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The smokescreen of emanations from penumbrasDwight G. Duncan

This Sunday, July 29, is the 50th anniversary of the actual publication of Blessed Pope Paul VI's encyclical ''Humanae Vitae'' on the regulation of birth, and more specifically on the immorality of artificial ...

Smiling and having a sense of humor as signs of holiness Dwight G. Duncan

At the end of the new feature-length documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," still playing at local movie theaters, the Pope encourages us to smile and have a good sense of humor. His various solemn ...

On loving the Holy FatherDwight G. Duncan

March 13 marked the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' election as Bishop of Rome, successor of Peter and head of the universal Church. As always with public figures, there is no lack of media commentary ...

The book on building a vibrant spiritual life Dwight G. Duncan

Father Roger Landry, a priest of the Fall River diocese who presently works for the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, has just written an invaluable guide to developing a solid ...

Hoping rather than worrying during AdventDwight G. Duncan

We are now in the blessed season of Advent, when we wait eagerly to receive our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our hearts on Christmas, as he was born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago, and will come ...

Thanking God ahead of time for the beatification of Solanus Casey Dwight G. Duncan

The Saturday before Thanksgiving, on Nov. 18, 2017, an American Capuchin priest named Solanus Casey will be beatified in Detroit, 60 years after his death in 1957 at the age of 86. He is the first American-born ...

The shepherd who died for his flockDwight G. Duncan

Father Stanley Francis Rother (1928-1981), a diocesan priest from Oklahoma murdered doing mission work in Guatemala, was beatified as a martyr Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City. He is the first American-born ...

Men who gave their lives for others Dwight G. Duncan

Later this year, two American men will be beatified: Father Stanley Rother, who will be beatified in Oklahoma City on Sept. 23 as a martyr; and Capuchin Father Solanus Casey, who will be beatified in ...