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‘Family Love: A Vocation and Path to Holiness’

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has published the theme for the World Meeting of Families, scheduled to take place in Rome...

Dreams of world peace and dialogue

Many people probably glossed over the headlines reporting that Pope Francis visited Bulgaria and North Macedonia last week. Unless you are of Balkan descent,...

Spiritual and psychological benefits of sabbath worship

Weekend worship should enjoy a better reception than it gets. Martin Luther King said Sunday morning is the week's most segregated time in America....

Memories of the ‘Night of Broken Glass’

This past Wednesday the Jewish community of Southern New Jersey held their annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) commemoration at Temple Emanuel in Cherry...

Nicholas Black Elk’s gift of sweetgrass

Servant of God Nicholas Black Elk, like all saintly people, gives gifts. Among the most important is a life well-lived. He was many things:...

Pope Francis and his selection of bishops

Given a series of factors including the sexual abuse crisis and the ongoing importance of the see in American (and thus global) political life,...

Polarization, dialogue and power dynamics

Last week the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM) convened at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. This group of...

Bigotry against foreigners hurts more than foreigners

If you were in a lifeboat after a disaster aboard a ship, and another survivor in the water begged for help in getting into...

A man of God, a man of the church

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, an increasingly close collaborator with Pope Francis who has seen a meteoric rise to become his personal Vicar for Rome,...

‘God is with those who seek peace’

Two weeks ago Pope Francis embarked upon a historic pastoral visit to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. It was the first...
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