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June 07, 2018
June 07, 2018
The law stays, but the judges' arguments leave grave cause for concern
June 07, 2018
Anyone wondering what happened in the abortion vote should read Evangelium Vitae
June 07, 2018
The influence of Marion Maréchal is growing, but not everyone is pleased
June 07, 2018
A storm is brewing in the Vatican over deaconesses
June 07, 2018
The first recorded sports match in Vatican history took place on January 7, 1521. With Pope Leo X looking on, two teams clashed in the Cortile del Belvedere in a game known as Calcio Fiorentino, a forerunner of football that looked more like a cross between rugby and boxing. We don’t know what Leo made
June 07, 2018
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June 07, 2018
✣ Catholics ask what’s next for Irish Church What happened? The two-thirds majority vote to introduce abortion left many commentators contemplating the “death” of Catholic Ireland. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin lamented the Church’s past failures, saying that institutions that failed the poor had “betrayed” Christ. “The caring Church must rather be a beacon of what
June 07, 2018
✣ Highlights from the week online How St Joan of Arc inspired Mark Twain At America magazine, Ted Gioia explored Mark Twain’s unlikely devotion to St Joan of Arc. The Presbyterian author admitted he had been taught “enmity toward everything that is Catholic”, and yet in his novel Recollections of Joan of Arc his devotion
June 07, 2018
Hobbs Diocese investigates ‘weeping’ statue of Mary Catholics from across New Mexico and Texas have flocked to see a statue of the Virgin Mary said to be weeping tears. Parishioners first noticed the phenomenon at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Hobbs, New Mexico, during Sunday Mass. Even after the statue’s face was
June 07, 2018
Even now the Pope is relying on priests to be his eyes and ears in Chile Pope Francis spent portions of this past weekend with a group of five Chilean priests and two lay people, who were victims of abuse in their home country, which is currently embroiled in major crisis over the culture of
June 07, 2018
This could be remembered as the year of the Blessed Sacrament In a memorable speech to World Youth Day Pilgrims in 2011, Pope Benedict XVI compared the effects of the Eucharist to those of nuclear fission. Transubstantiation, Benedict suggested, is “meant to set off a process which transforms reality, a process leading ultimately to the
June 07, 2018
Dominicans are challenging the secular consensus at America’s elite universities The fight for America’s soul is being fought – and, it seems, lost – on university campuses. According to a 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center, millennials are more likely to identify as Democrats than Republicans by a 20-point margin. An even more astonishing