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    An Argentine asks Americans, why the obsession with the culture wars?

    As an Argentinian, the American concept of the 'culture wars' often seems opaque and odd. If one were to take Pope Francis's concept of the Church as a river seriously, it would seem that there should be room for islands on both the left and the right.

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    Christian children detained in India, state claims they are Hindu under the law

    Christians have been facing increasing discrimination in different parts of India. In the latest incidents, children were prevented from attending a summer camp, because their Christian parents had allegedly failed to convert to Christianity “legally.”

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    What Happens When Women Pray?

    The vocation of Catholic womanhood can be fully realized only through prayer. A new book shows how different women use the Eucharist, Mary, Saints, and the Rosary to help form their prayer life; keeping in mind the words of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen: “To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.”

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    Deafening silence on Müller confirms key insight on Francis papacy

    • May 28, 2017

    German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, recently had controversial things to say both about ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ the pope’s document on the family, and on female deacons. The fact few have reacted confirms a key insight about Pope Francis, which is that his network of informal advisers is far more important than organizational charts.

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  • Pope in Genoa challenges the ‘worldliness’ of Catholic life

    Pope in Genoa challenges the ‘worldliness’ of Catholic life

    • May 27, 2017

    In a busy morning, Pope Francis said that the Church is interested in the “dignity of work” because even Jesus was a worker, acknowledged the role religious people have had in the drop in vocations by leading a worldly life, and challenged the young people of Genoa to question whatever the surrounding culture presents as normal, including the fact that the Mediterranean Sea has become a cemetery.

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  • Canadian premier Trudeau meets Pope Francis at the Vatican
    Canadian premier Trudeau meets Pope Francis at the Vatican
    • May 29, 2017

    Less than a week after meeting with President Trump, Pope Francis met with another key leader in North America on Monday May 29, the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau is called the “anti-Trump” by many, and the meeting featured many points of congruence as well as contested issues, such as euthanasia.

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