Who Is Pope Francis?

So, just who is Pope Francis? Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires on December 17,1936, Pope Francis was the son of Italian immigrants. Studious throughout his young life, he studied at the University of Buenos Aires, receiving a master’s degree in chemistry. He began his religious training at the...

Croatia’s Fearless Defender of Life

Perhaps no other event in world history illustrates the depths of human cruelty like the Holocaust. More than 60 years have passed, but the shadows of that era linger. Apart from the bravery and resolve of the Jewish people—those who survived and those who didn’t—few shards of light penetrated such...

Thank You, Mom

I have a confession to make: I don’t like children. Let me rephrase: I don’t like children I’m not related to or know in some capacity. The sound of a crying child in a grocery store sends me right to the Chilean wine section. If an angry child in a restaurant raises his voice one too many...

7 Ways to Thank Mom

It would be a scary world without our mothers. Moms are proof that God loves us. Regardless of our age, our location, or our independence, there’s something unmistakably comforting about them. Franciscan Media and Servant Books offer titles that would make excellent gifts for moms who are looking for...

Lent: A Season for Sacrifice

Our guest blogger today is Kyle Kramer, the executive director of the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky.. Years ago, as Lent approached, I asked a trusted spiritual counselor what he was going to give up. He gave me a sly grin and said, “I’m giving up giving things up for...

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