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Faith, family, and the future

The lede looms large, signaling a grim future for faith: “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center.” The facts and figures point to distressing trends in […]

S.A.D. no more

Spring has sprung … finally! Flowers are popping up. Trees are starting to bloom. Grass is getting green … at least in this part of the world. The emergence of Spring and the anticipation of Summer affect our spirits positively. Out of the doldrums of winter comes new vitality, just as the resurrection brings new […]

The most influential “tweep”

He’s at the top once again!  As Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service puts it, “when Pope Francis tweets, the world listens.” In the annual analysis of “Twiplomacy” undertaken by a Swiss public relations and communications firm (Burson Marsteller), Pope Francis emerges as the global personality with the “most influential” Twitter account – “more than […]

The Cross of the Lord

In the Heart of Every Father is a collection of meditations and reflections by Jorge Mario Bergoglio. The editor of the Italian edition (Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J.) explains that, at the root of Pope Francis’ spirituality, “spiritual/evangelical discernment sees not only black and white, but processes, progresses, gradualness, shades; it looks to recognize the presence […]

Polls, Pews, and the Catholic Pulse

Has Pope Francis quickened the pulse of the Church? His name has been associated with new directions, but has he made any real difference? The latest PEW research, conducted in February on a national scale, points to high favorability rating (90%) among a broad-based sample. But it did not address whether popularity has led more […]