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Daniel P. Horan, OFM
Daniel P. Horan, OFM is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province and a Roman Catholic priest, a Ph.D. student in systematic theology at Boston College, and the author of several publications including the recent books: Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (2012) and Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith: Exploring Franciscan Spirituality and Theology in the Modern World (2012). He blogs at and you can learn more by visiting, liking his Facebook Page, or following him on Twitter (@DanHoranOFM).

Entries by Daniel P. Horan, OFM

Saint Francis, Pope Francis, and the Gospel

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 1:02 PM

I think it's fair to say that today's off-script remarks in Cagliari, Sardinia, represents one of the most "Franciscan" actions of his pontificate so far. Reuters reports:

Francis, at the start of a day-long trip to the Sardinian capital, Cagliari, put aside his prepared text at a meeting...
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Another Take on Millennials and Vocations

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 8:46 AM

Two years ago a friend and researcher at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University and I co-authored a scholarly article in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education on the statistical and theological significance of certain demographic shifts concerning Millennials and their affective...

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Pope Francis on Power, the Poor and All Creation

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 10:11 AM

I know it seems a bit early for such enthusiastic endorsements of a pontiff who has only been in the office of Bishop of Rome for less than a week, and I do have my own cautionary concerns, but I have to say that there is something immediately and recognizably...

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What Church Law Says About Papal Resignations

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 8:26 AM

No, a Pope does not have to die to leave office (I've been getting that question a lot this morning). Over at America magazine's blog, In All Things, I've highlighted some of the canonical grounding for this decision of Pope Benedict XVI to resign from office and the...

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St. Francis on Pride, Humility and Creation

(48) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Among the writings of Francis of Assisi that we still have is a collection of 28 short sermon-like teachings called "The Admonitions." These texts generally treat a particular theme in the spiritual or religious life and were directed at Francis' brother friars. Each admonition is rich in both the spiritual wisdom...

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The 'Feast of Holy Innocents' Two Weeks After The Newtown Massacre

(21) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 9:08 AM

Exactly two weeks, to the day, after the tragic slaying of twenty schoolchildren and the six adults who sought to protect them, several Christian communities (Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans) celebrate the annual "Feast of the Holy Innocents," a memorial which appears on the liturgical calendar each year on December 28....

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Christmas Has Only Just Begun

(6) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 3:09 PM

Christmas is much more than a one-day event.

While many people are familiar with the multi-week length of liturgical seasons throughout the Christian calendar -- Ordinary Time, Advent and Lent, for example -- few realize that Christmas is not just the celebration of the Nativity on Dec....

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Advent Resolutions for a New Church Year

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 10:42 AM

Many people are used to imagining countdowns, streamers, champagne, Times Square festivities and the annual appearance of TV's Dick Clark when they think about a new year. In addition to the parties, many might also anticipate making some sort of new-year's resolution: eating better, going to the gym, quitting smoking...

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'Catholic' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Does

(190) Comments | Posted October 20, 2012 | 9:16 AM

If you were to ask a stranger on the street or the co-worker at the water cooler what first comes to mind when they hear the word Catholic, chances are good that you might get a response like "the Vatican," "the Pope" or "the Mass." If you were to press...

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Living the 'Prayer of St. Francis' With All of Creation

(364) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 8:28 AM

There is probably no saint more revered and well known in all of Christian history than St. Francis of Assisi. Today Christians, and many non-Christians alike, celebrate the life and legacy of this medieval Italian man who is known the world over for his exemplary life of holiness and model...

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