One of the brightest moments in the history on the Church in the U.S. in the past year was the appointment of Robert Barron as auxiliary bishop of... (Read more)
Richard Harries, former Anglican Bishop of Oxford (U.K.), wrote a book some years ago entitled Art and the Beauty of God, which has become... (Read more)

News that caught my attention recently

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

In clearing out my “Viewpoint” shoebox for June, I found a few items that might interest readers. Here are three. Does God send terror... (Read more)
In my status as a retired-but-still-working priest, I have the opportunity to fill in for Sunday Masses in a variety of parishes. I am always... (Read more)
There are many ways to observe the Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis last December and continuing until December 8 of the current... (Read more)
I have more material in my “Viewpoint” drawer than I could ever write columns on. But here are some brief items that came to my attention... (Read more)
In his most recent book, Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life,  Rabbi Harold S. Kushner (widely known for his bestseller, When Bad Things... (Read more)
A recent blog on Huffington Post written by religion commentator Bob Smith lays out what he has found from experience to be the principal reasons... (Read more)
At the behest of Pope Francis, the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDWDS) issued on January 6 a... (Read more)

The practice of fasting has many dimensions

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Fasting is one of the practices associated traditionally with the season of Lent. Lenten fasting is rich in meaning and significance. I suggest... (Read more)

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