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  • Transgender man says surgery denied at Catholic hospital

    Transgender man says surgery denied at Catholic hospital

    Jionni Conforti has sued St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., after he said it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy procedure he said was medically necessary as part of his gender transition. Conforti had scheduled the surgery in 2015, but he alleges in the federal lawsuit that a hospital administrator then told him the procedure to remove the uterus he was born with couldn’t be done because it was a “Catholic hospital.”

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  • Visiting the monasteries and churches of Rila and Bachkovo

    Visiting the monasteries and churches of Rila and Bachkovo

    St. Ivan found God in the mountains, in caves, and the hollows of trees. Born in the late 9th century, the patron saint of Bulgaria retreated from secular life at age 25 and he never returned. He first entered a monastery, and, after finding it inadequate, he headed into the wilderness of

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  • ‘Bicycle Thieves’ and true poverty

    ‘Bicycle Thieves’ and true poverty

    One of the 45 films of the 1995 Vatican film list in the “Values” category, “Bicycle Thieves” (1948) is new on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection. The enduring power of Vittorio De Sica’s heartbreaking Italian neorealist classic “Bicycle Thieves” (originally released in the US as “The Bicycle Thief”) lies in

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