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Cardinal Parolin addresses financial scandals, China and Iraq in new interview

The cardinal, who is the secretary of state at the Vatican, said the world is undergoing massive crises that underline the need to come together in solidarity and dialogue. Cardinal Pietro Parolin in a recent interview with French Catholic TV network KTO. Video screengrab via KTO January 29, 2021 By Claire Giangravé - [...]

Top Ten 2020 #4: Georges Assaf and Aya Naimeh

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Feast of St. Pamphilus.     Born in Beirut, Lebanon in the mid-200s, Pamphilus died today, February 16, in the year 309, executed as a martyr under the Diocletianic persecutions. He was the most renowned Biblical scholar of his generation and a great devotee of the brilliant but sometimes controversial theologian [...]

Top Ten 2020 #5: Agnes, Ivan, Joshua, and Jimmy

Monday, February 15, 2021 Feast of Sts. Faustinus and Jovita of Brescia, Italy (early 2nd century AD) and also of Blessed Jordan of Saxony, second head of the Dominican Order after the founder, St. Dominic (early 1200s)     Faustinus and Jovita were brothers, nobly born and natives of Brescia in northern Italy. All the incidents in [...]

Top Ten 2020 #6: Professor Jane Adolphe

   Sunday, February 14, 2021 Feast of St. Valentine (early 200s to AD 269 or 270), Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages     St. Valentine, officially known as St. Valentine of Rome, is a third-century Roman saint widely celebrated on February 14 and commonly associated with "courtly love."     Although not much of St. Valentine's life is reliably known, it is generally agreed that [...]

Top Ten 2020 #7: Retired Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz

Saturday, February 13, 2021     Feast of St. Polyeuctus (early 200s to 259 AD), Patron of vows and treaty agreements. A Roman martyr of Greek parentage, Polyeuctus was an official in the Roman provincial govern­ment in the East. He was put to death in Armenia during the persecution launched in the 250s by the Emperor Valerian. His Acts, recorded by Symeon Metaphrastes, are well known for their beauty and poignancy. Metaphrastes writes [...]

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