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Letter from Rome

Following the Orthodox Church, Francis announces World Day of Prayer's theme; U.S. Bishops don't. Why is Francis silent about mob's "Godfather-like" funeral in Rome?

Reading Left to Right

Biographer Randy Boyagoda paints Richard John Neuhaus as an unusually ambitious and politically engaged priest as public intellectual—but is his narrative too tidy?

Letter from Rome

Italian bishops join Francis in strongly denouncing European handling of migrant crisis; Are opponents of Cardinal Kasper's proposal releasing yet another book?

Judgment in Neoprene

Cultural competence proponents say we tend to focus on superficial, visible expressions of culture, while missing aspects of "deep culture" like concepts of self.

Letter from Rome

Traditionalists grumble Francis is stacking the Synod assembly with "lefties"; 2016 World Day of Peace theme is announced, along with a long list of global issues.

How to Do a Funeral

No one in the congregation was paying much attention to what Father Pastor was saying about the deceased. They were focused on where he'd put his reading glasses.

The Kasich-Walker Debate

It’s telling about today's Republican party: Kasich would probably be the better bet in the general election, while Walker has a better chance at the nomination.

Celebrating Humility

Francis sat before the Special Olympics athletes as though among heroes. Instead of us being there as his “audience,” he became the audience for athletes to address.

Annulment

Do Catholics who need an annulment for a new marriage to be valid in the eyes of the church really even know what's involved in the first place?

Divorce and Remarriage

Catholics experience a slightly lower than average divorce rate compared with the general population.

Catholics, Intermarriage, and Validity

What happens when Catholics marry non-Catholics?

Letter from Rome

Various Vatican officials are frustrated with the awkward translations of Francis's remarks. “Some of them make the pope sound stupid, and he's anything but."
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