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Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord’


Where does the Catholic Church own land around the world?


When Catholics evangelize, they stop too soon...
Marcel LeJeune
There really is no other way to say it - Catholics stop too soon when they evangelize. In fact, I might call it the fatal flaw of Catholics who evangelize. God won’t save us without us saying “yes” to His grace! This means our free choice to respond to God’s grace, makes all the difference, so why aren’t we offering more opportunities to others to make this choice...


Pope taps Joliet auxiliary to head Evansville diocese...


Massive section of Jerusalem's Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years...


The first recorded pizza delivery was to a Catholic bishop in the 10th century...


Abortion row between UK Catholic hierarchy and The Tablet escalates as another bishop wades in...


Is Romans 1 a prophetic interpretation of reality for our times?
Msgr. Charles Pope
We continue to read from the Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. An inspired text, it traces out not only the current time, but also the trajectory, the end to which things tend. It is of course important for us to read Scripture with the Church...


Hollywood is full of booming gongs and clashing cymbals...
Matthew Archbold
Harvey Weinstein is a problem. But he's not THE problem. It goes far deeper. We all know that Harvey Weinstein is a symptom of a diseased culture. I enjoy going to the movies but I've noticed something disturbing in recent years. It's hit me a few times when I'm watching a movie that the people who made the film don't actually like people...


This pro-abortion fanatic presented a thought experiment ‘destroying’ pro-lifers. Here are 4 reasons he failed dramatically...


What would Jesus do about Artificial Intelligence? Become more human...
Simcha Fisher
The bots were worried about me. There I was, mindlessly scrolling past Trump memes, soup recipes and baby pictures when my screen abruptly showed me a new page. In a concerned font, Facebook itself asked if I wanted some help. Would I like some resources on depression and suicide prevention? Would I like to try this hotline? No thanks...


St. Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. Are you?


The 100 Years War between the Church and Communism...


A prayer for Somalia, and for the pathetic killers who face eternal darkness...
Elizabeth Scalia
The pictures are almost unimaginable — even in the face of so many such images we’ve scrolled by, before. Somali people knee-deep in wreckage; little children carrying away human remains. At this writing, the death toll has just been raised to 300, with another 300 injured, and we are told both of those numbers may yet climb as more people or bodies are recovered following a truck-bomb enacted terror attack — the deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history...


Could Jesus learn things?
Mark Shea
Last time in this space we looked at Matthew’s account of Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15:21-28). I noted that there is a common reading abroad these days, centering on the claim that, in one way or another, it is Jesus, not his disciples, who is the learner in this story. The “within the pale of orthodoxy” version of this is that Jesus learns from the Woman that she is capable of faith...


The moral imagination of ‘Leave It to Beaver’...


Our Lady of Lourdes and Harvey Weinstein...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Brad Pitt appears to be the hero of the Hollywood story, having done what many were afraid to do: stand up to Harvey Weinstein. The scandal was a far cry from the peace and dignity of Lourdes, France, where I happened to be as the scandal details began to emerge. Here it’s hard to escape the natural and supernatural presence of something healing...


German monastery Himmerod to close its doors 900 years after its founding by St. Bernard of Clairvaux...

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Want to bring us millennials back to church? Stop giving us what we can get in the world...


St. Luke, evangelist and artist...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Today is St Luke’s feast day. It is Luke who recounts the infancy narratives, and the tradition is that he knew the Blessed Virgin and got the stories about the birth of the Lord straight from her. Icon of the Virgin in St Maria Maggiore The other beautiful tradition is that St Luke was an artist. The image illustrating today’s post shows St Luke painting a portrait of the Virgin...


All that Catholic stuff is connected...


9 important things you should consider when prepping for a winter power outage...


Meet a woman who was killed because she loved the Rosary...
K.V. Turley
She stood alone. The only others present were her accusers. A young woman faced question after question while trying to make sense of the growing hostility around her. This cross-examination was to be the final drama in a life as innocent as it had been faithful; it was played out in a state interrogation room far from her home and those who loved her...


Pope Francis invited some prisoners to lunch. They ended up escaping instead...


Why the Centering Prayer movement is so off-center...
Patrick Coffin
A technique out there purporting to be a form of Christian prayer has made inroads in countless parishes across the U.S. and Canada. Its promoters try very hard to sound Catholic and monastic, but it is, in fact, not really either. It’s called Centering Prayer, and the movement it spawned in a few short years was more or less begun by Fathers Thomas Keating...


Benedict XVI's secretary denies rumors that he is close to death...


Department of Justice announces Settlement in HHS Mandate lawsuits...


In education, the end depends on the beginning...
Mark Langley
Incidentally, I haven’t read much of the Roman poet Manlius who “flourished” in the first century AD. But his famous line “Finisque ab origine pendet” from the fourth book of his Astronomicon appears to have been adopted by Phillips Exeter Academy as its motto. Phillips Exeter, founded in 1781, is now, I would say, a fairly prestigious Academy claiming everyone from Daniel Webster to Pierre S...


Churches attacked in Australian same-sex marriage vote...


54 days of quotes about the Holy Rosary...
Tom Perna
Over the past 54 days here in the Diocese of Phoenix, we have been praying the 54-Day Rosary Novena in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. This past Friday night, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted consecrated the Diocese of Phoenix to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral. Many people I know have taken up the Holy Rosary and have prayed it devoutly these past weeks...


Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s ‘open secrets’...
Tom Hoopes
You could say that the Harvey Weinstein case reveals the dark secret underbelly of Hollywood — but Hollywood’s low morality has never been secret or merely an underbelly. Weinstein’s case just gives people permission to start talking about it. When the New York Times reported on years of sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein...


339 years after her death, St. Teresa of Ávila converted Edith Stein...


Of memory, metanoia and manslaughter...
Rick Becker
An essay by historian Andrew Bacevich scrolled up in my Facebook feed, and I saw that it had been posted by my friend Shawn Storer of Catholic Peace Fellowship. That was enough to make it a must-read sooner rather than later, so I opened it up. It was entitled “Autopilot Wars,” and it was Bacevich’s take on our nation’s numb embrace of perpetual armed conflict as a norm...


7 of the most stunning subway stations in the world...


It’s hard to believe that ‘The Princess Bride’ is now 30 years old...


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