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June 25, 2021
Anthony Esolen
I have watched with dismay as race relations in the United States have grown worse and worse. It seems as if all the good will won during my lifetime has been squandered away. We have gone from one daring kiss between a white man and a black woman on television in 1967, to a time
June 24, 2021
Curtis Williams
Tucked away in the remote hamlet of El Cebrero (O Cebreiro in the regional Galician language), atop a 1293-metre pass some 150 kilometres from the tomb of St. James, is the church of Santa María la Real, site of a powerful Eucharistic miracle.
June 23, 2021
Charles Collins
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 22, 2021
Russell E. Saltzman
Russell E. Saltzman remembers a funeral for a parishioner in his days as a Lutheran pastor, "A nice fellow," he writes, "with a plain garden variety dementia, not Alzheimer's, not the sexy one everybody knows about." He says the fellow "shrank in upon himself, became less and less of himself, shriveling and his world with him." He would sit, quietly alone, as the end approached. "Where was his memory?" Russ wonders. "Where was he?"
June 22, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Lviv, Ukraine, Jun 21, 2021 / 07:00 am An archbishop has said that the Catholic Church in Ukraine is still enjoying a “springtime” despite rising secularization. Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki said that the Church was thriving amid secular currents, economic difficulties, and war in the east of the country. “It is still springtime in our Church
June 21, 2021
Eduardo Campos Lima
Over the past few weeks, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s regime has arrested 17 political leaders of the opposition, including four potential candidates in the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for November.
June 21, 2021
Tommaso Pozzi
The announcement of the resignation of two bishops, also on Saturday, was always likely to go unremarked, if unnoticed. But there are resignations and resignations, and these two were not without interest.
June 20, 2021
Br. Mark Dohle
My heart is not yet fully human. It is at times quite primitive, fearful, angry, and vengeful. This is often something beyond my control, though how I deal with it is up to me and my response to grace. Our hearts are wounded, divided, wanting to do one thing, but doing the exact opposite. We
The czarist government had sent him to jail in Siberia because he was a Catholic priest, not Orthodox. After the Russian Revolution, when he’d become head of the Russian Catholics, the communist state persecuted him as a Christian. Fr Leonid Feodorov died on 7 March 1935 of what were called “natural causes,” but were the
June 17, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Following a decision by Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon, the community will leave the Basilica of Fontaine-lès-Dijon — the site of St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s birthplace — in September.
The editors of the Catholic Herald, in the lead editorial in the issue of 16 January 1942, have been discussing the challenges of Christian unity, which the war had heightened. Now, they say, others have shifted their attention from dogma to “the outward effects of differing Christian standpoints.”  They then write:   Whether this weakening
June 17, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Vatican City, Jun 16, 2021 / 13:00 pm. A leading European cardinal has said that the great problem the continent will face in the future is attacks against religious freedom. In a June 16 interview with ACI Stampa, CNA’s Italian-language partner agency, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich said he thought that “the problem of religious freedom will be the
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