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Amazon Synod’s Controversial Carved Figures Thrown Into Tiber River

ROME — A video uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 21 shows two men taking several wooden figures of a nude pregnant woman from a church near the Vatican and throwing them into the Tiber River. The figures have been present at several events connected...

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Prayers — and Royalty — Never Die: The Habsburg Dynasty

Editor’s note: The reorganization of Europe following World War I had a profound impact on many Catholic communities and on one pillar of European Catholicism in particular: the Habsburg family. Victor Gaetan’s interview with His Imperial and...

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Amazonian ‘Way of the Cross’ Prayed During Vatican’s Amazon Synod

VATICAN CITY — An “Amazonian Stations of the Cross” was prayed outside the Vatican Saturday, organized as part of a set of semiofficial events connected to the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. Imágenes del Via Crucis Panamazónico...

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Pope Urges Catholics to Share Christ’s Love on World Mission Day

VATICAN CITY — Jesus Christ desires that all people know him and his love, and every Catholic has the mission of sharing this love with the world, Pope Francis said Sunday at Mass for World Mission Day. “Those who bear witness to Jesus go out to...

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Vatican Documents Detail Suspicious Investments at Secretariat of State

Vatican City -- A confidential report from the Vatican’s anti-corruption authority shows that the Secretariat of State has used about $725 million, most of which came from the pope’s charity fund, in off-books operations. Italian weekly...

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The Bread of Heaven: Where Do Communion Hosts Come From?

When the sisters at the Monastery of the Sacred Passion in Erlanger, Kentucky, walk into their bakery several days a week, they are going to work at one of the most important physical labors in the Church. The cloistered sisters more than 745...

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The Cup of Salvation: Where Does Altar Wine Come From?

When at the request of his Mother Mary, Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding at Cana, it was the finest of all wines. And it was the purest wine of all when, at the Last Supper, he “took a cup … saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you, for this...

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Steady Till Sunset: Of Perseverance and Faith

Sunday, Oct. 20, is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C). Mass readings: Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8. As Jesus continues with his disciples on their journey to Jerusalem for the last time, he...

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Happily Ever After … in the Church: The Blessing of Convalidating Marriage

Ocean beaches, a fiancé’s non-Catholic church, a park, or at the Justice of the Peace office are some of the places that Catholics choose to get married outside of the Church. A lack of understanding of the Catholic sacrament of matrimony is to...

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The Secret, Sordid History of Eugenics Unveiled

THE GUARDED GATE Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians and Other European Immigrants Out of America  By Daniel Okrent Scribner, 2019 528 pages, $30 (hardcover) To order: amazon.com   Amid the glorious...