Monday, January 22, 2018

Some Independent Catholic News, Analysis, and Opinion Sources

There are hundreds of Roman Catholic news agencies, newspapers, magazines, and journals in the world. Among them, there are a few that are independent, in the sense that they have a critical outlook on issues and events that directly or indirectly affect the Church and its members. They also give greater emphasis on the open-minded and inclusive teachings of the Second Vatican Council (1962 - 1965). Excepting few, most of them are run and edited by Catholic laypersons.

We mention below some of them:

America magazine
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America (A monthly Jesuit review) (New York, N.Y., U.S.A.):

Founded in 1909, this magazine is "one of the oldest periodicals in the United States today."

This magazine "is known across the Catholic world for its unique brand of opinion and analysis. From theology and spirituality to politics, international relations, arts and letters, and the economy and social justice."

It's also available online at: America 

Commonweal magazine
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Commonweal (New York, N.Y., U.S.A.):

Founded in 1924, this 20-times a year magazine, whose "mission is to provide a forum for civil, reasoned debate on the interaction of faith with contemporary politics and culture. Read by a passionate audience of educated, committed Catholics, as well as readers from many other faith traditions, Commonweal presents well-argued, respectful points of view from across the ideological spectrum. In an often contentiously divided Catholic church and secular culture, its status as an independent journal of opinion encourages conversations that can be difficult in other settings."

Edited by Catholic laypersons, it covers Catholic principles, American life, laypersons' voice within the church, sexual abuse scandal in the church, role of women in church, relationship between religion and politics, church teachings on sexuality, and more. 

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It's also available online at: Commonweal

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Crux (Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.):

Founded in 2014, it's "an independent Catholic news site, operated in partnership with the Knights of Columbus." 

"We have special editorial interests, such as religious freedom and anti-Christian persecution around the world, but we cover the whole Catholic story -- 'All things Catholic.'"

It's available online at: Crux

Independent Catholic News (ICN)
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Independent Catholic News (ICN) (London, U.K.):

Founded in 2011, this website aims "to provide speedy and accurate news coverage of all subjects of interest to Catholics and the wider Christian community."

It deals with news and opinions on the Church in the U.K, Ireland and world, education, justice-peace-environment, young adults and youth, arts-events-exhibitions, books, catechists, films, letters, viewpoint, obituaries and tributes, poetry, prayer requests, travel, and more. 

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It's available online at: Independent Catholic News (ICN)

LaCroix International daily
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LaCroix International (France):

Founded in 1883 in France, it's a daily newspaper terming itself as "the world's leading independent Catholic daily." Through its pay-based website and its daily editions, it provides enlightened insight into the world, politics, economy, culture, and religious matters.  

It's available online at: LaCroix International

National Catholic Reporter weekly
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 National Catholic Reporter  (Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.):

Founded in 1964, it's a bi-weekly newspaper "that covers the Roman Catholic Church for a national and international audience. It's independently owned and governed by a lay board of directors. 

It's a "religious news source with worldly interests, and though a large amount of its reporting deals with issues of the Catholic Church, an equal amount of its coverage is a marriage of the religious, political and social forces shaping public policies and institutions. We are concerned for all people and we are committed to shaping a world that recognizes the dignity of every human being, regardless of religious beliefs, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other characteristics. Throughout our history, we have been a voice for the disadvantaged and the marginalized and we have told the stories of injustice that others simply will not print."

It's core values are rooted in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, calling for social justice, human dignity, inclusiveness, and excellence. 

It's online edition is available daily at: National Catholic Reporter

The Tablet weekly

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The Tablet (London, U.K.):

Founded in 1840, it's an international Catholic weekly, that "reports on religion, current affairs, politics, social issues, literature and the arts with special emphasis on Roman Catholicism while remaining ecumenical. It is committed to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council."

It's available online at: The Tablet

UCANews -- Asian Catholic news source
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UCANews (Hong Kong):

Founded in    , the UCA News (Union of Catholic Asian News) is "Asia's most trusted independent Catholic news source." 

This Catholic news agency provides "news, feature, commentary and analysis, and multimedia content on social, political and religious developments that related or are of interest to the Catholic Church in Asia." It also has its foreign language sites in China, Indonesia, Korea and Vietnam. It also operates two sites that offer local and international English language content in India and the Philippines.

Presently, it has bureaus in Bangladesh, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. 

