A Visit to Remember

Earlier this year, our beloved friend from the US bishops’ conference, Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, passed away, a victim of cancer. Sister Mary Ann, the bishops’ media liaison, had produced commemorative books about Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II over the years. Who would create such a book for Pope...

Papal Visit in September

Pope Francis is coming in September. There’s lots of excitement and plans are now finalized for the most part. Today, Franciscan Media received an attractive mailing from the USCCB Communications Office describing all the preparations already made and asking the question: Are you ready? Catholic News...

Bridging the Digital Divide

The other night I was working in our upstairs office when I got an instant message on the computer from Mark–who was just downstairs watching TV–asking me to check something in the office for him. Now mind you, we don’t live in a 14-story house where it would be quite an endeavor for him to...

Overcoming Obstacles

Living out our faith on a day-to-day basis is a challenge. No matter what our age, vocation, or condition, we are subject to encountering obstacles of some kind. They may come from within—a crisis of faith, an illness, or simply the advance of age. Or the obstacles may be external: a change in the...

Pope Francis Is Coming

Pope Francis is coming in September. There’s lots of excitement, even as final planning for the events involved is still underway. As always there are detractors and critics, but overall the pope’s visit will be a major event in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States. The pope will draw the...

If You Want to Do Something Truly Countercultural

Like most big families, the Catholic Church has its share of sibling rivalry. There was some good-natured ribbing when the first Jesuit pope (Francis) took the name of the founder of the Franciscan order. In my hometown, parishes compete for market share in their Church festivals and Friday fish fries. And...

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