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Pope Francis clinches historic pact between U.S. and Cuba


Inside Beijing's Airpocalypse: A city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocationof family life...


Strange moments in liturgical history: How a paragon of traditional liturgy may have caused unintended effects...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one's stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning Pope St. Pius X looms large as friend and image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the tradition, and...


The Francis Filter is like bamboo...
George Weigel
About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice that mainstream western culture finds distasteful...


There seems to be a "good cop, bad cop" dynamic that still lingers on at the Vatican...
John Thavis
Today's Vatican report on the investigation of U.S. women's religious orders was largely positive in tone, in contrast to statements issued when the investigation began in 2009. At that time, Cardinal Franc Rodé, who headed the Vatican congregation for religious orders, said the study was aimed at identifying "secular" and "feminist" attitudes that had infiltrated the nuns' orders and helped cause a drastic decline in membership...


Here's what it looked like at the scene of the Peshawar school attack...


The Shahada in Sydney reminds us that political Islam is deadly...


Full text: Vatican report on U.S. women religious...


Catholic churches should be houses of wonder...
Anthony Esolen
Introibo ad altare Dei. Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meum. I shall go in to the altar of God. To God, the joy of my youth. A few days ago I entered for the first time what some people in the area call the Sistine Chapel of America. There's reason for that. Saint Anne's Church, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island...


Don’t forget to worship God! A call to better liturgy from an unlikely source...


Pope to Catholic television workers: Avoid the sins of the media...


This is a new opportunity for Franciscan University to offer a prophetic pro-life witness...
J.D. Flynn
I am a very proud alumnus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville. I earned a bachelor’s degree there, I earned a master’s degree there, I met my wife there, and I was formed, intellectually, spiritually, and personally, there. Scott Hahn has called Franciscan a “greenhouse for holiness.” The lives of alumni engaged in missionary and charitable apostolates across the globe are evidence for that claim...


How to embrace the Chaos Monkey and live an antifragile way of life...


With 15 new red hats, Pope Francis can change the geography of the College of Cardinals...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope Francis will hold a consistory to create new cardinals on the 14 and 15th of February. The announcement came at the end of a busy week: Pope Francis has granted an important interview, has personally reshaped the synod narrative against the media narrative during a general audience, and has taken part in the 7th meeting of the Council of Cardinals...


Sweet, beautiful, soul-saving joy: A homily for the Third Sunday of Advent...


7 incredible things you didn't know your fingertips could do...


Deal with it: Francis is the pope...

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Why the Pantheon hasn’t crumbled in 1900 years...


Stephen Hawking's words of wisdom are often just crazy or silly...
Mark Shea
Every few months, Stephen Hawking will emit some comment that, on the lips of any other person, would be dismissed as the sort of thing one of Art Bell's daffier guests might say. Most recently, he has been talking about his fears that AI could end the human race . If I were to seriously start talking about my fears Colossus: The Forbin Project or Terminator coming true...


How and why to improve your cursive penmanship...


Torture is a mortal sin, not an act of courage...


If we know the Sydney gunman's demands, don't we know his motive?
Terry Mattingly
The horrors that surround hostage dramas are confusing enough on their own. Throw in complex questions about religious faith and terrorism and journalists and this kind of story pushes journalists – in real time, under unbelievable amounts of pressure – to their intellectual and personal limits. Looking back on the Sydney crisis (following the early post by Bobby Ross...


Vatican report on U.S. women religious calls for further self-assessment...


The botched restoration of the Ecce Homo fresco is helping out its home town...


Vatican probe ends with an olive branch for American nuns...
John Allen
An unprecedented and highly controversial Vatican investigation of every community of Catholic sisters in the United States that began with criticism of nuns as having a "secular mentality" ended Tuesday with a report full of praise, and without any disciplinary measures or new controls. The result likely will be seen as a major olive branch from the Vatican for American nuns...


The ruble's collapse is disastrous for Putin — and bad for you too...


Mary is the Mother of Both/And...
Troy Hinkel
In my career as a Catholic catechist, I have noticed that one of the problems with Catholics attending some non-Catholic bible studies is that they begin to integrate assumptions that are actually non-biblical. These assumptions not only make it difficult to understand the bible in the spirit in which it was written, to paraphrase the Catechism...


The Chinese government wants to isolate the Dalai Lama – and it’s working...


Lots of folks wonder how to get ready for the Last Judgment...


The second half of the Synod begins...
Rocco Palmo
Eventful as the last few days have been at the Vatican, it's largely had the feel of Sequels Week. For starters, Thursday brought the formal announcement that the Pope will hold his second consistory to elevate new cardinals over Valentine's Day weekend – 14-15 February – preceded by a two-day consultation with the College focusing on the reform of the Roman Curia...


What does the Church offer those with same-sex attraction? The answer is, "the truth"...


Pope's Sunday Angelus: "With Jesus, joy is part of the home"...


On the "Sunday of Joy", Pope distributes prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "carry it always"...


Did Pope Francis really say that animals go to heaven?
Jimmy Akin
Do the reasons for suspicion deepen if you look further into the story? You bet. While many secular news agencies are carrying this story, you know who isn’t? The Vatican’s own news agencies. You can do searches on News.va for terms like animals or dog and you won’t find any articles about Pope Francis saying that animals go to heaven...


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