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RealClearReligion: Pope Francis, Please Prosecute

By Maureen Ferguson Fyodor Dostoyevsky observes in his novel The House of the Dead, “Man is a creature that can get accustomed to anything.” As the bishops of the Catholic Church convene in Baltimore this week to address the abuse crisis, Dostoyevsky’s reflection on human nature…

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What a papal visit means to Colombians

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Pope Francis has arrived in Colombia for an unprecedented four-day trip. The press is highlighting the peace accord between the country’s president Manuel Santos and leftist guerrillas, but for most Colombians who will attend the Pope’s gatherings and Masses, this visit is…

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Mother Teresa Fought Poverty as an Evil—and Lived It as A Virtue

On Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa, who will be known as St. Teresa of Calcutta, as a perfect model and inspiration. She fought against poverty, embraced it in her own life, and gave up all material goods and physical comfort. Her understanding of…

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Commentary: Church, Chaput stand up for Christian ideal

By Grazie Pozo Christie Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, is a rich and complex document about marriage and family – both the noble Christian ideals and the troubled and broken ways we too often experience them. Many have interpreted the exhortation’s merciful tone…

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Statement on Amoris Laetitia

The Holy Father has given the Church what Archbishop Chaput called “a serious and extensive reflection on Christian marriage.” Its very length, over 60,000 words and more than 250 pages long, is a manifestation of just how seriously the Church and Pope Francis take the…

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The Pope Condemns the New Colonialism: Leftists Telling Africans to Act More Like Westerners

Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Africa last week, having received exuberant welcomes in Uganda, Kenya, and the Central African Republic. Before departing the continent, during a visit to Kangemi, a slum in Nairobi, the pontiff alluded to how the rich and powerful West…

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Family, the Synod and the Pope

The ever-popular Pope Francis received a rock-star welcome in the United States recently, doing what he usually does: challenging entrenched opinions and blithely crossing political lines which seemed impassable.  It was in Philadelphia, where his focus was the needs and pastoral care of the family,…

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The Crisis of Marriage

Anyone at Mass on the first Sunday in October heard the same readings, including the bishops congregated in Rome for the Synod on the Family. They were from Genesis: the creation of woman to be man’s perfect companion “bone of my bones and flesh of…

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The Free Market Pope?

Lost amid the media’s tug-of-war over the Pope’s political persuasions (which he has made clear do not exist), has been his clear affirmation of the dignity and vocation of work and free enterprise as ennobling. In his address to Congress, Pope Francis directly addressed, “the…

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Why I love the pope, even as a conservative

I have a confession: I’m a conservative, and I lovePope Francis. In the lead-up to his visit this week, his first ever to the United States, the news media frame is simple: happy liberals, disgruntled conservatives. Catholics like myself, who identify strongly with the Republican Party…

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