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Last Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis inaugurated a Year of Mercy in St. Peter’s Basilica. As he requested, I’ll do the same, with every … more
“Gratitude,” claims Saint Augustine, “is the beginning of all holiness.” Whom am I to judge the great Augustine? What I might ask, though, is why God would even desire … more
Nature is dying. While I enjoy autumn, with the changing leaves, (since I don’t have to rake a yard full of fallen leaves), gradual chill, shorter days, and graying skies, I can’t … more
October 26, 2015 It’s good to be back in New York after almost four weeks in Rome for the Synod of Bishops on the Family. I have written a few blog posts to keep you updated on the synod (which … more
This column comes from Rome, where I am participating in the Synod of Bishops on the family. What comes up here so often is how important our Catholic schools are to keeping families strong and … more
I couldn’t quite keep a diary during those exhilarating hours of the Holy Father’s visit to us, because I was a bit preoccupied! But images, words, and events are branded in my memory … more
"Holy Father, what would you like to see when you visit us in New York City?” That’s the question I posed to Pope Francis last October when he gave me the unofficial thumbs-up that … more
This weekend I have the joy of witnessing the sacrament of matrimony for a wonderful Catholic couple.   The young woman I’ve known her whole life, the young man but a year...but … more
Well, we are ready! And not only ready, but eager and excited. I write, of course, about the upcoming visit to New York of Pope Francis.  You may have heard the ancient Latin maxim, Ubi … more
I hate doing this: Talking about money. I mean it. When I was growing up, I remember my father commenting, “The only time we hear from the archbishop is when he asks for … more
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