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  • Catholics can oppose racism
    White supremacist ideologies, rationalizations, policies, and practices are the root causes of racism in America — leading to genocide, slavery, lynching, police brutality, and huge disparities in living conditions. This is simple, unvarnished truth.
  • El Centinela: The voice of God’s faithful and feisty people
    I appeal to English-speaking Catholics like me — pick up El Centinela regularly. Let it teach you a little Spanish. But most of all, let it remind you again that God is still at work, liberating his beloved people.
  • Advent: Looking forward with joy
    We live “in between” the first and second comings, a time of prayer and expectation for the arrival of our great King.
  • Another reason why home is the best place for the holidays
    And from behind him, back in the settling dust of the church hall, all assembled sat in silence, having lifted their eyes from the Thanksgiving dinners framed on their placemats, blankly staring back at the trail of the animated Dutchman, and then silently at each other, shrugging their shoulders. So, what was that all about anyway? Must have been some sort of weirdo.
  • The world – and especially the poor – needs a national and global economy that justly and fairly works for everyone.

  • I talked with Mary
    I had no one nearby with whom I could share my worries. Lacking another officer to talk to, I talked with Mary.
  • Peace at Thanksgiving
    Now that Election Day 2020 has passed, we should remember that Pope Francis has called us to be united as the people of God.
  • PHILADELPHIA — Recently, many people have been reaching out with questions about vaccines. So, I thought it would be helpful to mention some of the most common ones and try to provide some answers.
  • I am thankful everyday knowing that God led me to the Sentinel.
  • ‘On Eagle’s Wings’
    How good that a Catholic hymn may play a role in healing a nation.
  • Self-absorbed nation
    We have stimulated, entertained and indulged ourselves in the indecent basement of domestic politics. It’s time to climb upstairs to greet the rest of the world.
  • Not only is the United States a divided country, but the Catholic Church in the U.S. is as divided as the nation. And the presidential election drove home that point.
  • If we Catholics cannot unify ourselves — a small segment of the population that is shrouded in ritual and shared beliefs — what hope is there for the country?
  • Solve immigration
    It’s wrong to claim that the church’s current effort on behalf of migrants is some newfangled socialist contrivance.
  • More than anything else the world needs saints. And that is exactly what God is urging you and me to become. 
  • But this World War II photo was different, something my brother Jerry had never seen before. Martin's father was, well, on the other side of that conflict. There he was in full Nazi military uniform.
  • The Monster Mash
    The other boy looked at us with a smile and a shrug and said, "He really likes mashed potatoes."
  • What now for the Supreme Court?
    Justices like Amy Coney Barrett may lead the court to a more modest role, leaving issues to the people and their elected representatives when the Constitution says little or nothing about them. But it seems that leaders in the party known as Democratic, which I've belonged to all my adult life, may be afraid of ... more democracy.
  • 'Fratelli Tutti': A call to personal encounter
    Pope Francis' newest encyclical, "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," gives tender challenge to "all people of goodwill" in a world fractured by political and economic ideologies. Instead of seeing the person from another nation, religion or group as "other," the pope challenges us to see a neighbor, a brother and sister.
  • Reflecting on my stint as St. Augustine
    I recall one afternoon after school when I was 12, sitting on the floor out in the hallway working on a bulletin board. Lost in thought, engrossed in my work, cutting away at something I had sketched to assemble, I was surprised when Sister Margaret Mary Feldner, principal of All Saints School, stood right over me and asked, “Do you mind if I join you?”
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