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6 months after conclave, assessing Francis’ progress
Oct. 1, 2013
It is with both caution and charity that we set out to assess the first months of the papacy of Pope Francis. Six months is not a long time in the church, and it seems unfair to evaluate an individual’s achievements after so short a period.

Welcoming the strangers among us
Apr. 24, 2013, By America magazine
According to the Gospels, when witnesses to the resurrection encountered the risen Christ, he was not always immediately recognized. This was the evangelists’ way of answering that basic question posed in the early church: Where is Jesus?

Archbishop Niederauer, publisher
Sep. 26, 2012
One of the roles of the archbishop of San Francisco is publisher of this newspaper. With this, the last of some 225 issues (more than 5,000 pages) under his watch as publisher of Catholic San Francisco, we’d like to share four characteristics that distinguish the ...

Pope Benedict a model of a thinking Catholic
Dec. 8, 2010
Much of the ink spilled over Pope Benedict XVI’s new book-length interview, “Light of the World,” has focused on his treatment of hot topics: the clerical sex abuse scandal, condom use in the fight against AIDS, Pope Pius XII’s record on the Holocaust, ...

Advent prayer traditions enrich faith and fellowship
Dec. 8, 2010
We in the Archdiocese of San Francisco are fortunate to share our Catholic faith with many different nationalities and traditions. In the Advent season, Filipino and Latino Catholics have brought us a rich tradition of the Christmas novena.

Papal appeal for Asia Bibi
Dec. 1, 2010
At the end of his Nov. 17 general audience at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of threats to Christians in Pakistan and called for justice for a Catholic woman, Asia Bibi, who has been sentenced to die under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

In secularized U.S., faith values “no longer welcome”
Dec. 1, 2010
Threats to religious freedom, especially in the secularized West, were a topic of reflection and prayer in Rome Nov. 19 as Pope Benedict XVI gathered with 150 members of the College of Cardinals and 24 cardinals-designate.

Sacred freedom
Nov. 17, 2010, By Rick DelVecchio
We’re on the eve of the 45th anniversary of “Dignitatis Humanae,” (On the Dignity of the Human Person), the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom, enacted Dec. 7, 1965, by Pope Paul VI.

Peace in Sudan?
Nov. 10, 2010, By Ken Hackett
“When the massacre in Rwanda happened, you said no one had told you, no one had warned you. We are here now telling you what could happen in Sudan, we are warning you.”

The Gospel and the Internet
Oct. 24, 2010
If you’re a Catholic worker and your role requires you to communicate, how do you feel about new media? Do you blog, Tweet or use Facebook? Do you publish videos on YouTube? If so, to what end? If not, why not?






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