August 03, 2014
Immigrant children: refugees from failed states
By Fr. James Melnick
Bishop Anthony Taylor, ordinary of the Diocese of Little Rock, released a statement concerning the young immigrants who have arrived on our borders. If people understood the hardships of the situation in Latin America, we would not only invoke the inalienable right to immigrate but also the mercy due to refugees. For many dioceses in the South, two issues are at the top of our lists: Pro-Life and Immigration. Both concern Family. When we talk about social doctrine of immigration, we...
August 01, 2014
Christians Under Fire in the Middle East
By Dr. Saliba Sarsar
If there is hell on earth, it is found these days in the Middle East where aggression and violence are rampant. Political and religious extremism are leading to fear, disempowerment, dispossession, trauma, injury, and death, in addition to the destruction of property and infrastructure. Major areas of the Gaza Strip, Iraq, and Syria are up in flames and in ruins.In Gaza, Palestinian civilians—both Muslim and Christian—are caught in the bloody fight between Hamas and Israel. More...
July 22, 2014
The Church's take on immigration
By Deacon Ryan Kaup
The immigration debate rarely lays dormant in the United States, but the arrival of some 52,000 migrant children from Latin America since October and the resulting crisis have brought tensions to a boiling point. The complicated circumstances boil down two core issues: long-term immigration reform and dealing with the situation in the here and now. The question we must ask, putting party alliances and political leanings aside, is this: what is the Christian approach to these problems?The...
July 08, 2014
Finding God in Franco’s Prison: A new edition of Luis Lucia’s Psalter of my Hours
By Jean Boudet
The civil war in Spain, 1936-9, confronted the Catholic world with a dilemma. To support Franco, pro-Catholic and anti-Communist, was, in alliance with Hitler and Mussolini, to support fascism and oppose the democratic rule of law. To support the elected government of the constitutional Republic was, in alliance with Stalin, to support Communism and the persecution of Catholicism. Under the circumstances, those who opposed the killing of priests and nuns could not fight side by side with...
June 19, 2014
Witnessing in Jerusalem: A loving tribute to Sister Anastas Sarsar
By By Dr. Saliba Sarsar
May 2014 was a bittersweet month in Jerusalem. Anastasia, one of my three sisters, passed away unexpectedly on the 8th, and on the 24-26th, His Holiness Pope Francis made pilgrimage to the Holy Land.My sister was Sister Anastas of St. Joseph of the Apparition. Raised Orthodox Christian, she completed her schooling at St. Joseph’s College in Jerusalem, eventually becoming Roman Catholic, joining St. Joseph’s, and dedicating her life to caring for the sick at the St. Joseph...
May 29, 2014
Cardinal Kasper, Continued
By Fr. Gerald Murray
The effort by Cardinal Walter Kasper to change the Church’s discipline regarding the inadmissibility of divorced and remarried Catholics to Sacramental Communion – and thus necessarily her teaching on the nature of sin – continues apace. Having argued before an assembly of cardinals in Rome in February that the Church’s immemorial discipline of refusing to give Holy Communion to those living in an adulterous second marriage must be cast aside, Cardinal Kasper has taken to promoting...
May 12, 2014
'You Are Littler' – My encounters with a Saint
By Maria Mitchell
Pope John Paul II affected millions of people during his papacy. He connected with youth in the most amazing manner and helped them feel proud to be Catholic. I am one of the youth that he most affected.After twelve pilgrimages to Rome since the Jubilee of 2000, praying for him in St. Peter’s Square as he died in 2005, and venerating his body in the crypt of St. Peter’s in 2006, his words “Be not afraid” resonate in my heart and have affected me profoundly. He believed strongly...
April 25, 2014
John Paul II: Saint and pro-life hero
By Marie Smith
Blessed John Paul II, a beloved pope and inspirational religious leader who was a pro-life hero, will be canonized a saint on Sunday, April 27th. We pause to reflect on the pro-life messages of this soon-to-be saint who as pope spoke with steadfast faith and inextinguishable commitment to human dignity for all. A pope who acted with peerless courage and conviction in the face of extreme animosity and danger to help bring freedom and democracy to his Polish homeland and eventually all...
April 21, 2014
John XXIII: More than Just a 'good Pope'
By Jan Bentz
John XXIII's political engagement as well as his invocation of the Second Vatican Council shows how he fits perfectly in an ongoing movement of his predecessor, Pius XII and one of his successors, John Paul II – the latter being canonized on the same day as him.Although many cardinals and officials understood John XXIII to be a Pope of transition, his decisions during his pontificate would prove them wrong.In his early life, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli served as a nuncio in France and...
April 09, 2014
The calvary of Julienne
By Jean-Claude Gaston
"Six years ago, when I first started college, I met my husband-to-be," says Julienne, a young Congolese woman in her early thirties. A fervent Catholic, she has just emerged from four years of intense moral, physical and emotional suffering that marked her marriage to a Muslim man—a man whose initial respect and tolerance of her faith turned out to be lie. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Christians form the overwhelming majority, with Muslims accounting for less than...