Pray for the Church!

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One of my favorite responses to the pope’s news Monday came from the Knights of Columbus. It was a prayer. O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church, we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and the selfless care with which he has led us as Successor of Peter, and Your [Read More...]

Pope Benedict, the Catholic Church and the Dignity of Man

I love this video from Monday: George Weigel keeps his eye on the prize here. This is a good model of communicating in uncertain times, subtly and clearly communicating Gospel truth with fraternal love. That’s what we’ve been trying to do with Catholic Voices USA — help people who love the Catholic Church do just [Read More...]

What the Pope Said to Me, to Us

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I met the Holy Father in October. It was a brief encounter — at the opening Mass for the Year of Faith, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the convening of the Synod of the New Evangelization — during which Pope Benedict XVI gave me the most [Read More...]

Lent with Love

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This isn’t theologically correct, but I do feel a bit like Lent began Monday this year for Catholics, with the humility of the Holy Father demonstrated so boldly in his shocking, loving announcement. In his Lenten message, the Holy Father reflects: Christians are people who have been conquered by Christ’s love and accordingly, under the [Read More...]

‘God Is Always There. The Holy Spirit Does Not Go on Holidays.’

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What a beautiful reflection on the Pope Benedict’s news this week, from a cardinal in the room for the announcement, Francis Cardinal Arinze from Nigeria! As someone who knows the Holy Father he says: “I haven’t any doubt about his wisdom,” the cardinal said. “He doesn’t rush. He is not rash. He is gentle. But [Read More...]

Thank You, Holy Father!

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That’s what I’m dubbing the unofficial title of a panel later today, Ash Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. People are unsettled and looking for a little community and solidarity in the face of the big news from Rome this week. And the Catholic Information Center and Catholic Voices USA are aiming to provide some at 4 [Read More...]

What Is a Pope?

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From Bishop Anthony Fisher, a Dominican in Australia: From the earliest times the role of the papacy has been this: to be the authentic witness to Jesus Christ “the Son of the Living God” and to His Gospel of life and love, of truth and goodness, of beauty and glory; to be, as binder and [Read More...]

B16 Teaches Us How to Live

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I’ve been saying this morning that if John Paul II showed us how to die, Pope Benedict XVI is showing us how to step aside in humility and love. But it is so much more than that even. He shows us how to live. The pope’s resignation statement is extraordinary. And it’s not the resigning [Read More...]


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