Author Archives: Christopher Hale

Breaking: Three members of Pope Francis’ extended family die in crash

Tragic news is being reported by CNN this morning. Evidently three of Pope Francis’ family members have been killed in a car crash in Cordoba early this morning. Here’s the latest from CNN. Let’s pray for Pope Francis and his family during this tragic time.

Bruised, Hurting and Dirty: The Missionary Church of Pope Francis

This is a revised draft of a talk given in DCCatholic’s Summer Theology on Tap series on August 16, 2014. Click here to listen to the speech online. Thank you, Jonathan, for the introduction. First let me say that it’s a joy to be with you tonight. I’m particularly grateful to be here at St. […]

Mary was no shrinking violet

On this feast of the Assumption of Mary, Christians celebrate the Blessed Mother’s full assumption into heaven. The Gospel reading for Mass today comes from Luke and contains Mary’s Magnificat. This great song of praise reminds us that Mary was no shrinking violet. By her great yes to God, Mary became the pioneer and protector of our […]

Francis gives public speech in English for first time in his pontificate

For the first time in his 17 month pontificate, Pope Francis spoke English in a public speech. And he’s getting better! This is a vast improvement over his attempt to speak English in a video recorded for the Asian people last October. In today’s address, Pope Francis commends new efforts for peace in the Korean Peninsula. […]

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Robin Williams died today at the age of 63, in what authorities are describing as an apparent suicide. It is a terrible tragedy to lose a man who has brought joy to millions through his acting and comedy. Williams was a man of faith and was also known for his valuable charitable efforts. My thoughts […]

Pope Francis to visit the United States in 2015

This morning the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis intends to visit the United States in September 2015 to participate in the World Meeting of Families. Below is a statement from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good on this exciting news. We give thanks to God for the great news that Pope Francis will be visiting the […]

President to use executive power on immigration reform

President Obama–lambasting the Tea Party intransigence on immigration reform–announced today a new effort to fix the immigration system using his executive powers. Here’s the latest from CNN: According to the official, Obama will order a shift in security resources to border regions and call for additional action he can take “without Congress but within his […]

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