Will I see my dog in heaven?


Do Animals Go to Heaven?

From time to time, I am posed with an interesting
theological question: Do our pets go to heaven?

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A priest hears a confession in 2013 at Christ the King Church in Irondequoit, N.Y. Don't be too lax or too harsh during confession and always make sure people know when the sacrament of reconciliation is available, Pope Francis said. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)


Graced Opportunities

One of my greatest joys as a priest is to
be an instrument of God’s mercy to people
in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

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Saint Berard and Companions


Saint of the Day:
Berard and Companions

Saint Francis considered Berard and his
Companions as true Friars Minor because
they were willing to lay their lives on the line
for the faith.

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Father Chris Ponnet, chaplain at the St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care in Los Angeles, speaks during a rally protesting the death penalty in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 25, 2017. Pope Francis has ordered a revision to the catechism to state that the death penalty is inadmissible and he committed the church to its abolition. (CNS photo/Andrew Cullen, Reuters)


The Death Penalty and
the Myth of Closure

Many argue the death penalty can help
survivors move on with their lives.
Not so, says this counselor and writer.

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Pro-Life Thinking


Pro-Life Thinking

The right to life is more than
just protecting the unborn,
Friar Frank Jasper says.

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Franciscan Spirituality


The Paradox of
Franciscan Spirituality

Franciscan spirituality boldly puts a
big exclamation point behind Jesus’
words that “The last will be first and
the first will be last!”

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Catholic Books


8 Catholic Books Recommended
by Franciscan Friars

It probably goes without saying that at Franciscan Media,
we love Catholic books! 

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