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Reviving a sense of mission in the AmazonFather Roger J. Landry

Pope Francis was elected to bring about a missionary metamorphosis of the Church. The "next Pope," Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio told his brother cardinals during their pre-conclave meetings in 2013, had ...

Extraordinary minister, annulment required?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a Catholic and single father of two. I was not married Catholic originally and was divorced 20 years ago. I am looking to marry a woman who was married in a Catholic ceremony and divorced 20 years ...

Affair of the heartScott Hahn

Jesus tells us in the Gospel this week that He has come not to abolish but to "fulfill" the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. His Gospel reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten ...

Candles and feast of PresentationFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. We just celebrated the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, but in our parish there was no blessing of candles. I am aware that in some other parishes, the faithful are permitted to bring their own ...

St. John Paul speaks againJaymie Stuart Wolfe

It's the stuff editorial dreams are made of -- a newly discovered, previously unpublished, readable book on a relevant topic written by a famous, beloved, holy, (and deceased) author. I wouldn't think ...

Light breaking forthScott Hahn

Jesus came among us as light to scatter the darkness of a fallen world. As His disciples, we too are called to be "the light of the world," He tells us in the Gospel this Sunday (see John 1:4--4, 9; ...

FOCUS -- helping priests to be priestsFather David Barnes

This past week, I attended a conference in Phoenix, Arizona, hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). Along with about 9,000 others, I enjoyed a powerful week-long experience ...

Missionaries of Mercy in response to the Kairos of MercyFather Roger J. Landry

In the Gospel, Jesus would regularly huddle the apostles after they had returned from the journeys on which he had sent them out to preach and heal, so that they might report all they had done and taught ...

Can heaven be happy with some missing?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a "cradle Catholic" of 75 years, now homebound. We are taught that if one follows the teachings of the Church, is a good person and dies in the state of grace, then that person will go to heaven. ...

Presenting the presentScott Hahn

Today's feast marks the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple, forty days after he was born. As the firstborn, he belonged to God. According to the Law, Mary and Joseph were required to take him ...