A pilgrim's reflection on the feast of the Assumption

Ephesus, Turkey -- Despite the danger of our own times, a steady stream of Muslim and Christian pilgrims travel to the revered place in search of Mary.

Throwing out the Boy Scouts, N.D. bishop hurts, not protects youth

In the same week that Pope Francis spoke publicly about offering a new welcome back to the Church for remarried Catholics and their children, a bishop in North Dakota was offering a message of a different kind.  Bishop David Kagan issued a public letter stating, "Effective immediately, the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Bismarck and each and every one of its parishes, schools and other institutions is formally disaffiliated with and from the Bo


Reflections on a trip to Nagasaki 69 years after destruction

Reflection: One bomb did more damage in a matter of minutes to Japanese Christianity than had 400 years of intense persecution by the rulers of Japan.


Scouts navigate the sacramental waters of Catholicism for church award

Reflection: On Sunday, my son and his fellow Scouts will receive the Ad Altare Dei award, a symbol of service and the values of Catholicism.