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Pope's Sunday Angelus: "If the heart doesn't change, we aren't true Christians"


Is this what Saint Rose of Lima looked like?


Why ESPN's Curt Schilling got penalized for preferring fact over tact...
Nicholas Frankovich
Curt Schilling was recently denounced from coast to coast, and suspended by ESPN, after tweeting an observation on a note similar to though more nuanced than the one sounded by Father Douglas: If only 5 to 10 percent of Muslims can be described as extremists, Schilling indicated, remember that membership in the Nazi party never constituted much more than 10 percent of the German population...


What do (Catholic) women want?
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Sigmund Freud is remembered for many reasons, but one of his most quoted remarks is this: “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’” I believe that prayerful Catholic women hold great power with God...


Will Nigeria’s Muslims and Christians let Boko Haram set the agenda?
John Allen
It would certainly be understandable if the almost 1,000 Nigerian Christians today living in a crude camp for internally displaced people called New Kuchingoro, located outside the capital city of Abuja, weren’t feeling very charitable right now toward Muslims. These are Christians, after all, who’ve been driven from their homes by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram...


The supervolcano under Yellowstone is alive and kicking...


Top 10 things you can do with a slow cooker that don't involve food...


The life of Saint Augustine through the words of Pope Benedict XVI...
Tom Perna
Today, in the Western lung of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the great African Doctor – Saint Augustine of Hippo. Eloquent in his life and his words, the Church dons him the name – The Doctor of Grace. Even after 1600 years, the Catholic Church views him as one of the greatest theologians in her arsenal; an arsenal filled with many great fighters and defenders of Jesus Christ...


ISIS be warned: Persecution only strengthens the faith of Christians...


Mark Twain said the Church in Hawaii in 1866 was "unmistakably Catholic." Is this the way to go forward now?
Fr. Daren Zehnle
Finding myself in the unusual situation without another book to read at hand, I picked up a copy of Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, edited by A. Grove Day. Having grown up on the banks of the Mississippi River just a few miles north of Samuel Clemen's (1835-1910) hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, I heard much about Mark Twain but - as is often the case - have never really read much of his works...


New York Times: Church inquiry may pit Pope against Medjugorje devotees...


An open letter to my kids' teacher...
Simcha Fisher
Alas. We spent our summer swimming, watching X Files, sucking down gallons and gallons of ramen, eviscerating countless watermelons, making a meticulous survey of the entire lifework of the master cinematographer Chow Yun Fat, and creating various kinds of heartache for your long-suffering soul sister, the public librarian. As a result...


Philly's Archbishop Chaput: "Lepanto Institute and Church Militant sow division wherever they tread"...


Hell really exists, and its existence is a reminder of our human dignity...
Fr. James Schall
It was once popularly thought that “fear of hell” was a deterrent to bad deeds. At least such fear is said to minimize the potential damage that “principle-less” people might inflict on us. But no matter in what age of human history, or in what place we look, we will find some astonishingly gruesome deeds perpetrated by fellow members of the human race on one another...


11 surprising facts about the Vatican and St. Peter's...


On Chibok anniversary, Christians are caught between hope and experience...


Archbishop of Damascus: Nine dead and 47 injured in “rain of mortars” in Syria...


Archbishop Cordileone’s teacher contract successfully affirms Catholic values, says Cardinal Newman Society...

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5 things that an Esquire writer learned from wearing a cassock for a day...


22nd Sunday of the Year: The love of the law and the law of love...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Today’s readings teach a proper understanding of the Law and its relationship to our hearts. The readings go a long way toward addressing the false dichotomy that many set up between love and law, as though the two were opposed; they are not. For if we love God, we want what He wants and love what He loves. And the Law goes a long way toward describing what God wants and loves...


Pope Francis and the trendy new world of 'omniscient anonymous' journalism...
Terry Mattingly
It may be time to introduce a new term into the world of writing, and alleged hard-news journalism in particular. First, a few notes about news craft. Normally, hard-news journalism is written in third-person voice in past tense, with a heavy emphasis on the use of clear attributions for quoted materials, so that readers know who is speaking...


Archbishop Cupich names new rector to replace Bishop-Elect Barron at Mundelein Seminary...


For Boko Haram victims, persecution is a never-ending story...


Pop Artist, provocateur, Catholic. Who was Andy Warhol?


We are saved by Jesus Christ, not by rules...
Mark Shea
Hell seems to have nothing to do with relationship in the modern mind. I constantly meet people who think of Hell as an absurdly sadistic overreaction by a touchy God who gets irrationally angry when people don't keep his arbitrary rules. Or else it’s something that falls on the head of innocent people like a safe from a third floor window: “How can you believe in a God who would damn to Hell people who were doing their best...


A synod is not a council, and other canonical facts...


5 seeming liturgical abuses that are actually legit...
Fr. Victor Feltes
These five liturgical practices may seem unorthodox, but the Catholic Church officially allows for each of them...


Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us...


For centuries, sailors used this low-tech tool to navigate the world’s oceans...


Before “choose adoption,” pro-lifers ought to start with “you can do it, and we’ll help”...
J.D. Flynn
On Saturday morning, my wife and I took our children to pray outside the Planned Parenthood clinic near our home in Nebraska. Nearly 700 other people joined us—praying on their knees, singing songs of praise, and holding pro-life signs for passing cars to read. Among the signs, I noticed several that read “Adoption: the Loving Option...


Why can't the Catholic Church ordain women priests?
Kathy Schiffer
In Des Moines, Iowa, the Catholic Worker House is no longer permitted to hold liturgies on the premises, after conducting a service in which a woman who claims to be an ordained priest celebrated a Eucharistic service in their chapel. The celebrant was Janice Sevre-Duszynskaper, who attempted ordination in 2008, being “ordained” by the Association of Catholic Women Priests...


Denver International Airport puts Chick-fil-A on hold over CEO’s marriage stance...


As I watched my father die in the hospital where I was born, I learned a great truth...
John Zmirak
It is natural for us to try to mitigate the sufferings in this life, and to fight off disease and death. Unlike the animals, we feel somewhere deep within that we were not made for the grave. We are not like salmon who spawn, then instantly lie down and die. Instead, we cling to life, and to hope for eternal life — and see in our children not copies of ourselves...


A quirky tour of the best bookshops in Tokyo...


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