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Which Pope said this?

“Judas was a zealot and he wanted a victorious Messiah who would lead a revolt against the Romans. Jesus had not measured up to these expectations. The problem was that Judas did not go away and his greatest sin was his deceitfulness, which is the mark of the Devil. For this reason Jesus...

Which Pope said this?
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An old friar’s Good Friday plea for unity

When one thinks of the threads of continuity across the last three papacies, perhaps one of the most overlooked—yet uniquely influential—is Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., who has served as Preacher to the Papal Household since his appointment by Pope John Paul II in 1980, and who was appointed to the College of...

An old friar’s Good Friday plea for unity
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“It is finished”

“Jesus was lifted high on the cross in order to descend to the abyss of our suffering. He experienced our deepest sorrows: failure, loss of everything, betrayal by a friend, even abandonment by God. By experiencing in the flesh our deepest struggles and conflicts, he redeemed and transformed them.” — Pope Francis, March...

“It is finished”
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Judas, Our Brother

Introduction — Fr. Alex Roche In June of 2017 Pope Francis visited the small village of Bozzolo in the Diocese of Cremona, located in northern Italy’s Po Valley. The images of a Roman Pontiff visiting the little town of 5,000 provided a snapshot into a papacy that has often pivoted away from the...

Judas, Our Brother
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The New Covenant – A ‘New Normal’

When I prepared my Holy Thursday homily last year, the pandemic was raging, public liturgies were suspended, everybody participated online, there was no washing of feet, and—besides the celebrant—no one received the bread and wine of the Last Supper. As I prepared this homily, we are in church, we are as a gathered...

The New Covenant – A ‘New Normal’
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WPI Live for Holy Week – TONIGHT!

Special Holy Week edition of WPI Live TONIGHT, Wednesday, March 31st! Join Rachel Amiri, Mike Lewis, Melinda Ribnek and first-time guest Nathan Turowsky at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific. Streaming right here or on YouTube and our Facebook page. We will be talking about vulnerability and Christ’s sharing in our weakness and pain...

WPI Live for Holy Week – TONIGHT!
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Second Cardinal Schönborn Interview on CDF Statement

[Editor’s note: On Sunday, March 28, Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn gave an in-depth interview on the Austrian television network ORF. During the program, he spoke for a second time about the recent CDF statement on blessings for same-sex couples in the Catholic Church (Click here for our translation of his March 24 interview)....

Second Cardinal Schönborn Interview on CDF Statement
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Filled with Amazement

I was overcome with unexpected emotion at Palm Sunday Mass this week. It has been a year since Covid-19 interrupted our lives. I thought about our family’s last Palm Sunday, when the pandemic had just begun. That day, we collected a few palm leaves from around our neighborhood (one of the perks of...

Filled with Amazement
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Mysteries of the San Damiano Cross: Part 2

In Holy Week our eyes are upon the Cross of Jesus. Today we conclude our reflections on the origins and spirituality of the best known Catholic painted crucifix, the San Damiano cross, which today hangs in the Basilica di Santa Chiara in Assisi. In Part 1 we saw the role of exiled Syrian...

Mysteries of the San Damiano Cross: Part 2
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Mysteries of the San Damiano Cross: Part 1

In Holy Week, our eyes are upon the Cross of Jesus and this is an opportune time to reflect on the origins and spirituality of the best-known painted cross. The 13th-century chronicler Jacques de Vitry called the followers of Brother Francis “the order of the true poor men of the Crucified” [1] and...

Mysteries of the San Damiano Cross: Part 1
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The perspicuity of Tradition

Francis’s papacy has sparked a fierce debate about the ability of the Magisterium to authoritatively interpret Tradition. Sadly, arguments about this matter typically end in a deadlock with the papal critics. Those of us who support Pope Francis often quote from the Catechism which teaches that “the task of interpreting the Word of...

The perspicuity of Tradition
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