Going Along for a Ride with Pope Francis

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By now, many have a favorite photo of Pope Francis. His moments with Vinicio Riva is certainly a leading contender. The news.va site — one of the best places to go to read what the pope is actually saying on a regular basis — has a great image of Fr. Federico Lombardi of the Vatican [Read More...]

He Never Tired of Repeating That Only Name that Counts

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Today (August 20) has been the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a saint close to the heart of the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI. To know St. Bernard is to understand what passion flows from the heart of God for man. In the Liturgy of the Hours today is this from the abbot of [Read More...]

Was Your Prayer a Failure?

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This was one of the questions a journalist asked Pope Francis on the plane ride back to Rome from Korea: Given what has happened in Gaza, was the Prayer for Peace held in the Vatican on June 8 a failure? Pope Francis answered, in part (according to the English transcript reporter Gerald O’Connell wrote up, [Read More...]

For Korea, for St. Louis, for the World

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A few words about peace from Pope Francis, upon landing in Korea: The quest for peace also represents a challenge for each of us, and in a particular way for those of you dedicated to the pursuit of the common good of the human family through the patient work of diplomacy. It is the perennial [Read More...]

Do Not Let Yourself Be Robbed of Faith, Hope, Love, Joy

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All too often, in the busy-ness of life, in the overwhelming gravity of news headlines, immersed in a popular culture that all too often keeps us mired in our worst (and basest) habits and instincts, we let ourselves get robbed of that something more we’re made for. Toward that, I end my syndicated column this [Read More...]

We Can’t Give Up on Politics: Pope Francis & the Restoration Imperative

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It’s not sufficient — or acceptable — to be cynical about politics. It’s absolutely true that politics won’t solve our problems and save our souls, but disengagement is not a moral option. In his latest media interview, Pope Francis observes, when asked about the heads of state who have come to visit him during his [Read More...]

Pope Francis on the Christian Life: So Simple & Yet So Difficult

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You don’t get more practical than the Beatitudes. That was Pope Francis’ Monday morning message after his weekend devoted to peace in both the Middle East and in our hearts. Political strategies are only as good as the authenticity of heart. Not for the first time, during his homily, the Holy Father talked about the [Read More...]

Where Is My Heart? The Cross of Christ & Our Deepest Identity

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Who am I? Who am I, before my Lord? Who am I, before Jesus who enters Jerusalem amid the enthusiasm of the crowd? Am I ready to express my joy, to praise him? Or do I stand back? Who am I, before the suffering Jesus? These were the questions Pope Francis implores Christians to ask [Read More...]


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