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The Life of Pope Francis

Timeline: the life of Pope Francis

As Pope Francis continues making headlines with his calls for reform and renewal, here is a timeline of his life before the papacy. You can click on the image to view it in full size.

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Praying for the suspects

Like many Americans, I spent most of the day yesterday glued to the TV, watching as events unfolded near Boston. The suspense, anxiety and ultimate relief when the second suspect was captured drew me in like a thrilling action movie. But at the end of the day, after the last press conference and the last [...]

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Why the Catholic Church and ‘gay marriage’ cannot coexist

In recent months, I have heard some Catholics ask why the Church is so concerned about the definition of civil marriage. After all, they say, changing the definition of civil marriage to include gay couples would have no consequences on the definition of the sacrament of Matrimony, so changing the law will not harm the [...]

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After birth abortion?

Have you seen this video? At a recent congressional committee hearing, Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow made a shocking claim. She was asked by a Congressman: “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is [...]

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Unusual allies in the ‘gay marriage’ debate

As a panel of 9 justices in D.C. considers whether to redefine marriage as it has always been understood, academics from diverse political backgrounds are united in questioning the wisdom of tampering with the most basic of social institutions. Princeton Professor Robert P. George, joined by scholars Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, recently released [...]

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Pope Francis and the ‘dirty’ media tactics of the New York Times

Carson Holloway makes some astute observations in his recent Catholic Vote post. He exposes one example of “the unfairness, dishonesty, ignorance, and irrationality at work” already in the media’s coverage of Pope Francis. Unable to claim that the new Pontiff is disinterested in the poor, certain segments of the media have attempted to smear his [...]

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Infographics: The conclave – who, where, how

Now that the conclave has started, it is anyone’s guess as to how long it will last or who will emerge from the Sistine Chapel as our next Holy Father. In the meantime, here are some infographics to give you a better idea of what’s going on as the cardinals begin voting. (Click on any [...]

One more tip for journalists covering the conclave

A few days ago, Hillary wrote a great blog post offering advice to secular journalists covering the upcoming conclave. I’d like to add my own thoughts, since this is a topic I find particularly troubling. So, all you reporters preparing to cover the papal election next week, here’s one more simple but important tip: 1). [...]

Pope Emeritus Benedict and the New Evangelization

Blessed Pope John Paul II tends to be the Pope that is often associated with the New Evangelization, using modern methods to call those around us to a fuller conversion in Christ. However, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has done a tremendous job over the last eight years of picking up where his predecessor left off [...]

Video: Youth thank Pope emeritus Benedict

Have you seen this international video produced by a group of young people in Spain to thank Pope emeritus Benedict XVI for his service to the Church? It’s received more than 80,000 views in less than two weeks. Young people love the Pope!

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