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A new patron saint for Catholic journalismGeorge Weigel

As of May 15, Catholic journalists around the world will be able to count one of their number among the saints, as Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite killed at the Dachau concentration camp in 1942, is ...

The Russian path not taken George Weigel

I've been thinking recently about Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken," and its relationship to a deceased Russian Orthodox priest. As the Soviet Union was crumbling in 1990, two roads metaphorically ...

The pope and the patriarch of MoscowGeorge Weigel

Pope Francis is undoubtedly grieved by the carnage in Ukraine. And when the Catholic Church's chief ecumenical officer, Cardinal Kurt Koch, tells journalists he shares the papal conviction that religious ...

The recovery of fraternal correction among bishops George Weigel

In the golden age of the Catholic episcopate -- the days of great Church fathers like Cyprian of Carthage and Augustine of Hippo in the early and mid-first millennium -- bishops were not infrequently ...

A wartime meditationGeorge Weigel

In both the Roman and Byzantine liturgical calendars, Lent 2022 has coincided with a brutal war in Ukraine. That war was launched by Russia's Vladimir Putin for an ignoble, imperial cause. It has ...

No 'just wars?' George Weigel

Every war is a defeat for humanity, because men and women endowed with reason should be able to resolve their differences without mass violence. Reason, however, can be corrupted by ignorance, passion, ...

An Orthodox awakeningGeorge Weigel

For years, the two leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church with whom Pope Francis met by videoconference on March 16 -- Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus', and Metropolitan Hilarion, the Church's ...

Archbishop Viganó and Colonel Grace-Groundling-Marchpole George Weigel

One of the minor characters in Evelyn Waugh's World War II trilogy, "Sword of Honor," is the commander of a super-secret military intelligence unit, Colonel Grace-Groundling-Marchpole: a conspiracy ...