In a remarkable communiqué, the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has put Christian persecution in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring in the proper perspective. The persecution of Christians in the region is real and gravely serious, but it does not exist in isolation. Other groups are […]

Pope Francis (in last year’s Mass for the inauguration of the Pontificate): “I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and […]

Here are some highlights of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa’s (the preacher of the papal household) Good Friday homily: “Mammon, money, is not just one idol among many: it is the idol par excellence, literally ‘a molten god’ (see Ex 34:17).” “Mammon is the anti-God because it creates an alternative spiritual universe; it shifts the purpose of […]

On Palm Sunday I got out a little bit earlier than I normally would, especially after a decidedly non-Lenten Saturday night. I wanted to see the Passion play put on by the Life Teen group at my parish, and they don’t perform it at the mass I usually attend. As it turns out, while the […]

Check out these recent articles from around the web: Friends of Merton by Dan Horan: “Thomas Merton continues to exercise an ‘apostolate of friendship,’ bringing people together across many divides. If you haven’t met Merton and his friends yet, I encourage you to do so.” The Five Lessons of Good Friday by Fr. James Martin, […]

“What are you doing for Lent?” A few years ago, when I was a parish youth minister, I asked the students to think about ways they could truly live the season. There was a lot of discussion about giving things up: technology, certain foods, picking on a younger brother or sister. Some mentioned collecting money […]

Check out these recent articles from around the web: 6 Times Stephen Colbert Got Serious About Faith by Jesse Carey: “My son asked me one day, ‘Dad, what’s hell?’ … So, I said, ‘Well, if God is love, than hell is the absence of God’s love. And, can you imagine how great it is to […]


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