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Children exit a church after receiving ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Guatemala City. Catholics around the world began the penitential season of Lent with prayer, fasting and the mark of ashes. (CNS photo/Joe Penney, Reuters) ...read more
Just before Pope Francis’ trip to the United States in September last year I had the chance to visit with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, DC.  At the time, the media was speculating about what Pope Francis was going to say, especially to the US Congress, and what impact it would have on ...read more
Friday marks the beginning of Pope Francis’ 4th journey to the Americas during his Apostolic Visit to Mexico. Over the next 7 days, the Pope will visit places in Mexico where the people are in need of hearing of God’s mercy. During this time, the Pope will remain housed in Mexico City but each day he will travel to  different cities ...read more
‘I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU LIFE AND DEATH’ Message for Lent 2016 by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops My brothers and sisters in Christ, The readings of the liturgy for the opening days of Lent invite us to focus on some basic questions as we begin ...read more
  Today we begin that long walk towards Holy Week, which culminates in celebrating the greatest event in human history: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Something that never fails to inspire awe in me however, is just how diverse our expressions of faith are. Encountering different Catholic rituals around the world, sometimes I’m intrigued, other ...read more
Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis celebrates a special Mass for Franciscan Capuchins and sends message to the people of Tainan in Taiwan. He also sends a video message to the People of Mexico. ...read more
It’s always a nice confirmation when the Pope says the same thing you’ve been trying to say. (Maybe he read my blog from last week?) Last Wednesday, Pope Francis’ General Audience Address was titled, God’s Justice is Mercy. You can listen to the Vatican Radio report here: In short, Pope Francis is eloquently making the ...read more
For the first time ever, the pope will meet with the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. The announcement was made in a joint press release issued by the Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow. Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will meet in Cuba on February 12. At the end of their two hour ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: The Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher calls for greater support for Syrian refugees, and Pope Francis is reunited with an Argentinian organization he helped found for kids on the margins. ...read more
CNS media reviewer and film critic John Mulderig discusses the importance of a “Catholic” review and why no film should be off limits. How are you going to spend the next five minutes of your time?  You could browse social media or check your email, but how about meeting a fascinating person and learning something ...read more