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The Islamization of England and the Arrest of Tommy Robinson

“Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s unapologetic Muslim faith sends extraordinary message.”
That’s the headline on an NBC story about the Egyptian sports star who plays for the Liverpool soccer club. Salah prays before each game and prostrates himself in prayer after every goal he scores. He is also popular with fans, contributes to charities and is featured in an anti-drug campaign video.
According to the story, Salah’s unapologetic expression of his faith on the soccer field “sends a remarkable message.” What is the remarkable message? Answer: “Salah is living, breathing proof of the multilayered identity possessed by so many Muslims in Britain.” Moreover, he is a “human rebuttal” to “Islamophobes” and “far-right populists” who fear that Muslims pose an “existential threat.” “He is someone who embodies Islam’s values and wears his faith on his sleeve,” observes Miqdaad Versi, the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, “He is not the solution to Islamop…

In secular Uruguay, a populist cardinal rallies the faithful and kicks off a feud

When Daniel Sturla, a smiley and charismatic Salesian Catholic priest, was named archbishop of Montevideo in 2014, he took over the post from a man whose profile was as low and reserved as that of the church itself, in this most secular of Latin American countries.
The new archbishop – who a year later was named a cardinal by Pope Francis, with whom he had once worked – was having none of it. Cardinal Sturla launched a multipronged and energetic campaign to get Uruguay’s Roman Catholics to swallow their embarrassment and take pride in their faith. He has held public masses, launched a campaign to paper city balconies with images of the Virgin Mary and found other ways for his faithful to demonstrate publicly their religious devotion.
But recently, it has become clear that Cardinal Sturla has another goal: to turn Uruguayan Catholics into a political force of the kind they are in other neighbouring countries where far more people identify themselves as religious. This …

What Is America’s Cause in the World Today?

What is going on? A scholarly study sums it up: “The statistical trends in religion show two separate Europes: the West is undergoing a process of secularization while the post-socialist East, de-secularization.”
One Europe is turning back to God; the other is turning its back on God.
And when Vladimir Putin and Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko are standing up for traditional values against Western cultural elites, the East-West struggle has lost its moral clarity.
And, so, what do we Americans stand for now? What is our cause in the world today?
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IRELAND: a post-mortem examination

Novo Pentecostes? No espaço de uma geração, a Irlanda deixou de ser um dos países mais católicos da Europa para se tornar essencialmente um Estado pagão que substituiu o Sacrifício do Altar pelo de crianças.
Leia uma análise de Roberto de Mattei sobre esse assunto aqui.

How one family is sending 13 kids to college, living debt free — and still plans to retire early

Rob and Sam Fatzinger, lifelong residents of Bowie, Md., lead a single-income family in one of the country’s most expensive regions. Rob’s income never topped $50,000 until he was 40; he’s now 51 and earns just north of $100,000 as a software tester.
They have 13 children. Which means they require things like a seven-bedroom house and a 15-passenger van. Four children have graduated from college, three are undergrads and six are on the runway.
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Brazil’s surprise vocations boom

A country known for its priest shortage has experienced a sudden increase in numbers.
Leia mais aqui sobre essa consequência de longo prazo do pontificado de Bento XVI. Quais serão as de longo prazo do papado atual?

‘Gay Doesn’t Matter’ Remark Continues ‘Shadow Magisterium’

Pope Francis has pioneered a new form of papal teaching, massively influential but officially nonexistent. It is something of a shadow magisterium, but on occasion it shines a brighter light than the official magisterium. 
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Breve biografia dos novos cardais

No dia 29 de de junho a Igreja ganhará mais 14 cardeais, saiba um pouco da biografia de cada um aqui. O nome deles está listado segundo a ordem apresentada pelo Papa no dia 20 de maio.

The Hard Work of Re-Establishing an Artistic Tradition - The Icons of Dr Stephane Rene

Some NLM readers will be aware of the Neo-Coptic iconography of Dr Stephane Rene. He is one of the main figures in the group of iconographers who are working to maintain the momentum of the revival of the Coptic style of iconography, a student of the man who is generally seen as responsible for reestablishing Coptic iconography in the mid-20th century, the late Dr Isaac Fanous.
In my opinion, the Coptic revival demonstrates just how a tradition can not only be re-established after a hiatus in practice, but it can be done so in such a way that the new work surpasses the quality of the old. This latter point is just a personal opinion, but I am struck by how powerfully distinctive and instantly recognizable the neo-Coptic style is. It participates in the tradition of Coptic iconography, but at the same time has a wide appeal to contemporary Christians from other rites and churches, as well as, presumably, Coptic Christians. I have seen Stephane’s icons in Catholic churches…

Runaway slave-turned-priest moves closer to beatification

The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause took another step forward this week.
A document summarizing the life, virtue, and alleged miracles of Servant of God Fr. Augustus Tolton, known as the positio, was unanimously approved as historically correct by a committee of six Vatican officials this week, clearing the way for the priest’s cause for canonization to continue moving forward.
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Present condition and role of the Catholic Church in Poland

First let us ask what do the statistics say about the Catholic Church in Poland. In the context of the Western countries of Europe the Catholic Church in my country manifests to be quite strong institution and living community of believers. Over 30 % of the entire population of the Poles are dominicantes and this means that they participate in Mass every Sunday. One needs to add that in the South of Poland the percentage of dominicantes is higher and in some places it reaches 40%. Though the number of dominicantes and comunicantes keeps to be exceptionally high, there is a remarkable tendency of downfall. In the recent year 2017 the fall reached 3, 2 % and it should be already alarming.  
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O Deus de Albert Einstein

Terminei, faz uns dias, de ler a biografia de Albert Einstein escrita por Walter Isaacson. Bastante abrangente e didática, consegue explicar a ciência toda (o que eu não entendi é culpa minha mesmo) e ao mesmo tempo nos faz conhecer bem a personalidade do físico, com seus lados positivos e negativos (marido infiel, pai ausente, essas coisas).
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Ilha de Tristão da Cunha abriga a paróquia mais remota da Terra

Paróquia de São José na ilha de Tristão da Cunha, na África do Sul, é considerada a paróquia mais remota da Terra. Para visitá-la, uma vez ao ano um sacerdote faz uma viagem de duas semanas de barco. Contrariamente ao que se poderia esperar nestas condições, a Fé dos católicos locais se mantêm firme e é alimentada pela recordação de uma heroica leiga, segundo relatou o Administrador Apostólico das Ilhas Malvinas, Abade Hugh Allan O. Praem, em um artigo publicado por The Catholic Herald.
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De Mattei: “Europe will be Muslim, if it is the will of Allah”

For years now the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been officially celebrating May 29th 1453 which saw the conquest of Constantinople by Mohamed II, along with the date of August 26th 1071, when the Seljuks of Alp Arslān defeated the Byzantine army at Manzikert and founded the first Turkish State in Anatolia.

Let’s imagine for a moment that the European Union made a proposal to celebrate solemnly the victory of Lepanto in 1571 and the liberation of Vienna from the Turks in 1683. The mass-media world-wide, controlled by “the powers that be” who run world politics, would protest with all their might against this provocative act and Islamophobia. But the European Union would never take upon itself such an initiative as in the act of its constitution, The Treaty of Lisbon of December 13th 2007, it definitively renounced every reference to its historical roots. And while Edrogan claims the Ottoman identity with pride - which defines itself as against Christian Europe - the E…