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April 09, 2019
April 09, 2019
Ten years after Pope Benedict XVI established personal ordinariates for Catholics coming from the Anglican tradition, the Vatican has issued a slightly updated set of norms governing them. The updated “complementary norms” include a provision Pope Francis approved in 2013 explicitly stating that the personal ordinariates are not only for former Anglicans and their families,
April 09, 2019
Sometimes Christians seem to prefer complaining and being unhappy in life, but that makes them a perfect target for the Devil, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. “Desolation is from the serpent,” who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden and who “always bites” when a person sinks in despair, the Pope said on
April 09, 2019
This spring marks the 20th anniversary of The Matrix. It was 20 years ago that the hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) picked the red pill over the blue, and was given an unforgettable glimpse of a world in which robots enslave untold billions of human beings, extracting their life force to fuel their evil empire. The
April 09, 2019
The bishop accused of serially raping a nun could face criminal charges this week, as Indian police say they will ask a court to charge him with rape, evidence tampering, and menacing his accuser. In June 2018, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus religious congregation accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandharr of sexually assaulting
April 09, 2019
Pope Francis Monday recognized the heroic virtue of nine-year old Brazilian boy, who “never complained” during cancer treatments, but instead offered his suffering to Jesus. Diagnosed in 1963 with osteosarcoma, Nelson Santana, then eight years old, asked his mother in the hospital one day to “promise Jesus not to complain in the face of suffering
April 09, 2019
In February of last year, Ross Douthat penned a column about banning porn. It was a kind of feminist argument. “If you want better men by any standard, there is every reason to regard ubiquitous pornography as an obstacle — and to suspect that between virtual reality and creepy forms of customization, its influence is
April 09, 2019
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has called on young people to get rid of their knives in an attempt to stem an epidemic of violence sweeping the UK. The Archbishop of Westminster also urged young people to abandon gangs and to turn to Christ instead. “If you or your friends are involved in gangs, try to find
April 09, 2019
Not long ago I sat up till 3 am reading a book on my computer screen. I had not planned to do this; I thought I had ordered a print copy then found I had been sent an ‘e-book’ instead – and I don’t have a kindle. It was simply too exciting to stop so