The oil of consolation and the wine of hope

On 11 February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy. The full text is reprinted here.Dear Brothers,I have convoked you to...

Gratias Pater

Venerable and Dear Brothers,I welcome you with great joy and I offer each one of you my most cordial greeting. I thank Cardinal Angelo...

Habemus Papam

Dear Brother Cardinals,The period of the conclave has been a momentous time not only for the College of Cardinals, but also for all the...

Chiara Lubich

“The Focolare Movement is an international movement inspired by the Gospel that works for unity in all spheres of life. For over sixty years...

“This is MY Body—But I Don’t Want It!”

From the CCBR blog.Fellow feminists,In case you haven't noticed, women (or "womyn," if you prefer) are immensely powerful. And I'm not just talking "Lady...

Why I chose ‘Francis’

As you know, there are various reasons why I chose the name of Francis of Assisi, a familiar figure far beyond the borders of...

Christ’s life was one of sacrifice, not popularity

Dear Brothers and Sisters,This Sunday’s Gospel (cf. Jn 6:51–58) is the concluding part and culmination of the discourse given by Jesus in the Synagogue...
kids bulletin

The Kids’ Bulletin: A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the...

 Yes, the title and subtitle above taken from the Kids’ Bulletin website best describes a liturgy project that is being well received by parents,...

On the service of charity

“The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her threefold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God, celebrating the sacraments and exercising the ministry of...

The Day of Confraternities and Popular Piety

In the Gospel we heard a passage from the farewell discourses of Jesus, as related by the evangelist John in the context of the...