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Fewer Americans believe biblical account of birth of Jesus depicts actual events, Pew survey finds


Twelve Ways to Christmas...
Joseph Mussomeli
If Christmas is anything, it is a revolution of the heart against the tit-for-tat of this world, against the demands of this world for balancing the scales and righting every wrong with a hard justice. Ultimately, if this world is saved, it will be mercy not justice that saves it...


St. Mary Magdalene is an apostle of hope for women...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Some years ago, a beautiful 80-year-old ailing priest became my friend. He told me to stay in Christ’s presence and seek only him, like Mary Magdalene, and he urged me to have confidence and comfort in telling what I’ve seen with him, sharing his perfect love with everyone. My friend has since gone to the Lord, and every day I think more and more about what he said...


Concerning Jerusalem, Donald Trump, Arab Christian anger and, yes, American evangelicals...
Terry Mattingly
Trust me when I say that I understand why so many Christians in the ancient churches of the Middle East are frustrated with America, and American evangelicals in particular, when it comes to the complex and painful status of Jerusalem. As I have mentioned several times here at GetReligion, when I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy two decades ago my family became part of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese – which is closely tied to the ancient Orthodox flock based in Damascus...


Which is better, Applebee's or Cracker Barrel? A ranking of America’s 10 most popular chain restaurants...


Within the Lord’s prayer is this mysterious word...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Pope Francis recently made news by indicating a preference for translating the phrase “lead us not into temptation” as “do not let us fall into temptation.” He did not say that the English rendering should be changed, only that He was supportive of a recent similar change made to the French translation. I have written on that issue here...


As an ex-gay cradle Catholic, I know the devastation that awaits those who follow Fr. James Martin...


30 cities around the world that no longer exist...


Here are the winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest...


Father Andrew Apostoli, co-founder of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, dead at 75...


7 Catholic books for your Christmas gift list...
George Weigel
It’s been a good year for publishing – at least in the sense of a lot of good books getting published – so here are some for the readers on your Christmas gift list, in addition, of course, to Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II, by your scribe. The first is The Light of Christ by Thomas Joseph White...


Here are 79 songs for Advent—some nearly 1,700 years old...
Brian O'Neel
Here are the titles of Advent songs enjoyed by Christians throughout the ages. Some are nearly 1,700 years old. Nearly all can be found on YouTube. If you want to maximize this Advent so that Christ may be born anew in your heart, these songs offer an excellent means by which to do so. Adjuvabit eam, Advent är mörker och kyla...


People who romanticize communism don’t really know communism ...
David Mills
The young man in the suit crawled through the small window in the back of the cabin in a way that would send him face forward onto the dirt outside. He couldn’t be seen talking to the likes of us. We held his legs as he crawled out so he wouldn’t fall. It was the summer of 1978, July I think, in a campground outside Moscow...


Nothing breaks through melancholy like a baby...


Evangelical megachurch pastor leads congregation in prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus...


Papal envoy backtracks on Medjugorje comments...


Little-known facts about 7 North American bishops...


No, Pope Francis is not changing the Lord’s Prayer...

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A Catholic’s guide to Star Wars...


Concerning Jerusalem, Donald Trump, Arab Christian anger and, yes, American evangelicals...


Top 10 Christmas gifts for men...
Taylor Marshall
very year I assemble a Top 10 Manly Gifts for Your Husband, Father, or Man in your Life. It’s immensely popular and throughout the year I meet men all over the country who say to me: “Hey thanks for recommending X on your list, ‘Top 10 Manly Christmas gifts’. My wife got it for me and I love it.”


Trump plan to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem pleases U.S. evangelicals but angers Christians in Middle East...


Whether Francis is a ‘reform pope’ depends on whom you ask...
John Allen
“Reform” is one of those notoriously ambiguous words - in the same category with hope, change, progress, and improvement - which everyone professes to support, but which no one defines in quite the same way. Thus, the question of whether or not Francis is a “Reform Pope” will depend largely on what you mean by the term. Many observers are convinced that Francis is a quintessential reformer; Crux contributor Austen Ivereigh...


Peruvian prosecutor requests jail for founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae...


The Pope’s Amoris Laetitia guidelines have been upgraded...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The latest clarification of the proper interpretation of Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) raises new questions, with perhaps unexpected answers. In September 2016, the bishops of the Buenos Aires pastoral region released guidelines for the interpretation of Chapter VIII of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, which addresses the situation of those in a sacramental marriage but living in conjugal union with someone else...


How a group of Dominican friars became the Hillbilly Thomists...


Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is 50 times deeper than the oceans of Earth...


Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama...


Firms reach $7.8 million settlement over allegations of selling fetal tissue...


Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus AND with the Catholic Church?
Marcel LeJeune
If there is one phrase which can get the Catholic social media arguments going, it is "a personal relationship with Jesus". One one side there are folks that argue it is a phrase stolen from Evangelical Protestants and is empty of meaning, because it is relativistic. They might also charge that it shuns the communal aspect of Christianity...


The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe...


New Seven Wonders in 360: Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue...


‘Pastoral charity’ is the key to the Pope’s endorsement of the Buenos Aires bishops’ document...
Robert Fastiggi
It was recently made known that Pope Francis’s September 5, 2016, letter praising the Guidelines for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris laetitia—issued by the Argentine bishops of the Buenos Aires Region—has now been published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (Acta or AAS for short), the “Acts of the Apostolic See.” Since 1909 the Acta have served as the official instrument for the publication of documents and decisions of the Holy Father and the Roman Curia...


Insanity is a lack of judgment, not a lack of brains...
Fr. George Rutler
As a chaplain in a state mental hospital, I quickly learned two things. First, sometimes it was easy to mistake a psychiatrist for one of the patients. Second, and more importantly, the mentally ill can be highly intelligent. If one begins with an illogical premise, one may convincingly make a fallacy seem cogent. An unfortunate man in a locked ward who thinks he is Napoleon Bonaparte can almost convince a visitor that he is there because he lost the battle of Waterloo...


Why would a Saudi prince pay $450 million for a painting of Christ?
Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith
The news that the buyer of Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, known catchily as MBS, comes as something as a revelation. The painting is destined to hang in the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Most commentators have seen this as a part of the rivalry between the United Arab Emirates (which are allied to Saudi Arabia) and Qatar...


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