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Nearly a month later, spiritual uplift in the country continues to bounce along.  From a British writer at Patheos: Since the pope’s mid-September visit here, there is a definite sense of English Catholics suddenly rediscovering their confidence (the Scots have […]

An important new Vatican office was announced today — but not without what might be considered an embarrassing hitch. Details: Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday outlined his most tangible initiative yet to try to revive Christianity, creating a Vatican office […]

“My very dear brothers and sisters, whoever works in the media, if he does not wish to be “a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1) — as Saint Paul would say — must have well-rooted in himself […]

That’s just one of the sharp insights from this analysis of the papal UK trip from the Catholic Herald, courtesy Whispers: In Hyde Park, the Pope literally exposed the heart of the Catholic faith to crowds of thousands and a […]

Historian and theologian Fr. Mark Massa, S.J. has just written a new book called “The American Catholic Revolution: How the ’60s Changed the Church Forever,” and he gave an interview about it to the Religion News Service: Q: Why should […]

This nails it: a sterling appreciation of the papal visit — and the papacy — from Ross Douthat: No doubt most of Britain’s five million Catholics do not believe exactly what Benedict believes and teaches. No doubt most of them […]

The response appears to have been generally positive — but grudgingly so: British media Monday hailed Pope Benedict XVI for shedding his distant and authoritarian image on his historic state visit, but cautioned the Catholic Church still faced challenges in […]

“My thoughts go in a special way to all those who are spiritually united with this Eucharistic celebration, and in particular the sick, the elderly, the handicapped and those who suffer mentally and spiritually. Here too I think of the […]

“Religion, in other words, is not a problem for legislators to solve, but a vital contributor to the national conversation. In this light, I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginalization of religion, particularly of Christianity, that is […]

H/T to Taylor Marshall, who posted the picture below, by Igor V. Babailov, entitled, “The Truth, the Way and the Life.” To my eye, this is a younger-looking Ratzinger than we’re accustomed to seeing in public. I haven’t been able […]