About two weeks ago, I received an unexpected phone call from a man at the Institute of International Education, who was organizing a series of meetings for a group of Afghan clerics coming to the United States to look at interfaith relations and dialogue in the American context.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, has been named the new president of the Catholic Biblical Federation.
While Tagle was elected unanimously as head of the federation at an Oct. 24-25 meeting in Rome of its executive committee, Pope Francis confirmed his election March 5.
He will assume his office at the federation's plenary assembly, to take place June 18-23 in Nemi, Italy. Tagle will succeed Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who has been president of the Catholic Biblical Federation since 2002.
The Vatican's chief promoter of Archbishop Oscar Romero's sainthood cause joined the president of El Salvador at a government-sponsored press conference Wednesday to announce officially the date of the slain Salvadoran prelate's beautification: May 23 in San Salvador.
A Roman Catholic layman and a lifelong student of philosophy and theology, Vanier is best known as the founder of L'Arche.
In 1964, when Jean Vanier quietly began what would become an international network, he had "no idea that this would be a revolutionary reality ... that it would grow," he remarked joyfully.
The founder of L'Arche and this year's winner of the Templeton Prize made the comments in a telephone interview with Catholic News Service from London, where the news of him winning the prize was announced March 11.
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HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM -- American forces sprayed nearly 20 million gallons of the chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, over Vietnam, Laos and parts of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Childrem continue to pay the price.
Bishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu said the changes to the Vatican seem "like a change not only in attitude here, but a new anthropology for the way of living our faith."
Mass at St. John the Apostle church in Siem Reap, Cambodia has a striking resemblance to the Last Supper: it is a sit down affair.
Jesuit Father Stepanus Winarto entered the small church for 7:30 Sunday morning mass the last in a procession of young altar girls. He then took his place behind a small altar only three feet off the ground, sitting down on a small chair.
“It is a Cambodian custom of reverence to remain as low as one can,” he later told me.
Early in 1965, Edmundite Fr. Maurice Ouellet answered a knock at his door. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the front step.