“The Testament of Mary” by Coim Toibin

Hamas says Israel “opened the gates of hell” with its ferocious assault on Gaza. The militant group has ratcheted up its own firing, killing three Israeli civilians in return.

Daniel Burke compares Gen. David Petraeus to another David, the one who slept with Bathsheba. The biblical hero also dispatched Bathsheba’s husband to the front lines. Question: Who in this drama will take the role of Nathan the Prophet? (See 2 Samuel 12).

Catholic bishops push sainthood for Dorothy Day, whose life and work were dedicated to championing the poor.

A pregnant woman in Ireland died after being denied an abortion.

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