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The Easter Vigil: Light overcomes darkness

"This is the night," the church sings out again and again in a poetic hymn dating far back in Christian history called the Exsultet....

Fasting to be the person God is calling

"We must love with our eyes open," Canterbury's Archbishop Justin Welby said last October. Saints, the Anglican leader advised, are people who are able...

Gifts of the Spirit: Why the gift of piety is more...

We know real piety when we see it, right? Yes, but no. Pope Francis expressed concern in a 2014 talk that piety, known as...

Gifts of the Spirit: Is there room for wisdom in the...

The people I know never call themselves "wise." They may be wise, but they don't say so. Possibly they fear sounding haughty. Or possibly they...

Scripture tells the multifaceted story of John the Baptist

The story of John the Baptist really begins when he ... But wait! His story is multifaceted in ways history often overlooked. How should...

Spiritual guides keep us connected to God’s grace

An appreciation for "the givenness of life" helps people thrive in their daily existence. The world around them needs this appreciation too. But what is...

Vatican I anniversary points to Vatican II connection

Doesn't every ecumenical council of the church, drawing bishops together from around the world, begin and conclude on definite dates? Yes, but no. When,...

Blessed Pius IX, “Pio Nono,” pope of the First Vatican Council

An eminent passenger departed at night from Rome's Quirinal Palace Nov. 24, 1848, unrecognizable as his carriage proceeded. He resembled any mid-19th-century Italian country...

Find angels in Scripture — and everyday life

"In my old age 'angels,' as I call them, have come to me," a 95-year-old woman named Erminia told Pope Francis during his March...

Pope Francis: Viewing leadership in action

"Look at this one!" During an in-flight press conference while returning to Rome after a one-day, April 2016 visit to the Moria refugee camp on...

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