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In eight days the Oscar nominations will be known, capping many weeks of proliferating awards, critics’ lists, chatter about surprises and snubs, writes Gerald Schmitz. This week he shares his own list of the best of 2015.
“What’s at stake for Francis and the church — especially as conservative opposition to his reforming ways has at times reached a boiling point — is essentially immersing Francis’ innovative pontificate into the river of tradition that sustains and unites Catholicism even as it moves forward,” writes David Gibson. Few are as well-positioned as Cardinal Donald Wuerl to advance that goal.
An Interfaith Gathering for Solidarity, Understanding and Peace brought people together to hear reflections from faith leaders across traditions — Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain, Bah’ai, Latter Day Saints — in a gesture to choose unity over extremism, writes Rev. Tom Ryan, CSP.