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Christian “swine” and the Holy Land

During John Paul II’s jubilee pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I spent a week in Jerusalem with NBC News. After one morning staff meeting to plan the day’s coverage, a […]

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The Boston College follies

Boston College’s president, Father William Leahy, S.J., is a man of no small dreams, having publicly declared his intention of leading B.C. to the position of world’s premier Catholic university. […]

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The China syndrome

The recent decision by China’s government-sponsored Patriotic Catholic Association (PCA) to ordain and install bishops whose nominations had not been approved by the Pope has, according to press reports, put […]

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Two anniversaries of note

Robert Seton, grandson of Elizabeth Ann Seton, had an expansive sense of his proper position in the scheme of things. In 1861, after two years at Rome’s North American College, […]