Analysis and Comment

Women Cardinals

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
women cardinals

Pope Francis is reorganizing the Vatican Curia — the church’s administrators and his senior staff — and may name new cardinals in June. Francis’ new apostolic constitution, “Praedicate Evangelium” (“Preach the Gospel”), issued last month, noted that the heads of dicasteries and other offices that manage the church need not be ordained. This highlighted Francis’ Read more

The pope’s race against the clock

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
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Despite advanced age and questionable health, Pope Francis keeps up a busy schedule of activities that looks to get even busier. The past several weeks surely have been extremely frustrating for Pope Francis. First of all, his tireless and ever more urgent appeals for an end to the fighting in Ukraine, which began in late Read more

Girls education a challenge in post-Covid Asia

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
girls education

If girls education makes societies stronger, more peaceful and prosperous, then the chances of Asia achieving those goals have become more distant with the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, girls’ enrollments in school had seen significant improvements in Asia. But with the pandemic, those gains have been wiped out. UNESCO estimates that about 24 Read more

Long COVID affects 1 in 5 people

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
Long Covid

Many patients recover from COVID within a week or two, but at least one in five experience Long Covid; persistent or new symptoms more than four weeks after first being diagnosed. Long COVID is a growing concern. But we still don’t have a clear definition and there are insufficient data to provide a trajectory or Read more

Never Again, Again

Thursday, April 21st, 2022
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On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi in 1965, in the middle of a historic visit to New York City, Pope Paul VI ascended the rostrum before the United Nations General Assembly and summoned the world to peace. The visit came two and a half years after John XXIII’s Pacem in terris refashioned the Read more

The Resurrection of Christ: Western and Eastern Christian perspectives

Thursday, April 21st, 2022
Gerry Whiteford

If you are looking for a way to idle away a couple of hours (or more if you are really keen), in your internet search engine type in an entry that goes something like, “the Resurrection of Christ in Western Art.” There will, of course, be many, many entries, however, they will have substantial similarities Read more

As spiritual innovators renew religion, will their traditions’ wisdom carry forward?

Thursday, April 21st, 2022
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Anyone who has been tracking population trends over the past few decades knows two things: America is growing more diverse, and Americans are leaving their traditional religious homes. But while many are leaving behind their formal religious affiliations and practices, this growing nation is still seeking to connect with religious and wisdom traditions — either Read more

How Covid changed the clergy

Thursday, April 21st, 2022

There’s no doubt Covid changed the clergy. In New York, anyway. During the deadliest months of the coronavirus pandemic, when many New Yorkers most needed their faith communities, houses of worship were either closed or operating with limits on attendance. The solace of grieving with family and friends, the comfort of the communal rituals of Read more

Be still and know

Monday, April 11th, 2022
Be still and know

The person who wrote a reflection on this line from scripture knew meditation. The reflection goes like this: Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know. Be still. Be. If we go into prayer with this, leaving a space between each line, we make Read more

No role for pope in Ukraine

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Pope Francis deserves our admiration, prayers and support for his tireless efforts to promote peace and goodwill among nations, peoples and religions, and for constantly reminding us that everything and everybody in the universe are interconnected. His intense advocacy for the health of our planet, his concern for the poor, and his courageous stance to Read more