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    Pope's trip to Egypt may be one of those "big deal" moments

    Six years ago, a pope addressed Egypt, expressing outrage over an attack on a Christian church and calling for efforts against religious extremism, and the political and clerical establishment bristled. Now, Pope Francis came to Egypt and said much the same thing, and was embraced. One thing that seems to have changed is the mounting frustration of ordinary people here with terrorism and violence.

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    Saints remind us of what is most human, sacred, and good

    Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, who gave up her life so that her daughter might live, shows us the wisdom of the Gospel and the church’s teachings in contested areas of human life. She points us to the cross when things are confusing and appear to be spinning, since the cross is stable and always stands firm, and perpetually shows the believer the path of love, which is not easy but which always allows goodness to win.

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    The Perils of Sperm Donation 2.0

    There has been an explosion of new ways to donate and acquire sperm for artificial insemination. Particularly in the age of social media, conceiving children has become a business. Resisting this throwaway culture, the Church proposes a positive view of procreation’s connection to sexuality which understands children to be a gift, not something that we should have the freedom to purchase in a market.

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  • Pope warns Korean conflict could threaten ‘good part’ of humanity

    Pope warns Korean conflict could threaten ‘good part’ of humanity

    • April 29, 2017

    In a typically wide-ranging press conference at the end of his two-day trip to Egypt, Pope Francis warned that a widened conflict around nuclear-armed North Korea could have disastrous consequences, saying it could wipe out a “good part of humanity,” The pontiff called for a diplomatic solution and said the role of the United Nations has been overly “watered down.”

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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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  • The Vatican’s quiet reformer
    The Vatican’s quiet reformer
    • April 29, 2017

    The President of the Vatican Information Authority (AIF), René Brülhart, was speaking at Oxford University’s Blavatbik School of Government on reforming Vatican finances on Thursday night. Brülhart has sought to create a “tailor-made” system of regulation — a term he used often in his talk — that brings the Vatican into line with contemporary European standards but without sacrificing its uniqueness.

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  • High rent may doom Catholic chapel that survived 9/11
    High rent may doom Catholic chapel that survived 9/11
    • April 30, 2017

    St. Joseph’s Chapel in Battery Park City, serves as a memorial to 9/11 in several ways. It was undamaged during the attacks and thus was used as a command center by rescue workers and volunteers. There are statues of the patron saints of firefighters and policemen. But though it survived the destruction of 9/11, it might not be able to hold out against the high rents of the resurgent neighborhood, and its parishioners are hoping to save it.

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  • The ‘Benedict Option’ is not enough
    The ‘Benedict Option’ is not enough
    • April 26, 2017

    Theologian Michael Baxter offers a critique of “The Benedict Option,” in which writer Rod Dreher proposes Christians withdraw from political life in America. Baxter says Dreher is right to seek a more robust form of Christian commitment shaping how we live, but has a flawed understanding of how “Christian” the United States has been in the past.

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