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On Wednesday’s Audience (June 28): Martyrdom is not “the supreme ideal of Christian life, for there is charity above it,” but a witness and a lifestyle that “is part” of the Gospel. “The idea that...
Like any married couple still in love after 54 years, Larry and Marilyn Suchy cast a warm glow when they are together. Their story, however, is not one of complete marital bliss, but one that shows...
I just got back from a five-day retreat with my community of the Schoenstatt Movement. It was wonderful. Before going, I tied up all my loose ends – or as many as I could, as effectively as I could...
It is a very uncertain world we are living in. We do not know what is right and what is wrong. We stand at the crossroads of life not knowing which way to take. This uncertainty is very unnerving for...
Francis to ROACO: “If Eastern faithful are forced to emigrate,” they must be able to continue to live “according to their own ecclesial tradition”. The Eastern Churches in Syria, Iraq and Egypt "see...
This year on June 23, the Catholic Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But where did that tradition originate? Devotion to the wounded heart of Jesus has its origins in the...
Ordinarily the Church observes the day of a saint's death as his feast, because that day marks his entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of the Blessed...
On June 21, 2017 Pope Francis appointed German Joachim von Braun, 66, President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Expert in food security, he is Professor of Economics and Technological...
“Fear no one,” says Jesus in today’s Gospel. He doesn’t want us to be secret Christians, hiding our faith from the world, embarrassed that we still believe. He says, “Everyone who acknowledges me...
The Vatican Secretary of State points out that while conflicts diminish, civilian casualties increase. Too many hegemonic designs hinder peace. Parolin to Russia in August. “Those who run from...
“The relationship between individuals or communities and the environment ultimately stems from their relationship with God.” —Pope Benedict XVI Benjamin Wiker A less provocative title might have been...
“Violence serves the cause of terrorists.” Nichols, “I’m horrified”. The Muslim Council denounces a rise in islamophobia. The Jewish community condemns the Finsbury Park attack. “The appalling attack...
The President of the Academy for Life speaks about the new appointee. Controversy over Biggar, Anglican theologian, for a sentence on the interruption of pregnancy said in an interview. But he has...
Vatican reiterates its "No" to building new walls. Merkel, “Francis encouraged me to find global solutions”. Pope Francis and Angela Merkel share the same aim to “bring down walls,” not build them,...
Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, The words of the Gospel we have just heard contain a remarkable promise: ‘Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever’ (John 6:58). This promise of...
To the crowds which were after Him, Jesus said: “I am the bread.” The angels’ bread. The bread for the road. Bread “that came down from heaven". It is that very bread which He is shortly going to...
There is nothing more impressive than the new priest’s hugging of his parents… amidst the tears of joy, the words come out of the mouth of the priest with the spontaneity of the village as he says: O...
I wonder how long I will be remembered after I die. I wonder, too, what I will be remembered for. Shakespeare wrote, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones...
Francis at Santa Marta: Do not ’whitewash’ your own faults; acknowledge the shame of being “clay and not silver or gold vessels.” It will make you “happy” We must recognize our weaknesses. This is...
Masses, rosaries and adorations in local communities, while in Mindanao US Special Forces arrive to help the Manila army defeat terrorists. Churches across the Philippines are praying for Marawi. The...