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Cardinal Kasper slams fellow cardinals for "fundamentalism", says "that's how politicians operate"...


Some say that man is nothing more than a smart ape. To which I reply, nonsense...
Msgr. Charles Pope
It is true that we have many similarities to primates and really to all mammals. But the similarities stop there. At the level of the soul the differences could not be greater! Animals do not compose symphonies, they do not write great works of literature or create magnificent art. They do not build cities or form bicameral legislatures, legislate...


Ransoming for Christ: The story of two daring religious orders...


Report: Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn under Vatican investigation...


Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael put the ANGEL in evANGELization...
Marlon De La Torre
As children many of us were brought up to pray to our guardian angels. Somehow our parents would invoke our angels to protect us and guide us in our daily life. It almost became synonymous that when we dared to defy our parents rule they would say; “you better pray that your guardian angel will protect you.” Other than calling upon our guardian angels to protect us...


Pope Francis has shown an iron hand against priestly pedophilia. How will the international community react?
Andrea Gagliarducci
In two moves, Pope Francis has shown he intends to strongly carry forward the line of zero tolerance on clergy sex abuse. Two very clear moves: an archbishop has been put on house arrest, another one has been removed from his post. Yet, all of this may not be sufficient to remove the prejudices against the Church for what concerns pedophilia.


7 things to know and share about the holy archangels...
Jimmy Akin
The word “saint” (Greek, hagios) means “holy one.” It does not mean “holy human being.” As a result, it can apply to holy ones that aren’t human. Since Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael all chose to side with God rather than the devil, they are holy angels and thus saints. All angels that sided with God are saints...


UK bishop steps down over 'being unfaithful' to vows...


Cupich was a timid bishop in Spokane. He'll need the help of robust Catholics to succeed in Chicago...
Douglas Kries
Now that he has been named archbishop of Chicago, many people have expressed interest in Bishop Blase Cupich’s time as bishop of the Diocese of Spokane. I should make clear that I barely know Bishop Cupich on a personal level. I am only a Catholic layman in the diocese of Spokane. I do, however...


In rare joint appearance, Francis and Benedict celebrate old age with 40,000 elderly...


Australian cardinal faces the Vatican’s law of the jungle...
John Allen
In bureaucracies everywhere, when someone’s interests are threatened by a cycle of reform, one time-honored resistance strategy is to dig up dirt on the reformers. For maximum effectiveness, the dirt should be related to a brewing crisis in which people are tempted to shoot first and ask questions later. Whatever its supernatural claims may be...


The danger of being religious and idle...
Tom Hoopes
This Sunday’s Gospel (the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A) is directed at those of us who consider ourselves religious. Jesus tells the story of the man who had two sons — one said he would work in the vineyard but didn’t; the other said he wouldn’t but did. Who did the father’s will? It’s the second, of course...


Everything you know about the physics of space battles is wrong...


Good King Wenceslaus, the patron saint of Poland...


‘The Boxtrolls’ is an unpleasant slog that you'll want to avoid...


Paraguayan bishop obedient, but has grievance over removal...


Who's responsible for the "rape culture" on campus?


13 maps to help you make sense of religion in the U.S.

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3 secret spiritual benefits of bringing your children to Mass...
Jennifer Fitz
At ladies’ Bible study this past week we were talking about our prayer lives, and one of the moms worried that with small children in tow, she just wasn’t “getting much out of Mass.” This is a common worry, but it’s unfounded. Yesterday as I watched the mom in front of me do her best with a pair pew-scramblers...


Here's what I tell Catholics who ask me which books they should read...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
I reply simply: 1) the best version you can find of the New Testament, and 2) almost as important, the latest version of The Catechism of the Catholic Church – this later being arguably the greatest product of the Second Vatican Council. Although it was very long in coming (St. John Paul II promulgated it in 1992...


Where Is the Archangel Raphael in the Scriptures?
Kathy Schiffer
The Old Testament book of Tobittells the story of how Tobit, a devout Jew in exile in Assyria, and his son Tobias (sometimes called Tobiah) were rewarded for their piety and good deeds. Against the orders of the evil king Sennaherib, Tobit—who respected the Jewish burial customs—buried the bodies of Jews who had been executed by Sennaherib in Nineveh.


Pope Francis: "Satan is trying to destroy mankind. The task of the angels is to do battle and win"


Do not be deceived! A meditation on a constant theme of Scripture...


6 Bible verses to help you survive game day...
Rachel Lu
As a dedicated football fan, I hate being told that “it’s just a game.” Sure, football is a game. So is electoral politics. So were the gladiatorial contests that once made Christian martyrs. Games can be serious business. But this much is true: you don’t want your fanhood to become a spiritual distraction.


Homily for the Mass for the Elderly at St. Peter's Square...
Pope Francis
There are times when generations of young people, for complex historical and cultural reasons, feel a deeper need to be independent from their parents, “breaking free”, as it were, from the legacy of the older generation. It is a kind of adolescent rebellion. But unless the encounter, the meeting of generations, is reestablished...


CFRs ask for prayers for Father Benedict Groeschel, injured in a fall...


Are you a faithful Catholic? Beware these three common pitfalls of the pious...


English bishop announces shock resignation, says he was "unfaithful to my promises as a priest"


100,000 gather in Madrid for beatification of Opus Dei leader Álvaro del Portillo...


What the horse can teach us about courage...
John Clark
Robert George recently observed that “the days of comfortable Catholicism are past.” I’m not sure being Catholic was ever “comfortable,” but his point is clear that witnessing for the Faith will require an increasing amount of grit. When the Faith is mocked—and you practice that Faith—you will be mocked.


15 tidbits from Archbishop Fulton Sheen's declassified FBI file...


Afghanistan needs Avicenna's commitment to reason, not America's cult of diversity...


Marriage is indissoluble. We must be clear about this now, or we'll face hostile disappointment later...
George Cardinal Pell
The health of an organization can be gauged by observing the amount of time and energy devoted to the discussion of various topics. Healthy communities do not spend most of their energies on peripheral issues, and unfortunately the number of divorced and remarried Catholics who feel they should be allowed to receive Holy Communion is very small indeed.


The USCCB's main Muslim dialogue partner is a group called ISNA. This is cause for concern...


It is strange how books can seem to spring into your life as if they had been lying in ambush...


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