Fighting the New Slavery

I first noticed the new slavery on the outskirts of Rome. There, along the back roads of the periferia, you could see today’s slaves: African women, mostly, with a scattering

Seamus Hasson: Knight of Religious Freedom

Kevin Hasson – “Seamus” to one and all – is the founder of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest law firm and educational institute, and a true

A Betrayal of John Paul II

John Paul II had a keen intuition about the dynamics of history in his native part of the world. In mid-1981, John Paul smelled trouble coming. When a young Polish

The Death of a Priest

The Death of a Priest On Easter Sunday 2005, one of John Paul II’s oldest friends said, in a voice tinged with both gratitude and sadness, “I think they are

A Pope of Quiet Surprises

When the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI first appeared on the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica this past April, he was smiling broadly—a surprise, perhaps, for those accustomed to the

A Nun in Full

Three years ago, when Raymond Arroyo told me that he was going to write the biography of Mother Angelica, the formidable foundress of EWTN, I had to admit to some

An Open Letter to Senator Patrick Leahy

Dear Senator Leahy: Because you’re the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, your performance during the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts will tell the country

Perspective: The Real Benedict

  <msoNormal$3>Judging from the hysteria in some quarters after his election, you might have thought Pope Benedict XVI was ordering boxes of freshly polished thumbscrews to be brought to the

Light in a New Dark Age

ROME — Benedict XVI: The name is the program, and the name is the man. St. Benedict was born in 480, in a small Umbrian village. In 529, as a

The Pope in Private

All lives run along a set of rails: family background, native abilities, education, interests and habits. Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II, was a man whose life ran along a particularly

The Heroic Papacy

He was the Pope neither the Church nor the world expected. The surprises that characterized his twenty-six year pontificate began on the very night of John Paul II’s election. On

Mourning and Remembrance

He once described his high-school years as a time in which he was “completely absorbed” by a passion for the theater. So it was fitting that Karol Jozef Wojtyla lived

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