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June 17, 2021
Following a decision by Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon, the community will leave the Basilica of Fontaine-lès-Dijon — the site of St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s birthplace — in September.
June 17, 2021
The editors of the Catholic Herald, in the lead editorial in the issue of 16 January 1942, have been discussing the challenges of Christian unity, which the war had heightened. Now, they say, others have shifted their attention from dogma to “the outward effects of differing Christian standpoints.”  They then write:   Whether this weakening
June 17, 2021
Vatican City, Jun 16, 2021 / 13:00 pm. A leading European cardinal has said that the great problem the continent will face in the future is attacks against religious freedom. In a June 16 interview with ACI Stampa, CNA’s Italian-language partner agency, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich said he thought that “the problem of religious freedom will be the
June 16, 2021
The bishops of the United States are meeting virtually for their regular spring Plenary Assembly from Wednesday through Friday of this week, with a full agenda including votes on causes for canonization, liturgical translations, and policy statements on pastoral ministry to native Americans and young people heading the agenda. However, the meeting is likely to
June 16, 2021
Of course it was just another example of tokenism and hucksterism by a corporation seeking to align itself with a faddish cause célèbre. Of course the media’s and the Twitterati’s response demonstrates that for all our demographic stagnation and declining fertility, the relative rate of birth of suckers has not slowed since P. T. Barnum
June 15, 2021
"All the patriarchs and bishops are invited to participate in this intense prayer, and to be in a profound Communion of prayer together during this blessed day."
June 15, 2021
Texas high schooler Paxton Smith gave a surprise valedictorian’s address at her high school’s graduation reacting to the state’s attempt to restrict abortion. She said she needed access to abortion to accomplish her goals. Without it, she was “terrified.” Jacqueline Abernathy, once an ambitious high school star herself, explains why she’s so wrong.   “I
June 14, 2021
Questions have swirled around UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s religious affiliation in the wake of his marriage to long-time partner in a private ceremony in the Catholic cathedral at Westminster at the end of last month. He was the first prime minister to marry in office since Robert Banks Jenkinson in 1822, and only the
June 14, 2021
To all men of good-will in my generation, the death of Chesterton appears (in various degrees) like an overshadowing of the sun. His philosophy, or some echo of it, gave colour to the things of this world, and was the earnest of better things to come. Many others, like myself, must have been so saturated
June 14, 2021
“I am especially close to the population of the Tigray region in Ethiopia, struck by a grave humanitarian crisis that could expose the poorest people to famine,” the Pope said, inviting the faithful to “pray together that the violence may cease immediately, that food and health assistance may be guaranteed to everyone, and that social harmony may be restored as soon as possible.”
June 14, 2021
Most of John Bradburne’s life appears to have been chaotic and haphazard, but one may see that he was being formed through all his searching and wandering, to complete his final task.
June 13, 2021
Speaking in 1958, Pope Pius XII presses on an international gathering of philosophers the idea that love of the living God helps them do their work, because then they will "take into account all reality." Acceptance of Christian Faith does not solve every philosophical problem. But it does oblige the philosopher to "emerge from his isolation" and places him in a broader universe.