Category Archives: Catholicism

Pope Francis Urges European Integration

For his work on behalf of European unification, Pope Francis has received the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the German city where Charlemagne died and is buried. Charlemagne was king of the Franks who became Holy Roman Emperor in the ninth century. … Continue reading

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Worst and Best Popes

Catholicism’s great strength is that it can trace its history back to the Apostle Peter. But any institution that has been around for 2000 years has had some dark days. The church, under the leadership of Pope Francis, is undergoing … Continue reading

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In Austria, Majority Still Say They Are Catholics, But Affinity to Church Is In Sharp Decline

I read Pope Francis’s address to the European Parliament as I landed in Austria, where traditional Christianity seems to be in stark decline. Catholicism has lost 10 percent of Austrians since 2001. That year, 73.6 percent of Austrians identified as … Continue reading

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Pope Cites Common Diseases of Modernity — Loneliness, Alienation — in Address to European Parliament

Calling himself “pastor” to an “a Europe that gives the impression of feeling aged and weary,” Pope Francis told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that ““one of the most common diseases in Europe, if you ask me, today is the loneliness … Continue reading

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Holy Roman Empire Ruled for Nearly 900 Years

Nearly four hundred years after the fall of the Roman Empire, in 800 A.D., Charlemagne or Charles the Great of the Francs, was crowned emperor in 800 a.d. by Pope Leo III, who declared the beginning of a new Holy Roman … Continue reading

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European History, After Rome’s Fall, Included Catholic/Orthodox Schism

A little early European history: The Western Roman Empire fell in 500 A.D. when Rome was sacked by the Huns and Barbarians after existing for nearly a thousand years. The period between the fall of the Roman Empire in 500 A.D. … Continue reading

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Nearly 500 Years Later, Martin Luther’s Disssent Still Resonates

James Reston Jr., a scholar of the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation, explored Martin Luther’s haunts, as the 500th anniversary of Luther’s famous 95 Thesis approaches. Click. At the Luther museum in Wittenberg, Reston found “an authentic indulgence form … Continue reading

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