Encountering Pope Francis in Rome

Encountering Pope Francis in Rome

by Aaron Peiffer          May 17, 2013

On the Wednesday following Easter I had the privilege of attending the papal audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s square. Much to my surprise I had received a green ticket the previous day at the offices for the Pontifical North American College which gave me access to the seating nearest to the pope at the top of the grand stairs in the shadow of St. Peters. I had been forewarned to not expect orderly queues like back in the states, but I did not fully appreciate the import of his advice until various pilgrim groups began to amass themselves haphazardly around the security entry! Somehow I ended up with a seat about forty feet to the left of Pope Francis and six rows from the front.

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A Sign of God that No One Can Deny

A Sign of God that No One Can Deny

by Armando Gutierrez          April 27, 2013

Testimonial

What hap­pens at night in our neigh­bor­hood (Porvenir Bajo, in Valparaiso, Chile)? From what I wit­ness out­side of my window: the door of Juanita´s corner store are shut, the lamp­post light up like can­dles, and our play­ground lays silent. It is nothing out of the ordi­nary. But our hearts have a thirst that goes beyond what we per­ceive from our window. Somewhere in the night someone cries for com­pas­sion, for a pres­ence, for friend­ship.

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Loneliness and Resurrection in the Streets of Buenos Aires

Loneliness and Resurrection in the Streets of Buenos Aires

by Emily A.          March 30, 2013

A few months ago, I became friends with a man who had dramatically marked my views on life and on my mission here. Let’s call him C. C was born into a rich family in the mountains of Paraguay, and spent more than a few decades of his life like St. Augustine. That is to say: a lot of alcohol, money, and women. Eventually he wound up here in Buenos Aires and spiraled downward into deep poverty . . .

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Chef Christophe Bonnegrace: The Star is the Product

Chef Christophe Bonnegrace: The Star is the Product

By Gonzague Leroux             March 22, 2013
Encounter with Chef Christophe Bonnegrace

At 14 years of age, Chef Christophe Bonnegrace, a native of the French Riviera, hated school; he did not want to go anymore. He loved cooking with his grandmother but when his mother offered him an apprenticeship in cooking, he replied without missing a beat: "Cooking! It is for girls." Today, with international experience, he is head chef at La Villette in the "Village" in New York and has entered the prestigious list of "Best Chefs America 2013."

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Violin and Bombings: Portraits of two Extraordinary Women

Violin and Bombings: Portraits of two Extraordinary Women

Friday, March 7, 2012

On the International Women's Day, LoC gives voice to two extraordinary women: the first one comes from a very prestigious and wealthy family in both business and cultural circles, the second is from Ecuador, lives in a small, two-room home and is extremely poor. However, both portraits pay hommage to the courage and dignity of women. In the midst of all the bombs, hatred, fear, misery, and suffering, they bring HOPE through music and simple love.

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Adrienne von Speyr: a Mystic for Today

Adrienne von Speyr: a Mystic for Today

by Dr. Matthew Sutton          September 14, 2012

Mysticism, spirituality. Reading time: 4 min.

 
On September 17, 1967, forty-five years ago, the Swiss Catholic physician and mystic, Adrienne von Speyr, died. Her life as a married woman with two step-children, as a gifted medical physician, and as a spiritual writer of many books has inspired many people to deepen their mission of prayer and compassion. Dr. Matthew Sutton, from St. John's University, is the author of a doctoral dissertation on Adrienne von Speyr. He shares with us his theological and personal encounter with the Swiss mystic.
 

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