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Last week, the renowned English physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. His contributions to contemporary physics cannot be overstated. And aside from his intellectual genius, his … more
Last week Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, declared the West African Ebola outbreak to be “unquestionably the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times.” Over 4,000 people have died from the Ebola outbreak and fears are widespread that the number could rise dramatically. more
It was early in the New England Patriots’ 2007 season when coach Bill Belichick and the Pats were disciplined for videotaping an opposing team’s defensive signals. The ensuing controversy, which came to be known as “Spygate,” cast a dark shadow over the organization’s reputation…but certainly not over its effectiveness. The Pats went on to finish the season undefeated and nearly won the Super Bowl. Their record in the years following “Spygate” has been even more impressive than the period in which they were believed to be taping other teams’ signals. more
St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI both taught clearly that the Church has norms for “determining the objective conditions under which communion may not be given” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia #42 … more
An ongoing series on CNN called “Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History,” explores the controversies surrounding the storied history of the popes. As one commentator recently observed, the dearth … more
The Church recently observed the 48th World Communications Day. It is remarkable to consider how rapidly communication has changed over the course of the last half-century. We have gone from black and white TV’s to iPhones, Twitter and Instagram. more
The recent “Women’s March on Washington,” drew crowds in the hundreds of thousands in protest of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. While President Trump has yet to sign … more
When Pope Benedict XVI made his first pastoral visit to the United States last April, churchmen, politicians, and the lay faithful were all desperate to see and meet the Holy Father. more
Political pundits and commentators noted many things about last week’s Republican Presidential Debate at the President Ronald Reagan Library. more
You may have heard of the culture craze called “flash mobs,” in which young people organize a meeting at a local mall or department store and “spontaneously” begin a carefully choreographed dance to a pre-selected song. The Internet is rife with such examples, many of them quite entertaining. more
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