Church - 2015

The lapidation of Saint Stephen by Rembrant Harmenszoon van Rijn

Fr. Giussani on St. Stephen, 1944

ChurchLuigi Giussani

"The lesson of Christmas and St Stephen is a lesson of sacrifice, but what is the way we can be able to live it?" We publish Fr. Luigi Giussani's homily on the Feast of Saint Stephen, 1944.

Baby Jesus. Via Wikimedia commons

THE JOYFUL MYSTERY OF CHRISTMAS

ChurchC. C. Pecknold

Article published in First Things about the joy of Christmas. "Christmas is beautiful, it is joyful [...] It speaks to everyone’s desire to be happy, and [...] that their happiness cannot be manufactured, it can only be given as a gift."

People wait for Pope Francis in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.

The "Off Road" Pope Concerned Only About Humanity

ChurchPaolo Perego

Aura Miguel, a Vatican correspondent for Lisbon’s Rádio Renascença, accompanied Francis in his visit to Uganda, Kenya and the Central African Republic. In this interview she offers a reflection on what she experienced during those days.

Syrian and Iraqi refugees arrive in Greece. Photo by Ggia via Wikimedia Commons

POPE MAKES A PLEA ON BEHALF OF REFUGEES

ChurchAVSI USA

During his US trip, we heard Pope Francis give a powerful plea to our nation on behalf of refugees, urging us not to be taken aback by the great numbers but to always treat displaced people as human beings.

Pope Francis in the United States.

Caught off Guard

ChurchAndrea Tornielli

Commentary on the Pope’s visit in Cuba and the United States. From the intervention at the UN to the little school in Harlem. Days of weighty gestures and humble admonitions: the disarming power of the Gospel outlasted every challenge and category...

Pope Francis in Cuba.
Father Junípero Serra

The Canonization of the Father of California

ChurchDamian Bacich

"Friar Junípero’s witness calls upon us to get involved, personally, in the mission to the whole continent." In light of the canonization of Father Junípero Serra, we publish an overview of his life, his call to mission and his canonization.

The founding of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, California. Via Wikimedia Commons
The Calling of Saint Matthew by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

The Caress of Mercy

ChurchPope Francis

"Only those who have been caressed by the tenderness of mercy truly know the Lord." We publish the address of the Holy Father Francis to the Movement of Communion and Liberation in Saint Peter’s Square on the tenth anniversary of Msgr. Giussani's passing.

Scenes from the life of Saint Francis, Sermon to the Birds by Giotto

Our Commmon Home

ChurchPaolo Martinelli

Recovering wonder at “the gift of creation”: the only way to recover our sense of personal responsibility. Amidst the pages of Laudato Si’, Fr. Paolo Martinelli, Capuchin and Auxiliary Bishop of Milan, finds a call to holiness.

Christian Child in Syria. Traces

They Are Our Martyrs

ChurchDavide Perillo

“They suffer, they give us their lives, and we receive God’s blessing through their testimony.” Pope Francis is asking the world not to turn a blind eye to persecuted Christians.

Fr. Mauro Giuseppe Lepori. Wikimedia Commons

He Re-Centered Us on the Charism

ChurchLuca Fiore

Fr. Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori, the Abbot General of the Cistercians,reflects on the Pope’s words. “When I become fossilized, I lose my peace.”

Pope Benedict XVI. Photo by Tadeusz Górny via Wikimedia Commons

Wounded by the Desire for Beauty

ChurchBenedict XVI

At the request of Pope John Paul II, then-Cardinal Ratzinger served as principal celebrant and homilist for the funeral mass of Msgr. Luigi Giussani in the Milan Cathedral. Here is the homily in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Msgr. Giussani's passing.