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John XXIII: More than Just a ‘good Pope’

Published 21-04-2014

John XXIII: More than Just a ‘good Pope’ By Jan Bentz John XXIII’s political engagement as well as his invocation of the Second Vatican Council shows how he fits perfectly in an ongoing movement of his predecessor, Pius XII and one of his successors, John Paul II – the latter being canonized on the same […]

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Lucifer is a sadist

Published 14-04-2014

Lucifer is a sadist By Alice von Hildebrand There are facts that cannot be denied, and yet, are likely to shock some of us as “unfair.” Why is it so easy for Satan to make us trip and fall? Man (homo) has been given intelligence; alas, he keeps forgetting that not only is his intelligence […]

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Today’s fiery furnaces

Published 10-04-2014

Today’s fiery furnaces By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila In the first reading for this Wednesday, April 9, we hear about three faithful Jews—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—who disobeyed the king’s command to worship an idol, fully aware that a horrible death awaited them. For some of us, this famous story might be hard to relate to, […]

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The calvary of Julienne

Published 09-04-2014

The calvary of Julienne By Jean-Claude Gaston “Six years ago, when I first started college, I met my husband-to-be,” says Julienne, a young Congolese woman in her early thirties. A fervent Catholic, she has just emerged from four years of intense moral, physical and emotional suffering that marked her marriage to a Muslim man—a man […]

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Legionary Chapter acknowledges deficiencies and looks to the future with revised charism

Published 08-04-2014

Legionary Chapter acknowledges deficiencies and looks to the future with revised charism By Jean Boudet When it concluded on February 25, the Extraordinary General Chapter of the Legionaries of Christ, meeting in Rome to complete the drafting of new Constitutions and elect new leadership, issued eleven documents that represent the Congregation’s future. The Legionaries, once […]

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Belgium’s deadly cough

Published 08-04-2014

Belgium’s deadly cough By Roger Kiska When Europe coughs, America catches a cold. The legal, political and cultural landscape in the U.S. is fertile for the importation of bad legislation like a new law in Belgium that legalizes child euthanasia. History has shown that once adopted, doctor-prescribed death escapes regulation — and the circumstances in […]

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A gathering that needs our support

Published 03-04-2014

A gathering that needs our support By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. This week’s column is brief. But the subject matter warrants all our attention. Again this June, our nation’s bishops have asked Catholics across the country to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom.” The theme this year is “Freedom to Serve.” It highlights the […]

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‘Noah’: A missed opportunity for Russell Crowe and a mistake by Paramount Pictures

Published 02-04-2014

‘Noah’: A missed opportunity for Russell Crowe and a mistake by Paramount Pictures By Deacon Keith Fournier The movie was a terrible disappointment on so many fronts. The only good thing I can say about it is that I hope it spurs enough interest in the real biblical account that it draws people to read […]

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While giving up chocolate, can you give a reason for your hope?

Published 26-03-2014

While giving up chocolate, can you give a reason for your hope? By Christopher White It’s fitting that Pope Francis would choose poverty as a theme for his 2014 Lenten message, as it has been a central theme of his papacy thus far. Just days after his election as pope he spoke of how he […]

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Individual confession and Pope Francis

Published 20-03-2014

Individual confession and Pope Francis By Bishop Arthur Serratelli During the pontificate of the warrior Pope Julius II, in 1510, Martin Luther visited Rome. On entering the city, he dropped to his knees, exclaiming “Salve, Sancta Roma!” He was in awe of this great city. Here Peter and Paul had walked. Here both apostles preached […]

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