Pope Francis says the death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Recently Pope Francis made a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church which demands exactly such profound moral thinking. Part of the previous...

‘Interpretive keys’ to the pope’s new document

Archbishop Arthur Roche has long been a friend of the Lay Centre, where I lived while studying and teaching in Rome, and where I...

‘Wisdom of the heart’ infused by the Holy Spirit

The pope recently released his message for the 23rd World Day of the Sick, which will be held on Feb. 11, the feast of...

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...

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...

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...

Evangelization too often included regrettable culture clashes

While skiing in Mont Tremblant this weekend, we drove through Brébeuf, Quebec, obviously named for Saint Jean de Brébeuf, one of the North American...

‘The miracle of the blood’

Pope Francis traveled south from Rome to visit the city of Naples (Napoli) earlier this week. Because the southern regions of Italy have historically...

Pope Francis and today’s technology

Theologian Vincent Miller has written a number of interesting articles and books about globalization and commodification in our contemporary world, touching often upon the...

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...
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