The story that we narrate and celebrate at Christmas needs no rehearsal. We know it by heart. The story has ancient roots in the world before... (Read more)
1. Pope Francis never fails to surprise—and, in my view, always for the good. Recently, as part of the Year of Mercy, he made a surprise visit to... (Read more)

Recovering the notion of original sin

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

One of the topics that catechists preparing parents for the baptism of their child must explain is the notion of Original Sin, a topic that has,... (Read more)
On November 2, the Church throughout the world celebrates the Commemoration of All Souls, a day which, though popular in days gone by, has been... (Read more)

News Items that Caught my Attention Recently

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

In clearing out my “Viewpoint” shoebox at the end of summer, I found a few items that might be of interest. Here are five. The Need for Good... (Read more)

On Praying the Psalms on Behalf of the World

By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The Psalms are the most famous poems in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Yet praying them can often be difficult for the reason that they express... (Read more)
Two national studies produced by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), based at Georgetown University, found that young... (Read more)
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)