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The Latino effect of Pope Francis at year five of his pontificate

Pope Francis was elected five years ago on March 13, 2013. Two firsts about him captured people’s imaginations: the first Jesuit and the first Latin American ever elected pope.

      What kind of leadership would a Latin American Jesuit pope exhibit? Would the fact that he is Jesuit and Latin American make any difference?  Continue reading

Posted in CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, March 4, 2018: The foolishness we need

“We proclaim Christ crucified,” Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth (1 Cor 1:23). This was not, he acknowledges, what most people were looking for. The idea that God has acted in the world through a man being tortured to death was an obstacle too big for them to get over. It seemed nonsensical.

      If Jesus was the representative of the Creator, why didn’t he use his infinite power to defend himself? Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

A Salvadoran immigrant serves as barber, friend to Washington’s poor

By Rhina Guidos  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Hair clippers and brushes are the tools 34-year-old Rudy Romero uses to carry out his mission to help the poor and homeless. For the past four years, he has rushed three … Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 25: To see with the eyes of faith

Lent is a time of spiritual regeneration and renewal. “The Transfiguration ‘is the sacrament of the second regeneration’: our own resurrection,” notes the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 556). And the Gospel account of the Lord’s transfiguration invites us to ponder this event in Jesus’ earthly life and our participation in this mystery of faith. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

In light of faith: Investing in young women in the church

In a 1965 speech to the National Union of Townswomen’s Guild Conference, Margaret Thatcher quipped, “If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” Though she was speaking about politics, it’s safe to say that many pastors across the country can sympathize, since women have traditionally taken the lead in the work of parish ministries and religious education.

      But this might not be the case in the future. In a recent survey conducted by America Media in collaboration with the Center for the Applied Research in the Apostolate, more than 67 percent of all the Catholic women who were surveyed reported that they have never participated in parish ministry. Continue reading

Posted in CNS columns, focus on millennials

Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 18: Is there anything here for me?

Previewing today’s readings, I knew right away the grooves my mind would fall into when they are read at Mass.

      First we will hear about God promising Noah not to send any more floods and setting the rainbow in the sky as a reminder to himself. Funny, I think, how there weren’t any rainbows before that. Continue reading

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Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports

Updated By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse. The meetings, which he said do not always become … Continue reading

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