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Understanding Gospels reveals concern for social justice

To understand why the Gospels are the authoritative documents on Jesus as champion of social justice, it helps to see where they began. First,...

The historical route of the ‘seven churches’

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be teaching a course for Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies here in Rome at our local...

God’s presence and the need for ‘prompt succor’

Pope Francis made international headlines on Pentecost Sunday when he decried “a culture of insult” (“una cultura dell’insulto”) where the adjective takes precedence...

Freedom, mercy, forgiveness in the name of the church

Pope Francis once again waded into the thorny politics of Europe’s emerging nationalism and continued his ecumenical outreach to Orthodox Christians during his recent...

Fathers are expected to be good role models

Father’s Day is the one day in the year when parishes and communities and this whole nation honor the dignity and the sacredness...

Ecumenical outreach by Pope Francis in Romania

The contemporary ecumenical movement has its roots in the 1910 World Mission Conference which was held in Edinburgh, Scotland. More than a century later,...

Stewardship as a ministry of presence and prayer

What if being truly present at Mass each Sunday was the most important priority of the week? What if being a prayerful example to...

Bert Mahon, lukewarm Christian, has a Catholic moment

Bert Mahon, an Iowa farmer who must have died more than 50 years ago, would never have imagined his name appearing in any newspaper,...

Pope visits Saint Teresa memorial in Macedonia

Pope Francis recently made a pastoral visit to Bulgaria and North Macedonia. It was the first papal visit to the newly named North Macedonia...

‘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...
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