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Changing the Guard at the U.S. Embassy-Vatican

Ever since formal diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level were established between the United States and the Holy See in 1984, the U.S. government has been represented at the Vatican

A Papal Gift to Russia

Just about a year ago, my wife and I, with four Polish and American friends, were having lunch with John Paul II in the papal apartment. An hour into our

The Clinton Legacy

The forty-second president of the United States began to define his legacy hours after his 1993 inauguration, when he signed a series of executive orders deepening the federal government’s involvement

A Jubilee Scorecard

The Great Jubilee of 2000 concluded on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, January 6. For a quick review of some of the highlights (and low-lights) of this remarkable year-plus, here’s

Bach Converts Japan

A famous scientist of secular persuasion once proposed that, if humanity wanted to put its best foot forward in trying to communicate with extraterrestrial life, we ought to broadcast all

To those about to be ordained (Part 2)

As I wrote last week, I have been exceptionally blessed in recent years by the friendship of the faculty and students of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. What

To those about to be ordained (Part 2)

As I wrote last week, I have been exceptionally blessed in recent years by the friendship of the faculty and students of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. What

To those about to be ordained (Part 1)

One of the great graces of my life in recent years has been the extraordinary friendship extended to me by the faculty and students of the Pontifical North American College

In Defense of the First Freedom

Then there was the sacred parking barrier. It seems that the San Francisco highways department had left one of those ugly concrete parking barriers behind the tea garden in Golden

The Communist Manifesto revisited

Imagine what would happen if, in the year 2000, a publisher decided to mark the 75th anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf by issuing a handsome new commemorative edition, designed

Teachers, not Managers

Great events like the Second Vatican Council always have unintended consequences. Knowing that the office of bishop had gotten short shrift at Vatican I when that Council was prematurely closed

Pack Journalism, Vatican-Style

Here’s one man’s recent Holy Week schedule: On Palm Sunday, he celebrated a three-hour Mass, preached, and led the Angelus for a congregation of over two hundred thousand. On Holy

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