Pope Francis in his first crucial year has exhibited a degree of humility that has given hope to masses and challenged the orthodoxy of a comfortably numb establishment.
On Sunday April 27 Pope Francis will formally declare that Pope John XXIII is a saint. It is now more than fifty years after Pope John's death (1963); his reputation for holiness has stood the test of time in a way that cannot yet be said for Pope John Paul II, also to be canonized on April 27.
Again and again the lines that show trends in America between rich and poor open wider and wider. The gaps get larger. That's true for education, nutrition, participation in sports and teen pregnancy.
The idea that there are different forms of belief and unbelief, and that many people are on a common journey to greater understanding, shines through Halik's writing and his work in promoting dialogue among religious and secular individuals.
The church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered. I hope that if you understand how this teaching tears families apart and prevent your bishops from fighting against the acceptance of LGBT people as equal members of society.
On April 5, a little baby, two-month old Umma Azul, was baptized into the Catholic faith. That may seem unremarkable until one realizes that the parents were a recently married lesbian couple.
Fifty Catholic academic-ethicists wrote President John Garvey of the Catholic University of America (CUA), protesting the university's acceptance of $1 million from the Charles Koch Foundation to support programs on "principled entrepreneurship."
For many people, St. Francis was little more than a garden statue until Pope Francis. Suddenly, the medieval saint from the 12th century is being remembered for his love of nature, all creatures, and especially his humility and concern for everyone no matter what is their walk in life.
By many indications, the world has finally left the worst of the 2008 economic crisis behind. But there is at least one major policy area whose potentially transformative impact on inequality is being overlooked: education.
John XXIII was apparently the kind of earthy, open-minded pope Pasolini could relate to despite his distrust of organized religion. Whether he would have felt the same way about Pope Francis is an open question. An even more significant question is whether Francis will leave the kind of indelible mark on the papacy that Pope John did.
We knew before the meeting that economic inequality would be a topic of discussion, and afterwards we were told it was part of the conversation. Yet, I'm pretty certain that the elephant in the room was not discussed.
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Pope Francis should certainly come to Philadelphia, but his visit should not be herald as a moneymaker for the city; instead it should be orated as a potential sacred moment for a city so deeply divided to heal.
We might take a minute to remember the thing which unites them rather than divides them, and which unites us all along with them.
When President Obama and Pope Francis discuss how to help those who have thus far not benefited from global economic expansion, I hope they will first look at where those people are. The gap between rich and poor is primarily a gap between urban and rural.