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The Vatican's Choice: Jimmy Lai or Xi Jinping?George Weigel

In mid-May, Chinese leader Xi Jinping unveiled a plan to bypass Hong Kong's legislature and impose draconian new "national security" laws on the former British colony. Putatively intended to defend Hong ...

Extraordinary evangelization in extraordinary times George Weigel

I'd heard about Father Alexander Sherbrooke long before we met in June 2011; Father Sherbrooke had been a mentor for young friends of mine who had worked at St. Patrick's Church in London as pastoral ...

Games intellectuals playGeorge Weigel

Shortly after President John F. Kennedy's cabinet met for the first time, Vice President Lyndon Johnson waxed enthusiastic about the best and the brightest to his mentor, Speaker Sam Rayburn. They were ...

On John Paul II's centenary George Weigel

As the world and the Church mark the centenary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II on May 18, a kaleidoscope of memories will shape my prayer and reflection that day. John Paul II at his dinner table, ...

The 'historic' Amazonian Synod, revisitedGeorge Weigel

Given that he was one of the principal planners and prominent leaders of last October's special Synod on Amazonia, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, OFM, is understandably enthusiastic about the results of that ...

Joseph Ratzinger, theological reformer George Weigel

As he turned 93 on April 16, Joseph Ratzinger remained one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented men of consequence in recent Catholic history. I doubt the Pope Emeritus minds; he's probably impervious ...

Rediscovering baptism in plague timeGeorge Weigel

On April 29, 1951, Father Thomas Love, SJ, baptized me in the Church of Sts. Philip and James, near Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Family legend has it that I raised such a furor during the proceedings ...

After Cardinal Pell's rightful acquittal George Weigel

The unanimous decision by Australia's High Court to quash Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges of "historic sexual abuse" and acquit him of those crimes was entirely welcome. Truth and justice ...