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Creation Groans

Prior to the devastating tsunami that wrought havoc across the Indian Ocean last December, many Christians probably thought that St. Paul was waxing metaphorical when he wrote about creation “groaning

Christianity, by the Numbers

For twenty years, David Barrett’s “Annual Statistical Table on Global Mission” (available in the quarterly International Bulletin of Missionary Research) has offered a numerical cornucopia to anyone interested in pondering

Christmas and the martyrs

Why is the Solemnity of Christmas followed immediately by the feast of St. Stephen, the proto-martyr; then by the feast of St. John the Evangelist, who suffered the living martyrdom

Mr. Cornwell misses again

Here is John Cornwell in his new book, The Pontiff in Winter (Doubleday), on John Paul II’s Marian piety and his devotion to the icon known as the “Black Madonna”:

Quincentenary reflections

Although I’ve been writing columns for the Catholic press since 1979, I took a break from the mid-Eighties through the early Nineties. My current column, The Catholic Difference, began in

The Vatican and the United States

John Allen is my friend, so I’m a suspect witness in his case. Still, like FDR at his first inaugural, “let me assert my firm belief” that Allen, the National

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ

On Wednesday, June 23, 2004, EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel debated Fr. Thomas Reese (editor-in-chief of America: The National Catholic Weekly) on the controversy over communion for Catholic politicians who break

Telling the World Its True Story

[On June 20, 2004, EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel delivered the commencement address for the Religious Studies Division of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Pennsylvania.] Your Eminence, Cardinal Rigali; Bishop Burbidge;

Dealing with DaVinci

With sales of The DaVinci Code now topping seven million, it’s a safe bet that Dan Brown’s Catholic readership is well into seven figures. Anecdotal evidence from around the Catholic

The Free and Virtuous Society

[On May 19, EPPC Senior Fellow George Weigel delivered the fourth annual Tyburn Lecture at Tyburn Convent, Marble Arch, London. Previous lecturers have included Charles Moore, then editor of the

Learning to pray

The readings from Acts that we hear between Easter and Pentecost remind us that the early Church was a school of prayer. Jesus is taken up into heaven; the disciples,

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