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TrustworthyJaymie Stuart Wolfe

I love the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Maybe it is because the people in them always start off with worry and disbelief and end up with unshakeable faith. The Gospels recount this transformation ...

Part II -- 'Best Practices of Parish Evangelization'Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ

In last week's article I shared the update about the progress of Disciples in Mission that was given at this year's Co-Workers Conference. In addition to giving the update, I was asked to moderate a panel ...

A Hispanic Catholic PentecostHosffman Ospino

One familiar question among those trying to get a better sense of the U.S. Hispanic Catholic experience is how many Roman Catholic Hispanics are charismatic. The point of contention usually is the definition ...

The Shepherd's VoiceScott Hahn

Jesus, in today's Gospel, says that he is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel. He is the shepherd-prince, the new David--who frees people from bondage to sin and gathers them into one ...

Do Not Be Afraid of HolinessFather Roger J. Landry

Last week, Pope Francis published an apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today's world. Entitled Gaudete et Exsultate, "Rejoice and Be Glad," taken from Jesus' words from the Sermon on the ...

Pope Francis and hellFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Did Pope Francis just say that there is no hell? (Chesapeake, Virginia) A. No. Pope Francis did not say that there is no hell. That misinformation comes from a March 2018 article in the Italian newspaper ...

Soft eyes and soft heartsDeacon Dan Burns

After the resurrection, Jesus sought out his shattered disciples hiding in locked rooms in terror. He walked along the road to Emmaus to be with his followers who were turning away in grief. He waited ...

Disciples in Mission update -- Part ISister Pat Boyle, CSJ

Last week I was invited to speak at the annual Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference about the progress of Disciples in Mission. Most of the people attending the conference work in parishes as pastoral ...

'Do not be afraid!'Father Robert Bedzinski

Do you live with a phobia? While some fear heights, spiders or public speaking, a Chapman University poll of Americans suggests some very different concerns: corrupt government officials, healthcare, ...

Full text of Pope Francis' letter to Chilean bishopsPope Francis

In a letter addressed to Chile's bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation's massive sex abuse crisis and asked for forgiveness. The pope summoned ...