Education and formation go hand in hand

On his own birthday in 2013, Pope Francis used the prerogative of his office to canonize Peter Faber, S.J. (in French, Pierre Favre) and...

Better to live in accord with the Gospel than to think...

Not so long ago, a U.S. bishop, as part of his commencement speech, challenged the college graduates not to be politically correct. The bishop...

Tales of poverty, faith and bloodshed

In December of 2016, Pope Francis promulgated a statement confirming that Father Stanley Francis Rother had been killed “in hatred of the faith” (“in...

The canonization of British theologian John Henry Newman

Though it is often tempting to import political categories of “progressive” and “conservative” or “left” and “right” into ecclesial life, the communion of collective...

Fulfilled prophecies, not ‘magical coincidences’

Because of a quirk in our schedule here in Rome, we happened to be in the Vatican City State on June 20, where...

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...

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,...

‘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,...
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