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Letter from Rome

No synod assembly ever has captured, even remotely, the interest of so many people around the world as the one underway right now in Rome.

Men at Work

I want my boys to keep believing there’s nothing they can’t do—but not only because they happen to be boys.

Letter from Rome

Since the Synod of Bishops was instituted in 1965, no pope has ever begun an assembly’s first working session with an address like the one Pope Francis gave.

That '70s Church

The catechesis of the 1970s became a cautionary tale, the model of what not to do in passing on the faith. For years I was sympathetic to that analysis. But now?

China & Its Challenges

China's Xi Jinping insists he will tolerate no concessions to the calls for electoral and governmental reform now being made in mass demonstrations in Hong Kong.

Taking the Hit for Francis?

Those hostile to Pope Francis and how he’s governing the Vatican and church have affixed the bull’s eye on the backs of a number of people close to him.

The Pope's American Messenger

The appointment of Blase Cupich will have an impact beyond the Catholic Church because it tells us about the role Francis wants the church to play in American life.

Easy Does It

Reading a new letter from the Vatican, one might think the sign of peace is floundering in the church today. In fact, it's one of the most successful rites we have.

The Mystifying Election

Karl Rove was on to something when he recently wrote “each passing day provides evidence as to why a GOP Senate majority is still in doubt.”

Buoyant Billionaires

The aristocratic credo holds that all of society benefits from a well-fed super-rich. But that is hardly the recent experience.

Obama, Beyond the Sound Bite

The president has reason to be frustrated that one sentence ripped out of context can paint a picture of a directionless approach to the world.

Small Problem, Big Solution

Do certain seemingly insignificant habits have a profound impact on our lives—on our success in school, at work, and even in our marriages?
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