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“Laudato Si” athwart modernity

“Laudato Si” athwart modernity

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

In preparation for my participation in a USCCB sponsored symposium for the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, I reread the famous and controversial document with some care. Many of the themes that struck me five years ago stood out again, but on this reading I was particularly impressed by the pope’s sharply critical assessment of modernity.

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Archbishop: Meetings with Walz continue, hopeful the governor will change order

Archbishop: Meetings with Walz continue, hopeful the governor will change order

| May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

“It’s purely a pastoral decision that we have the responsibility, a weighty responsibility as pastors, of feeding our flocks. And so we have to decide how best to do that. And as we look at the situation now, we think the best way to do that is by allowing people to choose to come back to the Eucharist.”

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Cosmic tenderness in a time of quarantine

Cosmic tenderness in a time of quarantine

| Liz Kelly | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

My sister conveys to me this wonderful story about a well-to-do gentleman, who in his early retirement could be yachting through the south of France or golfing in Bermuda, but decides that he would like to perform some service for his community. He volunteers at a local hospital to be a “cuddler.”

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Jesus is with us

Jesus is with us

| Father Terry Beeson | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

I could not wait to be an adult. I could not wait to be on my own. It wasn’t that I did not love my parents. In fact, I love them very dearly. But I am very much the individual wanting to explore life on my own.

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Why we can’t do evil even if good may come

Why we can’t do evil even if good may come

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is a curious and intriguing passage in the third chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, which in the context of the missive seems almost tossed-off, but which has proven to be a cornerstone of Catholic moral theology for the past two thousand years.

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One thing is assured

One thing is assured

| Kate Soucheray | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is no question that the time in which we are living is marked by uncertainty and fear.

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True productivity and embracing the void

True productivity and embracing the void

| Jonathan Liedl | May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

What new language are you learning? Have you planted a victory garden? How many books a week are you reading?

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‘Keep that hope machine running strong’

‘Keep that hope machine running strong’

It started with the Italians, whose arias rose from the balconies. They were on lockdown, but their voices rang out down empty moonlit streets. Ballads, the national anthem, improvised ditties over the barking of dogs.

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The Quarantine’s Three Lessons About the Church

The Quarantine’s Three Lessons About the Church

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

One silver lining for me during this weird coronavirus shutdown has been the opportunity to return to some writing projects that I had left on the back-burner. One of these is a book on the Nicene Creed, which I had commenced many months ago and on which I was making only very slow progress, given my various pastoral and administrative responsibilities.

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Accelerating vaccine development

Accelerating vaccine development

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | May 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Creating a new vaccine and bringing it to market typically requires more than a decade of research and clinical testing. Many companies and research groups are working overtime to shorten this timeline dramatically in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Bishop Cozzens assembles priest team for anointing COVID-19 patients

Bishop Cozzens assembles priest team for anointing COVID-19 patients

| April 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

With local hospitals tightening restrictions for entering the rooms of patients with COVID-19, Bishop Andrew Cozzens is addressing an important pastoral need — administering the sacrament of the anointing of the sick to those suffering from the illness who are in danger of dying.

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Pope approves foundation promoting example, works of Pope John Paul I

Pope approves foundation promoting example, works of Pope John Paul I

| Carol Glatz | April 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis approved the establishment of the John Paul I Vatican Foundation to preserve and promote the writings, thinking, example and study of “the smiling pope.”

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