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Pope Francis the Maverick Pope?

I was driving to work the other day and I was listening to NPR. I heard a story that caught my attention from the very first moment. The reporter said, “Pope Francis has been in office for just over two months and has been making headlines for many remarks that emphasize inclusiveness, contrasting sharply with […]

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Habemus Papam: Francis

Where were you? Different ones of us may remember where we were when we found out the name of the man who is our new pope: Francis, formerly Jorge Bergoglio. “Answer already!” was what I heard when I answered my cell phone. A friend and I were in the middle of lunch and planning to […]

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Conclave: A Time of Change?

While I am saddened by the sudden announcement of our shepherd Pope Benedict XVI resigning from the Chair of Peter, there is a part of me that teems with excitement and anticipation. There has always been and always will be something that utterly fascinates me about conclave. This special election will only happen a few […]

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How to Enjoy the Mass

If I could get you to do three things to improve your spiritual life, they would be to 1) pray every day (for a set amount of time), 2) read the Gospels, and 3) enjoy the Mass.  The first two are straightforward enough, but the third can seem tricky. Matthew Kelly once joked that the […]

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The Church and Science Today

If you read my initial post for The Papist, you would know that my path to Catholicism actually has Dan Brown to thank (in part). It was his book The Da Vinci Code that led me into investigating the Church. Well, I still have a love for Brown’s writings (although at times his facts may be more […]

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