VATICAN CITY — Christian families in the Middle East have been “forgotten” and “betrayed” by the Obama administration and other Western governments, the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church told reporters on Thursday, on Day 4 of the Synod on the Family. Africa and the Middle East were the focus of the 1pm press briefing at the Holy […]
Posted: October 8, 2015, 6:40 pm
No pope has ever won the Nobel Peace Prize, but Roger P. Alford believes Pope Francis has a very good chance of being the first. Alford is author of the forthcoming book Champions of Peace: How Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Changed the World. He is also Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs and Professor of Law at […]
Posted: October 8, 2015, 5:01 pm
Wannabe tech entrepreneurs Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough haven’t even launched their first app yet, and they’ve already achieved international fame … for all the wrong reasons.  Dubbed the ultimate “Mean Girls” by their growing army of critics, the pair have gone into near-hiding this week after people all over the world reacted with outrage to the […]
Posted: October 8, 2015, 4:39 am
In Hong Kong, an elderly woman sits down at a McDonald’s and at some point asks for and is given, a drink of water. After a while, she slumps over on her table, dead, and no one notices for hours as people eat and drink and socialize, and employees who do not wish to be discourteous clean around her.
Posted: October 8, 2015, 4:00 am
While not discounting the gathering of bishops in Rome over the coming weeks, it is important to remember that the renewal of family life will most likely not be accomplished by the Apostolic Exhortation that follows the Synod. Rather, as John Allen once noted in a public address, ecclesial renewal begins at the local level, […]
Posted: October 8, 2015, 4:00 am