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2022: A Banner Year for The Pontifical Mission Societies!Maureen Crowley Heil

People tend to chuckle when I tell them that my boss is Pope Francis. I point out that because the word "Pontifical" is in our title, we do indeed belong to the Holy Father. Our work allows him to broadly ...

In the weddingScott Hahn

Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of "epiphanies." The liturgy is showing us who Jesus is and what He has revealed about our relationship with God. Last week and the week before, ...

Donating gambling winningsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Years ago -- when I was a member of a Protestant denominational church -- it seemed as though the preacher and the congregation were almost always doing fundraising for various building projects. During ...

Hope on a Pilgrimage of FaithMaureen Crowley Heil

Over the Christmas holidays, I often hear from missionaries via text, email, or post. One letter that told a beautiful story of how your prayers and sacrifices affect people's daily lives came from Brazil. Father ...

The anointingScott Hahn

The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God's plan -- that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the Magi, have been made "coheirs" to the blessings promised to Israel. This week, we're shown how ...

Mary's perpetual virginityFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. When I was an evangelical, the standard take on Mary's virginity was that she remained a virgin until after the birth of Jesus, but afterward went on to have normal marital relations with Joseph, which ...

What Christmas is aboutJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Everybody knows when Christmas is. Decorations, music, gatherings, cards, shopping: the whole world seems to announce that it is coming. Usually, there is a carefully calculated effort to build excitement ...

Always on MissionMaureen Crowley Heil

Recently, a question posted on Twitter by the Archdiocese of Boston caught my eye. It asked a question: Who has taught you the art of living? The question also caught my heart as it was posed on the nineteenth ...

Our true homeScott Hahn

Why did Jesus choose to become a baby born of a mother and father and to spend all but His last years living in an ordinary human family? In part, to reveal God's plan to make all people live as one "holy ...

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 ...