The pope who squared off against Napoleon

Although the seventh pope to do so in history, Benedictine Cardinal Gregory Barnabas Chiaramonti is the first of what will be not...

A visionary leader in a time of great turmoil

When the cardinals chose Alessandro Farnese, a member of an aristocratic and notable Roman family, to succeed Pope Clement VII as Pope...

The pope who made a fateful decision about Christ’s will

An important, if underappreciated, figure in the history of the papacy is Pope St. Martin I, who served as pontiff from 649...

An ascetic reluctantly agrees to serve as pope

The patron saint of St. Peter Celestine Church in Cherry Hill, Pope St. Celestine V, was a fascinating figure in the history...

The first pope with a monastic background

Gregory was born sometime around 540 AD to Gordianus and Silvia (his mother also being a canonized saint, along with two of Gregory’s...

He faced the Huns and helped define Christ’s nature

One of the most important figures in the history of both the office of the papacy and Christology (the study of the...

Interreligious ‘trialogue’ participants break bread

On Wednesday, April 7, Fordham University’s Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, Jesuit Father Patrick Ryan presented his biannual public lecture,...

Peter, the first pope and an all-too-human saint

This is the first in a series that will explore the various figures who have sat in the Chair of Peter...

John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University

The last in a series of occasional articles about Cardinal John Henry Newman One of John Henry Newman’s best known...

The role and vocation of the laity in Catholicism

The latest in a series of occasional articles about Cardinal John Henry Newman By Michael M. Canaris As we have seen...
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