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Interview with Cardinal Parolin on the eve of the Treaties of Rome’s celebration: “Do not expect Christians to say what to do, but to show through their lives the way to follow. “The rise of populism...
Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 26, 2017, Year A What did the man born blind do once he could see? He went back. Where? We don’t know. Why? Well, where else? John tells us nothing about...
Saint Joseph, a "good and upright man," heard God’s wishes by listening to his dreams. Common advice would have told him to divorce Mary, as he planned to do, but he was willing to do what was...
Interview with the Custos of the Holy Land a few days before the Thanksgiving Celebration of March 22, for the restoration work. Nearly a year of work under the direction of Antonia Moropoulou,...
On the 4th Sunday of Lent, we read in John’s Gospel about Christ healing a man blind from birth. We identify with the man who came to see and believe in Jesus as the Son of God. The Lord has anointed...
This is the committing title of a conference to be held on March 24-26 at Castel Gandolfo, Italy, promoted by the Centre for Dialogue with people of the Focolare that have no religious affiliation....
“The Word of God is a light for our path. We must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. This is how moral conscience is formed.” (CCC 1802) Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father!...
Do we realize that God is doing us a great favor, with eternal ramifications, when he puts needy people in our lives? You don’t need coffee to wake up when there’s a rousing homily at morning Mass....
In the US, the little girl who, perhaps without knowing it, prefers Bergoglio to Susanita Story of a little African American girl who gives up her six-year birthday gifts just to celebrate with...
With the 100th anniversary of Fatima, many people have heard about the “Miracle of the Sun” in the October 1917 apparition. But few realize that St. Joseph appeared in that vision. Servant of God...
On March 17 each year, the Irish and would-be Irish around the world celebrate the figure of St. Patrick. Remarkably few, however, choose to explore beyond the caricature of a bearded, shamrock-...
Though he lived over fifteen centuries ago, Patrick has a lesson to teach our world today. It’s terribly unfortunate when Catholic feast days and holydays become secularized and disconnected from any...
“Lower down on the shield there is a star and spikenard flower. The star, according to ancient armorial tradition, symbolizes the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ and the Church; while the spikenard...
The Gospel from the Third Sunday of Lent (Year A) is the story of the encounter of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. The Elect (those preparing for Baptism at the Easter Vigil) will undergo...
When he can, the Pope kneels in the confessional and administers the sacrament: “The love of God precedes us. He sees beyond appearances, beyond sin, beyond failure and indignity”. In the afternoon...
The Higher Council of Ulema abolishes the death penalty for those who leave Islam and triggers a re-interpretation process of the sacred text. Interview with Archbishop of Tangiers. The news from...
“Live well, Love much, Laugh often” are the three principles that I have found posted on the wall of the house of a friend in New York. I want to share them with you, though they are hard to attain...
On this Third Sunday of Lent, as later in the Fourth and Fifth Sunday, the Liturgy, instead of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, offers us three texts taken from the Gospel of St. John. They...
St. Patrick's Confession is full of interesting information about his family, his youth, and a near-apostolate-destroying scandal that turned his fellow bishops against him. I can hear the howls of...
Lent is here! For many, panic ensues on what one should be giving up for Lent. Chocolates? Facebook? Alcohol? Frequently, I have come up with my fast the day of Ash Wednesday as I am walking up to...