The population of my hometown in 1801 was 2,000 hardy souls. On September 10th of that year, 10,000 people gathered on the Town Common. What caused the population to swell to five times its usual size? A good old fashioned hanging. Earlier that year, Jason Fairbanks murdered his girlfriend—or failed in his half of a […]

Pope Francis: “Freedom and equality, without brotherhood, become full of individualism and conformity and personal interest.”

Check out these recent articles from around the web: To Overcome Polarization, Focus on the Poor by David Lapp: “But asking what we can do—as religious congregations, neighbors, politicians—to come alongside the poor is a promising way to break through the polarization and get us talking to each other and rebuilding trust. And as one […]

Pope Francis: “The Church without frontiers, Mother to all, spreads throughout the world a culture of acceptance and solidarity, in which no one is seen as useless, out of place or disposable. When living out this motherhood effectively, the Christian community nourishes, guides and indicates the way, accompanying all with patience, and drawing close to […]

Millennial writer Daniel DiLeo has a new article at US Catholic. He writes: This encyclical will have the ability to inspire faith-based environmental action and make a positive change in the world. However, this will only happen if Catholics recognize the authority of the document and receive its teaching accordingly. Some commentators have already mischaracterized […]

I still remember the first time I watched the movie “Romero.” It opened my eyes to the realities of people living in conditions I could hardly imagine, growing up in the Midwest. I was moved by Romero’s compassion for his fellow Salvadorans, inspired by his faith, and awed by his courage in speaking out against […]

The 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate, Jean Vanier, was joined by school and university students for a round table discussion in London earlier this week. He offered some great thoughts, including: “We will be healed from those who have been hurt.” Check out the following short clips from the discussion:


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