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Pope marks Solemnity of the Annunciation with trip to Holy House of Loreto


J.R.R. Tolkien, Led Zeppelin and the Annunciation...
K.V. Turley
Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the Annunciation as “inaugurat[ing] ‘the fullness of time’, the time of the fulfilment of God's promises.” It is a pivotal moment in human history. As the Catholic Encyclopedia (1913) states: “Many holy fathers (Sts. Jerome, Cyril...


Secularism isn't the answer to Islamic extremism, but arguably its cause...
John Allen
At the end of March Pope Francis will make a quick overnight trip to Morocco, marking the latest chapter in modern papal outreach to the Islamic world. It’s a story that reaches back at least to 1964, when Paul VI became the first pope to leave Italy in modern times by visiting the Holy Land, starting with Jordan. While these outings have many aims...


Sooner or later, judgment must come...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The most serious problem in life is not the fact that we die or the manner of our death. The most serious problem we face is not Pilate or any political misfortune; it is not falling towers or any physical threat. It is not financial setback, or suffering, or losing our job, or losing our possessions. The most serious problem we face is our own sin...


The problem of evil — actually, it’s complicated...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
“God had to take her,” says a grieving father at a bereavement support group in the 2010 film Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. “He needed another angel. He needed another angel.” I would be very reluctant to take issue with a thought or sentiment that a person in grief found helpful. But I couldn’t imagine saying something like this to a person in grief — and I can well understand the waspish response from Kidman’s character...


Vatican commission has found “there is no historical evidence” that women were ever ordained as deacons, says theologian...


Who was Garamond, anyway? The history behind 5 classic typefaces...


What should be our attitude toward priests today? A great Doctor of the Church, St. Catherine of Siena, has an answer...


Arguments against a germ-line editing moratorium fail...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Last week it came out that many scientists want a 5-year moratorium on gene-line editing. This means no editing DNA that might be passed down to your kids. However, a recent piece argued against this. I will dissect the arguments against this to point out why we should have a moratorium. Stat ran a story titled, “Leading scientists...


4 women in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth who reflect the beauty of the Virgin Mary...
Philip Kosloski
J.R.R. Tolkien, being a devout Catholic, was well acquainted with the indispensable role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Christianity and had a deep devotion to her. He saw her importance in being the “Mother of God” and venerated her as the “Queen Mother” who sits enthroned with her Son in Heaven. This devotion to the “Morning Star” would find its way into four women in the realm of Middle-Earth...


‘We're in a very different time now’: Montreal officials oust crucifix from City Hall...


A rock and roll journalist opens her ears to God...


How Jane Austen played baseball...


This is the only rational explanation for the world’s intense fear of and hatred for Christ and Catholicism...


A little dose of eschatology at the airport...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I’m on the road today to speak at the Youngstown Diocesan Men’s Conference. I’m wearing my clericals and as I’m going through the ritual public humiliation we call “airport security” one of the rather stern looking guards–thin, bald headed with an aquiline look to him leans over and says to me, “What’s your eschatology...


From St. Francis de Sales, 7 common undetected sins to consider before your next Confession...


Pell case reminds the world why cardinals wear red...


True humility means using the gifts God gave you to serve His people...

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An exclusive glimpse inside the conclave that elected Pope Francis...


Ezzati defends his record as he steps down as Archbishop of Santiago, Chile...
Inés San Martín
Although a decision had been expected, it was still a surprise when the Vatican announced Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, who faces allegations of having covered up cases of clerical sexual abuse. However, Ezzati was defiant to the end, saying he wasn’t ashamed of anything...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: Respond to God’s mercy with conversion, not ‘spiritual laziness’...


Poetry has simply vanished from popular culture — and from church hymn books...
Anthony Esolen
In an earlier column, I asked why we could not sing hymns from the Christian treasury, which is nearly two thousand years old, and which features composers with names like Bach and Handel and poets from Prudentius to Thomas Aquinas to Isaac Watts, the Wesleys, and John Henry Newman, rather than silly, sloppy, banally sentimental...


Watch this video: As lawmakers plot murder, young people sing a ‘lullaby of perfect pain’ for holy innocents in the Illinois State Capitol...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I have written about the breath-taking, throat-choking, eye-blurring composition of Philip Stopford, “Lully, Lulla, Lullay”. This is the “Conventry Carol” about the Holy Innocents, a carol in some ways so heart-piercing that it seems out of step with Christmastide, except that the joyous season embraces also Childermas...


Disability rights activists protest assisted suicide bills as dangerous, discriminatory...


Lessons from Churchill’s walk with destiny...
Christopher Kaczor
The first lesson of Churchill’s life is that serious parental failures do not necessarily destroy our potential for greatness. Winston’s father, Randolph, treated his son with disdain, repeatedly telling the young boy and later the young man that he would never amount to anything. Winston’s mother, Jennie, had numerous extramarital affairs and spent much more time and energy as a social butterfly than as a caring mother...


A wretched ‘tell-all’ Vatican exposé that tells us only one thing...
Phil Lawler
“I don’t often talk about my own life in my books,” writes Frederic Martel, near the close of his sensationalistic In the Closet of the Vatican. Reading that phrase, I laughed out loud. The humor was unintentional; Martel takes himself very seriously. Still in light of the spectacular self-promotion on display in the preceding 300+ pages...


Did the Catholic Church destroy the once-beloved anchovy pizza? (And if so, will this be the subject of Dan Brown’s next sequel?)...


Priest stabbed during Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal...


Small hole in the ground leads to mysterious English cavern with possible ties to Crusades...


The 3rd Sunday of Lent: Bearing the fruit of repentance...
John Bergsma
The fig tree is, in the first instance, a symbol of the City of Jerusalem, which Jesus is about to visit. When he comes, he will not find the fruit of repentance there. As a result, the city will ultimately be destroyed (in a sense, destroy itself) in AD 70. On the other hand, the fig tree is a type of each one of us, and a warning to us...


Who will be the next archbishop of Washington? Arch Madness returns...
Rocco Palmo
If only this scribe had a dime for every time one of this readership asked about the ongoing vacancy in Washington over these weeks, Whispers would be solvent into the next Holy Year – that is, 2025. To be sure, that's a figurative line. Still, almost six months into the singular move that'll define Pope Francis' stewardship of the Stateside Church...


3 tips to reaching modern culture for Catholic evangelists...


Learning the lessons of Lazarus and the rich man...


Hell is real, you have a real chance of going there, and it will hurt like hell when you do...


Saving eggs before blocking puberty: Why “transition” if still uncertain?


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