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  • Saint Francis in America

    By Michael Novak on October 5, 2015
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    Michael Novak and Paul Adams assess Pope Francis’ visit to America: "The five days Pope Francis just spent so busily in America – following a schedule of high-pressure meetings, talks, addresses, quick visits, walking tours, parades, very public Masses, and much else (a schedule that would have exhausted a much younger man) – may in the end have changed the United States, the world, and Pope Francis himself more than we can now imagine."
  • What will Pope Francis say?

    By Michael Novak on September 23, 2015
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    As Pope Francis visits the United States, Michael Novak writes in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner: “Pope Francis seems to take a childlike delight in surprising, even shocking, the audience he speaks to, so it seems foolhardy even to presume what he might say. Let's agree, then, to be surprised.”
  • Ave Maria at the Beach

    By Michael Novak on August 5, 2015
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    For the last three summers, I have been very lucky to hire students from Ave Maria University to help me finish some writing, pack up boxes of books, arrange my papers, clear out the beach house and give things to various charities, and the like. I hope they forgive me for calling them “the kids,” but when they are with me, that is how I feel about them. They seem like my own grandchildren.
  • Welcome to America, Pope Francis!

    By Michael Novak on July 29, 2015
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    The first pope to visit the United States was Paul VI in October 1965, just before the close of Vatican II. Pope John Paul II during his long reign visited seven times. And Benedict came in 2008. So there is already a tradition of popes getting to know our country. Welcome to America, Pope Francis! We’re eager to hear what you have to say
  • The New Evangelization in Reverse?

    By Michael Novak on July 21, 2015
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    Michael Novak recently contributed to the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Faith in America: Catholicism.
  • Papal Humility

    By Michael Novak on July 15, 2015
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    "On his way from Paraguay back to Rome recently, Pope Francis showed signs of personal humility, directly in front of the world’s press, that must be unrivaled in papal history."
  • Blue Environmentalism

    By Michael Novak on July 14, 2015
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    In view of the new encyclical of Pope Francis, Michael Novak revisits the idea of “Blue Environmentalism” in a short series adapted from some 2003 writings.
  • Blue Environmentalism – Part Three

    By Michael Novak on July 8, 2015
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    Liberty releases the eminently realizable hope of bringing every woman, man, and child into the circle of universal affluence, which this planet has been fashioned to support. As Francis affirms in Laudato Si’ (93-95, 158), following his predecessors Benedict and John Paul II, the goods of the earth have been given a universal destination, and that destination is the freeing of everyone on earth from the prison of poverty. Freedom, too, has its own ecology. Blue Environmentalism cherishes the ecology of liberty.
  • Catholic University Confers Honorary Degree on Dr. Novak

    By Brenna Hapes on June 7, 2015
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    On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the Catholic University of America conferred on Michael Novak the degree of Doctor of Education honoris causa, in recognition of his long career in education, writing, and scholarship. This was his twenty-seventh such honor.
  • Catholicism, Capitalism, and Caritas: The Continuing Legacy of Michael Novak

    By Brenna Hapes on June 7, 2015
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    Nathaniel Peters writes in "Public Discourse": "In a time of intense debate about global capitalism and the power of economic elites, Michael Novak’s work is essential reading for those who seek to work for free and virtuous societies. Novak’s life is also a lesson in charity."

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