Author Archives: Christopher Hale

Breaking: Pope Francis to visit Cuba before US visit this fall

The Vatican today confirmed the rumors that started last week: Pope Francis will indeed visit Cuba days before his trip to the United States this fall. Francis played a prominent role in President Obama’s decision last December to begin the process of restarting diplomatic relations with the small Communist country ninety miles south of Florida. […]

Lenten Reflection Series: The Redemptive Power of Christ and the Cross

Today Christians around the world commemorate the death of Jesus on a Friday we so strangely call good. On his journey to the cross, Jesus experiences the fullness of human dysfunction: greed, jealousy, disloyalty, fear, abandonment, and death itself. We too experience this in our own flesh. Good Friday allows us to admit our own […]

Lenten Reflection Series: The Human Face of God’s Love

For the fast few years, I’ve felt especially lucky to have been born on today’s feast of the Annunciation, a day where we commemorate Jesus’ entrance into human history through Mary of Nazareth. With her courageous yes to God, Mary gave me the greatest gift I’ve ever received: Jesus Christ. The Annunciation shows how us that […]

Lenten Reflection Series: A time to learn how to love again

Throughout the season of Lent, we’re featuring the Millennial Lenten Reflection Series co-sponsored by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Franciscan Mission Service. Each small reflection will be written by a young person, focusing on that day’s Mass reading. You can sign up for the series here. The ancient and holy season of Lent comes […]

‘We Were Strangers Once Too': Obama Announces Action on Immigration

President Barack Obama gave a powerful speech tonight that highlighted the brokenness of our immigration system, the connection between fighting for families and enacting immigration reform, and the way welcoming immigrants reflects our faith and values. President Obama deserves praise for his decision to take the first step in bringing relief and hope to millions […]

Pope Francis to Build Showers in St. Peter’s Square for the Homeless

via RNS: “In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor — and upend the expectations of the papacy — Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. Three showers are to be built into refurbished public restrooms provided for Catholic pilgrims along […]

Christopher Hale’s Interview on NPR

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