In All Things

  • It is a poignant coincidence that Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized as Catholic saints on the eve of Yom Hashoah, the international day of Holocaust remembrance observed in Israel and by Jews around the world.

    These two popes’ personal narratives are inseparable from the Holocaust, and their reactions to the systematic genocide of the Jews played a critical role in the revolution in Catholic-Jewish relations during the last half century.

  • Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints on Sunday, April 27, the first-ever double papal canonization. Here's a quick guide to making saints in the Roman Catholic Church:

  • Reports that Pope Francis told an Argentine woman civilly married to a divorced man that she can receive Communion "cannot be confirmed as reliable," said Jesuit Father Federico, the Vatican spokesman.

    Julio Sabetta, 50, wrote on his Facebook page that Pope Francis phoned his wife, Jacquelina Lisbona, on April 20 at their home in Argentina, identifying himself as "Father Bergoglio." He said he was calling in regard to a letter she had written him last September about not being able to...

  • I have been mulling over the dialogue in Robert Frost's classic poem, “Mending.” In it, a neighbor of the narrator of the poem is shoring up a broken wall. His motto rings out: "Good fences make good neighbors." But the poem's narrator has his doubts. "Something there is that doesn't love a wall. Before I built a wall I'd ask to know what I was walling in or walling out and to whom I was like to give offence."

  • Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters

    Aklima and I are the same age: 20 years old. Yet our lives, lived on opposite sides of the world, have been drastically different. In August of 2008, when I was 14, I began attending a Jesuit high school in Western New York, with prospects of a good education and a bright future. When she was 14, Aklima started working 120+ hours a week in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, often starting at 8 a.m. and working through midnight, suffering harsh labor conditions, abusive management and...

  • Hundreds of pilgrims wind their way around St. Peter’s Square as tour guides shout in multiple languages. Beggars have their hands outstretched amid warnings of an invasion of pickpockets from abroad.

    Across Rome, hotels are full, streets are clean and the cash registers in the souvenir stalls are singing as the faithful pour in to the Eternal City for the dual canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on Sunday (April 27).

  • The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) issued a statement on April 21 that "strongly condemns the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and nationality in Bentiu," South Sudan. 

  • Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!

    The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” ( Mt 28:5-6).

  • In an annual tradition, Thirteen Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued the following hopeful Easter message this year highlighting the importance of peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land:

  • Canada's French- and English-speaking Jesuits plan to rejoin into a single Canadian province of the world's largest Catholic religious order of men.

    Father Peter Bisson, provincial superior of the Jesuits in English Canada, spoke about the plans at the annual Jesuit Provincial's Dinner on April 9. The merger, to be realized over the next several years, first needs approval from Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolas, superior general of the Jesuits in Rome.