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June 23, 2021
June 23, 2021
This is the first known instance of the Vatican using official diplomatic channels to oppose legislation in Italy; although given that it was publicized through a leak to the press and not an official statement, it is possible it has happened before. It is an odd time for the Holy See to brandish such a weapon. The world is observing Pride Month, and Italy is set to host a series of Pride parades this weekend, which organizers now say will protest the Vatican action. In addition, the Catholic Church in Italy has usually fared poorly when opposing Italian laws.
June 23, 2021
More than 2 million people have fled their homes as a result of the violence -- more than a third of the total regional population.
June 23, 2021
Cover image: Newly appointed SVP  Director of Youth Services Sarah Barber, courtesy of SVP   The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) has appointed Sarah Barber as its Director of Youth Services. An experienced  youth services professional, Barber joins the SVP as the Society works to solidify its position as a vital grassroots element in
June 23, 2021
“At the centre of our work is ensuring that victims and survivors voices are heard,” Afzal said. “This refreshed Survivor Reference Panel is one important part of our overall engagement with victims and survivors, who we will seek to engage with in a number of different ways.”
June 23, 2021
I would not have made the decision that the American Catholic bishops just made. They voted by a three-to-one majority to authorize the drafting of a statement on “on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church.” It has been reported as having a single, simple political motivation, to bar pro-choice politicians
June 23, 2021
Writing in 1940, the Catholic Herald columnist Douglas Jerrold describes the ways in which he thinks the English left misrepresented the Right. Jerrold has been described as a “romantic anticapitalist” in the style of Hilaire Belloc, with doubts about democracy and sympathies for Franco and (like George Bernard Shaw) Mussolini. He believed himself to be a
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