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Writing in one of Italy's major secular newspapers, Pope Francis called for a "sincere and rigorous dialogue" between the Church and nonbelievers as an "intimate and indispensable expression" of Christian love.
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Four young priests serving in Oregon set out this summer for an adventure. It turned out to be an exploit, for sure, but not the one they expected.
Pope Francis walks outside to accept a gift of a 1984 Renault at the Vatican Sept. 7.
Our relationship with angels is one of the clearest signs of the mentality with which we live. At one time, everyone saw the world as shot through with mystery. The line between the material and the spiritual was porous and few questioned that God, the saints and angels frequently affected our lives and our world.
Home is where we start from." T.S. Eliot wrote that and it describes an experience that can be felt both as a freedom and as a heartache. I cite my own case:
There is a longing in us all to know the reason for our existence. This longing drives us human beings to search far and wide. We search for answers, for meaning, for purpose. Yet we often get the answer wrong.
In the Apostles Creed, why do we say that Jesus descended into hell? Why would he go to hell?
There is no shortage of priests in the Catholic Church today. Throughout the 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church, there have never been as many priests as today.
Sometimes when I read the WCR and the messages of Pope Francis, I sense a tremendous disconnect. Pope Francis sees it. Very few in the Church do.
With municipal elections on Oct. 21, it is not premature to consider our choices.