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A statue of Mary at the grotto of the apparition in Lourdes, where she introduced herself as “the Immaculate Conception”. The Church celebrates the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. (Photo: Günther Simmermacher)

Why Mary Had to be Born Without Sin

The figure of Mary, the wife of Joseph and the mother of Jesus of Nazareth, continues to provoke controversy and confusion among many of our Christian communities. In the commentary on Luke’s gospel of...

Pope Francis, right, and new cardinals visit with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the retired pope's residence after a consistory at the Vatican. Pope Francis created 17 new cardinals at the consistory. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Pope to New Cardinals: Be Agents of Unity

The Catholic Church’s 17 new cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world — and sometimes a Church — often marked by hostility and division, Pope Francis...


The Danger of Fearfulness

Love comes from God. Fear does not. Of course, some fears are legitimate. We place security around our homes to protect our families from crime. We pursue healthy lifestyles to reduce our chances of...