Church in SocietyOne Bishop, one Church

In their role of “headship” of the Church, Pope and Bishops, embody the paradox that Catholicism recognizes as the only real path to Truth—and notwithstanding the power and authority bestowed on them, they do so through their personal poverty.

Church in SocietyOn grief

I am nowhere near the sense of peace that is the gift of grief resolved; of healing from the trauma of the sudden collective loss of the life we knew. All I can do is pray for some strength that, notwithstanding the shadow of death, we can live fully, graciously, one day at a time...
The miraculous San Marcello al Corso crucifix pictured as Pope Francis delivers his homily in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, prior to the Urbi et Orbi blessing. Photo: Vatican Media/AFP

Church in SocietyA Church that witnesses

Witness is the Church’s life­blood; and that life, lavished with his blood, is today in the solidarity, mutual care and self-emptying love we offer each other as concrete acts of ‘tending lambs’.
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Church in SocietyChurch according to Thomas

Had Thomas doubted? Thomas had not doubted that Jesus was “the Way.” But Thomas had doubted: himself above all others. The thing is, Thomas could not trust one, but not the other. The thing is, he could no longer live that ambivalence. And Jesus now gave him the gift: he would never be able to doubt again, at least not himself.