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Autopsy results confirm cause of former Nuncio's death, says Vatican


Pope Francis and the trendy new world of 'omniscient anonymous' journalism...
Terry Mattingly
It may be time to introduce a new term into the world of writing, and alleged hard-news journalism in particular. First, a few notes about news craft. Normally, hard-news journalism is written in third-person voice in past tense, with a heavy emphasis on the use of clear attributions for quoted materials, so that readers know who is speaking...


Archbishop Cupich names new rector to replace Bishop-Elect Barron at Mundelein Seminary...


For Boko Haram victims, persecution is a never-ending story...
John Allen
From the outside, religious persecution can often seem a one-and-done affair. A bomb goes off and then calm returns, or a militant group storms a village and then retreats. Generally news reports follow the story for a day or so, and then attention shifts elsewhere. Spending time with victims, however, it’s crystal-clear that for them...


Pop Artist, provocateur, Catholic. Who was Andy Warhol?


We are saved by Jesus Christ, not by rules...
Mark Shea
Hell seems to have nothing to do with relationship in the modern mind. I constantly meet people who think of Hell as an absurdly sadistic overreaction by a touchy God who gets irrationally angry when people don't keep his arbitrary rules. Or else it’s something that falls on the head of innocent people like a safe from a third floor window: “How can you believe in a God who would damn to Hell people who were doing their best...


A synod is not a council, and other canonical facts...


5 seeming liturgical abuses that are actually legit...
Fr. Victor Feltes
These five liturgical practices may seem unorthodox, but the Catholic Church officially allows for each of them...


Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Back in my 33rd year of life and my 5th year of priesthood, I was severely attacked by the Evil One. He made his move and sought to discourage and destroy me; he did not succeed. My mother and others were praying for me. My parishioners, too, saw my distress and rallied to pray for me and hold me up. And now, almost 20 years later...


For centuries, sailors used this low-tech tool to navigate the world’s oceans...


Before “choose adoption,” pro-lifers ought to start with “you can do it, and we’ll help”...
J.D. Flynn
On Saturday morning, my wife and I took our children to pray outside the Planned Parenthood clinic near our home in Nebraska. Nearly 700 other people joined us—praying on their knees, singing songs of praise, and holding pro-life signs for passing cars to read. Among the signs, I noticed several that read “Adoption: the Loving Option...


Why can't the Catholic Church ordain women priests?
Kathy Schiffer
In Des Moines, Iowa, the Catholic Worker House is no longer permitted to hold liturgies on the premises, after conducting a service in which a woman who claims to be an ordained priest celebrated a Eucharistic service in their chapel. The celebrant was Janice Sevre-Duszynskaper, who attempted ordination in 2008, being “ordained” by the Association of Catholic Women Priests...


Denver International Airport puts Chick-fil-A on hold over CEO’s marriage stance...


As I watched my father die in the hospital where I was born, I learned a great truth...


A quirky tour of the best bookshops in Tokyo...


Ten Commandments for Protestants considering Catholicism...


We have all become witnesses to murder. We must also become eyewitnesses to Christ's majesty... ...


Blessed are the pure of heart: A reflection on an often-misunderstood beatitude...

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The supervolcano under Yellowstone is alive and kicking...


Top 10 things you can do with a slow cooker that don't involve food...


The life of Saint Augustine through the words of Pope Benedict XVI...
Tom Perna
Today, in the Western lung of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the great African Doctor – Saint Augustine of Hippo. Eloquent in his life and his words, the Church dons him the name – The Doctor of Grace. Even after 1600 years, the Catholic Church views him as one of the greatest theologians in her arsenal; an arsenal filled with many great fighters and defenders of Jesus Christ...


ISIS be warned: Persecution only strengthens the faith of Christians...


Mark Twain said the Church in Hawaii in 1866 was "unmistakably Catholic." Is this the way to go forward now?
Fr. Daren Zehnle
Finding myself in the unusual situation without another book to read at hand, I picked up a copy of Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, edited by A. Grove Day. Having grown up on the banks of the Mississippi River just a few miles north of Samuel Clemen's (1835-1910) hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, I heard much about Mark Twain but - as is often the case - have never really read much of his works...


New York Times: Church inquiry may pit Pope against Medjugorje devotees...


An open letter to my kids' teacher...
Simcha Fisher
Alas. We spent our summer swimming, watching X Files, sucking down gallons and gallons of ramen, eviscerating countless watermelons, making a meticulous survey of the entire lifework of the master cinematographer Chow Yun Fat, and creating various kinds of heartache for your long-suffering soul sister, the public librarian. As a result...


Philly's Archbishop Chaput: "Lepanto Institute and Church Militant sow division wherever they tread"...


Hell really exists, and its existence is a reminder of our human dignity...
Fr. James Schall
It was once popularly thought that “fear of hell” was a deterrent to bad deeds. At least such fear is said to minimize the potential damage that “principle-less” people might inflict on us. But no matter in what age of human history, or in what place we look, we will find some astonishingly gruesome deeds perpetrated by fellow members of the human race on one another...


11 surprising facts about the Vatican and St. Peter's...
Draper Warren
Here's an interesting fact: The World Series could be played in the space of St. Peter’s Square. St. Peter’s Square was designed after the construction and papal consecration of the new basilica. It was completed by the Baroque master, Bernini, between 1656-1667 AD. Today, the great Square greets pilgrim and visitor alike...


On Chibok anniversary, Christians are caught between hope and experience...


Archbishop of Damascus: Nine dead and 47 injured in “rain of mortars” in Syria...


Archbishop Cordileone’s teacher contract successfully affirms Catholic values, says Cardinal Newman Society...


What the Catholic Church teaches about care for the dying...


This violence is fueled by rage, which comes from fear, which only "perfect love" can cast out...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
From what we know so far a “disgruntled employee” walks up and shoots dead two young people. This continues a stream of mindless violence in our society that seems to be surging. Social engineers will say, “People respond like this because they’re poor. They respond like this because they’re unemployed. They respond like this because they are...


Pews aren't ancient. They're Protestant. They suburbanize the City of God and put comfort before praise...


The REAL Sword in the Stone belonged to the Church's first formally canonized saint...
Brantly Millegan
You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel...


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