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Under the Cross

May 15, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

On March 2, Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s federal minister for minorities and the nation’s most prominent Catholic layman, walked out of his mother’s home in Islamabad and entered the rear seat of his black Toyota Corolla. […]

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What Did They Find?

May 15, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

In 1981, the Holy See launched an apostolic visitation of American seminaries and named the late Bishop John Marshall of Burlington (Vermont) as apostolic visitator. Two decades later, the Holy See found need to intervene […]

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Dare to Decide

May 14, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

As epic events shook Europe in the sixteenth century, the evangelization of Latin America took place quietly. Today, 510 million of the world’s 1.13 billion Catholics live in Latin America. As equally epic events shook […]

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From this Holy Mountain

May 13, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

In the first general audience of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI explained that he chose his name “in order to create a spiritual bond with Benedict XV, who steered the Church through the period of […]

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Nuns Worldwide

May 12, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

Over the past 45 years, women’s religious communities in the United States have suff ered a freefall in membership. There were 181,241 American nuns in 1965, 153,645 in 1970, and 92,107 in 1995. According to […]

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Where Converts Are Made

May 12, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

Among the most moving events in the annals of ecclesiastical history are mass conversions to the Catholic faith. In the seven years following the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, eight million sought baptism in […]

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Secularism on Steroids

May 11, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

The Czech Republic is contemporary European secularism on steroids. Two decades after the Velvet Revolution, the nation of 10.2 million is wealthy, its per capita gross domestic product equaling South Korea’s and surpassing neighboring Poland’s […]

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The First Vocation Crisis

May 10, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

Addressing the societal collapse of marriage, the US bishops have issued a pastoral letter praised by defenders of the Church’s teaching on family life. In an August interview, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York discussed […]

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No to Neocolonialism

May 10, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

Addressing a group of African bishops less than a year before his death, Pope John Paul II rejoiced in the vitality of the Church on that continent—a vitality that continues to this day. In 1978, […]