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Jean Vanier: a saint for our times
Jean Vanier, founder of the International Federation of L’Arche Communities, appears in the documentary “Summer in the Forest.”  The documentary was released in 2018.  CNS photo/Abramorama
Jean Vanier, founder of the International Federation of L’Arche Communities, appears in the documentary “Summer in the Forest.”  The documentary was released in 2018.  CNS photo/Abramorama

Jean Vanier, Canadian writer, philosopher and humanitarian who died May 7, was a champion for people with intellectual disabilities and touched countless lives through his constant message of love.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Persecution of Christians worse now than ever - do we care?
“The persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history,” says Aid to the Church in Need – a papal charity – in its report on oppressed Christians titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?” (see: More ...
Friday, May 17, 2019
Border security will not solve the immigration crisis
The myth that border security alone will stem surges in unauthorized migration persists in the Trump administration. More ...
Friday, May 3, 2019
A note to women: We are all mothers!
During the month of May, we thank God for our mothers and all we have received from them. It’s also good to remember the other women who have played an important role in our lives, from grandmothers and aunts to teachers, coaches and mentors of all kinds. More ...
Friday, May 3, 2019
Cathedral a symbol of faith and 'fact all humans have souls'
Seeing Notre Dame de Paris burning and threatening to collapse is a shock that leaves everyone voiceless – including President Emmanuel Macron, who canceled a speech dealing with the social unrest in France over the past few months. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Vaccination is a moral obligation
Not only do vaccines protect you and your children from disease, when high percentages of the population are immunized, the whole population benefits, including people who are vulnerable and unable to receive immunizations. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Solidarity with a mother grieving her dead son
As the day breaks on Holy Saturday, Catholics from neighborhoods across the U.S. and throughout the world – mostly women – hurry to church with a particular sense of purpose. More ...
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Catholic social teaching's message to the national budget
Thirty plus years ago, the U.S. Catholic bishops wrote a very challenging pastoral letter titled “Economic Justice for All.” More ...
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Losing our humanity to robots?
As a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, I have attended its annual assemblies in Rome since 2012. More ...
Friday, March 22, 2019
Why vote 'no'? A plea to New Jersey senators on the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act

To Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), I request the following: Explain yourselves. Explain to the people of the state of New Jersey, and the United States at large, why you elected to vote “no” on the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019
It's Catholic Press Month: How well do you know your diocesan newspaper?

The arrival each February of Catholic Press Month gives us the opportunity to focus on the ministry of the diocesan newspaper and all that goes with it. 

For those who may not be regular readers of The Monitor, we are happy to welcome you to this news ministry, which, as you can see, brings you a comprehensive collection of stories and features to form, inform and inspire you in your faith.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

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