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S+L BLOG: The Church Alive

Are you called Carlo? My first name is also Carlo, and so we belong to the same family, the family of all those whose name is Carlo. But did you work to build this church? You did? I imagine you worked very hard. But I tell you that you are still building this church. Because ...read more
President John F. Kennedy is pictured with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in this undated photo. Fifty years after Kennedy campaigned to become the first Catholic U.S. president, much has changed about the religious makeup of the American political scene. Photo description & credit: CNS ...read more
2567 God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer. In prayer, the faithful God’s initiative of love always ...read more
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, accompanied by their wives, meet with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican Oct. 16, 1969. The pope called the Apollo 11 mission — the first time man reached the moon — a “sublime victory.” Photo description & credit: CNS ...read more
On a recent trip to Edmonton, Alberta I spent some time at the Marian Centre. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the centre’s work, click here. During my time there, I learnt that there’s a term they use to describe the people they serve. They call them ‘Christophers’ in other words Christ-bearers. I ...read more
CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters CNS description: Pope Benedict XVI speaks to astronauts on the International Space Station from the Vatican via a video link May 21, 2011. ...read more
CNS file photo Pope Paul VI watches the moon landing at Castelgandolfo on 21 July, 1969. ...read more
CNS file photo CNS description: Archbishop Karol Wojtyla receives the cardinal’s red biretta from Pope Paul VI at the beginning of the consistory in the Sistine Chapel June 26, 1967. The future Pope John Paul II had a warm relationship with Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini), who served as a priest in Warsaw in ...read more
CNS file photo by W. H. Keeler CNS description: With rosary in hand, Pope John Paul II scans the crowd as his helicopter circles Colorado’s Cherry Creek State Park before the closing Mass for World Youth Day Aug. 15, 1993. “Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion and your fortitude at the service ...read more
CNS file photo Pope John Paul II kisses a rain-soaked tarmac as he arrives in Jakarta, Indonesia, on a pastoral trip in 1989. ...read more