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Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the flight to Lesbos (AP)

Those insisting Francis is a radical progressive can’t have read Amoris Laetitia

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Protestors gather outside the Senate Chamber during a hearing on a religious freedom bill at the Statehouse in Indianapolis (PA)

This debate pits the newest freedom, so-called “marriage equality”, in direct conflict with the oldest

The daunting length of Amoris Laetitia undermines its simple and direct style (CNS)

The Pontiff has chosen to promote debate and diversity, rather than build unity around clearly expressed doctrine. The consequences will be enormous

Benoît Poelvoorde as ‘God’ in an absurdist Belgian comedy

The Brand New Testament swings from absurdist comedy to elegiac reflection on mortality

George Mackay Brown: died 20 years ago this week

Escape from a puritan ‘wasteland’

George Mackay Brown rejected his anti-papist upbringing to write works of
rare beauty which reflected ‘the majesty and mystery’ of his adopted faith

David Aaronovitch, author of Party Animals (PA)

We all have an instinct to worship, which will follow a perverted truth rather than endure a spiritual vacuum

Accompaniment does not mean simply walking with those who are divorced and remarried as if to follow them along a wayward path (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Benedict XVI used the same term in the same context of the pastoral care of the divorced and remarried

A journalist writes notes as he browses though a copy of Amoris Laetitia (AP)

Given the length of Amoris Laetitia, most Catholics are relying on second hand readings of the text

A crucifix rests in the casket of Mother Angelica as she lies in repose at the the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville CNS)

A book of the late nun’s short meditations is perfect reflection of this down-to-earth holy woman