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What does the ‘internal forum’ have to do with divorced Catholics?

Posted on April 26th, 2016

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle explains to a reader what Pope Francis means by the private conversations of a priest with remarried Catholics on their full participation in church life, especially with reception of Communion.

In an age of excess, are God’s gifts enough?

Posted on April 19th, 2016

Gina ChristianAs Passover approaches, Gina Christian discovers an obscure Hebrew word in a supermarket that echoes the Exodus, and gratitude for not only the sufficient, but the glorious too.

Even 10 years later, a funeral Mass could still be celebrated

Posted on April 15th, 2016

Father Kenneth DoyleA family’s in-fighting precluded a beloved father’s public funeral Mass years ago, but a special memorial Mass could be celebrated even now, writes Father Ken Doyle in answer to a reader’s question.

Pope: Docility, not resistance, to the Holy Spirit builds the church

Posted on April 14th, 2016

Resistance to the signs of the Holy Spirit at work is the mark of those with closed hearts who seek to justify their actions with a so-called faithfulness to the law, Pope Francis said.

What a mess — and God can work with that

Posted on April 13th, 2016

Gina ChristianJesus in the Gospels was quite comfortable with the messiness of life, writes Gina Christian. As members of the church, we’re not called to run from life’s messes but rather to meet them head on.

Wearing a veil in church: It’s more about the heart than the head

Posted on April 8th, 2016

Father Kenneth DoyleFather Ken Doyle explains the history of women wearing a veil and explains it’s fine to do so out of reverence, but not vainly to draw attention to one’s piety. He also advises on destination weddings.

Think of St. Thomas in the lineup at the Phillies’ opener

Posted on April 5th, 2016

Gina ChristianThe doubting Apostle, an important model of Christian faith, never even swung at Jesus’ first pitch to him. But after acknowledging the Lord, Thomas would go on to knock a homer out of the park, writes Gina Christian.

Pray with Pope Francis in April

Posted on April 5th, 2016

Watch two videos of the pope’s April prayer intentions, for small farmers and for Christians in Africa, and see our prayer resources.

Annunciation is feast of saying ‘yes’ to God, pope says

Posted on April 4th, 2016

The feast of the Annunciation, he said, is a perfect occasion to think about one’s life and whether or not “we always say ‘yes’ or often hide, with our heads down, like Adam and Eve,” not exactly saying “no,” but pretending not to know what God is asking.

Comings of the Holy Spirit: First to the disciples, then to all

Posted on March 31st, 2016

Father Kenneth DoyleA reader wonders, if the Holy Spirit came to the disciples on the evening of the first Easter, is that different from Pentecost? Father Ken Doyle clears up the matter in his weekly Q&A column.

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