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Countdown to World Youth Day: A Bishop's Letter to Pilgrims

By His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl One of my favorite memories of World Youth Day is of the concluding Mass at Cherry Creek State Park during the Holy Father’s visit to Denver in 1993. The vast expanse of the park was filled with a half million young people. This was the capacity indicated by park officials. The students were clearly filled with

Polite Persecution

By Bishop Paul D. Etienne Many Americans are surprised to hear that almost half of our country is considered mission territory. In fact, “home mission territory” can be found from Alaska to Louisiana, from Ohio to California. The needs of our mission dioceses vary greatly and the support of the Catholic Home Missions Appeal is vital to providing

Prayer, Meditation, Integration—Ecumenical Reflections for Lent

By Father John Crossin Prayer is necessary as we integrate our faith and the events of everyday life. This is true of the results of ecumenical conversations. We need to bring these results into our daily prayer, to reflect on these results, and to seek deeper understanding of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us in our conversations with other Christians.