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Minneapolis Archbishop Hebda calls for “healing power of forgiveness” after Derek Chauvin verdict...

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Minneapolis called for peace, reconciliation, and a greater respect for human life after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

This Sunday: Jesus spends half of the Gospel proving the resurrection, and the other half explaining what it means for us...

After “Divine Mercy Sunday,” think of the Third Sunday of Easter, Year B, as “Trust Jesus Sunday.” The readings urge us to make a real break from sin — and it is a message badly needed in our time, which has been defined by nominal Christianity, and so many have claimed a Christian identity without changing their lives...

God’s love, burning its way through history, is harsh and dreadful and merciful...

The Paschal Triduum this year seemed like a return from exile: Holy Thursday’s Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, in church; Good Friday’s Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion, in church; Saturday evening’s Easter Vigil, in church – what a blessing. Thanking God, I could only be aware of those for whom the exile continues...

The long, complex and mysterious life (and faith) of Prince Philip...

It’s a short scene from second season of “The Crown,” but certainly one the illustrates what the creators of the Netflix series thought of Prince Philip Mountbatten-Windsor — at least at one stage of his dramatic life. In 1955, while Graham was in Scotland leading a crusade in Glasgow, the Billy Graham received a note from Buckingham Palace...

4 qualities manifested by the Apostles just after Pentecost...

It is worthwhile to look back at a text that was read on Saturday (Saturday of the Octave of Easter). It is from Acts and sets forth a picture of courage and holy boldness that is too little evident in many Catholics. Let’s look at the passage, which takes place just after the healing of the paralyzed man at the gate called beautiful. And then let’s reflect on four qualities that the Apostles Peter and John manifest.

4 lessons on fishing for men...

My 13 year old daughter and I went fishing recently. I was looking forward to this time with her, but after about 30 minutes of not catching any fish, she gave up. No coaxing could get her to fish anymore. Since she wasn’t catching anything, she thought fishing was pointless. Of course everybody who fishes will have times when no fish are caught...

What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918...

While the world continues to trudge through the devastating effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic – deaths, hospitalizations, and untold economic damage – it can be helpful to look at how the world was plagued by a similar virus and how a saint reacted to it. Just over 100 years ago, the world was hit by an H1N1 influenza virus commonly referred to as the Spanish influenza.

15 uplifting quotes from Benedict XVI to celebrate his 94th birthday...

“If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting in the One that loves you.”

The Vatican financial draft rankings, a bishop “resigns,” and drinks with The Pillar...

Happy Birthday to the pope emeritus Benedict XVI, who turns 94 today. History will remember the theologian formerly known as Joseph Ratzinger for many reasons, but for me he will always be the pope who came to my office one day and changed my life. In 2010, I was working in the House of Commons and Pope Benedict was making a state visit to the UK...

As clouds of schism loom, Friday marks 94th birthday of Benedict XVI, “the anchor that kept Germany rooted in Christ”...

Did the Church place too many of her theological eggs in one Bavarian Easter basket? The question occurs as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI — born on Holy Saturday and baptized the same day in the newly-blessed Easter water — celebrates his 94th birthday tomorrow, April 16.