Focus

  • Actor did St Ignatius’ spiritual exercises to prepare for priest role

    Jan 19, 2017

    Actor Andrew Garfield underwent the spiritual exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, as part of his preparation for playing a Jesuit priest in Martin Scorsese’s new film, Silence.

  • Food for thought

    Jan 19, 2017

    Churches must be "personal, providing fellowship and consistent member care," according to Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran, authors of the book "Rebuilt," which details the transformation of the once-struggling Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, to a thriving faith-filled community.

  • Where the early Christians gathered

    Jan 19, 2017

    When we hear the word "church" we think of the universal community to which we belong or of a physical structure, which can take many different shapes.

  • A parish of hospitality and more

    Jan 19, 2017

    Shortly after receiving the assignment to establish a new parish 12 years ago, I gathered groups of new parishioners for backyard meetings. People spoke freely about what they wanted in their parish: youth ministry, programs for young families, outreach to the needy and more.

  • Youth to be protagonists in upcoming synod of bishops

    Jan 19, 2017

    With the 2014-2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family barely falling out of sight, the preparatory document for the next synod dedicated to youth has been released, indicating that young people will play an active role in both the preparation and the discussion.

  • Could this be the Year of ‘San Romero’?

    Jan 12, 2017

    This ongoing Luther Year will be another opportunity for the Argentine Pope to more fully articulate and implement his vision for a new phase of ecumenism. He will continue to seek ways to convince Catholics and other Christian leaders that full unity among the various denominations can accommodate more diversity than has been admitted up to now.

  • Food for thought

    Jan 12, 2017

    Quoting the Orthodox Christian theologian Olivier Clement, Pope Francis said, "A civilization that has no place for prayer is a civilization in which old age has lost all meaning." Prayer is the "very purpose" of old age, the pope said.

  • Honor your mother and father -- and your grandparents

    Jan 12, 2017

    First, love God -- then, honor your father and your mother. The first three deal with our relationship with God, and the first of the rest is this.

  • Confessions of a grandparent

    Jan 12, 2017

    Grandparents represent a family's memory, while helping orient the family toward its future. That is the view of Pope Francis, who may be today's leading proponent on the world stage of grandparenthood's virtues.

  • What an Italian Bishop saw at his first exorcism

    Jan 12, 2017

    Archbishop Erio Castellucci has a response to those who think the devil is not real: “they’re mistaken.”