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July 05, 2018
July 05, 2018
Journalist Paolo Ruffini succeeds Mgr Dario Viganò in the Dicastery for Communication
July 05, 2018
After the Vatican's confusing response, the bishops are pressing on. Cardinal Müller has suggested the reason why
July 05, 2018
Schools are having to ask parents to donate pens, paper, even loo rolls. It’s no laughing matter.
July 05, 2018
US abortion law is based on a great lie. But the new Supreme Court Justice could help to strike it down
July 05, 2018
Speaking to journalists last month, Pope Francis addressed a seemingly impossible task: reforming Vatican finances. Surprisingly, he named a cardinal who, he implied, had held up progress: Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (Apsa). The cardinal, who reached retirement age in February, has overseen the agency responsible
July 05, 2018
✣ New cardinals a ‘tipping point’ for the Church What happened? Pope Francis created 14 cardinals in St Peter’s Basilica, telling them that the “highest honour” was to “serve Christ in God’s faithful people”. Credible authority, he said, came from “sitting at the feet of others”, serving those “who are hungry, neglected, imprisoned, sick, suffering,
July 05, 2018
✣ Highlights from the week online A sin the Church would not tolerate At the National Catholic Register, Thomas Craughwell reviewed William J Slattery’s How Catholic Priests Helped Build – and Can Help Rebuild – Western Civilisation. Among other things, the book observes In the ancient world, it was commonplace for one race or ethnic
July 05, 2018
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July 05, 2018
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July 05, 2018
Washington DC Cardinal hails victory for pro-lifers The US Supreme Court has ruled that a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centres to post notices about nearby abortion services violates the rights of free speech enshrined in the constitution. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised the ruling as “an important victory for the free speech
July 05, 2018
Pope Francis and Emmanuel Macron are forming an unlikely alliance The attention French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit last week received was somewhat out of the ordinary – at least, the attention it garnered might have seemed so, when measured against that which the average courtesy visit of the average head of state receives. Reporters made
July 05, 2018
The ordinariate reaches a milestone The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is only seven years old, but the ordinations in Birmingham last weekend felt like a coming-of-age ceremony. The ordinariate, set up to allow former Anglicans to retain their heritage within the Catholic Church, has eight new priests. And while six of them