• In 2016, Pope Francis wants a Church on the move

    In 2016, Pope Francis wants a Church on the move

    • Jan 6, 2016

    ROME — Pope Francis closed out the holiday season Wednesday by calling Catholicism to a new sense of missionary hustle, urging the Church to reach out to all the peoples of the world and insisting that “mission is her vocation.” “To proclaim the Gospel of Christ is not simply one

  • In 2016, Francis may be a pope in search of a partner

    In 2016, Francis may be a pope in search of a partner

    • Jan 3, 2016

    ROME – When a strong pope with a clear social agenda intersects with a world leader who shares the same basic outlook, and one who’s willing to put elbow grease behind it, sometimes history can change. With the support of King Philip II of Spain, for instance, St. Pius V

  • The Rev. Walter Ciszek: Surrendering to God

    • Dec 30, 2015

    Some great spiritual writers have produced their best writing in jail, or right after release from jail. One of them, though not particularly well known, is Walter Ciszek, a Jesuit priest from Pennsylvania who conducted secret missionary work in the Soviet Union between 1939 and 1963. For nearly 20 years,

  • Thoughts on the countdown to sainthood for Mother Teresa

    Thoughts on the countdown to sainthood for Mother Teresa

    • Dec 18, 2015

    ROME — Although the Holy Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis is jam-packed with activities, expected to draw at least 10 million pilgrims to Rome during the next 11 months, we now know what the single biggest day of all is likely to be: Sept. 4, 2016, because that’s

  • 'He's Jesus Christ'

    • Jun 30, 2015

    IN THE NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan — If you subscribe to the caricature of devout religious believers as mostly sanctimonious hypocrites, the kind who rake in cash and care about human life only when it is unborn, come visit the doctor here. Dr. Tom Catena, 51, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam,

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  • Pope’s adviser: Don’t get complacent with your faith

    Pope’s adviser: Don’t get complacent with your faith

    • Mar 14, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — A key adviser to Pope Francis said Catholics must resist becoming complacent in their faith, and should pray for “a missionary pacemaker” to jumpstart their missionary zeal. “We have the best technologies of orientation, but never before has the world been so disoriented. People don’t know where