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More allegations emerge as Mount St. Mary's controversy boils


“Hers is a heroic testimony of maternal love”...


These 5 facts show why demographics are destiny...


This news from Chicago shows why demographics, and adherence to doctrine, are destiny...
Terry Mattingly
The big Catholic news out of the Archdiocese of Chicago – the nation's third-largest diocese – has become shockingly normal, perhaps so normal that journalists aren't even asking basic questions about this trend anymore. The Chicago Tribune put one of the big numbers right up top in its latest report, noting that the Chicago archbishop – a man closely identified with the tone of the Pope Francis era – is now facing a crisis that will literally cost him altars...


A special Confession in 1953 changed his life, Pope Francis reveals...
Brantly Millegan
“That confession on September 21, 1953... reoriented my life,” Pope Francis told a group of Missionaries of Mercy recently. “To me it is a source of joy, the memory of that confession.” The Missionaries of Mercy are a special team of “priests given special faculties to absolve even sins reserved to the Holy See.” They were commissioned by Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy to be “a living sign of the Father’s welcome to all those in search of his forgiveness...


Is it possible to discern too much?
Marlon De La Torre
Sometimes we can easily get caught in a futile mindset that no matter what we do the end result will never be in our favor. Or better yet, you nit-pick a situation, place or person so much that you never truly see the reality of the situation and even more the person you are dissecting emotionally or otherwise. When it comes to the season of Lent...


Scientists detect gravitational waves, proving Einstein right...


Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis agree on text of joint declaration...


I’m a pro-lifer, and I hated the Doritos Super Bowl commercial...
Simcha Fisher
We need to stop drooling every time corporations ring their sociological bells. Talk about dehumanizing! All commercial campaigns are inherently dehumanizing, because they invite us to see ourselves and each other as mere consumers, rather than as whole people with better things to do than think about Doritos. This effect is doubled or tripled when a bag of chips tries to persuade us that it has anything to say about...


What happens when teenagers debate abortion in class...


On the threshold: Of Lent, marriage, and Louie’s Backyard...
Rick Becker
The radio was on as I did dishes Sunday morning, and NPR’s Rachel Martin was introducing a story. “At the Marine Room in La Jolla, California,” she said, “asking for an oceanside table will get you – well, the Pacific Ocean.” Martin was describing a beachfront restaurant that serves up both a five-star menu and an unforgettable oceanic floor show...


The real goal of Lent is life, love, and union with God and neighbor...
Mark Shea
Many of my Protestant friends are uncomfortable with Lent. "It's all about mortification and self-discipline when we know that the Risen Jesus is joyful and alive!" they say. "We don't need to mortify ourselves to please God. That's why Jesus died for us, so we don't have be 'good enough'. Moreover...


Angela Merkel “can't recall” angry phone talk with Pope Francis...


Can you use a magnifying glass and moonlight to light a fire?


How real are your ashes? Five meanings of the ashes we receive today...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn’t like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I’ll admit I still don’t like it too much...


The Great Ash Wednesday Miracle of 1218...


We need to stop saying that there are 33,000 Protestant denominations...


9 things to know and share about Ash Wednesday...

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The scientists who are deciphering ‘unreadable’ ancient texts...


How one American diplomat solved the case of the murdered Church women in El Salvador (explicit language) ...


Take up your cupcake and follow me?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
In today’s gospel Jesus says we must take up our cross and follow him. The Anglican Church–ever on the lookout for a new way to be trendy, relevant and cool has suggested that we take up our cupcake instead. Across the water Fr Ed Tomlinson reports that the Anglican Diocese of Leicester distributed cupcakes to people on Ash Wednesday instead of ashes...


A few choice words from the (not-so-silent) cloister...


This Lent, an opportunity to help Middle East Christians...


“We are far from God”: For Jubilee’s Lent, Pope talks about “doors” (and “traps”)...
Rocco Palmo
While the Papal Mass of Ash Wednesday is always held in the evening, amid the context of this Holy Year of Mercy, its 2016 edition featured some unique aspects. First, as opposed to the traditional Lenten station-church of Santa Sabina on the Avventine Hill, this year's Mass was moved to St Peter's due to the presence of the Missionaries of Mercy...


10 lessons from Padre Pio for Lent...


You must begin again, right now, right where you are...


Why it's meaningless to say something is “so big you can see it from space”...


This Lent, give God permission to turn you into a saint...
Paul McCusker
As we enter the Lenten season, I’m experiencing a variety of my usual feelings about the season. One is similar to how I feel about a New Year and resolutions: a kind of playful not-to-be-taken-seriously approach, which isn’t very helpful. Another is a feeling of panic as I can’t decide what I’m going to give up and take on and how I’ll manage it...


Henry VIII’s Hampton Court chapel hosts first Catholic service in 450 years...


Rome is best seen at sunrise—especially during Lent...
George Weigel
It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since my son, Stephen, and I spent two months in Rome – all of Lent and Easter Week – preparing a book that would allow readers to make the city’s ancient Lenten station church pilgrimage at home. But so it goes; tempus indeed fugit. Yet the memory of those two months lingers as the best Lent of my life...


Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are in harmony with human nature...
Anthony Lilles
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are works of piety that make space for a right use of reason. Many spiritual people do not connect works of piety with reason or love or freedom. Without making good use of reason, freedom and love, our works of piety will fall short of our Lenten Observance, and the healing that this season offers us will not be realized...


Pope’s Ash Wednesday Audience: “If the Jubilee Year doesn’t reach the pockets, it’s not a true Jubilee”...


13 super-easy meatless recipes for Lent you can make in 30 minutes or less...


We all know Padre Pio, but who is St. Leopold Mandić?


A would-be Catholic gives Lent a try, and comes to an unexpected conclusion...


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