Monthly Archives: February 2008

Grand Master R.I.P.

The grand master of the Knights of Malta, Fra Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, died in Rome on Thursday. His passing means that Rome will host a new election — the Knights call it a conclave — sometime soon. For those … Continue reading

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Using ‘Big Brother’ to explain the Jesuit election process

Father Carlo Casalone, an Italian delegate to the Jesuit General Congregation, said it was interesting that “Grande Fratello,” the Italian version of the televison program “Big Brother,” had its season premiere Jan. 21, just two days after the Jesuits elected their … Continue reading

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Is McCain pro-life?

Now that Sen. John McCain appears to be this year’s presumptive Republican presidential nominee, one developing storyline is whether he’ll have the support of the pro-life movement this fall. A glimpse into that debate can be found in the pages of … Continue reading

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Repenting for sins they never committed

The lead sentence in this story in the Catholic Sentinel of Portland, Ore., says it all: This Lent, some Portland Catholics are repenting for horrific sins they never committed. What follows is how a Portland couple decided that, if the … Continue reading

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Resources for Lent

As we begin our Lenten journey, St. Anthony Messenger magazine offers one woman’s reflection on “Getting Lost in Lent,” along with possible steps for those who “stumble into the Lenten season with bruised souls.” And speaking of Lent, the Florida Catholic had a … Continue reading

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Year of the Rat

As Chinese, including Catholics, get ready to celebrate the Year of the Rat, Annie Lam, head of the China office for the Asian church news agency UCA News, talks about the impact the country’s heavy snowstorms have had on the … Continue reading

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A makeover and a scoop

The Vatican newspaper is sporting a cleaner, more dynamic look, and it’s getting positive reviews. L’Osservatore Romano’s new editor, Giovanni Maria Vian, promised changes when Pope Benedict appointed him last fall. The newspaper was badly in need of a makeover, … Continue reading

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