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Celebrating our anniversary with Pope Francis

It’s not often you get the pope to celebrate your birthday, even if it’s your 100th. Catholic News Service turned 100 in the midst of the pandemic, so it took […]

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Shared decision-making in medicine

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about shared decision-making in the practice of medicine. One of the main reasons for this is that some in the […]

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Why does God make us wait?

In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus healed many people at Capernaum. But the next day, though many were looking for Him and wanted healings, He said to His apostles that it […]

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What we know about St. Joseph

By John Fink On Dec. 8 of last year, Pope Francis unexpectedly declared the Year of St. Joseph, from then until Dec. 8 of this year, as a special time […]

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The Christian call to become people of encounter

By Gretchen Crowe The pope’s message for World Communications Day, released every year on the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers, is always something to which I […]

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The perils of isolation

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed many victims, beginning tragically with the death of hundreds of thousands of our neighbors. Some of its harms are more intangible but equally real. Precautions […]

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A new day and an offer to engage

Inauguration Day began with a private Mass of Thanksgiving held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, for the Biden family and congressional leadership. The inauguration itself started with an invocation […]

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When an obituary becomes a prayer 

I’ve never had to write an obituary. I realize how fortunate that makes me. As a professional writer, I’ve imagined what it would be like to write one. Perhaps that’s […]

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An examination of identity

Recently I was on retreat for a week and was given the time to pray and to reflect on the year 2020 and to look forward to the future of […]

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Exhaustion meets new beginnings

During these first weeks of the year 2021, I have spent a significant amount of time in conversation with colleagues, students, family and friends. We talk work, life, our children, […]

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Vox populi: The voice of the people

Francis Galton was a Victorian scientist with an interest in social Darwinism. It may have been his views on breeding that moved him to attend the West of England Fat […]

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Considering the danger of concussions

When I was a sophomore in college, I participated in a flag football league. Even though it was flag football, it got physical at times. If you could not pull […]