, Quebec, obviously named for Saint Jean de Brébeuf, one of the North American martyrs who worked with the Huron

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The contemporary challenge of a groundbreaking document

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Medellin document, one of the most important exhortations calling the church to live in solidarity with the marginalized and vulnerable. In

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Pope Francis’ fascination with ‘El Gaucho’

Though she lived in Spain for much of her adult life, my fiancé was born and attended school in Argentina, and so at both a profound personal and a professional