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Excommunicated Chinese bishop takes part in ordination, complicating China-Vatican talks


The Rhoda Wise miracle house of Canton, Ohio...


Chip and Joanna Gaines: Conform or be destroyed (but be not afraid)...
Jenny Uebbing
No matter your political stripe, ethnicity, religion, or sexual proclivities, this one should concern you. It’s the story of a family. Of a couple who have built an empire together, and whose concepts and innovation have almost single-handedly spurred the revitalization of a local economy and an entire community. And their kids are pretty cute...


“Christ is waiting for you”: Pilot aboard plane carrying Brazilian soccer team leaves message before crash...


The Church’s teaching on divorce is humane, just, and rooted in the teaching of Jesus...
Jimmy Akin
The Church’s teaching is humane, for it recognizes that there can be legitimate reasons to obtain a divorce under civil (secular) law: “If civil divorce remains the only possible way of ensuring certain legal rights, the care of the children, or the protection of inheritance, it can be tolerated and does not constitute a moral offense” (CCC 2383)...


When we ignore wise old men, we become deaf to wisdom...
John Clark
A few months ago, I wrote about my friend Father Constantine Belisarius and how he was on the road to recovery from a serious illness. I am very sad to report that on November 27th, 2016, Father Constantine Belisarius passed on to his eternal reward. Sometimes God gives people another five decades. Sometimes He gives them only enough time to say one more Hail Mary—the one that mattered most...


Your brain is optimized for efficiency, which means you can't always believe your eyes...


On the necessity of prayer...
Msgr. Charles Pope
To say that something is “necessary” is to declare that it is so essential that to be without it causes grave if not deadly harm. The word comes from Latin: ne- (not) cedere (to withdraw, go away, yield). The root sense is that what is necessary is something from which we cannot stray, something from which there is no withdrawal...


We need to talk about cartoon parents...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
By some measures, the heroine of Disney’s latest mammoth hit, Moana, has a pretty ideal family. She has both parents, to begin with — a rare advantage for a Disney heroine, or the young protagonist of any Hollywood animated film. What’s more, both Dad and Mom are likable, sympathetic characters who enjoy pretty good relationships with their daughter...


Here are the real boundaries of American metropolises, decided by an algorithm...


Society needs priests 'enamored' with the Gospel, Pope Francis says...


C.S. Lewis Doodle: Making and Begetting...


Our Lady of Guadalupe can end the terrible bloodshed of the culture of death...
Donal Foley
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe falls on December 12, and reminds us of the important series of apparitions to Juan Diego in Mexico, in 1531. The Blessed Virgin asked him to go to the local bishop, Bishop Zumárraga, with a request that a ‘little house’ be built for her. After trying unsuccessfully to see the bishop, Juan Diego eventually returned to him with his cactus fiber outer garment...


Ignoring the 5 questions in the dubia doesn’t strike me as the best way to have ended the Year of Mercy...
Karl Keating
Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan starred in a delightful romantic comedy called The Shop Around the Corner (1940). I don’t know why the movie’s title included Around the Corner, since the location of the shop was not integral to the story. Maybe director and producer Ernst Lubitsch suspected that calling the movie merely The Shop wouldn’t have worked to draw in moviegoers...


The Englishman who was almost pope: Reginald Cardinal Pole...


The sin-eaters and the lost sacraments...


The REAL Door to Moria: See the medieval church that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien...


Acclaimed atheist poet becomes Catholic: 'My tears just stopped'...

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Here are some Constitutional plot twists Hollywood should consider...


The impoverished faith of the San Diego diocese...
Phil Lawler
How would you feel if, after struggling to make ends meet for most of your life, you learned in your old age that you were the rightful heir to an enormous fortune, but your father had never told you about that inheritance? You would feel terribly betrayed, wouldn’t you? In the Diocese of San Diego, young unmarried couples who are living together and older couples living in a second civil union are now being encouraged to come to the church...


If religious freedom is for anyone, it must be for everyone...
Daniel Philpott
Donald Trump’s victory on November 8th has elicited deeper divisions than perhaps any U.S. election result since 1860, when the Civil War loomed. Furious demonstrations, calls for violence from both sides, and a surge of assaults on minorities ignited by Trump’s campaign rhetoric make clear that if the Republic is going to function civilly as a democracy for the next four years...


Major anniversary for an American classic: The 'It's a Wonderful Life' arguments roll on...
Terry Mattingly
In about a week, Seneca Falls, N.Y., will be hosting a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the release of filmmaker Frank Capra's classic (more to come on that adjective) Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life." This town was the model, in many ways, for Capra's vision of the fictional Bedford Falls...


Chef Peng Chang-juei, inventor of General Tso's Chicken, dies in Taipei at age 98...


UK Prime Minister Theresa May: “We can all be proud of our Christian heritage”...


3 ways to obtain a special indulgence for the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima...


Taking my son on vocation...


Fires in the mountains: About that haunting Bible passage that was blowing in the wind...


Those who think it necessary to support Pope Francis by rewriting recent Church history need to stop it...
George Weigel
If the civil new year is an occasion to resolve to Do Better in the future, the liturgical new year, the real new year that begins at First Vespers on the First Sunday of Advent, is an even better moment for such resolutions. So permit me to suggest a Real New Year’s resolution to those who think it necessary to support Pope Francis by rewriting recent Church history: Stop it...


The Fahrenheit temperature scale has more going for it than you realize...


Google unveils amazing Google Earth Timelapse update...


6 things to avoid when you're trying fight temptation...


These are the worst Nativity scenes. Ever...


I worry about having to answer to God someday for every hour I've spent on Facebook...
Jenny Uebbing
Lately when I sit down to write, it feels a little stilted. Things feel a little off. I don’t feel quite up to the task of writing instructive, catechetical stuff right now. When I get questions about why the Catholic Church teaches this or that, or what to say when confronted with such and such pressing social issue, I sigh and close my inbox and want to answer that person in person...


Why we hired a marriage counselor BEFORE we tied the knot...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: “We have to pray for both the living and the dead”...


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