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Pope Francis on World Communications Day

Yesterday Pope Francis delivered an address in anticipation of the 51st World Day of Social Communications. Here is the full text: “Fear not, for I am with you” (Is 43:5): Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time” Access to the media – thanks to technological progress – makes it possible for countless people to share news […]

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The Bonds of Discipleship

You’ve heard the expression, “blood is thicker than water,” to refer to the importance of family relationships when compared to others such as friendships or work relationships. And yet, in today’s Gospel, Jesus upends that standard presumption. According to God’s vision for humanity, the strongest bonds are formed not by kinship of birth or association, […]

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CMSM and LCWR Joint Letter to Trump

On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the official organizations that represent the leadership of women and men religious—those sisters, brothers, and priests who belong to communities such as mine (the Franciscan friars as seen above)—released an open letter to the president-elect. The following is […]

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Seriously Seeking Christian Unity

This week (January 18-25) marks the annual celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Around the world there are various prayer services and programs offered to engage in conversation about the issues that continue to divide the church, which is fundamentally all the baptized, and the Spirit’s role in reconciliation. Pope Francis, following […]

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The Heart of the Gospel is Relationship

The heart of Gospel life is relationship. Therefore, the centerpiece of Franciscan life is relationship. One reason that I believe the Franciscan tradition has lasted so long as a source of spiritual inspiration is the universal appeal it affords people. The gospel message of relationality, modeled after God’s own example through the Incarnation, is embodied in […]

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Racial Justice and Economic Equality and Nonviolence

Today our nation rightfully commemorates the heroic life, work, and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For very good reasons, most people associate King with the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s in which racial justice was sought for the millions of historically disenfranchised women and men of color who had […]

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The New ‘America’ Magazine: A Columnist’s Retrospective

For the last four years, I’ve had the great honor and privilege of being serving as a columnist for America Magazine, the renowned Jesuit weekly publication. I was humbled to receive the invitation from the editors in January 2013 and it has been a great joy to contribute to such an outstanding publication that is committed to […]