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  • Pope again flexes papal muscle to keep tabs on cardinals

    Pope Francis has revived what has been called a “noble tradition” of asking cardinals to inform him when they leave town and where they’re going. This show of papal muscle comes after the pope wrote a letter asking for obedience to a rioting diocese in Nigeria and the tensions with the Knights of Malta.

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  • A convert looks at Pope Francis and Church unity

    A convert looks at Pope Francis and Church unity

    Christopher White is a convert to the Catholic faith who was drawn by the unity in the Church, with the pope being an important part of that unity. Now he wonders why Catholics who said “the cafeteria is closed” when John Paul II and Benedict XVI were popes, are under Pope Francis not only supporting an open cafeteria, but trying to start a food fight.

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  • A template for real Catholic reform in 2017

    A template for real Catholic reform in 2017

    One of the key principles of reform is the idea of return, or rediscovery. To reform is not to change one’s nature or alter one’s identity, but to return to the truth of oneself that may have become distorted or atrophied over time.

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  • Francis is a great prophet, but he also needs to be pope

    Francis is a great prophet, but he also needs to be pope

    St. Paul was on fire for Christ. Totally converted and traveling tirelessly, he evangelized, fought, wrote and preached. Peter was no less passionate for Christ, but his ministry became one of founding churches and taking the leadership role. If you like, Paul was the prophet, Peter the priest and pope.

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  • What exactly divides Catholics and Orthodox?

    Eastern and Western Christianity have been divided for a millennium, and although in recent decades both Catholic and Orthodox leaders have made closer ties a priority, some serious issues still remain — including, in the first place, the role and the authority of the pope.

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  • Pope backs apology to gays, but says it’s not just them

    Pope backs apology to gays, but says it’s not just them

    In a wide-ranging news conference on Sunday, Pope Francis said Christians should apologize anytime “there are people we could have defended and we didn’t,” insisted that “there’s only one pope” despite recent talk of an expanded papacy, and denied that creating a commission necessarily “opens the door” to women deacons.

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