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Synod-talk, again

February 8, 2017 George Weigel 0

On January 13 the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops published a “preparatory document” for the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment. The document begins well enough, with a brief meditation on St. […]

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Should the Mass reflect a pope’s personality?

February 7, 2017 Nicholas Senz 3

Pope Francis has announced the formation of a committee to review the Church’s governing document on liturgical translation, Liturgiam Authenticam. Father Michael Ryan of the Archdiocese of Seattle—a leading opponent of the new English translation […]

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Finland’s patron saint, rediscovered

February 6, 2017 Alberto Carosa 0

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which went from January 18-25 this year, Pope Francis emphasized the particular importance of dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans. It was no surprise, then, that the predominantly […]

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Salt, Cities, and Disciples

February 4, 2017 Carl E. Olson 0

Readings: • Is 58:7-10 • Ps 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 • 1 Cor 2:1-5 • Mt. 5:13-16 It is small, simple, and composed mostly of something that doesn’t sound tasty at all: sodium chloride. But the […]

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Religious conservatives in the Age of Trump

February 3, 2017 Russell Shaw 0

Many religious conservatives are looking to the Trump years with high expectations. R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, says Trump’s ascendancy marks a significant defeat for “anti-Christian” elites while offering religious conservatives an opportunity to […]