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Towards the end of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, God addresses the returning exiles that have incurred unthinkable losses in a foreign land. He promises those who are anxious to begin a new life in Israel that upon their return He will give them “a monument and a name,” in Hebrew, a “yad vashem” (Isaiah 56:5). In Jerusalem, following World War II and the atrocities of the Holocaust, the Nation of Israel built a museum so that what had taken place would never be forgotten. They named the museum Yad Vashem. Memorials, memories and monuments are not merely sentimental. They are instrumental for healing, hope and new life. more
Saturday, May 13, marks the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s apparition to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Pope Francis will visit Fatima May 12-13, a visit which will … more
A recently issued report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that abortion rates have reached a historic low since the legalization of abortion in 1973. From 2005 to … more
Along with my thirty-four seminary classmates, I am looking forward to my ordination as a deacon in October. But I have been getting a lot of questions. more
This year marks the Golden Jubilee of Nostra Aetate (In Our Time), the Second Vatican Council’s shortest document, but by no means its least effective. Promulgated by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1965, this document sought to understand how the Church relates to other religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. What the document is best known for, however, is its groundbreaking progress in the Catholic Church’s relationship with Judaism. Nostra Aetate affirmed that the Church’s faith and election can be found “already among the Patriarchs, Moses and the prophets,” recognized that the gifts and calls of God to the Jewish people are irrevocable, and rejected the claim that all Jews are responsible for the death of Christ, denounced all forms of anti-Semitism and called for an ongoing dialogue between Catholics and Jews. more
This week marks the forty-third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion in all fifty states. As tens of thousands gather in Washington to call for the … more
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently released their three-year strategic plan focusing on five priorities: evangelization, family and marriage, human life and dignity, vocations … more
A call to cut child poverty in America by half by 2017 was issued last week. This call came not from a politician seeking higher office nor from social welfare advocates but from a coalition … more
Last week Pope Francis released his first book composed as Pope. Styled as a conversation with veteran Rome reporter Andrea Tornielli, “The Name of God is Mercy” delivers Pope Francis at his very … more
The Catholic Church has long supported genuine health care reform. Catholic moral tradition teaches that health care is a basic human right, essential to protecting human life and dignity. more
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