Changes to Tolkien's writing are sadly typical of the “Hobbit” prequel trilogy, which is far cruder and less sensitive to the charm and beauty of its source material than the “Lord of the Rings” films were.
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The normalization of relations between the US and Cuba may be a turning point for those two nations, but it also represents a victory for a Vatican policy of détente that reaches back at least to the papacy of John Paul II.
Though welcoming the gentle tone of a long-anticipated Vatican report on the state of US nuns, some Catholic sisters said healing won't come until a separate process investigating a liberal umbrella group is completed.