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Welcoming strangers is key to peace
Scared and Suffering • A young Rohingya refugee carries a child Oct. 10 while walking in a camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Pope Francis, who visited Bangladesh Nov. 30-Dec. 2, has appealed for their protection of the Rohingya on several occasions, calling them “our brothers and sisters.”  CNS photo/Damir Sagolj, Reuters
Scared and Suffering • A young Rohingya refugee carries a child Oct. 10 while walking in a camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Pope Francis, who visited Bangladesh Nov. 30-Dec. 2, has appealed for their protection of the Rohingya on several occasions, calling them “our brothers and sisters.”  CNS photo/Damir Sagolj, Reuters
Pope Francis has begun the new year as he no doubt intends to continue, stressing that society must not lose sight of the human dignity of every migrant and every refugee. More ...
Friday, January 12, 2018

Loving our children well
On the last day of 2017, the feast of the Holy Family, the Mass readings (and a fine homily by a priest in my parish) got me thinking about parents, children and bioethics. More ...
Saturday, January 6, 2018
What we owe America's farmworkers
U.S. agriculture is facing a silent crisis. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Pioneer Hispanic Catholic women of 2017
December is that time of the year when many look back at the previous 11 months for what is worth remembering -- or perhaps forgetting! More ...
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
We all have responsibility in dealing with abuse of girls, women
We’ve been hearing a lot about incidents of sexual abuse of girls and women this year. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Encouraging news on abortion
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released their latest figures on abortions in the United States, and the news is encouraging. More ...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
A plea for our fellow Catholics
This Advent, stop worrying about Christmas presents and hanging lights, negotiating mall traffic or scouring the web for the perfect gift. More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
What is sex for?
It began with reports that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, over many years, used his power over aspiring actresses' careers to sexually harass and exploit them. More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Resiliency, faith of Puerto Ricans a light amid destruction

Since returning from my deployment in Puerto Rico to work with the Catholic Charities USA Disaster Response unit, I have been asked two questions: “What was it like?” and “What can we do to help?”

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Friday, November 17, 2017
Why poetry matters
Richard Wilbur died last month. He was, Dana Gioia said, the finest poet of his generation and the greatest American Christian poet since Eliot.  More ...
Friday, November 17, 2017
The real story of Thanksgiving

Contrary to popular opinion, the first Thanksgiving was not observed at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017



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