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Historic Lutheran – Roman Catholic meeting

Martin Luther’s protest at corruption of the sacraments and the reactions that followed have left a centuries-old wound both Catholics and Lutherans are determined to heal. Here’s what Francis, who travels today to Sweden to commemorate the start of the Reformation, brings to that effort.

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Women walk out of church in Poland following Catholic bishops call for a total ban

Poland already has the most restrictive laws on abortion in the EU, allowing abortion only at the earliest stages, and if the woman’s life or health is endangered, if the pregnancy resulted from a criminal act, or if the fetus is seriously malformed. This new total ban would carry a five year jail sentence for seeking an abortion, and would make unintentionally causing a miscarriage punishable with imprisonment, under the assumption that the woman brought on the miscarriage herself.

Thousands are protesting at government buildings, […]

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Mother Teresa’s successor dies at age 81

The New York Times and other media outlets have announced the passing of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who became head of the Missionaries of Charity in 1997, appointed six months before Mother Teresa’s death.

“I never try to fill her shoes,” Sister Nirmala said in an interview in 1998. “I have to wear my own small shoes. I don’t have to be Mother Teresa, just Sister Nirmala, and being Sister Nirmala isn’t so difficult. If I had to be Mother Teresa, I […]

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What if England was still Catholic?

The Catholic Herald has some fun with alternative history, playing off the popularity of the TV series Wolf Hall, asking what would England be like if it were still Catholic?

Going after Wolf Hall in particular, there’s this:

When Wolf Hall’s Thomas Cromwell talks superciliously about legions of indolent monks growing rich on dodgy relics, he is spinning Tudor high propaganda, not history.

Medieval monasteries mostly grew because ordinary people gave them money to conduct charitable works. On the eve of the Reformation, most wills, […]

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End Modern Slavery by 2020

Slavery is alive in the modern world. Believe it or not.

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, for the first time in history Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Christian leaders joined with leaders of the Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim religions with a common goal in mind.

They signed a declaration to the committed to the elimination of slavery and human trafficking by the year 2020.

“We consider any action which does not treat others as equals to be an abhorrent crime. God is a love that […]

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