Category: Feature

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Imperfect Martyr

Today, August 14th, brings us the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, one of the two “martyrs of Auschwitz” along with St. Edith Stein. Kolbe was a Polish Franciscan who was interned in the infamous death camp for publishing anti-Nazi...

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Imperfect Martyr

Pope Francis’s own words

Last month, PBS launched its second season of the documentary series In their Own Words, with the first episode focused on Pope Francis. It offers some interesting perspectives on the pope and commentary by figures such as NBC journalist Anne...

Pope Francis’s own words

Pope Francis’s vision of synodality

For many Catholics, the word “synod” is still relatively unfamiliar. That’s all going to change very soon. This October, Pope Francis will kick off a 2-year journey in the C hurch that will begin at the local level and eventually...

Pope Francis’s vision of synodality

Understanding Traditionis Custodes

If you feel lost in all the discussion over what Pope Francis did with the pre-Vatican II Mass (and why), here are two helpful podcasts from America Media to help you understand what’s going on. First, Colleen Dulle puts together...

Understanding Traditionis Custodes

Declare Saint Irenaeus a Doctor of The Church

When we list the most important theologians in the history of Christianity, many names quickly come to mind, including Jerome, Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Robert Bellarmine. Each of these figures has been rightly declared to be Doctors...

Declare Saint Irenaeus a Doctor of The Church

Rodrigo Guerra – The second-highest ranked layman in the Church

Pope Francis recently appointed our friend, the distinguished Professor Rodrigo Guerra López, as Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (PCAL). Guerra, a professor and philosopher from Mexico, is the founder of the Center for Advanced Social Research (CISAV)....

Rodrigo Guerra – The second-highest ranked layman in the Church

Prophecy and the Centrality of Compassion

I have two Pope Francis quotes for you today, both regarding bishops, delivered by US papal nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre at the recent ordinations of two American bishops. Earlier today, reader Joseph Snearline shared with me Archbishop Pierre’s homily at...

Prophecy and the Centrality of Compassion