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Defining A Martyr

Considering a photojournalist, an archbishop, and countless others, who determines martyrdom? Is it the martyrs themselves? Their survivors and colleagues and loved ones? Their murderers? Some post-death committee of truth? The number of disciples who follow in their footsteps? Do … Continue reading

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Leftovers

One way or another, lots of good people, even journalists, are obsessed a bit with the conflation of “Pope Francis” and “Left.” Perhaps understandable, as the rose-colored era of 1978-2013 provided not so much a broad effort to gathering in … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Mary Elizabeth Lange

Elizabeth Lange was born in French-speaking Hispaniola, but in childhood she became a refugee in those late-18th century Caribbean upheavals. She was reared and educated in Cuba, and by 1813, had settled with other French-speaking refugees in Baltimore. One of … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Hrotsvitha

She preceded Hildegard of Bingen by two centuries, and obviously, we don’t know a lot about Hrotsvitha–not nearly as much as we know about, say, the founders of Tridentine-era religious orders. What do we know? She was a canoness–pretty sure. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Francesca Cabrini

Francesca Cabrini was born in Italy in 1850. Several orders denied her application to enter religious life in her teens. Why? Health concerns. It didn’t stop her from dedicating her life to God. She served as a teacher. Then she … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Marguerite Bourgeoys

Our neighbors to the north celebrate their national day today, and I couldn’t think of a more worthy woman to mention than the founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal. Marguerite was born in France, and around age twenty … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Frances Margaret Taylor

Britain’s new venerable, Frances Taylor, was a nurse, author, editor, Anglican-turned-Catholic, and as one might surmise, the founder of a religious community. Link here to a recent Catholic Herald feature. Frances was born to an Anglican family with high church … Continue reading

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