November 26, 2010

Why the pope wore that ‘Santa hat’

Catholic News Service photo/Giancarlo Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo A few days before Christmas in the first year of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI sported a red velvet cap trimmed with ermine. Known as a “camauro,” the old-fashioned headwear promptly earned the nickname “Santa hat” among some. Others questioned why the German pontiff seemed to be...
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The Great Debate is tonight

Be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world. That’s the resolution two debating titans will take up tonight in Toronto in a matchup that’s likely to attract a lot of attention around the world. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a convert to Catholicism, will argue in favor of religion’s positive impact,...
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Harry Potter and the Catholic Divide

The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide ( A few weeks ago, I reached out to Nancy Brown, author of “The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide” for a story I was doing to coincide with the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I” in theaters. That book...
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