John Allen

Thumbnail cardinal raymond burke A dose of reality about the Steve Bannon/Cardinal Burke axis

Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, and of late English-language media have been giddy with speculation that President Donald Trump’s chief...

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Thumbnail armenian soldier A lesson about life in a global Church

By any measure, Father Vladimír Fekete, the Catholic Church’s apostolic prefect of Azerbaijan, has a tough gig. He’s the head of an...

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Thumbnail pope francis Amid anti-Francis blowback, humor is a ray of hope

In the wake of the latest Roman expression of anti-Pope Francis backlash, in this case a satirical spoof of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore...

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Thumbnail african children johannesburg An African moment: Rome summit marks launch of ‘African Catholicism 2.0’

ROME — In the classic film “The Princess Bride,” the Inigo Montoya character late in the movie is faced with the challenge of recounting the...

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Thumbnail donald trump inauguration As Trump takes office, he and Francis share a Russia problem

As President Donald Trump took office Jan. 20, he entered that vaguely defined set of “major world leaders.” Though we could debate who else...

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Thumbnail crux logo cna 3 11 16 Catholic news site Crux in transition as Boston Globe cuts ties

The Boston Globe has said it will no longer be running its Catholic news site Crux as of April 1. Vatican analyst and associate Crux editor John L....

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Thumbnail 20151208t1146 868 cns kerry genocide Christian genocide happening now!

For many of us who strive to seriously practice faith in Jesus Christ, and to extend that practice out into the marketplace, the political square...

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Thumbnail donald trump credit addie mena pope francis credit daniel ibanez cna Despite it all, Francis and Trump may just hit it off

ROME - Pope Francis recently met with the Vatican’s communications brain trust, urging them to use “a little violence, but good, good violence,” in...

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Thumbnail father gabriele amorth Famed exorcist proved you don’t have to play the clerical game

Although logically we all know the end has to come for everyone, there are certain personalities so indomitable, so larger than life, that in...

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Thumbnail religious sisters  nuns los angeles Foreign nuns, priests embody historic opportunity for U.S. Church

If American Catholicism has an Achille’s heel, it’s sometimes an attenuated sense of how we fit into the rest of the Catholic world. A bit of basic...

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Thumbnail egypt coptic terror victims Francis faces high-wire act in Egypt, and not just on Islam

From the outside, the defining high-wire act Pope Francis would seem to face on his April 28-29 outing to Egypt is the Christian/Muslim...

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Thumbnail j. allen Francis poses both/and approach to fighting anti-Christian persecution

That there’s a rising tide of anti-Christian persecution around the world in the early 21st century is an empirical fact. Christians are hardly the...

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Thumbnail archbishop jos  h gomez L.A. archbishop illustrates topsy-turvy politics of Trump era

With the Donald Trump presidency, we’re in a through-the-looking-glass moment in America, in which the previously implausible on multiple fronts...

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Thumbnail amatriceeathquakerelief Night to remember defied narrative of Catholic decline

Generally, the narrative about institutional Catholicism in America is that it’s in decline, and it’s easy enough to understand why. For instance,...

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Thumbnail littlesistersofthepoor On contraception mandates, polls pivot on question being asked

A tongue-in-cheek definition of polling once described it as the fine art of phrasing questions the right way to get the result you want. That’s an...

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Thumbnail popefrancis amatrice Orange County fundraising dinner to support earthquake relief

Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove will host an evening of Italian cuisine, local wines and music in order to raise funds for the earthquake victims...

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Thumbnail saint padre pio Padre Pio shows the Church can be democratic after all

It’s a commonplace of Catholic rhetoric to insist that “the Church is not a democracy,” and of course in many ways that’s true. Doctrines are not...

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Thumbnail chinese boy praying Parsing Pope Francis’ puzzling take on religion in China

Understandably, most reaction to Pope Francis’ latest blockbuster interview, in this case with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, focused on his...

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