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'The two popes': baloney, brilliantly actedGeorge Weigel

I first met Pope Emeritus Benedict in June 1988; over the next three decades, I've enjoyed many lengthy conversations and interviews with him, including a bracing discussion covering many topics last ...

The Martini Curve revisited George Weigel

Pope Francis concluded his pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia by invoking the memory of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, SJ, who died in September 2012. The Holy Father recalled that, "in his last ...

New Year's Resolutions for Concerned Catholics: A Few SuggestionsGeorge Weigel

During and after the grim martial law period in the early 1980s, many freedom-minded Poles would greet each other on January 1 with a sardonic wish: "May the new year be better than you know it's going ...

The well-fought fight George Weigel

The incorporation of Anglican hymnody into English-language Catholic worship is one of the great blessings of the past 50 years. And within that noble musical patrimony, Ralph Vaughan Williams surely ...

Books for Christmas -- 2019George Weigel

Resist the twitterization of thought -- give books for Christmas! The following titles will delight, instruct, edify (or all of the above): "Churchill: Walking with Destiny," by Andrew Roberts (Viking): ...

A last chance for Australian justice George Weigel

My late parents loved Cardinal George Pell, whom they knew for decades. So I found it a happy coincidence that, on November 12 (which would have been my parents' 70th wedding anniversary), a two-judge ...

The reformed liturgy, 50 years laterGeorge Weigel

Fifty years ago, on November 30, 1969, the Catholic Church marked the First Sunday of Advent with the universal implementation of the revised Roman Rite of the Mass, approved by Pope Paul VI in response ...

Why did the Wall fall, 30 years ago? George Weigel

November 9 marked the 30th anniversary of the peaceful breach of the Berlin Wall -- the symbolic high point of the Revolution of 1989, which would be completed seven weeks later by the fall of the Czechoslovak ...