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Peace on EarthFather Roger J. Landry

Earlier this month, I was able to participate in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in which, among other things, we were privileged to have Mass in a cave in Bethlehem's Shepherds' Field. There we pondered ...

An extraordinary and unforgettable start to Advent Father Roger J. Landry

Advent is about a two-fold triple dynamism: Christ comes to us in "history, mystery, and majesty," and we go out to meet him respectively in Bethlehem, in the sacraments, prayer and daily life, and as ...

Gratitude for fifty years of love and countingFather Roger J. Landry

This is a week in which many of us slow down and thank God for the blessings he has given to us, to our family members and friends, and to our country. The 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving ...

A day of gratitude or mourning? Father Roger J. Landry

Last December 16, we marked the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims' disembarking in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and this year we celebrate the quatercentenary of the first Thanksgiving feast. It was a brutal ...

Godparents as guides to holinessFather Roger J. Landry

On Oct. 16, the New York Times ran an article on how the Archdiocese of Catania, Sicily, had prohibited godparents or sponsors for the sacraments of baptism and confirmation for the next three years. Entitled ...

Lessons from the first female doctor of the church Father Roger J. Landry

We are fast approaching the 400th anniversary of the most impressive canonization in the history of the Church, which took place March 12, 1622. Pope Gregory XV had the honors. Canonizations in this ...

Protecting conscienceFather Roger J. Landry

Over the last few weeks, I've had conversations with several Catholics confused, upset, sometimes angry and feeling betrayed and abandoned by the Church for being refused "conscience exemption" forms ...

The Cross, our only hope Father Roger J. Landry

After moving to New York City in early 2015 to serve the Church at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, one of my first excursions was to go to Ground Zero to visit the ...