In the Vatican as elsewhere, dialogue is always easier outside the fold…

Pope Francis today is in Hungary, where he’ll be welcomed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Given that the two leaders have several well-known differences, the encounter is a reminder of the Vatican’s longstanding diplomatic commitment to keeping channels of communication open even, perhaps especially, with one’s foes.

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Was Cardinal Wyszyński’s approach to Communism a guide to how the Vatican should engage with China?

The recent ordination of a new bishop for Wuhan, China, has drawn attention to the still-unpublished accord between the Holy See and China on the appointment of bishops. The agreement is de facto with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which holds authority over all religious affairs in China. There are few details, but AsiaNews, a respected Catholic news source, is reporting that…

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Cardinal Wyszyński and Mother Elżbieta, ‘two towering figures of Polish Catholicism,’ beatified in Warsaw…

A Vatican cardinal beatified two towering figures of 20th-century Polish Catholicism on Sunday. Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, declared Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and Mother Elżbieta Róża Czacka “Blessed” at a Mass at the Temple of Divine Providence in Poland’s capital, Warsaw.

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A generation of American men give up on college: ‘I just feel lost’…

Men are abandoning higher education in such numbers that they now trail female college students by record levels. At the close of the 2020-21 academic year, women made up 59.5% of college students, an all-time high, and men 40.5%, according to enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit research group. U.S. colleges and universities had 1.5 million fewer students compared with five years ago, and men accounted for 71% of the decline.

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How close can baptism bring us to God? Much closer than a ‘personal relationship,’ it can bring true union with Him…..

In the book, “Christ Alive in Me,” Father David Vincent Meconi recalls an encounter with a street preacher. She asked him, “Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?” His answer: “I do, but I don’t want one.” She was shocked. He was shocked. This answer sprung from his mouth without prior planning. “With you and with friends,” Meconi continued, “I want a relationship. But with Jesus Christ, I want something else. I do not want a relationship; I want something more. I want union…”

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