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Understanding Pope Francis

Classic text foreshadows the pontificate of Pope Francis

My graduate classes this week are beginning to explore a classic and relevant ecclesiological text: Father Ladislas Orsy’s influential 1987 book “The Church: Learning...

A theological influence on Pope Francis

This week I have been offered an amazing opportunity to sit down with Jesuit Father Juan Carlos Scannone at Boston College, where he will...

The pope’s mandate to reform the curia

Those who follow politics in this tumultuous election season often hear pundits refer to this or that candidate or staff member as “wonky,” that...

The importance of local devotions and piety

Romulus and Remus were the mythological figures to whom the foundation of Rome is attributed. Centuries later, Christians came to view Rome as re-founded...

Pope Francis through the eyes of a ‘buen amigo’

On the day Amoris Laetitia was released, I attended a private lunch hosted by former Ambassador to the Holy See Miguel Diaz here in...

The most important encyclical in the history of the church?

On Laetare Sunday, my experience of Lenten joy included attending an event at Fordham Prep in the Bronx exploring Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’...

The consistory, and naming members of the conclave

There had been some speculation that Pope Francis would hold a consistory in February. This is the ceremony in which a pope names new...

‘The Spirit of Catholic Renewal: Signs, Sources and Calling’

In 1840, American Whig politician William Henry Harrison was battling Martin Van Buren for the American presidency, Charles Darwin had just published “The Voyage...

Pope Francis and British theologian Lesslie Newbigin

Pope Francis has repeatedly called on Christians to become missionary disciples. Evangelii Gaudium is one such place where he has expressed this clearly: “Every...

The pope praises American women religious

After a week that cannot be described as anything other than unforgettable and the glut of coverage and commentary on a visit that touched...
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