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...

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,...
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