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Inclusion, not exclusion

Pope Francis has brought inclusiveness, among other things, to the Church, literally opening its doors to those it has long excluded—the lowly and the lapsed, as well as those with nonconformist lifestyles. He has brought about this great change both in word and deed, and called on the faithful to redirect their emphasis from the pompous to the practical, from indulgence to action.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Change of mind

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According to a story I heard, the Japanese whisky Suntory got its name because the owner of the company had three sons (“son three”)—hence, Suntory! I also heard that the name of the Japanese car Datsun came about when American engineers exclaimed “That soon?!” after hearing how fast the Japanese could assemble a car.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A new patron for the poor

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Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will witness today in Madrid the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, first successor of St. Josemaria Escriva—the founder of Opus Dei—and prelate of this Catholic institution for 19 years. I had the great fortune of meeting Bishop Alvaro numerous times over a period of 30 years. Among the heroic virtues that brought him to the altar, I would like to comment on his preferential option for the poor. He was a saintly person curved out to the heart of Pope Francis, whose concern for the poor and for the spirit of poverty could be the distinguishing mark of his papacy.

Posted: September 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The salutary measures of the RH Law

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With all the hoopla over the passage of the Reproductive Health Law now past, the hard work of implementation begins.

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

God’s Word and work

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The latest news I heard is that there will soon be cell phones equipped with airbags. This is to ensure the safety of people who send text messages even while walking, and also to provide a pillow for those who doze off from too much texting!

Posted: September 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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