Applying Occam’s razor to the latest “he said-he said” Vatican contretemps…

As if to prove the past is always prologue, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, is once again involved in a “is he a coauthor or not?” controversy, though in this case on the side of disavowal, and Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the notorious papal accuser, is once again bristling at what he regards as a personal betrayal.

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The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months…

or centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from all over the world have switched to a more hopeful view of mankind. This development is still so young that researchers in different fields often don’t even know about each other.

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COVID-19 restrictions reopen old wounds of the Catholic Church in France…

As France is preparing to initiate “Phase 2” of the coronavirus emergency, starting May 11, the Catholic faithful already know that the life of faith won’t become whole again for at least another several weeks: Indeed, public celebration of Mass is not part of the list of activities permitted during this phase, as announced by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in his much-awaited April 28 address to the French Parliament.

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Finding healing for the mind, as well as the soul, during a pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health Association has designated May 4 to 10 as Mental Health Week.  The theme for this year is ‘Get real about how you feel.’  When we consider the effects of COVID-19, this is quite timely. We are beginning to see that this virus not only impacts physical health; but it also affects our mental state. A growing […]

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Santa Marta Saturday: Pope Offers Mass for Daughters of Charity of St. Paul

Pope Francis on May 9, 2020, offered his Saturday Mass for the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul who help the Pope and live in the Casa Santa Marta. In his homily, he said the Holy Spirit makes the Church grow, while the evil spirit tries to destroy it with envy, power, and money, according to the report published in Vatican News.

In his homily, the Pope recalled the memorial of Saint Luisa de Marillac, who co-founded the Daughters of Charity with Saint Vincent de Paul. A community of the nuns lives in the Casa Santa Marta, and run the pediatric dispensary in the Vatican.  Her feast day was earlier on March 15 but since it fell during Lent, it was moved to May 9 in 2016.

A  painting of the foundress was placed at the side of the altar in the chapel for her feast.

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