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Unpacking the unforgettable

Posted on October 9th, 2015

Maureen PrattMaureen Pratt’s favorite souvenir from the papal visit to America: The conversations about faith with other Catholics, Christians or no faith at all.

When ‘they’ becomes a dangerous word

Posted on October 9th, 2015

Carolyn WooCarolyn Woo sees how the outsiders, people unlike “us,” may become threatening. She finds guidance in “the people’s pope,” and Pope Francis’ words in Philadelphia.

Getting at terrorism, by its roots

Posted on October 9th, 2015

Father Eugene HemrickThe best ways of uprooting the poverties that spawn terrorism, writes Father Eugene Hemrick, are to create jobs, provide sound education and flood the airwaves with truth-filled ideals that are able to counter pseudo-idealism.

Pope challenges all to offer mercy and welcome to immigrants

Posted on October 6th, 2015

Father Gus PuleoFather Gus Puleo, pastor of a predominantly Hispanic parish in Norristown, points out a central theme for Pope Francis’ pontificate and his recently completed visit to the U.S.: immigration reform that focuses on the person.

Pope Francis’ visit to a prison sent 3 messages to families

Posted on October 6th, 2015

Stephen D. MilesTheology professor Stephen Miles believes the pope is inviting everyone to see prisoners as part of the human family, to care for families in distress and to keep Sunday a holy day.

A papal handshake loaded with meaning

Posted on October 6th, 2015

Father William Byron, S.J.A photo of Pope Francis shaking a Philadelphia prison inmate’s hand has Jesuit Father William Byron hoping many other hands — of leaders and of prisoners — find each other and form productive partnerships.

Don’t believe rumors you hear

Posted on October 6th, 2015

Karen OsborneKaren Osborne sees the power of salacious rumors causing people to judge without thinking, as in the pope’s “meeting” with Kim Davis.

An unforgettable journey

Posted on October 6th, 2015

Moises SandovalWhat the pope seemed to be telling us during his visit is that the process political leaders follow in trying to solve problems is deeply flawed, writes Moises Sandoval. Pope Francis is humbly illustrating another way, based on the Gospel.

The shoes of the fisherman on the feet of Francis

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

John GarveyCatholic University President John Garvey believes we noticed the visit of Pope Francis last week so clearly because he paid so little attention to outward show.

At St. Junipero canonization Mass, a free-wheeling joy

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

Maureen Pratt
Maureen Pratt saw the link from Pope Francis to Junipero Serra in the seminarians and novices at the Mass in Washington, and a tangible delight in meeting new faces and faith-graced love.

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