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19 martyrs killed in Algeria’s 1990s civil war are beatified — first time in a Muslim nation


A reality check on expectations for February child abuse summit...
John Allen
Under any circumstances, the announcement in September that Pope Francis plans to convene a summit Feb. 21-24 for all the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world, along with the Vatican’s senior leadership, to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Church would have been big news. After the Vatican invoked that summit in November in instructing the U...


Virginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student’s new pronouns...


What’s the meaning of life? Here are three possible answers...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The first option is nihilism. That is, that there is no meaning of life and the search for meaning if a fool’s errand, a wild goose chase, a pointless quest. If that is your point of view, then I guess you might as well stop reading this post right now and go make a sandwich. However, if you believe there is some meaning to life...


I wanna be ready to put on a long white robe – A homily for the Second Sunday of Advent...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The New Testament opens in the desert near the banks of the River Jordan, with John the Baptist, of whom Jesus says, He is the Elijah who was to come (Mt 11:14). In John the Baptist is the fulfillment of the Elijah figure, who was to come to prepare the hearts of the people for the great coming of the Messiah. All of this leads us to this Sunday’s Gospel...


Religious Freedom 2, ObamaCare 0...
Michael Warsaw
An unnecessary fight came to an end in November, after a federal appeals court gave EWTN Global Catholic Network, which I lead, a final victory in our seven-year fight against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. Left unchallenged, the mandate would have required us to use our employee health care plan to provide services such as the week-after pill in violation of our religious beliefs...


Back in theaters, ‘Schindler’s List’ turns 25...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
From the armbands to the ghettos, from forced labor to extermination camps and beyond, Schindler’s List covers the successive historical stages of the Final Solution more comprehensively than any other popular film had at the time, or has since. That, in part, is its great achievement — and, for many of its critics, its enduring stigma...


Our true home is in Heaven...
Fr. George Rutler
A bishop condescendingly asked John Henry Newman, “Who are the laity?” To which the great saint, and, one hopes, future Doctor of the Church, replied that the Church would look foolish without them. The same might be said of those who are consecrated in the Religious life. The difference is that most of the Church consists in laypeople...


The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary...


Nativity scene at Vatican’s St. Peter's Square sculpted out of 700 tons of sand...


5 things you didn’t know about Pearl Harbor...


Saying “they’ll have to kill me first,” 85-year-old Florida woman refuses to remove Our Lady of Guadalupe image from mobile home...


American priest is accused of molesting boys in the Philippines...


The closing of so many churches reflects a shocking loss of faith...


A straight path in the wilderness of our soul — 2nd Sunday of Advent...
John Bergsma
As we start the second week of Advent, the Church turns her attention from the second coming of Christ to his first coming, and in particular to the figure of John the Baptist, the forerunner or herald of Jesus Christ. Usually the Church reads heavily from the prophet Isaiah during the Advent season, and indeed, Isaiah 40 would have made a good First Reading for this Sunday because it is quoted in the Gospel...


New film documents porn’s harmful effects...


Why are young people no longer interested in sex?


Do you want to have a good Christmas? Then listen carefully to this Advent message: “You need a Savior!”...

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Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on the Vatican...


Possibly lying in Confession? Help for the scrupulous...
Jimmy Akin
Please set your mind at rest. In the first place, saying, “Okay, Father” is ambiguous in meaning. It can mean, “Yes, I will do that,” or it can mean, “I acknowledge your recommendation.” “Okay” is an ambiguous word that we use in English as a way of helping conversations and social interactions along. It can even mean...


I am happy to proclaim that Christ is very much alive in the heart of small town America...
Joseph Pearce
One of the most discouraging things about small town America is the way that corporate gigantism has ripped its heart out. This is made all too painfully evident when I drive on the back roads to Charlotte from my home in South Carolina, which is my preferred route when time permits. Taking these country roads, I pass through several small towns that have become like the ghost towns of the legendary west...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: Advent is a time to “take into account the demands of conversion”...


The Pope’s warning about homosexuals in the clergy is a ray of light...


The Uncool Dad and a dead salamander named Godzilla...


The abuse crisis: Sacrificing ourselves for the Church?
Jeff Mirus
In the second of his interviews with Thomas V. Mirus on the abuse crisis, Fr. Roger Landry explains how we can all contribute to a solution, even those who are not guilty. Perhaps especially those of us who are not guilty: The guilty, after all, are far less likely to contribute to the solution. This is not the end of the lesson but the beginning...


The dogma of the Immaculate Conception is biblical...


NYTimes on Princess Gloria: “The ‘It’ ’80s party girl is now a defender of the Catholic faith”...


Dec. 7 is the Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church...


Pope approves new legislation governing Vatican City...


Woman accused of tossing acid at priest as he heard her confession...


Did God punish Jesus on the Cross?


What happened when this woman met her Nazi torturer, 40 years after World War II...
K.V. Turley
This is the story of a young woman, a gifted pianist, who, after the Nazi invasion of France, began to work for the Resistance. Her subsequent arrest and torture at the hands of the Gestapo left her disabled and in acute pain for the rest of her life. Needless to say, she was unable to fulfill her heart’s desire to become a concert pianist...


Philip Wilson, former Archbishop of Adelaide, has conviction for covering up child sex abuse overturned...


Francis to make historic visit to Abu Dhabi in February — first trip by a pope to the Arabian peninsula...
Edward Pentin
Pope Francis will be breaking new ground when he becomes the first pontiff to set foot in the Arab Peninsula and visits the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates Feb. 3-5. The papal visit, primarily to attend an “International Interfaith Meeting” that will be taking place on the theme “Human Fraternity,” comes after invitations from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan...


The devil behind population decline...
Patti Armstrong
While groups gather at grocery stores to hold chicken funerals and airlift carnivorous lobsters to Maine (you know I’m not kidding, right?) population growth for humans—aka the ones with souls — has taken a nosedive. A study on trends in every country from 1950 to 2017 was released in The Lancet medical journal, showing the world average of 4...


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