Profile Archives

An archive of our in-depth case studies of the people behind the scenes of the Church in Rome.

Exploring Mother Teresa’s life, from Sister to Saint

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Pope Francis has announced that Blessed Mother Teresa, along with three others, will be canonized later in the year, after miracles were recognized for each of them. Mother Teresa was, in her own lifetime, and still remains, one of the most famous people in the world. But who was she, really? And how did she […]

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Dr. Gordon Neufeld – A Vancouver-based developmental psychologist

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How can families remain strong and loving? How can parents and children have healthy, loving relationships? These are some of the great questions of our time, a time in which the traditional family is under attack from many sides. And there seems little doubt that the harm caused by the breakdown of the traditional family […]

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Zelja Markic – Head of the Croatian citizens’ group “In the Name of the Family”

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On December 1, Croatia took a stand against the growing worldwide tide in favor of the legal recognition of homosexual marriage. One of the leaders against such recognition was Zelja Markic, head of the citizens’ group “In the Name of the Family,” which helped organize voters against the initiative. For her role in recognizing that the fundamental characteristic […]

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José Maria Di Paola, “Padre Pepe” – This Argentine priest works in the slums of Buenos Aires

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He is “one of the men whom I respect the most and to whom I listen attentively, and not just because he is a priest,” Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) said in 2010. “He is a man of God who does my soul and my spiritual life much good.” The man he was speaking […]

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Gregory III Laham – Patriarch of the Greek Melchite Church in Syria

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Patriarch Gregory is pastor of the Greek-Catholic community in Syria, where violence against Christians has been escalating. The patriarch, with more than 150,000 faithful, is an advocate for the diminishing and endangered Christian communities in the Near and Middle East. He promotes reconciliation as the anchor of salvation for Syria and for the future of […]

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“You Do the Most Beautiful Job”

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Vatican Almoner, in his office.

Vatican Almoner Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, the hands-on extension of Pope Francis’ personal charity.  Monsignor Piero Marini, Pontifical Master of Ceremonies, called Monsignor Konrad Krajewski to work in the Vatican in 1998. They had met long before, in June 1987: during John Paul II’s third journey to Poland Konrad Krajewski, at the time a seminarian, had […]

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