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Understanding Pope Francis

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 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...

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...

Pope Francis’ fascination with ‘El Gaucho’

Though she lived in Spain for much of her adult life, my fiancé was born and attended school in Argentina, and so at both...

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...

‘Carrying the Word of God forth to the world’

Since being elected, Pope Francis has been vocally supportive of the charismatic movement within the church, memorably participating in an enormous rally at Rome’s...

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...

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’...

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...

Christmas wrap-up, Roman style

As the church officially marked the end of the Christmas season on Jan. 11’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Romans are...
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