By Randy David
Perhaps not many people are aware that the Pope is not just the head of the Catholic Church but also the leader of a sovereign state, the Holy See.
By Fr. Jerry M. Orbos
Seated beside a nun in a restaurant together with some overseas Filipino workers in Japan recently, I asked her: “What is your order,
Sister?” To my surprise, she started to talk about her congregation, their apostolate, and their work and charism. And all I wanted to know was what food she wanted to order for her meal!
By Juan L. Mercado
The spiritual leaders of our time took decades of struggle before they emerged into universally recognized symbols, writes Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun chair of Islamic studies at American University in Washington. Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela are examples.
By Danilo S. Venida
Pope Francis continues to make personal statements challenging people to reflect on where their faith lies. His statements are, in a manner of speaking, “disruptive.” Just as some groups may begin believing that fundamental doctrinal accommodations may be forthcoming, suddenly he seems to take on a highly conservative stance, putting them off-balance.
By Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD
The story is told about a professor who was explaining credit and debit to his accounting student. “Credit is when you work, earn, and save money. Debit is when you do not work, do not earn, and do not save money,” he said. The student asked: “What about when you do not work, do not save, and yet have money?” “Ah,” the professor replied, “that is kupit(filching).”