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  • Progressive champion once seen as papal candidate dies in Milan

    Progressive champion once seen as papal candidate dies in Milan

    Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, who was nominated as Archibishop of Milan by John Paul II and held the post for nearly a decade, has died on Saturday at the age of 83. The cardinal was a moral theologian who contributed to the writing of the encyclical Evangelium Vitae and was for many years considered a possible candidate to becoming pope. As archbishop, Tettamanzi in many ways anticipated the ‘Pope Francis style’ by reaching out to the peripheries and to the marginalized.

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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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  • Jude Law stars as a disruptive pontiff in HBO’s ‘Young Pope’

    Jude Law stars as a disruptive pontiff in HBO’s ‘Young Pope’

    Jude Law, star of HBO’s new series “The Young Pope” says, “At the core of our series is its humanity. We penetrate the layers of curiosity and intrigue surrounding the very human institution of the Catholic Church, and explore how people interact within it.”

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  • Pope mixes small moments in Krakow in with the big ones

    Pope mixes small moments in Krakow in with the big ones

    Already along the way during World Youth Day, Pope Francis has mixed some trademark personal impromptu moments in with his formal schedule, including a video chat with Italian youth, a visit to a elderly and ailing cardinal, and dropping in on a group of nuns.

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  • "Is the Pope Catholic?" suddenly a serious question

    It’s always been the jokey answer to a dumb question, but it’s now a serious issue for Catholic intellectuals who have been criticizing, and defending, the Catholic bona fides of Pope Francis, especially since the pontiff released a landmark document on family life earlier this month that some say calls

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  • Pope Francis: 'The Joy of Discipleship'

    Pope Francis: 'The Joy of Discipleship'

    [Editor’s note: The Joy of Discipleship: Reflections from Pope Francis on Walking with Christ is the third book by Pope Francis to be published in English. In this excerpt, Francis lays out his vision of mercy for the special jubilee “Year of Mercy” he decreed to run from Dec. 8, 2015, to

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