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  • The race is on. Ted Cruz has made his pilgrimage to Liberty University. Hillary Clinton is searching for "everyday Americans" to persuade us she is one of us. Marco Rubio offers himself as the voice of a new generation who can take on a famous front runner and become the first Hispanic president. (Implausible, but not impossible as we learned in 2008.)

  • Perhaps the worst mistake was killing Osama Bin Laden. According to all the accounts I have read on the expedition, the target was alone, except for some nearby women, unarmed and could have been easily overpowered, arrested and brought home to a military prison and eventually tried, convicted and locked up for life — the living symbol of an evil life and the correctness of the American justice system. But killing him was easier, and it had the public relations benefit of making President...

  • St. Joseph's University, the Jesuit university of Philadelphia, has named Mark Reed as its new President. Reed is currently the vice president for administration as well as a math professor at Fairfield University. He is the first lay president and one of the youngest presidents in school history.  

    Read more details here. Congratulations and best wishes to Reed...

  • The Jesuit Refugee Service expressed disappointment today with the measures announced by the European Union to respond to the accelerating migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, describing the outcome after meetings in Brussels as “a lost opportunity.”

  • Republicans may be losing gay marriage as a scare issue, but whoever gets their presidential nomination next year is sure to raise the specter of gun confiscation, loudly and repeatedly. There is no chance that Washington will pass stricter gun control laws in the next few years, but how many voters know that?

  • Kathryn Harrison’s new biography Joan of Arc (2014) is 320 pages long. She uses the word “voice,” or its plural, 150 times. Hard not to, when Joan’s own understanding of her life, and of what God wanted of her, was entirely determined by those voices. That was the issue at her trial by church...

  • While the world’s attention was focused on the outbreak of deadly xenophobic attacks in South Africa another deplorable murder took place. Eighty-six-year-old Missionary Sister of the Precious Blood, Stefani Tiefenbacher, was allegedly gang raped and murdered in her bedroom. Police are waiting for the results of forensic tests to confirm that the sister was sexually assaulted.

  • Sir Thomas More loses his head in this Sunday’s episode (April 26) of the acclaimed PBS historical drama, “Wolf Hall,” which is not much of a spoiler since that’s what infamously happened to More in 1535 at the hands of King Henry VIII.

    The real suspense now is whether More will also lose his halo.

  • Yukari Bakracli, a tiny Kurdish village outside the city of Van in Turkey’s southeast, is home to the ruins of a once-famous 11th-century Armenian Christian monastery. Known to Armenians as Varagavank, it thrived as a place of worship until Turkish forces looted it and murdered parishioners in the mass killing sprees of 1915.

    Today, the roof is collapsing. Toppled stone columns lie nearby. And with no signage, there is no acknowledgment it was...

  • When Francis Cardinal George died from cancer on April 17th, the historian/biographer George Weigel wrote an appreciation of the cardinal for the National Review’s website (“Cardinal Francis George, R.I.P.”) It covered the cardinal’s life and legacy, as well as his impact on the church, inside and outside of Chicago. That is usually the case when a noted churchman—or any...