Tagged: COVID-19

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To Excel in Graciousness

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, June 27, 2021 — the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Graciousness /ˈɡreɪ.ʃəs.nəs/ (noun): the quality of having excellence of manners or social conduct. Synonyms kindness, courteousness, politeness, affability, benevolence. Perhaps you agree with me...

To Excel in Graciousness
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Christian charity in the new phase of the pandemic

On Thursday, May 13, the CDC announced new public health guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals in the United States. During a press conference, CDC director Rochelle Walensky announced that Americans who are vaccinated can safely gather outdoors and indoors without...

Christian charity in the new phase of the pandemic
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Catholic Media and Critical Thinking

Around a decade ago, after being deeply inspired by Pope Benedict XVI and his work—especially Jesus of Nazareth, his masterful three-volume exploration of the life and ministry of Our Lord—I craved to know more and learn more about the faith....

Catholic Media and Critical Thinking
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“With him, life begins anew”

In his Easter Vigil homily tonight at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Pope Francis once again emphasized the theme of amazement that has characterized Holy Week this year. He describes the amazement of the women who discovered the empty tomb...

“With him, life begins anew”

Vaccine Equity is a Human Right

Pope Francis has repeatedly insisted that the countries manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines (such as the U.S. and U.K.) ensure they be equitably distributed, especially to the Global South. During his historic trip to Iraq, he said that “This crisis calls for...

Vaccine Equity is a Human Right

“Blessed Are They Who Mourn” in the Time of COVID-19

Over 502,000 people have now lost their lives to Covid-19 since the first case was reported in the United States. The numbers of those sickened and who have died are staggering. It’s easy to become numb to the reality they...

“Blessed Are They Who Mourn” in the Time of COVID-19

Spiritual Communion and Solidarity

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended our society in nearly every way imaginable. Many people are out of work and unable to feed their families. Others have been evicted from their homes. Some lay in ICU beds, gasping for air or...

Spiritual Communion and Solidarity

A Dangerous Bishop

On December 12, 2020, an open letter signed by a handful of bishops asserted that the Church’s moral justification (based on the principle of “remote material cooperation”) for licitly receiving a Covid-19 vaccination produced or tested using fetal cells is...

A Dangerous Bishop

No Idle Dream

The Catholic world, and the world at large, is in need of unambiguous and prophetic spiritual guidance, and Pope Francis has provided just that in his new book with Austen Ivereigh, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future...

No Idle Dream