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Haunted House

This Halloween, when I go trick-or-treating with my nephews, I'm dressing as an 18th-century Russian-born priest. Halloween is supposed to be about what's scary, and what Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin encountered - called by the Baltimore Catholic Review the "truest ghost story ever told" - sounds scary enough.

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John Paul II preparing the 21st Century

The Christian story is not simply one among many possible accounts of the way things are. Rather, Wojtyla has long been convinced and his pontificate is a series of variations on this one great theme that the story of the Church is the story of the world, rightly understood.

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Two Popes

The twenty-fifth anniversary of John Paul II is an auspicious time to look back to Leo XIII, through the prism of the current pontificate, and rediscover a remarkable line of continuity between the two popes separated by exactly a century.

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Pope's Homily at Beatification Mass of Mother Teresa

Here is a translation of John Paul II's homily during the beatification Mass for Mother Teresa of Calcutta, celebrated Sunday October 19, 2003 in St. Peter's Square. The text was read by Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for general affairs of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and by Cardinal Ivan Dias, archbishop of Bombay, India.

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Wilberforce Biography

Perhaps the most telling description ever written of evangelical reformer William Wilberforce comes from writer and philosopher Sir James Mackintosh. "I never saw anyone," Mackintosh wrote in 1830, "who touched life at so many points."

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Conversion

Your holiday is over, gentle reader I'm back. And now with wheels on. For in the course of my four weeks of August rest, I came to a personal decision that must necessarily influence everything I write. I am going to state it baldly, here, for I have tried to be consistently candid about my views: I have decided to become a Roman Catholic.

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