St. Mary's Basilica in Phoenix anchors one end of a treed plaza. The Diocesan Pastoral Center anchors the other. A large, tiled fountain sits in the middle. On the Sunday after the Boston Marathon bombing, my husband and I went to Mass at the pastoral center. As we drove up, we saw signs announcing a Sikh festival. Long tables were set up. The smell of fried chickpeas and grilled naan filled the air. Children climbed on the fountain and played in the water. Men in turbans and women in gauzy saris waved to us, offering cold water and hot food.
July 19- August 1, 2013
The drama of Pope Francis' first overseas trip boils down to whether Brazil's discontented masses will see the event as part of the problem.
A few weeks back, I began telling you all about personnel changes at NCR. (See this and this.) Here is my next installment in that series. I am very happy to announce that Caitlin Hendel is joining us as managing editor. I am also very relieved to make this announcement. We have been without a managing editor since I became editor a year and a half ago. Hendel started with us July 1.
During Vatican II, Msgr. Wilfrid Paradis worked with prominent figures such as Jesuit Fr. John Courtney Murray and Swiss theologian Fr. Hans Küng.
We say: We applaud Pope Francis' efforts to reform the Vatican bank and encourage a thorough examination of the bank's processes and practices.
Soul Seeing: Our daughter, Karla, found the pain of being human unbearable and took her own life. How can a parent bear it?
Religious leaders in Africa rebuked U.S. President Barack Obama's call to decriminalize homosexuality during his recent three-nation trip to the continent.
In a news conference in Senegal on July 27, the day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on same-sex marriage, Obama said African nations must grant equal protection to all people regardless of their sexual orientation.
Christians face threats in many parts of the convulsed Middle East, but the danger is most acute in Syria amid its civil war.
The decision came after parents sued the Encinitas Union School District to stop yoga classes introduced to elementary schoolchildren in the upscale suburb just north of San Diego.
Retired Bishop Anthony Bosco's tenure was marked by efforts to catechize the laity and bring them into a richer involvement with the church.