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Archbishop Gomez Brings Accountability to the Catholic Church

By Timothy R. Busch, Founder of the Napa Institute

Originally posted in National Catholic Register COMMENTARY: The election last month of the Los Angeles archbishop as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is the most recent sign of hope. The Christmas season has been noticeably less joyous in the Catholic Church the past ...

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The History and Evolution of the Nativity Creche

By Christine Warner

The year was 1223. The place was a cave in Grecio, Italy, a small mountainside village overlooking a beautiful valley. Inside the cave was a live ox, donkey, and manger surrounded by hay. This was the setting of the first nativity creche scene, created by St. Francis of Assisi for midnight Mass...

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Recovering the Sacred by Opening Wide the Door of Beauty

By Most Reverend, Salvatore J. Cordileone

Presentation for the Annual Monsignor Herron Dinner December 4, 2019 Introduction Our gathering this evening is very timely for offering reflections on our Catholic traditions, for we are at the beginning of Advent, the season in which we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. ...

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A Thanksgiving People

By Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR

The setting is the St. Anthony’s Shelter for Renewal in the South Bronx. It’s 8 o’clock in the evening, the night before Thanksgiving day. Outside the cold is biting and the snow is threatening. Inside are warm bodies and full stomachs. Outside our familiar Bronx Automotive Quartet sings ...

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The Science and Scripture Behind the Value of Communal Meals

By Christine Warner

Thanksgiving meals gather family, friends, and loved ones in the spirit of gratitude. We share stories and laughter and offer prayers and thanks as we indulge in traditional dishes and delicious desserts. The care that goes into the preparation is praised and we leave with full hearts and satis...

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Napa Institute 2019 Conference DVDs for Purchase

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This summer’s ninth annual Napa Conference brought together the Church’s brightest minds and most innovative leaders to discuss important issues vital to Catholics today. Over a three-day period, this distinguished group of Cardinals, Bishops, renowned Priests and lay intellectuals engaged in h...

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