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    France once again testing ground for politics in the West

    When France returns to the polls on May 7 to elect a new president, they face a choice between two outsiders. One – Marine Le Pen – offers a protectionist, nativist response to the crisis of globalization. The other – Emmanuel Macron – seeks a new, deeper engagement with the European Union, making globalization work for France.

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    Meet the New Martyrs—same as the Old Martyrs?

    Is the juxtaposition of “the new martyrs” vs. “the old martyrs” in the Church really fair? It suggests that while martyrs used to be killed for hatred of the faith, they now die for “odium amoris” and other formulations of the canon law requirements for martyrdom. It may simply be that the “New Martyrs” seem “new” to us because of the novelty that their martyrdoms happened in the cultural context of our modern times.

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    Pope Francis deploys his power over the past

    When Pope Francis travels to the small Italian town of Bozzolo on June to pray at the tomb of Don Primo Mazzolari, the renowned "pastor of Bozzolo," he'll be exercising his primacy not over the present so much as the past -- specifically, his ability to decide which Catholic figures of the past are celebrated, and, when necessary, rehabilitated.

Pope Francis travels to Egypt April 28-29, a trip that takes him to Al-Azhar mosque and university, the most prestigious center of learning in the Sunni Muslim world. It’s a high-wire act, one in which terrorism, Christian/Muslim relations, ecumenism, and the fate of persecuted Christians all will be front-and center. Crux’s John L. Allen Jr. is the papal plane, and click here for our comprehensive coverage.

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  • If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    • April 23, 2017

    Though anti-Christian persecution around the world is a widespread and growing problem, popes can’t just wave a magic wand and make police states, armed gangs and terrorists disappear. What they can do, however, is deploy their unique authority to fast-track sainthood causes for new martyrs, and Pope Francis has a looming chance to do just that when he visits India.


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  • Pope Francis says devil is behind anti-Christian persecution

    Pope Francis says devil is behind anti-Christian persecution

    • April 22, 2017

    Leading a prayer service in memory of the Christian martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries, Pope Francis also spoke about a woman whose name he doesn’t know, but who “looks down on us from heaven.” He got to know her through her husband, a Muslim refugee who Francis encountered in Greece. The woman, whom the pope described as a martyr, was a Christian beheaded by terrorists after refusing to throw away a cross she was wearing.

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  • Florida interfaith coalition united against hate crimes
    Florida interfaith coalition united against hate crimes
    • April 25, 2017

    A priest, a rabbi, and a reverend team up to offer vigilance and to better respond to hate crimes and ease anxieties affecting different faiths. The interfaith Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs and Parkland works to strengthen clergy bonds and enhance the quality of life in the community.


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  • Hurting in the Church: An honest look at human realities
    Hurting in the Church: An honest look at human realities
    • April 24, 2017

    In his new book ‘Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics,’ Father Thomas Berg says he wants priests to listen to the experiences of hurting Catholics. He says the book is an invitation to a kind of Church-wide self-examination: Where have we failed in charity? Why is our day-to-day, interpersonal living of that Christ-like gift of self, agape-love, so languid at times, so passive, so anemic?