• World Refugee Day a reminder to turn away from indifference

    World Refugee Day a reminder to turn away from indifference

    • Jun 20, 2016

    Most refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) face acute problems, which include living in abominable conditions in makeshift housing, poverty, lack of employment and very little access to quality healthcare and education. June 20, the UN World Refugee Day, is a chance to turn that around.

  • Indulgences far more than a medieval superstition

    Indulgences far more than a medieval superstition

    • Jun 19, 2016

    Indulgences may seem overly “hocus pocus” to many, with the whole explanation running the risk of just seeming way too stretched, exaggerated, and unreal to people living in post-Reformation times. Yet, the plain fact is that indulgences offer a hard lesson that contemporary Christians need to learn, that no Christian walks alone.

  • Prayer to Supreme Court: Keep immigrant families together

    Prayer to Supreme Court: Keep immigrant families together

    • Jun 17, 2016

    In a ruling due before the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court could dash the hopes of thousands of men, women and children we should be proud to claim as Americans, in a ruling on a 2014 program known as DAPA, which also has a 2012 predecessor known as DACA. The acronyms are for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, respectively.

  • Pope’s eco-encyclical a breakthrough in thinking about animals

    Pope’s eco-encyclical a breakthrough in thinking about animals

    • Jun 17, 2016

    John Berkman, a professor of moral theology at Regis College, University of Toronto, says Pope Francis makes it clear that only by being in relationship to God and to other non-human animals can we mature as believers, and that “these kinds of statements are mind-boggling and wonderful for me as a committed Catholic.”