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Entering the spiritual space of John the BaptistBishop Robert Barron

One of my favorite places on earth is the great Cathedral of Chartres, located about an hour by train south of Paris. For me, it represents the richest expression of Gothic architecture, and the Gothic ...

Mother Alfred and the need for women religious Bishop Robert Barron

My new hero is Mother Alfred Moes. I realize that she is not a household name, even among Catholics, but she should be. She came on my radar screen only after I became the bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, ...

'Dei Verbum' and the 60th anniversary of Vatican IIBishop Robert Barron

I am composing these words on Oct. 11, 2022, which is the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, easily the most momentous ecclesial event of the 20th century. I think it's ...

Four ways to grow the Church Bishop Robert Barron

Last week, I met with the deans of our diocese to discuss a number of issues, the most prominent of which was the ongoing process of merging some of our parishes and reorganizing others into clusters. ...

Queen Elizabeth II: Faithful discipleBishop Robert Barron

I was in Rome last week to give a presentation to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. Perhaps at a later date I will share some of what I taught and learned at that conference. I was supposed to go ...

Let us double the number of our seminarians! Bishop Robert Barron

It was fully my intention to have all of the Winona-Rochester seminarians stand at one point during my installation Mass homily. I had told the people that, in the words of John Paul II, "ecclesia de ...

Some critics of religion need to pick up their gameBishop Robert Barron

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Lex Fridman for a wide-ranging two-hour conversation. Lex is a professor of robotics and artificial intelligence at MIT and an extremely popular podcaster. ...

Our Catholic president and the most pressing moral issue of our time Bishop Robert Barron

On numerous occasions throughout his public career, President Biden asserted his personal belief as a Catholic that human life begins at conception and that abortion, therefore, is morally wrong. He has ...