Focus

  • The rich and the richly blessed

    Aug 21, 2015

    I can identify, a little at least, with the rich young man to whom Jesus says "sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.

  • Keeping the poor in clear view

    Aug 21, 2015

    Lazarus, a destitute man, is a central character in one of Jesus' best-known parables (Lk 16:19-31). The poor man's name reveals a great deal about him.

  • Envoy to the Vatican says the US is bracing for Pope Francis’ visit

    Aug 21, 2015

    When Pope Francis visits the United States in September, he will be one of just 194 heads of state participating in the United Nations General Assembly, including such global titans as Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

  • A eucharistic prayer over an awakening world

    Aug 21, 2015

    On the Feast of the Transfiguration in 1923, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin found himself alone at sunrise in the Ordos desert in China, watching the sun spread its orange and red light across the horizon.

  • Catholic moral theologians scan Asian reality

    Aug 21, 2015

    The first pan-Asian conference of Catholic moral theologians convened in Bangalore, India in July to seek ethical responses to the region’s fundamental issues, and to help the Church exist as a minority group in a multicultural and multireligious environment.

  • Food for Thought

    Aug 07, 2015

    As summer winds down, the pace in Philadelphia will be just starting to pick up.

  • A mother’s expectations for the World Meeting of Families

    Aug 07, 2015

    I have to confess that sometimes I'm envious of other families. They seem to have it together.

  • World meeting of families: a place for faith, unity and conversion

    Aug 07, 2015

    For many Americans, and certainly for many American Catholics, the beginning of fall in Philadelphia is a much bigger deal this year than most.

  • Stories of Life: James Ho, the ‘Charity Man’ of Johor Bahru

    Aug 06, 2015

    A man with a fatherly disposition and well-loved by the various communities and the Catholic Church for his outreach to the poor, aged, underprivileged and the disabled is still carrying on his mission and not wanting to give up, despite his age.

  • Children of both heaven and earth

    Aug 06, 2015

    “Because, my God, though I lack the soul-zeal and the sublime integrity of your saints, yet I have received from you an overwhelming sympathy for all that stirs within the dark mass of matter; because I know myself to be irremediably less a child of heaven and a son of earth.”