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  • Two Loves: An Interview with Scholar and World-Renowned Expert on Mysticism, Bernard McGinn

    Bernard McGinn spends most of his time with books. He rises at 7am, “not terribly early,” he says, works through the morning, and ends his scholarly research with a run to the library around 5pm. Before bed, he prefers reading books unrelated to his scholarship on mysticism. He enjoys reading novels or books on history. He has just finished reading a novel by the Irish writer Sebastian Barry and a historical account of railroad construction in the Florida Keys.

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  • Toward a Deeper Understanding of Things

    Catholic Scientists from Around the World Meet in Chicago To Discuss Origins of the Universe, Habitable Planets, and Human Language

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  • Joe Ricketts on "Building an Ignatian Retreat"

    Cubs Co-Owner Expounds Ignatian Spirituality

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  • Doctrine and Devotion Through an Artistic Lens

    Lumen Christi Sponsors Trip to Art Institute’s “Doctrine and Devotion” Exhibit 

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Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski (Archdiocese of Miami) reminded the audience of Benedict in order to put Pope Francis’ contribution in perspective in his keynote address in the symposium, “Caring for our Common Home: Economics, Environment, & Catholic Social Thought” (May 19).

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From May 23-25, 2016, fifteen graduate students and junior faculty in Economics and Finance attended an inaugural seminar on Economics and Catholic Social Thought at the University of Notre Dame.

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The late Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., left behind an impressive intellectual legacy for the American Catholic Church. Cardinal Timothy Dolan shared another side to his friend’s personality that most people did not always hear about.

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Rémi Brague reflects on the quality of the current day's communication and that quality's impact on conservation.

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The Scientific Revolution that took place in the 17th century and gave birth to modern science did not develop in opposition to revealed religion argued Stephen M. Barr—Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Bartol Research Institute at the University of Delaware—in his lecture “Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict” given at the University of Chicago on April 9th.

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Jim Perry, Managing Director of the private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, discusses being a business leader who takes the social teaching of the Church seriously with Booth students.

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