AsiaNews: Mao Zedong, who tried to destroy religion in his lifetime, is now worshiped like a god. Especially in Hunan, the province where he came from, Buddhist and Taoist temples often have a statue of the Great Helmsman, covered with yellow … Continue reading
Crisis Magazine, John Paul Meenan; A recent article in First Things by J.D. Flynn reflects upon Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese novel Silence, now being released as a film directed by Martin Scorcese (which should tell you something). The tale follows an idealistic Jesuit missionary who, … Continue reading
Community in Mission: In the ancient Church and up until rather recently, one genuflected at the two references to the Incarnation during the Mass: during the Creed and in the Last Gospel (John 1). Why was this done? It was explained … Continue reading
Yes, you read that right. So objecting to Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its building of hundreds of thousands of settlements on land stolen from its neighbor could bring on a curse from God for the USA. God may well … Continue reading
National Catholic Register, K.V.Turley: It was a bright summer’s day. I had walked the streets of suburban London through the midday heat. Then I left the glare behind and entered a darkened room. Before me was Our Lady of Fatima; … Continue reading
1Peter5, Maike Hickson: On 25 December 2016 the Brazilian Leonardo Boff, one of the most prominent theorists and operatives of Latin American Liberation Theology, gave a candidly revealing and manifoldly informative interview to the German regional newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. Due to … Continue reading
Reading this rending appeal by Father Tom Uzhunnalil, I think of Asia Bibi too, a Pakistani Catholic mother, now in her seventh year of captivity. She, too, is not European, only a poor woman. I think of the clergy and … Continue reading
New Liturgical Movement, Peter Kwasniewski: Among the most beloved of Christmas pieces is surely the so-called “Huron Carol.” The carol’s text was written by St. Jean de Brebeuf in Quebec in 1642 or 1643 while his father recuperated from a … Continue reading
FoxNews: A Republican National Committee official lashed out at critics after part of a Christmas statement it made Sunday sparked outrage on social media. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released a three-paragraph statement on the holiday, but it was the first … Continue reading
Rorate Caeli, Robert de Mattei: Has the Pope appointed an external commissioner to the Order of Malta? Pope Francis undeniably likes the strategy of appointing external commissioners as he has already adopted this draconian measure against two religious communities considered too … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the Russian people after a Russian defense ministry plane crashed near Sochi, killing all 92 people aboard. The Pope made his remarks following his December 26 Angelus address. More here with links.
1Peter5, Maike Hickson: Editor’s Note: Bishop Andreas Laun is Auxiliary Bishop of Salzburg, Austria. He is also a Professor of Moral Theology at the Philosophical-Theological Faculty of Heiligenkreuz, Austria. He is a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Maike … Continue reading
AsiaNews: The UN Security Council has delayed a vote on a resolution calling on Israel to stop the expansion of its colonies in the Occupied Territories. The motion was filed a day earlier by Egypt, but the same country withdrew it … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: Pope Francis lashed out at “malicious” opponents of Church reform, in a December 22 address to the leaders of the Roman Curia. The Pope had stunned Rome in 2014 when he used his December address to the Roman Curia, … Continue reading
CNA: Coloring books for adults have exploded onto the bookstore scene in the past two years. What was once considered a hobby for the kids is now all the rage for people who are full-grown. More here.