Several items of interest with regard to Eastern Catholicism:
* The Armenian Catholic Patriarch, Nerses Bedros XIX (né Pierre Taza), died on Thursday, June 25, at the age of 75. Egyptian by birth, he had an active ecclesiastical career and was elected Armenian Catholic Patriarch in 1999.
* In its recent synod, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church decided to expand its calendar of saints:
They decided to add Saints Sharbel Makhluf, Francis of Assisi, Rafqa, Rita, Nimatullah al-Hardini, Don Bosco, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, Thérèse of Lisieux, John Paul II, John XXIII, Vincent de Paul, Mary of Jesus Crucified and Alphonsine to the Ordo of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Those saints will be commemorated on their feast-day according to the Ordo of their original Church so that they can be examples for everyone on the path to holiness.
Sharbel, Rafqa, and Nimatullah are Maronite saints; Mary of Jesus Crucified is Melkite; the others are Latin (although St. Marie Alphonsine was an 'Eastern' saint, she was associated with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem). All of them are already on the Roman calendar.
* The Chaldean Patriarch, Louis Raphael Sako, who is very active, has apparently written a book arguing that military action against ISIS is consistent with just war principles. The Chaldean Catholics, of course, have been seriously harmed by the advance of ISIS.
* The Maronite Monks of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph have begun fundraising for building a monastery in Washington state, about 1 hour north of Portland.
And some other notable links, of various kinds:
* Sara L. Uckelman, A very brief, incomplete, and stopgap account of women in medieval logic
* Derek Baker, Deliberators Must Be Imperfect
* John Brungardt on Pope Francis's recent encyclical, Laudato Si'
David Mills on the same
* Thomas F. Bertonneau, Sketch of the Ecology of Knowledge
* The Institute of Catholic Culture
* The Newman-Scotus Reader looks like it would be interesting (ht)