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July 12, 2018
July 12, 2018
They may be distasteful, but banning things sets a dangerous precedent
July 12, 2018
Cardinal Arinze weighs in on the Communion debate – and recalls the saint who inspired his vocation
July 12, 2018
The rush to buy tickets for Pope Francis’s visit has surprised many observers
July 12, 2018
Politicians are ever more confident in declaring their Catholicism. But when it comes to the crunch, they are not exactly St Thomas More
July 12, 2018
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July 12, 2018
Carlo Acutis doesn’t look like your typical saint. In a photo widely circulated on the internet, he is wearing a red polo shirt with a navy blue collar. He stands against a dazzling mountain backdrop, rucksack straps over his shoulders, with a hint of teenage shyness in his narrowed eyes. Carlo was born in London
July 12, 2018
✣ Layman breaks Vatican’s ‘stained-glass ceiling’ What happened? Pope Francis named a layman, Paolo Ruffini, as head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communications, a department that encompasses Vatican Radio, television, the Press Office and the publishing house, as well as online media. It is the first time in the 500-year history of the Curia that
July 12, 2018
✣ Highlights from the week online When personal attacks aren’t fair At his blog, the philosopher Edward Feser said there was a “fallacy” which had “eclipsed rational public discourse”: the ad hominem fallacy. Not only is it unhelpful, it is often a sin. The ad hominem fallacy does not simply mean calling someone a name.
July 12, 2018
Great Falls Bishop calls priests ‘imprudent’ for attending Trump rally A bishop has said that four priests were “imprudent” for attending a Donald Trump rally in Montana. The priests were seen in their clericals directly behind Trump as he stood at the podium. Their appearance provoked criticism, with an article in the Montana Standard calling
July 12, 2018
Can a distinguished layman rescue the Pope’s communications reform? Pope Francis’s choice of Paolo Ruffini to lead the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication could be the most significant decision of his pontificate, as far as the reform of the Roman Curia is concerned. That the announcement met with so little fanfare is arguably indicative of how
July 12, 2018
Vicious anti-Catholicism on Glasgow’s streets A Catholic priest was spat on last Saturday as an Orange Order march passed by a Catholic church. The assault did not take place in Northern Ireland, as you might expect, but in Glasgow. Fr Tom White (pictured) was greeting people after the Saturday vigil Mass at St Alphonsus Church
July 12, 2018
Britain is accepting thousands of Syrian refugees. But where are the Christians? No Christians at all were among more than 1,000 Syrian refugees resettled in Britain in the first quarter of this year. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) originally recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in Britain, of which only four were Christians.