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  • Re-tweeting, Liking, and Sharing the Good News

    Re-tweeting, Liking, and Sharing the Good News

    Pope Francis is relying on “a modern medium for an ancient Church” to accomplish one of the most important goals of his papacy: Creating a culture of dialogue and encounter. Twitter and other forms of social media is not without its troubles or temptations, but they can be used to help spread the the Church’s message of mercy.

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  • Will Francis follow Benedict or Obama when he speaks to Muslims in Egypt?

    Will Francis follow Benedict or Obama when he speaks to Muslims in Egypt?

    Pope Francis must choose how he addresses the Muslim community when he visits Egypt this week. He has two models: Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Pope Benedict XVI. When a newly-elected Obama decided to address the “Muslim world” from Cairo in 2009, he insisted that Islam is a “religion of peace,” corrupted by a small few, and that there is nothing particularly Islamic about the violence committed by those who claim to be acting in the name of the Islam. The alternative approach was taken by Benedict in his 2006 Regensburg address, where he advanced the argument that how we understand God Himself determines how we understand what He might command.

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  • America’s real first freedom? Secular government

    America’s real first freedom? Secular government

    The men who wrote the U.S. Constitution understood well that the greatest threat to freedom of conscience — of thought, belief, religion, and expression — was tyranny and, in their time, tyranny was predominantly religious in nature. So when the U.S. founders had the opportunity to forge a legal framework for a new nation, they inscribed as the first freedom the right to live free from the government’s heavy hand in the area of religion.

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  • Meet the New Martyrs—same as the Old Martyrs?

    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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  • France once again testing ground for politics in the West

    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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  • It’s time for Francis and the Vatican to get tough on Venezuela

    It’s time for Francis and the Vatican to get tough on Venezuela

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has unleashed government goons against the Church, entering parish churches to disrupt Masses. On Wednesday of Holy Week, Maduro’s men burst into the Chrism Mass of Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, shouting threats and physically assaulting the cardinal. It would therefore seem time for a denunciation from Pope Francis against the Maduro regime.

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