I began the year writing about the Catholic Church as a sign of hope in a world divided. The Church is a sign of hope in a particular way as the sacrament of intimate union with God and the unity of all mankind. (cf. Lumen Gentium 9) The Church is a sign of hope as a visible institution in this world, bound together by the bonds of the same faith, the same sacraments, and the same government. I started out on this theme, but speaking about the Church as a visible ‘institution’......