It's available at: UCANews

U.S. Catholic monthly
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U. S. Catholic (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.):

Founded in 1938, this monthly magazine "puts faith in the context of everyday life. With a strong focus on social justice, we offer a fresh and balanced take on the issues that matter most in our world, adding a faith perspective to such challenges as poverty, education, family life, and pop culture."

"Each month's issue is packed with comprehensive reporting, in-depth interviews, colorful opinion essays, cultural commentary, media reviews, and more."

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It's also available online at: U.S. Catholic

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (January 21 - 27, 2018)

A quotation of Henry Miller on 'friends,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Artwork © Ujjal Peter D'Costa

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Pope Francis Gives Church Marriage to Civilly Married Flight Attendants In a Plane Over Chile

Pope Francis blesses flight-attendant couple (Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest Ruiz) in an impromptu Catholic marriage on his papal flight over Chile
Photo courtesy: AFP/Getty Images (via Toronto Star)

Pope Francis, in a surprise move during his papal visit on January 18, gave a short church marriage to two civilly-married LATAM Airlines flight attendants at 36,000 feet over Chile. During the flight, when the pope came to learn of the civil marriage of Carlos Ciuffardi (41) and Paula Podest Ruiz (39) and their willingness to marry in a Catholic church, which did not come to be so far due to the destruction of their church in an earthquake, he blessed their marriage on the plane. The Guinness Book of World Records should mention this first record of a marriage by a pope on a flight.  

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pope Francis Wants Certain Words Changed in Italian Translation of the 'Lord's Prayer'

The faithful reciting the Lord's Prayer in a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York
Photo courtesy: CNS via Commonweal magazine

Pope Francis in the first week of December last year called for a change in the wordings of the Italian translation of the Lord's Prayer. He wants the traditional wordings "And lead us not into temptation" to be changed as the recent French translation to say "do not let us enter into temptation." The English version also has a similar mistranslation as the Italian one. 

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Quotation of the Week (January 14 - 20, 2018)

Quotations of Henri Matisse, Anton Chekhov, and Pablo Picasso on 'creativity,' and 'art,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Christmas decorations with lighting at the Eaton Centre of downtown Toronto: Dec. 2017) © Joachim Romeo D'Costa

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

PANORAMA: A Publication of Toronto

Panorama -- a bilingual (Italian and English) newspaper  -- from Toronto
It's an irregular monthly newspaper for Italian-Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area. It provides news, features, and articles on politics, economy, business, community events, entertainment, immigration, environment, food, health, religion, travel, sports, and more. 

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It's also available online at: Panorama

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Friday, January 12, 2018

A Receipt for Magazine Subscription-cum-Donation Gives Out History, Too

A receipt for a monthly Catholic magazine subscription-cum-donation, dated March 22, 1933
My father, Dr. Peter D'Costa, B.H., was a voracious reader -- of newspapers, magazines, and books. I inherited this trait from him! 

When he was in Calcutta (now called 'Kolkata') of British India, he had subscribed to the illustrated Catholic monthly magazine, called India

On receiving the subscription amount, he was sent an official receipt that still gives out, after a long 85 years, quite a bit of history that is both instructive and illuminating.

The receipt mentions the following: 

  • The date of the subscription receipt was "22/3/33" [March 22, 1933].
  • The name of the magazine was "India," an English-language Catholic monthly, which later became extant.
  • It was published from "Nova Goa" [New Goa], "Portuguese India" [a Portuguese colony in western India]. It is interesting to note that although Portuguese was the official language of the then Goa, this English-language monthly was intended for the English-language readers of both Goa and the British India.
  • The editor of the monthly was "Rev. A. P. Lopes," a Roman Catholic priest.
  • The annual subscription was "Rs. 1:8:0" [Indian 1 rupee and 8 annas]. 
  • My father's name was "P.D'Costa, B.H." [Peter D'Costa, Bachelor of Homeopathy] and he lived at "68 Linton Street, Calcutta" (The Linton Street is still there in the Beniapukur area of Kolkata).
  • The name of the pharmacy of my father was "St. Joseph's Homeo Pharmacy."
  • Rs. 1:8:0 was not only a subscription to the 'India' magazine, it was also considered "a donation towards the Missions of India."
  • The editor also mentioned "your name has been added to the list of donors, for whose welfare several Masses and prayers are offered every year."
Previously, in another write-up of mine, I also mentioned how a January 9, 1943 Calcutta house rent receipt also gives out an interesting history. You may click on the following to read it: Flirting With the Past: A House Rent Receipt Speaks History 

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