Conversion at the heart of ecumenism, pope says

This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concluded with the pope’s traditional pilgrimage to St. Paul’s Outside the Walls to mark the saint’s...

Pope Francis’ vision of and role in the church

I was invited to speak at the annual American Academy of Religion conference this week in San Diego. And while Europe-to-West Coast travel is...

The Francis from Assisi and the Francis in Rome

This June I’ll be teaching a course on the “Theology of Pope Francis” in Rome. (Information is available at www.luc.edu/ips if you are interested...

Understanding Pope Francis – Method, structure and content of the synod

By Michael M. Canaris On Oct. 13, I attended a colloquium organized by Professor Donna Orsuto of the Pontifical Gregorian University entitled “Marriage and the...

A ‘call to a social change of heart’

This week Caritas Internationalis, the church’s confederation of Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations, will be holding their General Assembly here at the...

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’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 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 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...

All eyes are now on the new Chicago archbishop

By Michael M. Canaris Because of his age and the demographics of the American episcopate, Blase Cupich’s appointment as the new archbishop of Chicago will...
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