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The most important encyclical in the history of the church?

On Laetare Sunday, my experience of Lenten joy included attending an event at Fordham Prep in the Bronx exploring Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ and its relevance for environmental stewardship

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The consistory, and naming members of the conclave

There had been some speculation that Pope Francis would hold a consistory in February. This is the ceremony in which a pope names new cardinals, those who help him govern

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‘The Spirit of Catholic Renewal: Signs, Sources and Calling’

In 1840, American Whig politician William Henry Harrison was battling Martin Van Buren for the American presidency, Charles Darwin had just published “The Voyage of the Beagle,” and Pope Gregory

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Pope Francis and British theologian Lesslie Newbigin

Pope Francis has repeatedly called on Christians to become missionary disciples. Evangelii Gaudium is one such place where he has expressed this clearly: “Every Christian is a missionary to the

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The pope praises American women religious

After a week that cannot be described as anything other than unforgettable and the glut of coverage and commentary on a visit that touched and invigorated millions, it remains a

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New archbishops receive palliums, at home

On June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blessed the palliums for the new archbishops around the world. Yet, Vatican observers are commenting that a change

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The explosion of the Catholic presence in Africa

There is understandably a tremendous amount of excitement (other than from SEPTA employees) about the pope’s upcoming visit to our area. However, it’s important to remember that in a global

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Reading Pope Francis with an open mind

Speaking to journalists on his recent plane ride back from Latin America, Pope Francis made the following comment: “In your job, the hermeneutics of a text is very important. A

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Pope Francis’ thoughts on ‘human ecology’

The pope’s highly anticipated encyclical on “human ecology” is set to be published shortly. The rumors are that its release date is being planned so as to ensure circulation and

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A ‘call to a social change of heart’

This week Caritas Internationalis, the church’s confederation of Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations, will be holding their General Assembly here at the Vatican. It will include elections and