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January 1, 1970 Archives

Bush visit to Trastavere: US President George W. Bush has cancelled a plan to visit the St. Egidio community in Rome on June 9, apparently because of security concerns. The American leader was due to travel to Rome’s Trastevere section […]

Elizabeth Lev’s column at Zenit – on St. Petronilla, her legend, and her importance at St. Peter’s Basilica; and a quick overview of the history of San Clemente, which this week observed the 150th anniversary of the beginnings of the […]

Yesterday was the Feast of Corpus Christi  – it is normally and traditionally celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Where it is not a holy day of obligation, it is transferred to the following Sunday (as it is here.) […]

In light of recent events: Pope Benedict XVI’s security guards are known for composure under pressure, and they showed it when a deranged German tried to jump onto the pope’s jeep at a general audience. Within seconds, 11 Vatican plainclothes […]

Today, the Pope met with participants in the General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella agency of Catholic relief and social justice groups that includes Catholic Charities, USA and Catholic Relief Services. The Pope’s speech to the group (delivered in […]

Shadows of war: The Democratic Republic of Congo is on the brink of full-scale war unless the government and international community intervene, said a Caritas official and the archbishop of Bukavu, Congo. Bruno Miteyo, director of Caritas Congo, told Catholic […]

Dimitri Cavalli in the WSJ about excommunication threats, past and present: Rummel and Archbishop Joseph Ritter of St. Louis had previously used the threat of excommunication to suppress lay Catholic opposition to civil rights. In 1956, Rummel warned Catholic lawmakers […]

The "Ninevah Plan" is a schema to purportedly protect some Christian populations in Iraq – specifically, this: The Plains of Nineveh contain a series of Christian villages (approximately twenty), in which most people speak the Syriac dialect known as “Sureth.”  […]