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    Can anything burst Pope's media bubble? Nah, probably not

    Next March will mark the five-year anniversary of Francis's papacy, and one interesting question is whether the broad media love affair with Francis will still be in place when that moment comes. John Allen says "probably yes," because by now the positive narrative surrounding Francis has become so entrenched as to be basically impervious to reconsideration.

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    To reach the peripheries, follow Katherine Drexel there

    As the sole heiress to her late father, Katharine inherited approximately $20 million, which would measure in excess of $200 million today. Katharine was one of the wealthiest people in the United States and could have done anything she wanted. She chose to go to the peripheries, and donated her entire inheritance to the care and help of those in poverty and need.

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    Vatican article says 'main obstacle' for Pope Francis is bishops, priests

    Shortly after one Vatican article stirred debate by asserting there's an "ecumenism of hate" in the U.S. between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics, another over the weekend asserted that the "main obstacle" to implementing Pope Francis's vision for the Church is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.”

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  • As latest Vatican trial opens, is it time to dust off ‘About Doctrine’?

    As latest Vatican trial opens, is it time to dust off ‘About Doctrine’?

    • July 20, 2017

    Back in the 19th century, French novelist and journalist Edmond About was considered the Tocqueville of the Papal States, and he had a fairly cynical view of papal justice. As the latest Vatican trial opens, it’s interesting to apply his tests. There’s also some question marks about the timing of the trial, and a juicy irony waiting to be exploited surrounding the name of one of the defense lawyers.


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  • Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese

    Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese

    • July 22, 2017

    Last June, Pope Francis threatened the priests of the Ahiara diocese in Nigeria with suspension unless they wrote a letter addressed to him, apologizing for refusing to accept their bishop, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012. Days after the deadline, letters from Rome responding to each priest individually began to arrive in the diocese.

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  • 6 killed as tensions over shrine turn violent in Israel
    6 killed as tensions over shrine turn violent in Israel
    • July 22, 2017

    What began with the attempt by Israel to put up metal detectors at al-Aqsa Mosque after an attack that left two Israeli police dead, has now wrought more violence. A young Palestinian man broke into an Israeli settler’s home to kill those he found there at dinner. The Church leaders in the Holy Land had been warning that any attempt to modify the Status Quo of the holy sites would lead to more violence.


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