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The Legacy of Junípero Serra

By wffguest / September 22, 2015 /

Guest Patrick Laurence presents a realistic examination of Serra’s contribution to the Native Americans versus what the secular State might have done and did.

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The Inconvenient Truth for Liberals in Laudato Si

By Terri Aluise / June 17, 2015 /

By Guest Author Terri Aluise The Vatican is set to release Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical Laudato Si on Thursday. A leaked draft version of the encyclical was released earlier this week and shows that Pope Francis believes that man is the primary cause of climate change. Not surprisingly, Conservatives are already in an uproar…

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Metz Yeghérn (“The Great Evil”)

By John M. DeJak / April 21, 2015 /

In the summer of 2005, my family and I had the pleasure of visiting Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian at his home in New Hampshire. I have followed the work of Dr. Kalpakgian since the early nineties. I first recall reading him in the New Oxford Review as a high school senior. At the time, I was being fed a steady…

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Kerygma for a Magdalen Ministry

By John M. DeJak / April 6, 2015 /

About 20 years ago a friend of mine wrote a satire of modern ecclesial life in which he parodied the Bishops of the United States in a classic inversion of priorities in which the High Holy Day of Easter took second place to a  “Magdalen Ministry”–some sort of outreach where women’s contributions could be celebrated…

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Miracle: St. Gennaro’s Relics Re-Vivify for Pope Francis [VIDEOS]

By John B. Manos / March 21, 2015 /

I used to watch the Bob and Penny Lord shows because they had a great way of traveling around and finding some great things worldwide about the Church that were really neat. I don’t recall them covering Naples and the miracle of St. Gennaro (Januarius). I can hear what they would be saying, though. I…

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A Jesuit to the Core: Pope Francis Manifests Sincere Practice of Exercises

By John B. Manos / March 14, 2015 /

Too traditional to be understood today in American Catholicism, and despite the constant grind against him by the news, and the ill feelings generated by those within the Church, Francis is teaching well, thank God — A Jubilee of Mercy and why his thoughts of death produced it.

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New! Now 36 Doctors of the Church- Armenian Narek added

By John B. Manos / February 23, 2015 /

Surprise! We now have 36 doctors of the Church! Reported today, Pope Francis has named St. Gregory of Narek to be a doctor of the Universal Church. This move is interesting on many levels, partly because of when Narek lived:  he was born a mere 58 years before the Great Schism. So his life straddled the oncoming schism, but…

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Out-Loud Discussions

By John M. DeJak / February 2, 2015 /

In past generations, communication was limited. Society was largely agrarian and the modes of communication and the technology to deliver such to people outside one’s immediate circle was limited. It wasn’t non-existent, nor was it undesirable. Quite the contrary. Human beings are social animals and all have a desire to communicate and need to communicate. In modern times, it was the…

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Pope Francis on Rabbits and Large Families

By Landon DePasquale / January 28, 2015 /

In his recent trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis spoke forcefully on marriage and the family and sparked further headlines with his comment that Catholics should not “breed like rabbits.” Lost amidst the glaring headlines that the Holy Father has instructed Catholics to stop having kids are beautiful reflections on the family and its importance…

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On Feast of St. Andrew: Francis & Bartholomew sign joint declaration

By John B. Manos / November 30, 2014 /

Not leaving the occassion of being in Turkey on the Feast of St. Andrew untapped, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew signed a resolution affirming that it continues to be a priority to seek answers to the conundrum of Orthodox separation. Radio Vatican reports the following as the text of the declaration. I, for myself, am always…

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