Today is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Rome, and Pope Francis often stops there en route to and from his papal trips outside Rome, to pray the icon of Mary, "Salus Populi Romani," The current archpriest is Cardinal Avril y Castello. Happy feast!
At First Things, a fine article by Peter Berkowitz on Michael Walzer's new book.
From Breitbart, austeroty at the Vatican.