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August 2

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



As this month of August is beginning, it becomes all too clear that the Synod on the Family in Rome is only two months away. Not too long ago it seemed that the Synod was still far into the future, but it will be here before we ... Read More »

July 26

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



One of the comments I receive on a regular basis from people who visit St. Peter’s is the lament of parents who tell me about their adult children who no longer regularly practice their Catholic faith, at least when that applies to going to church regularly on ... Read More »

July 19

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



All too frequently the South Side of Chicago is featured on various newscasts in the city of Chicago. It seems that so often the focus of these reports are either about the high percentage of unemployment, the number of murders and shootings that occur in those neighborhoods, ... Read More »

July 12

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



It has now been several weeks since the publication of Pope Francis’ latest encyclical entitled Laudato Si’, or in English, Praise Be to You, echoing the first words of Francis of Assisi’s great poem speaking of the wonders of God’s creation. Certainly the encyclical has received a ... Read More »

July 5

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This weekend is probably one of the most looked forward to and readily celebrated among all the federal holidays on our national calendar. Partially because it appears in the middle of the summer with all the possibilities of spending time at the beach or in one of ... Read More »

June 28

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



The General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), who staff St. Peter’s, has recently concluded in Assisi after meeting for four weeks. During this time the Provincial Ministers from around the world listen to reports from the various Offices in the headquarters in Rome, elect ... Read More »

June 21

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This weekend we have the annual privilege of honoring fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers and anyone else who has had a fatherly influence in our lives. It can seem that Father’s Day takes a second place to our observance of Mother’s Day in terms of how we celebrate it. ... Read More »

June 14

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



The controversial Vatican probe of American Sisters that abruptly ended in April looked from the outside like a tense standoff between Rome and the U.S. Sisters, punctuated by occasional public jousts that appeared to signal even tougher negotiations behind closed doors. Not so, say the sisters, now ... Read More »

June 7

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Now that the political scene appears to be heating up in preparation for the elections in 2016, one would assume that the issue of income inequality would be brought more and more to the forefront. It is something that is at the heart of so many things ... Read More »

May 31

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



If there is one issue that we hear about from our Senators and Representatives over and over from various perspectives, it is Immigration Reform. Sometimes I think they look upon immigration as the great elephant in the room, knowing that something needs to be done but hoping ... Read More »