Family, Faith, and the Pope: My Interview with Archbishop Charles Chaput


The family has always been central for Christians. The Catechism describes it as the “the original cell of social life,” Catholics pay great homage to the Holy Family, and recent popes have taken up the topic, from Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

But among Catholic leaders, the family is receiving more attention today than perhaps at any time in the last century. The boost started during last year’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family. Discussions about marriage and the many challenges families face today pervaded the Church. The discussion continues this year as we move toward the Ordinary Synod on the Family, scheduled for October 2015.

The Pope’s “Humanum” Conference: An Interview with Dr. Helen Alvaré


Many Christians are buzzing about an exciting new conference that will be held at the Vatican from November 17-19. It’s called “Humanum” and it will bring together dozens of religious leaders from around the world—including several Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim leaders—to discuss the meaning of marriage, specifically its grounding on the complementarity of man and woman.

Here’s a beautiful video trailer for the event, featuring the voice of Dr. Peter Kreeft:

“The Joy of the Gospel” Book Giveaway!


“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached.

Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out my past giveaways here.

Thanks to Image Books, today I’m giving away TEN copies of the new deluxe hardcover edition of Pope Francis’ The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium).


Fioretti: The Little Flowers of Pope Francis (Ignatius Press, 2014)

Almost a thousand years ago, God commanded St. Francis, ‘Rebuild my Church.’ And through a collection of stories, sayings, and colorful anecdotes—the original Little Flowers—we discovered how St. Francis did it. Andrew Tornielli introduces those same flowery scents, hints of the aroma of Christ, wafting throughout Pope Francis’ first year. His new book is full of memorable anecdotes and insightful reflections, which will help you sense the fragrance of this new Francis.