Focus

  • A parish primer: Responding to parish questions and concerns

    Aug 19, 2016

    Pokemon GO is a free game available for download on Android and iOS devices. The goal is still for players to “catch them all.”

  • The hospital that unites Christians and Muslims

    Aug 19, 2016

    “The coexistence among Christians and Muslims, here in Benin, is serene: I often say that, if the relationship between the faithful of these two religions was like this everywhere, we would not see the dramas that cause so much bloodshed in many areas of the world today!”

  • How Do “Sightings” Work in Pokemon Go?

    Aug 19, 2016

    Every few years, the world of gaming sees a new and innovative activity that comes along and captures the imagination of players all over the world.

  • Training prepares dioceses for terrorism, mass shootings, other disasters

    Aug 11, 2016

    When tragedy arrives in a city, town or parish, there are several things church members, staff, priests, and religious sisters and brothers can do to help and others they shouldn't do.

  • The shocking prayer of a young Iraqi: 'Have mercy on ISIS'

    Aug 08, 2016

    Christina Shabo was born under a tree in a refugee camp after her family fled bombing in their Iraqi hometown in 1991.

  • Food for Thought

    Aug 04, 2016

    In February, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

  • Devotion to Mary

    Aug 04, 2016

    The important role that Mary, the mother of Jesus, plays in the salvation of the world has been recognized by the church from its earliest days.

  • Marian apparitions: Determining what is ‘worthy of belief’

    Aug 04, 2016

    recent case involving alleged Marian apparitions in the Philippines -- which the Vatican effectively denied as "supernatural," after a local archbishop had declared them "worthy of belief" -- reflects the centuries-old caution with which the church regards reported appearances, real or imagined, by Mary, the mother of Jesus.

  • The Twelve themes for reflection and discernment

    Jul 28, 2016

    Apostolic Constitution "Dei Vultum quaerere – Seeking the Face of God" indicates 12 "themes of reflection and discernment" on women’s contemplative life in general.

  • Francis mandates wide changes for contemplative women religious

    Jul 28, 2016

    Pope Francis has issued a new wide-ranging set of guidelines for how the tens of thousands of Catholic women religious living in contemplative communities around the world should regulate their lifestyles, calling on them to implement changes in 12 diverse areas from prayer life to work habits.