An Unexpected Privilege: The Day I Attended Mass with Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!It was September 2003, and I was leading a pilgrimage to Rome for a group of Catholic CEOs, members of Legatus.  We were so busy--Every day of our pilgrimage was filled with tours of historic basilicas, meetings with Vatican officials, lunches and dinners and gelato stands and, of course, daily Mass.  In the entire week we were in Rome, I slept little.  There was only one "free" night, when members of our group were encouraged to explore t … [Read more...]

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Technology Meets Tradition, As Pope Francis Lights Tree with a Tablet

The world's largest Christmas tree is aglow again on a hillside above the Umbrian town of Gubbio.  Pope Francis used a tablet to light the tree, which is made of 1,000 colored lights and measures 2,460 feet (750 metres) tall by nearly 1,500 feet (450 metres) wide.The Gubbio tree was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in 1991 as the "world's largest Christmas tree."In 2011, Pope Benedict touched the button which lighted the tree.Photo source:  Vatican Radio … [Read more...]

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As Scottish Bishops Oppose “Opt-Out” for Organ Donation, a Review of Catholic Church Teaching

As Scottish voters take to the polls today to vote on whether or not to declare independence from the United Kingdom, the Scottish bishops have released a statement on another matter:  proposed "opt-out" legislation concerning organ donation in that country. The Proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill, according to the Bishops Conference of Scotland, removes the"...important principle of consent in our legal system and undermines the integrity of the person."The bill in que … [Read more...]

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