In the service: Priests in the military

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Article War and Peace
The U.S. armed forces are looking for a few good men-priests-to serve Catholics in uniform. But some question whether Father should rank among military officers.

For much of the previous year, Father Joe Porpiglia had a grueling routine-and he wasn't even running his parish in Buffalo. He was in Afghanistan as a U.S. chaplain, racing across a rugged and war-torn landscape in massive helicopters and transport planes. He served Mass and the sacraments to thousands of soldiers, but also offered counsel and comfort to anyone who sought him out.


In the service: Priests in the military

By John Lasker| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article War and Peace
The U.S. armed forces are looking for a few good men-priests-to serve Catholics in uniform. But some question whether Father should rank among military officers.

For much of the previous year, Father Joe Porpiglia had a grueling routine-and he wasn't even running his parish in Buffalo. He was in Afghanistan as a U.S. chaplain, racing across a rugged and war-torn landscape in massive helicopters and transport planes. He served Mass and the sacraments to thousands of soldiers, but also offered counsel and comfort to anyone who sought him out.


Cuban comeback: Change is on the horizon in Cuba

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Article Hispanic Catholics Politics War and Peace
Overcoming great obstacles, many Cubans are returning to the Catholic faith and helping renew the island’s church.

To this day Aldo Santos remembers with gratitude the frequent blackouts he experienced as a child in his native town of Holguín in northeast Cuba. Everyone in the neighborhood would come out of their house to gaze at the stars.

He would look up and ask his father about the moon and the planets and about a future full of dreams. He learned that even galaxies die, and it was then that he began to understand something about the end of things.


Cuban comeback: Change is on the horizon in Cuba

By Araceli M. Cantero| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Politics War and Peace
Overcoming great obstacles, many Cubans are returning to the Catholic faith and helping renew the island’s church.

To this day Aldo Santos remembers with gratitude the frequent blackouts he experienced as a child in his native town of Holguín in northeast Cuba. Everyone in the neighborhood would come out of their house to gaze at the stars.

He would look up and ask his father about the moon and the planets and about a future full of dreams. He learned that even galaxies die, and it was then that he began to understand something about the end of things.


The ups and downs of church-and-state relations in Cuba: A brief history

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Article Hispanic Catholics Politics War and Peace

THE 1950s

When Fidel Castro claims victory for his revolution on January 1, 1959, he praises the support of the Catholic Church and declares, “Catholics in Cuba have given their most determined collaboration to the cause of freedom.”


This means war: The increasing signs of yet another war in the middle east

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Article War and Peace
Arguments for U.S. military action in Iran feel like a case of deja vu all over again.

This means war: The increasing signs of yet another war in the middle east

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Article War and Peace
Arguments for U.S. military action in Iran feel like a case of deja vu all over again.

A year in the Promised Land

By Cathleen Chopra-McGowan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article War and Peace
 A student abroad observes how past and present shape the future of the Holy Land.
 

October 4, 2010


Smoke and mirrors: Our nation's image is marred by social injustices

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Article Politics Social Justice
America’s inflated self-image doesn’t reflect our nation’s obvious flaws.

When Harry Potter looks at the magical Mirror of Erised, he sees what he wants to see: his heart’s desire (get it?), a happy and whole Potter family. Harry finds himself transfixed by the beautiful reflection. And that’s the danger of the wondrous mirror, the ever-wise Albus Dumbledore informs Harry: the distinct possibility of never being able to tear oneself away from its satisfying perspective.


Performance review: More feedback on President Obama

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Article Politics

We don't normally publish the feedback from our Reader Surveys online, out of respect for the privacy of respondents (name and city are included in this section), but between the record amount or responses to our survey on President Obama and the passion with which our readers responded, we wanted to share them with our online readers.

We've included some of our favorite answers without any identifying information.

For Catholics, the greatest success of the Obama administration has been:

The passage of healthcare reform.


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