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Our call to be a welcoming neighbor

Nearly every day, it seems that there is media coverage from so many different news outlets on the issue of immigration. We hear stories about the conditions and challenges faced by immigrants trying ...



So long, MookieDick Flavin

Mookie is no longer a Red Sox. It hurts just to write those words. It's like the death of a terminally ill loved one; you think that you're prepared for it, but when it happens the finality of it hits ...

Do it for loveJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Lent's coming. You can hear it in the readings and the propers at Mass. Lent's coming. It's been the focus of every Catholic email blast and social media offer for the past month. Honestly, it isn't ...

Holy as GodScott Hahn

We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday. Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect? Jesus ...

What is synodality?Bishop Robert Barron

It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018. Along with about three hundred other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four ...

Beyond AmazoniaGeorge Weigel

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (Dear Amazonia) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod's proposal that "viri probati" -- mature married men -- be ordained priests ...

Reviving a sense of mission in the AmazonFather Roger J. Landry

Pope Francis was elected to bring about a missionary metamorphosis of the Church. The "next Pope," Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio told his brother cardinals during their pre-conclave meetings in 2013, had ...

Why we should care about the beloved AmazonGreg Erlandson

Pope Francis can be stubborn. If Americans are unlikely to care about Ukraine, as our secretary of state reportedly suggested recently, what is the likelihood American Catholics will care about the Amazon? I ...

Extraordinary minister, annulment required?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a Catholic and single father of two. I was not married Catholic originally and was divorced 20 years ago. I am looking to marry a woman who was married in a Catholic ceremony and divorced 20 years ...