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Standing in a Field with a Million Friends

A month away from my freshman year of college, I stuffed my backpack onto the bottom of a bus and took off with about 50 young people heading north to Toronto. Three years later, I squeezed the same backpack into the overhead compartment on an airplane carrying excited young people to Cologne, Germany. Another six years after that, I was chaperoning a group of high school students as they nervously boarded a plane – some for the first time – on our way to Madrid, Spain. Each of these treks to other countries was ultimately …

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Popes of Our Church

This recent time of resignation, conclave, and new pope is an intriguing and interesting time, which has about it excitement, challenges, questions, and reflections about the popes and papacy in the present, in history and certainly some thoughts for the future. The Pope I grew up with was Pope Pius XII, Eugene Pacelli, an austere-looking, distant figure whose picture was on the wall of St. Rita School in Dayton. We who lived then considered him a saint just because he was Pope. We were told about his concern for the Jews during World War II and …

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Dr. Mike in Rome

“Talk about Global Solidarity!  It made God, our Father, smile today in Rome.” After several days of cold rain, the bright blue sky and Roman sun opened up upon us 50,000-75,000 Catholics in St. Peter’s Square this Wednesday morning. All kinds people joined together from around the earth to celebrate our global church and say farewell to pope Benedict.  It was his last general audience where he thanked all the world for their prayers and for the next pope. (And what a blessing that I was in Rome for mission meetings at this time with 25 other Mission Office …

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The Good Pope

The phrase “the good pope” is one that most likely means different things to different generations. To Gen X and millenials, it calls to mind Pope John Paul II; to those of us of an earlier generation Pope John XXIII is the one described by the phrase. Recently, I received the book to review entitled The Good Pope: The Making of a Saint & the Remaking of the Church—The Story of John XXIII & Vatican II by Greg Tobin. It was a reminder to me of the excitement many of us felt about this son …

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