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Saint of the Day

St. Anthony Messenger presents an illuminating profile of a saint commemorated today.

  • Sts. Joachim and Anne
    In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we als …

America

“In All Things” offers daily commentary from the nation’s most influential weekly Catholic journal, America, published by the Jesuits since 1909.

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Commonweal

Updates from “DotCommonweal,” the blog of the prominent U.S. lay-edited weekly Commonweal, published since 1924.

  • Silence/Words/Action
    The auxiliary bishop of Baghdad laments Western silence regarding the plight of Christians in Iraq: “Where is the respect for the rights of Christians?” the Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad Shlemon Warduni …
  • 'The Rockford Files': Secret to a marriage?
    A couple of decades on, my wife and I still find ourselves telling people about our Pre-Cana experience, held at a parish in a Brooklyn neighborhood known then, with implied notoriety, as an Italian-A …
  • Arizona Slowly Suffocates Man to Death
    In the next in a series of gruesome botched executions in the US, Arizona managed to take nearly 2 hours to kill convicted murderer Joesph Wood. 
  • Remembering Klaus Demmer
    In September 1982, I moved to Rome to do a licentiate and a doctorate at the Gregorian University. I wanted to study with Josef Fuchs, SJ, who had just retired but told me he would direct my dissertat …
  • Mary Gordon on "Francis and the Nuns" in Harper's
    In my column last month, I asked, "Why hasn’t Pope Francis stepped in to get the Vatican off the nuns’ backs" and revoke the CDF's mandate to reform the LCWR? "If Francis really wa …
  • Religion and the "Value-Added" Life
    One of the most egregious (and frankly ugly) cliches of the managerial class is the language of labor that adds value, or “value-added” activity that builds on (and builds up) the entrepreneurial self …

Whispers in the Loggia

Rocco Palmo reports on international Church developments from Philadelphia on his widely-read blog Whispers in the Loggia.

  • Facing "A False Choice," At Fortnight's Close, The Church's Case
    For the third year running, this 4th of July marks the finale of the US church's Fortnight for Freedom, the national initiative born amid the specter of the Obamacare contraceptive mandate's …
  • "The Blessing of Equal Liberty"
    We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, ma …
  • The Barque Rocks On
    Simply put, it is the oldest continuous office on Earth.One thousand nine hundred eighty one years in existence…. Two hundred sixty-six occupants…. A line that encompasses great saints and walking …
  • "The Problem For Us Is Fear" – On Pope's Day, Francis Calls Bishops To "Follow"
    Marking the patronal feast of Rome – and, indeed, the papacy itself – on this solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul the city's 266th bishop led the 30th anniversary of the tradition instituted by St …
  • In Michigan, A Spartan Shift – Lansing Chancellor Raica to Gaylord
    As the Curia's "end of school" desk-clearing reaches its close, the US' longest-standing vacancy has been settled.At Roman Noon this Friday, the Pope tapped Msgr Steven Raica, 61 – …

  • Stacking out at 73 pages and released at Roman Noon, the all-important Instrumentum Laboris for October's Synod on the Family is available as both html and pdf. Don't let somebody else be yo …

Vox Nova

Church Social Teaching is the focus on this blog by various Catholic writers seeking to discover the connection between faith and public life.

  • A Good Question and a Bad Answer
    Russell Shaw has an article at the Catholic World Report on Vatican II with the title  Did We Really Need Vatican II?  I think the question is a good one, and I wish I had time to ruminate on it at le …
  • The Tired Logic of the Cycle of Violence
    I’m not usually a big fan of Nicholas Kristof, but he has written a perceptive New York Times column on the symmetry of the rhetoric on either side of the Israel-Palestine conflict and its latest flar …
  • Resolved:
    In terms of their general experience, African Americans exist in an economic and social down-draft; white Americans exist in an economic and social updraft. Discuss.
  • Catholic Women on Not Using Birth Control
    If I have been largely silent on the subject of contraception, it has been for two main reasons. Firstly, while I am comfortable with Catholic teaching on the matter, I tend to see it as a secondary i …
  • From “Throwaway” to “Encounter”: A Call to Conversion
    In the recent opening session of the “Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development”, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, read a message from Pope Francis as well as add …
  • Miserere Nobis
    “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to Me.”

The Deacon’s Bench

Deacon Greg Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn offers interesting news related to Church life and society on his blog.

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