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Cardinals: Maradiaga bashes Burke, as Benedict lauds Sarah Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Two prominent and sometimes controversial cardinals, both seen as conservatives, recently have drawn stinging criticism in one case and a stirring defense in another, and both have come from extremely high-ranking sources. American Cardinal Raymond Burke was recently dismissed as a “disappointed man” upset over the loss of his power by fellow Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Read more

Fred Hollows makes 1 million people see in a year Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

The Fred Hollows Foundation has reached a remarkable record with over one million eye operations and treatments achieved in just one year, for the first time in its history. “Performing one million eye operations and treatments in a single year is an important milestone and one I am incredibly proud of,” says Brian Doolan, Chief Read more

Popes and presidents — 29 intersections Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

ROME – Unless there’s an unexpected change in schedule – and, with these two mavericks, one never knows – Pope Francis and President Donald Trump will meet each other for the first time on Wednesday. The encounter will take place in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, where the pontiff meets most heads of state who visit Read more

The teens who serve the Pope inside the Vatican Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

It’s not every day you find a group of young men, ranging from 15 to 18, who willingly make a three-year commitment to wake up at 6:30 a.m. every Sunday morning to pray and study in the house of the pope. “The boys’ willingness to come in the first place is a sign of a Read more

Mothers at the Vatican – their central role in the Church Comments 1

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

ROME – Mothers and women have always had a central role in the Catholic Church. The Virgin Mary is the ultimate example of its devotion to motherhood, to the point that one could say that every day is Mother’s Day in the Vatican. Pope Francis, following the legacy of the previous two pontiffs, has taken Read more

Important facts about the John Paul II assassination attempt Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

On May 13, 1981, thirty-six years ago, Pope John Paul II was on the brink of death. I wasn’t alive, but I’ve seen news reports from the time, and it’s horrifying to think what the faithful, and the world where going through. Like I said, I wasn’t born yet, and I’ve discovered some incredible facts Read more

What the Jesuit pope told the Jesuit general Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017

The Spaniard who was until earlier this year Superior General of the Jesuits has written a series of reminiscences about his conversations with Pope Francis, published in two parts  in the Spanish Jesuit publication Mensajero. Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, wrote them while spending some weeks in his native country before heading for the Philippines capital, Read more

Slave trade and migrants fleeing poverty Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Six months after Muhammed Yusuf had been sold, tortured and forced to watch as a friend died, he found himself back at the parched, dusty bus station where his ordeal began, facing the man who had made him a slave. Unembarrassed and unrepentant, the smuggler was still touting for business among the crowds flooding into Read more

If there is faith, scientific study of the universe is prayer Comments 0

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

“At the beginning of time, God spoke to us through Creation, says the Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. Therefore, to study the universe with science, is an act of prayer, a way of encountering God.” However, to do so, “it is necessary to encounter God first as Father, as Abba, otherwise God cannot Read more

Mary at Fatima, 100 years on Comments 0

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

It’s always interesting to look at a date or a period of time and ask, “What happened on this day ten years ago? Or fifty or a hundred years ago?” Sometimes we can be surprised how quickly time has passed from a momentous event. And so, let’s play the game to the extremes, and ask: Read more