Franciscan Media - It is unclear what we really know of Paul’s life, how much is fable, how much is fact... Paul was reportedly born in Egypt, where he was orphaned by age 15. He was also a learned and devout young man. During the persecution of Decius in Egypt in the year 250, Paul was forced to hide in the home of a friend. Fearing a brother-in-law would betray him, he fled in a cave in the desert. ...
By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow - For the 37th time, Open Doors USA has released its annual "World Watch List" of nations where Christians are most persecuted. Among the top ten on this latest 50-country list are Nigeria, Iran, Somalia, and Afghanistan. But for the 20th year in a row, North Korea tops the list – and for a number of reasons, according to Open Doors CEO David Curry.
By David Warren, The Catholic Thing - Luxury is a shower, when the hot water is working. I was just reflecting on this, yesterday morning... There may be greater luxuries, but I am thinking now only of the High Doganate, where I live, and in which I am locked down. (It is a “low-rent” flat in Toronto; where there are no low rents.)... But it is not the only luxury. The chicken curry up here is another; and my lime pickle is to die for. Well, that last remark was hyperbolical.
By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine - Many years ago, in an article for Touchstone called, “A Requiem for Friendship,” I wrote that the public acceptance of homosexuality would cast suspicion on physical expressions of friendship among males, and would make it more difficult for boys to forge strong friendships in the first place, especially if such boys were shy, or not athletic. I said that all civilizations have been built upon those bonds: the team, the platoon, the guild, the hunting party, the council, the work crew, the school.