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Why Time chose Pope Francis for Person of the Year

Sheila Liaugminas | 13 December 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholic Church, Person of the Year, Pope Francis, Time Magazine, Vatican

A papacy that promises simplicity and firmness

Caroline Farrow | 15 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Pope Francis, social justice, Vatican
The new pope has no time for “the spiritual sickness of a self-referential church”.

Another man from a far country

Michael Cook | 14 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Pope Francis, secular humanism, Vatican
Will a Pope from Argentina be able to brake the increasing secularisation of life in the West?

The butler did it

Edward Pentin | 09 October 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Benedict XVI, justice, Vatican
... and was given a fair and transparent hearing in the first major criminal trial in the Vatican in modern times.

Human dignity, justice and the rule of law

Dominique Mamberti | 02 October 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: rule of law, United Nations, Vatican
The Vatican’s contribution to a high-level UN meeting stressed that laws must be derived from principles of justice that recognise the transcendent value of the human person.

Vatican’s controversial plan for financial reform

David J. Peterson | 19 January 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: global financial crisis, Vatican
“Economic liberalism”, based on utilitarianism and materialism, is the root cause of the global financial crisis, Catholic scholars argue.

UN youth meeting reminded of primary role of parents

Carolyn Moynihan | 29 July 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: UN, Vatican, youth
"The family is where young people first learn moral responsibility and respect for others," said the Vatican's representative.

Ireland’s torment continues

Michael Kirke | 27 July 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Ireland, sex abuse, Vatican
The Vatican has recalled its ambassador after a blistering attack from the prime minister.

Population Decline and the Recession

Marcus Roberts | 19 July 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: birth rates, recession, Vatican
Vatican economist discusses the link between low birthrates and economic meltdown.

Vatican’s role in space mission

Sheila Liaugminas | 23 May 2011 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: astronauts, Endeavour, NASA, Pope Benedict, space mission, space program, Vatican
I have been an avid follower of the NASA program and followed its missions since childhood. So I found this last one particularly poignant.

Church attacks and the facts

Sheila Liaugminas | 30 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: abuse crisis, Catholic Church, John Allen, New York Times, Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican

The media mantra over the weekend, and they increasingly hyperventilated as the tone ramped up, was ‘What did the Pope know and when did he know it?’ Headlines by Sunday on the 24/7 news cycles were something having to do with ‘Calls for the Pope to resign! Yes, Benedict is beleaguered, as is the Church, but one casualty out of the public eye is truth.

UN conference on women: Shedding light

Sheila Liaugminas | 12 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: abortion, Commission on the Status of Women, maternal health, pro-life, United Nations, Vatican
Many thousands of women, organizations and NGOs descended on New York for the recent global checkup with the annual  ’Commission on the Status of Women’, with the Beijing conference as sort of a benchmark. It was heavy on the agenda of spreading access to abortion under the mantle of ‘reproductive rights’, but there was a large pro-life contingent there to stake claims that authentic dignity for women comes from true universal human rights….for all human beings.

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