October 14, 2011

Pope calls on Italian officials to govern with dignity, responsibility

VATICAN CITY – In the midst of major economic problems and continuing moral scandals, Italy’s prime minister was facing a confidence vote in parliament as Pope Benedict XVI called on Italian public officials to exercise their offices with dignity and responsibility.
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The amazing tale of Father Oppitz and the sinking ship

In this week’s Catholic Review, I wrote an obituary for Father Joseph Oppitz. One of the reasons I was enthusiastic about doing it was his tale of surviving a massive ship crash in the Atlantic. Here, in full, is his written recounting of nearly losing his life, thanks to the obituary on the Redemptorist site....
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