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Pope Francis has written to the United Nations to encourage this week’s talks at the global organization on crafting a new worldwide treaty to ban nuclear weapons, saying in a letter it is time for...
The Pope in Santa Marta: faith is continuing your journey in life, as it is, with joy and without complaining. “Sloth is a sin that paralyzes us and stops us from walking”. Get on with things, live...
O God of all the nations, the One God who is and was and always will be, in your providence you willed that your Church be united to the suffering of your Son. Look with mercy on your servants who...
Whenever I am offering spiritual direction, and the directee laments about a situation, wondering why God has not answered their prayer... I always ask, “How are you praying?” Nine times out of ten...
After the attack in Westminster, Hazrat Mirza Masroor, spiritual leader of the Ahmadi Muslims rejects the violent interpretation of jihad and reintroduces the “dialogue of life” with the other...
These days I find I’m more alert to the grief and sorrow around me than I once was. In part it’s a product of my age, of youth giving way. I’m guessing my situation is not that different from many of...
In the Lenten season, we are called to reflect on our sins and on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the redemption of those sins. The song Lamb of God, by Twila Paris, provides a powerful focus for...
Many Catholic feasts and traditions have developed over time, but the celebration of Lent goes back to the very beginnings of the Church. Fr. John Flader, in his book 150 Questions and Answers on the...
In St. John’s Gospel, there is the account of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-41). It is the sixth of the seven signs recounted by St. John that announce the fulfillment of the Old...
The Pope spent about three hours in the famous Milan penitentiary. He even took a half an hour “power nap” in the chaplain’s room before the Mass in the park of Monza. A 50 meters long table, set...
The Feast of the Annunciation marks the day when Mary said “Yes” to God. May today be the day we say “Yes” to Him, too. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux writes that when Saint Gabriel announced to Mary...
The words of Dori Falcone, who received Francis and asked him to bless the bread she prepared for her neighbors in the White Houses. Dorotea Falcone know as Dori, 57, is the wife of Stefano (known as...
The Rosary of Our Lady of Sorrows is a wonderful read for those trying to embrace the Lenten season We are still in Lent, so in case readers would like to recharge their Lenten reading matter...
The Lion of Judah is no tame lion. Neither is he predictable. While walking along the streets of Jerusalem one day, Jesus sees a common enough sight in the Holy City. There is a disabled person by...
As we enter into the season of Lent, it is important for us to understand why we fast so that when we fast during Lent, it is not just something we do that is a habit we’ve done over the past years,...
‘There is only one true remedy to death, and we Christians are robbing the world if we do not proclaim it by our words and our lives’ Following is the third Lenten homily 2017 given this year by...
Fourth Sunday of Lent – LAETARE SUNDAY – Year A – March 26, 2017 Roman Rite 1Sm 16,1B 6-7 10-13A; Ps 23; Eph5.8 to 14; Jn 9, 1-41 Ambrosian Rite Ex 34.27 to 35.1; Ps 35; 2 Cor 3.7 to 18; Jn 9, 1-38b...
Nigerian church leader says unless Catholics and Muslims start talking “there will be no one left to worship God”. One of the African church’s most prominent figures has called for Catholics to...
“So when is the Catholic Church finally going to update all its teachings on sexuality?” That was the challenging question posed to me in the aisle on a flight home recently. The man had watched a...
PRAY: "If only my people would hear me, and Israel walk in my ways, I would feed them with the best of wheat, and with honey from the rock I would fill them." (Psalm 81:17) READING: Mark 12:28-34 28...