Interview with Msgr. Jean Laffitte

The World Meeting of Families in Milan was one year ago. What were the results? Monsignor Jean Laffitte: It was a very significant event from a spiritual point of view, as well as in a social and ecclesiastical perspective. More than 1 million people had come to pray with the Successor of Peter and had the [...]

Address of Pope Francis to the Coordinating Committee of Celam

Perhaps the single most important address given by Pope Francis during his week-long trip to Brazil in July was his address to the Coordinating Committee of CELAM, the governing body for the combined bishops’ conferences of Latin America. In this talk, the Pope lays out his vision for the Church today. It is long, and parts [...]

For Jesuit, Syrian War Is Professional Challenge, Personal Heartache

For Jesuit Father Nawras Sammour, the ongoing conflict in Syria is a professional challenge and a personal heartache. Father Sammour is Jesuit Refugee Service’s regional director for the Middle East and lives in Damascus, Syria. He was born in Aleppo, and his mother, brother and sister still live there, but his nieces and nephews “have all [...]

Vatican Financial Investigator Says Laws, Roles Will Be Strengthened

The director of the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority said the Vatican will further amend its finance-related laws in the coming months, increase screening of account holders at the Vatican bank and continue assessing the potential risk that accounts could be used for money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Rene Brulhart, the Swiss finance lawyer hired [...]

Satan Tricks People into Being Selfish

Payback with Satan is rotten as he pushes people to be loveless and selfish, finally leaving them with nothing and alone, Pope Francis said in a recent morning homily. “Satan always rips us off, always!” he said during a morning Mass homily on May 14. He was concelebrating Mass with Archbishop Ricardo Tobon Restrepo of Medellin, [...]

Kateri Tekakwitha

Kateri Tekakwitha was a young Mohawk woman who lived in the 1600s. The story of her conversion to Christianity, her courage in the face of suffering and her extraordinary holiness are an inspiration to all Christians. Many private miracles have been centered around Blessed Kateri, known as the Lily of the Mohawks, and the holy grounds [...]

Interview with Dr. John Parkes

Dr. John Parkes is an occupational and environmental physician and public health physician in private practice in Melbourne.  He is involved in the full range of occupational medicine, including occupational injury management and rehabilitation, pre-employment and periodic medical examinations, health surveillance, fitness for duty assessments, secondary referrals, providing advice to industry, workplace assessments, risk assessments, investigations [...]

Archbishop Lori takes “fortnight for freedom” to Rome

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore speaks to journalists at the Foreign Press Club in Rome on June 28. He received the pallium from the Pope the next day in sign of his leadership of the Baltimore archdiocese, where he succeeds Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, who has been made a cardinal and the head of the Knights [...]

Homily of Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown

Brothers and sisters in Christ, it is an honor and a joy for me to celebrate Holy Mass with you this morning here in this historic Pro-cathedral. I am deeply grateful to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for his kind invitation and for his very gracious welcome. I would like to begin by thanking the priests, as well [...]

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