Church - 2010

Cardinal Péter Erdö. Wikimedia Commons

Europe Can Have Faith

ChurchRoberto Fontolan

The financial crisis, the roots of the European continent, ecumenism... In light of his upcoming meeting with Metropolitan Filaret, we asked Cardinal Péter Erdö to explain the role of Christianity today.

Pope Benedict XVI. Wikimedia Commons

The People, Peter, and Me

ChurchAlessandra Stoppa

They set off at night on a journey for a gesture that lasts but minutes. 200,000 people were below that window, waiting for the Regina Coeli with Benedict XVI. Here’s what occurred on a historical day that filled St. Peter’s Square with silent communion.

Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley. Wikimedia Commons

An Embrace that Heals Wounds

ChurchLorenzo Albacete

While the media focuses on the pedophilia scandal, Julián Carrón reminded us to go to the core of our needs. Cardinal O'Malley, Boston's Archbishop, discusses the meaning of this challenge for him, declaring “Only Christ gives us hope to start over.”

St. Michael the Archangel by Guido Reni via Wikimedia Commons

The Intelligence of Faith

ChurchEduardo J. Echeverria

In a book-interview, the Pope’s incisive view of God, man, and the world deals with every topic–ranging from martyrdom to sexuality. He shows us a criterion, revealing the prime motivator of his life, the fundamental “yes” to Christ.

St. Mary MacKillop. Flickr

The “Pioneer:” Saint of Australia

ChurchJohn Kinder

She was even excommunicated once, but nothing kept her from the call to holiness. This is the story of Saint Mary MacKillop, canonized by the Pope on October 17th, who was devoted to educating children, sheltering the poor, and caring for the ill.

Pope Benedict XVI. Creative Commons CC0

Bringing only Christ

ChurchFabrizio Rossi

One month after Benedict XVI’s visit to Great Britain–which challenged everyone “to face up to a man in flesh and blood” for a true ecumenism–the Anglican priest Andrew Davison explains why “what we share in Christ is greater than what divides us.”

Big Ben. Creative Commons CC0
John Henry Newman. Wikimedia Commons

We Are Meant to Know Christ

ChurchBenedict XVI

During the Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman Pope Benedict calls us to spread the gospel and to let "...the light of faith shine in our hearts..."

Pope Benedict XVI. Wikimedia Commons

The Success of a Presence

ChurchRoger Sylvester

Against expectation, the four-day papal journey was welcomed by thousands. The cultural and political world were challenged by the Pope’s message. He spoke to the heart of every man and woman, in a country where Catholics are only 9% of the population.

John Henry Newman. Wikimedia Commons

Newman: The Journey of a Complete Man

ChurchTommaso Ricci

Theologian, poet, philosopher, vicar of the University Church, Oxford, then a convert to Catholicism, he always defended (true) reason. As he taught, you don’t need to see America to know it’s there. A profile of the Cardinal beatified by Benedict XVI.

Mother Teresa. Wikimedia Commons

The Pearls the Lord Collected

ChurchPaola Bergamini

Exactly a century ago, Mother Teresa from Calcutta was born, the little sister who blossomed a great work founded on Christ. We spent a day in one of her houses to discover how those rejected elsewhere are embraced and treated as “precious treasure.”

Funeral of Pope John Paul II. Wikimedia Commons

The Story of a Friendship

ChurchAntonio Lopez

Five years ago, John Paul II was succeeded by Benedict XVI. What is it that profoundly links them? We asked Msgr. Albacete, columnist and author, and Dr. David Schindler, Provost Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, for help.

Priests receiving ordination. Wikimedia Commons

Real Hope Lies in an Unbreakable Bond

ChurchPaola Bergamini

The sins of priests and religious, the dispute over celibacy, the exaggeration of the number of cases, and the pathological aspect. Psychiatrist Eugenio Borgna explains the gravity of the attack on the Church...

Saint Bridget. Wikimedia Commons

The Mother Who Made Europe

ChurchPaola Bergamini

Born to the Swedish nobility, her one desire was to become a contemplative nun, and yet she married and had eight children. After she was widowed, she left Sweden and crossed the entire continent to convince the Pope to return to Rome.

The Shroud of Turin. Wikimedia Commons

The signs of the Passion

ChurchJosé Miguel García

From April 10th, in Turin Cathedral, the cloth that, according to tradition, covered the body of Jesus will go on public exposition. How the image came to be formed on it remains a mystery...

Christ Carrying the Cross by Titian via Wikimedia Commons
Father Luigi Giussani

Full of Gratitude

ChurchSean Cardinal O'Malley

Here are some excerpts from the homilies of the Archbishop of Boston, the Archbishop of Dublin, the Primate of Ireland, the Archbishop of Milan, and the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

Father Luigi Giussani
John Milbank. Wikimedia Commons

Returning to Tradition

ChurchFabrizio Rossi

How is it possible to respond to a society that reduces faith to a private matter? A group of Anglicans, led by the theologian John Milbank, has an idea...

A Jewish Confirmation sometime in the Early 20th Century. Wikimedia Commons

“I, a Jew, Explain the Pope’s Outstretched Hand”

ChurchJoseph Weiler

One of the protagonists of the Jewish world discusses the bond with “our elder brothers,”explaining the wounds and steps of the Holocaust. He speaks of a relationship that requires “patience” but offers hope, beginning with the Holy Father’s gestures.