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The white-martyr cardinals' dinnerGeorge Weigel

On the night of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's funeral, Cardinal George Pell hosted a dinner in his apartment for a group of like-minded mourners, and all present were delighted that the heroic Cardinal ...

Cardinal George Pell: The encourager George Weigel

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, when Cardinal George Pell and I went to pay our respects to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, lying in state in St. Peter's, I couldn't help but notice the reverence with which the ...

Bob Andrews: A large and patriotic lifeGeorge Weigel

The beginning of my friendship with Bob Andrews, who died this past Dec. 2, would probably astonish contemporary Washington, D.C., whose denizens rarely venture beyond their hermetically sealed siloes. It ...

The true Joseph Ratzinger George Weigel

The Joseph Ratzinger I knew for 35 years -- first as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, later as Pope Benedict XVI and then pope emeritus -- was a brilliant, holy man who bore ...

Mary, the Church, Christmas, and Jimmy LaiGeorge Weigel

Now, on Christmas Day, the nine months have been fulfilled. What began on the day of Annunciation is made visible to the world in the person of the newborn babe of Bethlehem, who is both Son of God and ...

The German crisis, the world Church, and Pope Francis George Weigel

The Year of Our Lord 2023 will likely witness Catholic dramas we cannot predict now; that is the way of Providence. What we can know with certainty about next year is that the German crisis in the world ...

Books for Christmas -- 2022George Weigel

Last month's midterm elections made it painfully clear that many pro-life advocates and politicians are at sea in the post-Roe v. Wade environment. Shawn Carney and Steve Karlen's "What to Say ...

Genocide in Ukraine? George Weigel

Memo to both newly elected members of Congress like J.D. Vance and incumbents like Josh Hawley and Kevin McCarthy: It's time to stop sloganeering ("America First!" "No blank checks for Ukraine!") ...