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Pope Francis: Person of the Year

Today is Pope Francis’ 77th birthday! Say a prayer for the Holy Father, and enjoy this post by Dan Andriacco about the pope’s recent Person of the Year recognition. Time Magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, only the third pope so honored by the magazine (after Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II). That’s hardly surprising. Who else has captured the attention of the world in 2013 as he has since his election? Also in the running for the recognition, and in the top 10 possibilities, was singer Miley Cyrus. Perhaps the …

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Bringing HOPE to Christians in the Holy Land

One of the great things about the Catholic Church is that it’s Catholic – that is, universal. Catholics are all over the world. But in the Holy Land, where you might most expect to them, Christians are a shrinking minority. Their numbers are dwindling as they either leave their homeland for safety and opportunity or adopt religion of their neighbors. This tragic situation was brought home in early October when seven educators from Latin Patriarchate Schools in the Holy Land visited several Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Their 10-day stay was part of …

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Pope Francis and the Media

Almost from the day he was elected to the Chair of Peter, Pope Francis has displayed a propensity for making eye-brow raising comments. But the next time you want to ask, “He said WHAT?” maybe you ought to read the entire interview or statement at issue. The secular news organizations hardly ever do a good job of covering religion, and the reporting on Pope Francis lately has been just plain abysmal. The pope’s recent highly publicized interview that appeared in America magazine and its Italian Jesuit counterpart ran to 12,000 words. Most media organizations quoted …

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God and Sherlock Holmes

The archetypical fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, who made his debut in the late Victorian age, is showing new life in the 21st century as the hero of a series of films and TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic. I have more than a passing interest in Holmes, having written a book of essays about him as well as five published detective novels of my own. This long-time fascination with the sleuth isn’t as unrelated to my day job as communications director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as one might think. Because Holmes is …

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Pope Francis and Gays

As a former journalist with 24 years as a reporter and editor at a daily newspaper, I try to be understanding when news coverage of the Catholic Church falls short of the gold standard. News budgets at TV stations and newspapers have been shredded over the last decade, causing staffs to shrink. Few news organizations have religion experts on staff. But the recent media feeding frenzy over Pope Francis’s off-the-cuff remarks about homosexuality was truly exasperating. Let’s see what the Holy Father actually said. Here’s a transcript provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: …

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