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Empathy for Egypt

Holy Week 2017 began with a horrifying reminder of suffering and hate. Palm Sunday witnessed massacre and martyrdom in Egypt, as two suicide bombers struck Coptic churches in two cities — Tanta, in the Nile Delta in northern Egypt, and Alexandria...

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Georgetown University Begins to Make Amends for 1838 Sale of 272 Persons

One hundred and seventy-nine years ago, two Jesuit priests sold 272 persons at a slave auction. Their families were torn apart: Many of them were shipped more than 1,000 miles to Louisiana, and many more were barred from practicing their Catholic...

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Catholic Scientists Converge in Chicago to Ponder Big Questions

CHICAGO — The first conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists will focus on beginnings: the origin of consciousness, the origin of human language, the origin of the cosmos, and the origin of living things. “Might there be other planets...

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Ethics, Mathematics and the Rosary: An Ex-Atheist Discusses Her Conversion

Leah Libresco Sargeant, once a prominent atheist blogger, converted in 2012 to Catholicism after engaging and challenging her readership to present an intellectually rigorous, spiritually rewarding response to her questions on life. Sargeant...

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Catholic Church to Canonize Fatima Visionaries During Pope Francis’ May Visit

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will canonize visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto during his trip to Portugal on May 13, the 100th anniversary of the Fatima Marian apparitions. The Martos will be the youngest non-martyrs to be declared...

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‘A Man of Peace Brings a Message of Peace’ to Egypt

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ visit to Cairo later this month should serve to promote solidarity with Egypt’s Christians, further peace among its people, and help foster better Catholic relations with the Coptic Orthodox Church and Islam, the...

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‘Don’t Judge’ — How to Respond When Your Relativistic Friend Quotes Jesus

It’s fascinating how some people who don’t regularly read the Bible are quick to quote one scriptural verse back to Christians: “Don’t judge” (Matthew 7:1). This line is commonly used to silence us from speaking out on moral matters. “You...

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Pope: God Transformed Death Into Life Through Christ’s Resurrection

VATICAN CITY — As the Church celebrates the Easter Octave, Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a reflection on Christ’s resurrection and the start of Christianity, saying it’s not about us and what we do, but what the Lord has done for...

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Two Arkansas Executions Called Off, but Five Stay Scheduled

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Catholics in Arkansas and around the country continue to pray for death-row inmates in the state, after courts on Monday blocked two executions in an eight-inmate, 10-day flurry of executions planned by the governor. “#SCOTUS...

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A Minnesota Monk Takes on ISIS

It all began with one of the most ambitious smuggling operations of modern times. Back in 2012, the year Islamist militants linked to al-Qaida occupied Timbuktu, in the West African country of Mali, hundreds of volunteers packed a few small,...