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China, Nicaragua, and the popeRussell Shaw

Why hasn't Pope Francis spoken up forcefully about the oppression of the Church by dictatorial regimes in China and Nicaragua? It's a fair question whose answer can perhaps be found in the precedent ...

New look for pro-life Russell Shaw

The March For Life will have a new look this year. When thousands of prolife demonstrators march through the streets of Washington on Jan. 20, instead of proceeding to the Supreme Court as in the past, ...

What is the meaning of Christmas?Russell Shaw

What is the meaning of Christmas? That question may not be quite as simple as it sounds. For many people, Christmas means big, jovial meals with family and friends, singing seasonal hymns in church, ...

Preparing for marriage Russell Shaw

These are not the best of times for Catholic marriage in America. Numbers illustrate the point. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, in 2020 -- when U.S. Catholic population ...

Two visions of the ChurchRussell Shaw

Recently, without intending it, I found myself reading at the same time the latest document from the Vatican's Synod office and "The Diary of a Country Priest" by Georges Bernanos. The juxtaposition ...

Violent America Russell Shaw

A few days ago, Americans awoke to the news that a man shouting, "Where's Nancy?" had staged a hammer attack on the 82-year-old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Weeks earlier, a man with ...

Abortion in the next CongressRussell Shaw

A woman I know told me recently how she came to see abortion in a different light: "I was pro-abortion without thinking much about it. I just took it for granted that abortion was okay -- women's ...

War and nuclear threat Russell Shaw

People enjoy cheering on a little guy who appears to be holding his own against a bully. Much of reaction to the Ukrainians' gutsy effort to repel the brutal Russian invasion of their country has ...