Gina Keating

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Gina Keating is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun.

The Catholic Church has pondered the handiwork of God’s creation through the lens of a telescope for centuries. Pope Gregory XIII’s involvement to reform the Julian calendar in the 1500s prefigured the Vatican Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical institutions in the world. It was founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 with the goal to show the world that the Church supports good science.

Fr. Tom "Tot" O'Dea spent 45 years serving Catholics in the dioceses of Tucson and Phoenix.

Local Catholic high school fixture, Sr. Nancy Perlick, RSM, known for her quiet competence on and off the field, died Dec. 11. She was 71.

A native Phoenixian, family man devoted to the corporal works of mercy and member of the Phoenix Diocese's first ordained class of deacons, died Nov. 22.

Deacon Reed Santa who spent 18 years as a deacon serving parishes in Mesa, died at the age of 89.

PHILADELPHIA — Closing remarks by the Holy Father during the Festival of Families prompted a Valley seminarian to pause in deep gratitude. An emotional Frank Cicero, who is in his sixth year at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, wept as he spoke about his love for his mother.

PHILADELPHIA — I’ve been asked what’s it like being at the World Meeting of Families and I would say it’s been a blessing. Seeing thousands of laity, religious, clergy and individuals traipsing through the gigantic convention center is humbling.

With the Holy Father coming to Philadelphia Saturday, here are a few quick facts.

PHILADELPHIA — Most Catholic homes have a depiction of the Holy Family framed or on a mantle, but their example should extend beyond a sacramental. The Holy Family serves as the example for Catholic families striving for love, joy and holiness in a world fraught with pain and distress.

The World Meeting of Families is an all-encompassing congress that embraces the complexities that make up each family, including divorce. There is no elephant in the room because here everyone is welcome to the merciful message of the Church — love.

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