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“Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new saints”: In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonizes John Henry Newman and four others


Memo to Synod: If you don’t want focus on married priests, give us something else...
John Allen
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who speaks both fluent Spanish and Portuguese and has long experience of Latin America, is a papal appointee among the 184 voting members of the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. As he generally does, O’Malley is using his blog to share impressions, and on Friday he issued a mild rebuke to reporters that could be a sign of things to come...


A culture of gratitude: Readings for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time...
John Bergsma
The Thanksgiving holiday is coming upon us in a little over a month, and this season of the year always makes me think, How do you give thanks if you don’t believe there’s anyone there to thank? Thanksgiving is not a holiday that ever could have arisen in an atheist culture. The themes of the Readings for this Sunday focus on the gratitude for God’s salvation...


Why do we have eyelashes? New study says it’s to keep our eyes moist...


Prince of Wales on eve of Cardinal Newman’s canonization: “In the age in which he attains sainthood, his example is needed more than ever...”...


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The Democrats are going to regret Beto O’Rourke’s stance on punishing churches and charities...


A Chicago mother’s miracle baby and the making of a saint...


Democratic candidate Beto O‘Rourke says churches, charities and universities should lose tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage...
Rod Dreher
Burn the cishet patriarch, and savor the sweet incense of combusting whiteness! Even at this late date, we hear from many liberals that orthodox Christians are “obsessed” with homosexuality. They can’t grasp why, aside from bigotry, that we are so concerned about the issue. It’s largely because the march of LGBT ideology to conquer our culture tramples over the rights of orthodox/traditionalist religious people...


Scalfari’s claims aside, Pope Francis has always been clear that Jesus is God...
Jimmy Akin
Here we go again. It’s a predictable pattern. Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist, publishes an article attributing shocking statements to Pope Francis. The press and the blogosphere freak out. The Vatican Press office issues a statement saying that Scalfari isn’t reliable. Things die down for a while, but lingering damage is done...


Jesus is God. Those who deny this will one day fall prostrate before His glory...


In a time of runaway change, Cardinal Ouellet makes the case for tradition...


Why you never see your friends anymore (hint: it has something to do with the Third Commandment)...


John Henry Newman’s imagination captures the ultimate stakes of life’s pilgrimage...
R. Jared Staudt
Newman almost died as a young man, still an Anglican, during travels in Sicily. While in recovery he had his first real encounters with Catholics and the Mass. When he was well enough to return to England, he resolved that he would use his renewed strength to enter more deeply into his service of the truth with new vigor. This resolve would materialize into the Oxford Movement–Newman’s attempt to draw the Church of England more deeply into its Catholic roots...


Brazilian bishop says infanticide among Amazon tribes ‘shocking’ but largely eliminated by Catholic missionaries...
Edward Pentin
A bishop of a diocese in Brazil has said reports about infanticide being carried out by some indigenous peoples were “shocking,” but that he was unaware of any such practices continuing among the indigenous people who are part of his flock. Speaking to reporters at the Vatican today during a break in the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region...


New Jersey women charged with cheating at church bingo, investigators say...


Sights and Sounds: Is it time to switch the preposition in Synod “of” Bishops?


What kind of “believers?”...
George Weigel
This past June I was in the Munich area for four days, giving a public lecture on Evangelical Catholicism and doing a lot of media interviews. My hosts were exceptionally gracious, but it was also obvious that the Catholic Church in what was once Germany’s most intensely Catholic region is in terrible shape. The numbers tell the tale...

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How to give Almighty God perfect thanks...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the great human inadequacies is our inability to give proper and adequate thanks to God. Perhaps the biggest problem is that we don’t even realize the vast majority of what He does for us; it is hidden from our eyes. A further problem is that in our fallen condition we seem to be wired to magnify our problems and minimize or discount the enormous blessings of each moment...


Homily for Canonization of Sts. John Henry Newman, Giuseppina Vannini, Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, Dulce Lopes Pontes and Margherita Bays...
Pope Francis
Here below is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily delivered today at the canonization of Saints John Henry Newman (1801-1890), Giuseppina Vannini (1859-1911), Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan (1876-1926), Dulce Lopes Pontes (1914-1992), Margherita Bays (1815-1879): “Your faith has saved you” (Lk 17:19). This is the climax of today’s Gospel...


The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) falls on an Advent Sunday. Here’s what that means for you and me...
Deacon Greg Kandra
With this solemnity falling on the 2nd Sunday of Advent this year, that may cause some confusion. A reader dropped me a line recently: Can a parish celebrate the Immaculate Conception on Dec 7-8th instead of the 2nd Sunday in Advent Liturgy?? My pastor wants to do this. I did not know for sure if it is proper?? Short answer: no...


J.R.R. Tolkien knew that myth can be dangerous if it remains pagan. That’s why he sought to sanctify it...


Kim Kardashian gets baptized in Armenia along with kids Saint, Chicago, and Psalm...


‘Joker’ is not a political statement — it’s a spiritual nightmare...


Does the Notre Dame survey demonstrate that seminaries are safe?
Janet Smith
When the news came out last summer that Theodore McCarrick had been abusing seminarians for decades and that his conduct was widely known, social media was filled with statements of concern by mothers who had been encouraging their sons to consider priestly vocations: Could they entrust their sons to seminaries? Likely it was such concerns that led distinguished theologian John Cavadini...


Meet the four saintly women who will be canonized with John Henry Newman this Sunday...


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At Amazon synod, archbishop laments that people aren’t mentioning “ecological sins” in Confession...
Inés San Martín
Catholics should admit their crimes against nature in confession, according to one prelate at the Vatican’s ongoing summit for the Amazon region. “The ecological situation today is a motive for division, but people cannot but take into consideration the importance the environment has for us,” said Archbishop Pedro Brito Guimarães...


Vatican I: A glance at papal infallibility...


What real missionary work looks like...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I went to college with a guy I’ll call MJ. MJ felt the call to be a missionary while he was in college. After graduation he married Jenny and they accepted a job as pastor of a little church. I say “they” accepted the job because Jenny also felt called to be a missionary and they saw their marriage and their mission as a shared vocation...


60 million girls missing in last 10 years because of selective abortions in India...


Vatican: Pope Francis ‘never said’ what atheistic yellow journalist Eugenio Scalfari reported about divinity of Jesus Christ...


Tired of offensive media? Here is John XXIII’s weapon in the culture war...
Philip Kosloski
In general, today’s mass media, whether its movies, television, YouTube or comic books, is often directly opposed to Christian values. You don’t have to look far to find evidence of the sad state of entertainment in modern society. It’s tempting to boycott everything. The reasoning goes, “If Hollywood isn’t going to produce...


Synod drama features married priests, women deacons and “ecological sins”...


What is paganism and what’s the problem with paganism?


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