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Interfaith programs on immigration, forgotten heroes

One of the more vexing political issues of our day is the plight of refugees and immigrants in our country. As the weeks move...

An insider’s reflections on the Synod

This week I had a lengthy conversation with a participant in the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment. A...

Saint Romero and the ‘political dimension of the Faith’

Years ago I read a fascinating article written by a government official in El Salvador which traced the way political parties — on both...

Among religious women, strong but differing opinions

Last week’s testimony of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to the Senate Judiciary Committee has set off a number of conversations...

Pope’s letter to Catholics in China, and everywhere

Regardless of how much or little you know about the current controversy in China surrounding the recognition of Catholic bishops and the tense situation...

Four things you can do to observe Respect Life Month this...

On my way out the door on a recent Monday morning, our 3-year-old daughter shouted down from upstairs to ask me what I was...

A time to remember Cardinal Avery Dulles

Aug. 24, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., who was born during the First World War in...

The Lord’s Prayer in our own words

When we pray, we usually use formula prayers, those we have recited since childhood, using another’s words, like the Hail Mary. When we mature...

The pope’s challenge for the church to be ‘more synodal’

Bishop Dennis Sullivan has called for a gathering of representatives from each parish in March to hear the voices of the faithful and to...

Pope gives new vision for Synod of Bishops

Shortly before this paper went to press, and with relatively little fanfare, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Constitution this week entitled, “Episcopalis Communio,” in...