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“Bicycling Cardinal” Is New Head of Italy’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA) Italian Cardinals Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve (left) and Matteo Zuppi of Bologna. Zuppi has been chosen the president of the Italian bishops' conference, succeeding Cardinal Bassetti (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis has chosen P Cardinal Matteo Zuppi as the next president of the Italian bishops’ conference following a [...]

Fr. Gino Belleri: “Icon of a Vatican that no longer exists” dies on May 16 at age 93

"Bookseller to the Popes" saw seven papal conclaves in his lifetime By Andrea Gagliarducci (ACIStampa) He said that during the conclave of 1963 he put a giant picture of Montini in front of the bookshop, with the certainty that he would be elected Pope. And so it was. But Don Gino Belleri, who was ordained a [...]

Cardinal Angelo Sodano: Curial leader dies May 27 at age 94

The former Secretary of State and Dean of the College of Cardinals died after 60 years in Vatican service By Catholic News Service/ITV staff Grzegorz Galazka photo Cardinal Angelo Sodano, former Vatican Secretary of State and former Dean of the College of Cardinals, died in Rome May 27 at the age of 94. According [...]

St. Edith Stein: Understanding the Feminine

This Converted Jewish Intellectual and Atheist Articulated the Truth of God’s Design for Woman by Mary Ellen Stanford * Edith Stein (1891-1942), once the brilliant student of the philosopher Edmund Husserl, is now revered by Catholics as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. A German Jew and atheist who converted to Catholicism during the era [...]

Is “Truth” Welcome in Today’s Catholic Universities?

"Academic Freedom" and the Tyranny of the Modern College Campus By Michael F. McLean, Ph.D., President of Thomas Aquinas College* Some of the titles read in the “Great Books” curriculum at the college. Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, president of Notre Dame University and signatory to the “Land O’Lakes Statement” in 1967 Last fall, [...]

Family as a Key to Reading His Pontificate and His Life

In the classroom, the Curia and the Papacy, Benedict treated all as members of a family By Andrea Gagliarducci Joseph Ratzinger, top right, is pictured with his family in a 1951 photograph. Next to the future Pope Benedict XVI is his brother, Georg. Seated are his sister, Maria, and his parents, Maria and Joseph. (CNS [...]

Archbishop Roche: “The Traditional Mass Must Go”

But are his reasons theologically sound? Archbishop Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome By James Baresel Mass in the old rite Those who read the recent public statements made by Archbishop Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in his attempt to justify the changed [...]

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