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Yes, Virginia, Santa Claus is a Turk

On Sept. 21, 1897, the New York Sun ran an editorial responding to an inquiry from a young reader, who would eventually go on...

A holiday season tinged with sadness for some

Beginning on Dec. 17, the Western Church marks the coming celebration of the Incarnation at Christmas with a series of antiphons at Vespers and...

The rapid growth of Christianity in Africa

Pope Francis has named Abel Gabuza, the current bishop of Kimberley, South Africa, to the post of coadjutor archbishop of Durban, one of the...

The church begins anew the liturgical year

The end of the year is upon us. Our calendars (for those who do not use an electronic one) are turning to the last...

Living the Advent Season with John the Baptist

When I read the Sacred Scriptures I keep asking myself, can there be a sadder picture in all of human history than that described...

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 contemporary challenge of a groundbreaking document

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Medellin document, one of the most important exhortations calling the church to live in solidarity...

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...

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...