…bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Month: January 2011

Father Samir Khalil Samir speaks on Egyptian reform today

Egyptian Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir is a Professor at Rome’s Pontifical Oriental Institute and scholar on Islam spoke to Emer McCarthy, an interviewer at Vatican Radio who asked by if a Western concept of political democracy is adequate to Egypt and other Arab nations. Father Samir saidit is “applicable but not yet practicable.” He […]

Legion of Christ forms commission on Maciel, expands Council

The ongoing reforms for the Legion of Christ to make it more user- friendly continue to be rolled out. The efforts of the Legion’s leadership which is overseen and directed by the papal delegate Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, CS, established a more transparent set of procedures by forming a commission to give objective results on legitimate concerns (see […]

Pope encourages confidence that full communion with the Oriental Orthodox is possible

Last week members of the  International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, Pope Benedict gave a very brief letter encouraging courage and determination to work with the Holy Spirit in the work of full, visible communion between the churches. He said, “We can only be grateful that after almost […]

Communion & Liberation welcomes the beatification of John Paul

Father Julián Carrón, President of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation indicated the Movement’s plans to participate in the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1. Father Carrón’s remarks showed gratitude for the Pontiff’s legacy. According to Father Carrón the Movement plans to “make the pilgrimage to Rome to join the Pope and the Church […]

The way of sanctity lies open to you

Today the Pontifical Ethiopian College enjoyed time with Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Saint Justin de Jacobis (1800-1860), patron of the College. The Ethiopian College prepares men for priestly service in their home country. Part of the Pope’s address was devoted to holiness. On holiness […]

Fulton Sheen’s cause on the way–again!

The Bishop of Peoria, Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has jump-started the canonization process for Fulton J. Sheen. Jenky took a pause in the case when Archbishop Timothy Dolan indicated that he wanted to keep Sheen’s body in the crypt at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and to see the process to completion. Not a good […]

51 days till Spring

So, Spring can’t come soon enough. I have a new appreciation for Daniel 3:69a-70: Frost and chill, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. Ice and snow, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever. NOT right now; perhaps in July! My poor back. I think is better in the […]

The Word of God is everything: hearing what the WORD has to say

I am reading Verbum Domini with great eagerness. I am talking my reading seriously and trying to ponder what the Pope has given us as a path to Christ and to live as an authentic Christian today. Let’s recall the extraordinary address of Pope Benedict XVI on October 6, 2008 where he said:  “the Word of […]