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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., On Coming COVID Vaccines

A picture of Kennedy and the logo of the group he heads, the Children's Health Defense group By Stefanie Stark, special correspondent for Inside the Vatican. As a family that supports freedom from government force and open debate, how can we condone government violence, censorship, and compulsory medical procedures which the Nuremberg Charter and numerous [...]

Acquitted! Cardinal Pell’s Conviction Overturned

Conviction Overturned: Australian Cardinal George Pell has been released from prison after his conviction on charges that he abused two boys was overturned by Australia’s highest court. Pell here relaxes on the grounds of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney April 9, 2020. (CNS photo/courtesy Archdiocese of Sydney) After 409 Days [...]

Opponents, or Brothers in Spirit? The Relationship Between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI

The fraternal embrace between two Popes, Pope Francis on the left and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the right. Former Prefect of the Congregation for the doctrine of the Faith, German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, has written an essay in which he defends the participation of Pope emeritus Benedict in the current debate over priestly [...]

Marian Doctrine Conflict Part of Larger Dispute over State of Church

Pope Francis gives the homily as he celebrates a Mass marking the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 12, 2019. In attendance were U.S. bishops from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican. In the circle, Viganò. (CNS photos/Paul Haring) Archbishop [...]

The Tenderness of a Papal Document: “The Joy of Love”

April 8, Holy See press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia", on love in the family (Photo Grzegorz Galazka) Francis has given us a poetic, eloquent, moving hymn to love in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), issued April 8. This text is really for families: one part of this letter, [...]

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