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Why Italy’s turmoil may hold lessons for the lay role in the Church

Italian politics has a grand tradition of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and his government is now on the brink of collapse. As one commentator put it Friday, it appears that the “suicidal instincts” of Italian politics are stirring.

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Is Holiness Weird?

“Holiness requires a counter-cultural life.” This weekend we celebrate one of my favorite feast days: All Saints Day. I love thinking of the giant party that is happening in heaven as we celebrate the feast days of all those people who are …

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Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s relationship German Catholic association scrutinised

The Catholic Integrated Community first received recognition in the mid-late 1970s in Munich and Freising, and has recently been the subject of official Church scrutiny.

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The Power of the Morning Offering

“We place it in His hands – no matter what comes.” Sometimes we make prayer more complicated than it needs to be. A few days ago, I finished my cup of coffee and my brief morning time of prayer by kind of muttering under my breath, “I don’t…

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Citizens of Earth and Heaven

 “There’s an acute tension in the life of a Catholic that comes into focus this time of year.” In some ways, the Gospel reading this Sunday couldn’t come at a better time. Here in the United States, some pastors probably cringed when they o…

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