A story of American bombers and the Catholic cathedral they destroyed

69 years ago, the world's first plutonium bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, which had for 400 years been the home of Japanese Christianity. From the arrival of Portuguese missionaries in the 1550s until the 1860s, a culture of quiet Christianity...

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Sermon of Pope Francis, at the canonization of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II

At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus. He had already shown those wounds when he first...

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HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER POPE FRANCIS

Saint Peter's Square Tuesday, 19 March 2013 Solemnity of Saint Joseph Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the...

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White House Statement on Pope Francis

The White House released the following statement from President Obama on the new pope: On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint...

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An interview with U.S. Vatican Ambassador Miguel Diaz

John Allen published on his blog for the National Catholic Reporter an interview he did with US Vatican Ambassador Miguel Diaz, on Friday 23 Nov 2012: Over the years, I've had the pleasure of knowing seven U.S. ambassadors to the...

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The Romney-Ryan Budget: A Threat to Us All

by Ben Palumbo Washington DC, October 26, 2012 The now famous, or infamous, Ryan budget endorsed by Mitt Romney (though he now says he has his own), has been roundly, and rightly, criticized for its assault on the poor in...

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Health security is national security

A nation that isn't strong at home cannot project strength in the world By Patrick Whelan and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 8:00 AM EDT, October 28, 2012 On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's dramatic announcement about the presence...

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Romney moderates previous militancy, and two candidates largely agree on direction of US foreign policy in final debate

President Obama and Governor Romney met for their third and final debate Monday night, dealing with foreign policy. Mr. Romney focused on reassuring viewers that he would not rush to use American troops in Syria or other conflict zones except...

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President Obama's closing remarks at the Al Smith Dinner in NYC, October 18, 2012

I couldn't be more honored to be here this evening. I'm honored to be here with leaders of both the private and public sectors, and particularly the extraordinary work that's done by the Catholic Church. You know it's written in...

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Closing arguments in the second presidential debate

ROMNEY: In the nature of a campaign, it seems that some campaigns are focused on attacking a person rather than prescribing their own future and the things they'd like to do. And in the course of that, I think the...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Inaugural Address, President Obama


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