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February 24, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Pope Francis made a brief but extremely important pastoral visit to the United Arab Emirates from February 3-5, 2019. It was the first time a Roman Pontiff had visited this country where only 10 percent of the populace is Catholic and, for the most part, everyone else is Muslim. ... Read More »

February 17, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

You have heard me preach about and write about the issue of climate change, its impact on the earth and our world, and the moral imperative that all this places on us at the present time. I want to remind you of what Pope Francis has written in his ... Read More »

February 10, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This week is going to be another extremely important one for our country. We have already endured thirty-five days of a government shutdown from December 22-January 25 with all of its hardships both on a personal and on a national level, to say nothing of what it has done ... Read More »

February 3, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This weekend throughout the world we celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life. Once a year the Church reflects on the call to consecrated life—as a religious brother or priest, as a religious sister, as a member of a secular institute, as a consecrated virgin or as a hermit. ... Read More »

January 27, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

I doubt that it will come as a shock when I say that not all Catholics think alike, especially when it comes to politics. And that’s OK. Some historians will use the term “Catholic block,” but they would hardly argue that if you are a Catholic, you would always ... Read More »

January 20, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

During this week a very important gathering of young people will happen in Panama City, Panama, when the International World Youth Day Conference will take place there from January 22-27. These gatherings of youth from all over the world have become both an inspiration and a motivation for young ... Read More »

January 13, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This weekend in Chicago is very special due to the fact that the March for Life Chicago will take place on Sunday, January 13, 2019. This event has been celebrated in the city now for a number of years to coincide with the National March in Washington, D.C. which ... Read More »

January 6, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Building Communities of Welcome

National Migration Week 2019

January 6-13, 2019

 

For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims ... Read More »

December 30, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

We gather this weekend with many thoughts and concerns on our minds. First of all, this weekend we think about our families as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. It is all too easy for us to overly idealize the Holy Family by forgetting that Jesus, Mary ... Read More »

December 23, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As Christians and Catholics, we cannot celebrate Christmas without contemplating the Child Jesus in the manger with Mary and Joseph, along with an ox, an ass, shepherds, etc. More than likely you have a crib in your home along with the Christmas tree, wreaths, etc. But it wasn’t always ... Read More »