Author Archives: Christopher Hale

Service Rooted in Encounter

After washing the feet of his apostles in today’s Gospel reading, Jesus asks, “Do you know what I have done for you?” He isn’t bragging. He isn’t seeking praise. His question is authentic, and it is worthy of reflection for all of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus: Do you know what I have done […]

The Crosses We Bear

In today’s Gospel, John tells the story of Jesus at the Last Supper, when he reveals to the disciples that Judas will betray him. The Scripture says that Jesus was “deeply troubled” by this situation. Jesus, who has pitched his tent among us and shared our lot, experiences the most difficult human emotion there is: fear. Though he himself tells […]

Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Our Broken Immigration System

The full text (via the Archdiocese of Boston) of Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s homily at the #BorderMass for immigrants and immigration reform earlier today is below. Cardinal O’Malley and his brother bishops are right: our current immigration system is a moral calamity that denies aspiring Americans their rights and dignity as children of God. Scripture tells […]

Pope Francis goes to confession

Bishop of Bling fired by Pope Francis

The German ‘Bishop of Bling’ Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been forced to resign by Pope Francis following a Vatican inquiry into the bishop’s excessively lavish lifestyle. The investigation found that it was no longer possible for the bishop to exercise his ministry in a fruitful way. Vatican sources say that Tebartz-van Elst will receive a new […]

Pope Francis Creates Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Via John Allen: Pope Francis today named Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston and seven other figures with reputations as reformers to guide a new Vatican anti-abuse commission, a move intended to demonstrate resolve about confronting the child sexual abuse scandals that have rocked Catholicism… The lineup for the new “Pontifical Commission for the Protection […]

Pope Francis to visit South Korea in August

Exciting and somewhat surprising news came from Rome this morning. It was announced by the Vatican Press Office that Pope Francis–who is on retreat with his collaborators in the Roma Curia–will be visiting South Korea from August 14-18 this year to take part in an Asian youth gathering. The pope  just gave the red hat […]

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