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Pope laments recent violence in Syria, renews call for dialogue


What was it like for the Good Thief, after Jesus died?


Washington Post looks at the Harris Wofford love story, but ignores a big Catholic ghost...
Terry Mattingly
I realize that my reading habits are not those of your typical American news consumer. In addition to a heavy, heavy daily dose of the offerings of major newspapers and the websites of broadcast operations, I frequent many alternative sites linked to religious groups and commentators. In other words, I am reading people who share GetReligion's obsession with the religion angles behind the headlines...


I fly 747s for a living. Here are the amazing things I see every day...


10 inspiring quotes from St. Athanasius...
Philip Kosloski
Today (May 2) is the feast day of the “Father of Orthodoxy,” St. Athanasius of Alexandria. He is widely known for his long battle with Arianism and his staunch defense of the Incarnation. Athanasius was not afraid to defend the truth at all costs, which got him into trouble with four different emperors and many of his brother bishops...


For centuries, every hour on the hour, a trumpeter has climbed a church tower in Poland...
Carrie Gress
May is a very special month in Poland. I only realized how special when I spent several months in northern Poland in the port town of Gydnia near Gdansk on the Baltic Sea. Every afternoon I joined my gracious hostess at the nearby parish; and every day the tiny church was packed with parishioners praying the rosary, signing hymns...


Mother Angelica and Mother Teresa in Niagara...


U2 guitarist The Edge becomes the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel...


The nuns who mapped 481,215 stars for the Vatican Observatory...


Set your house in order before the day of reckoning. Do not delay your conversion to the Lord!...


Why aren't other dioceses looking to Lincoln?


A new NASA map shows where the Zika virus could hit America the hardest...


Inside "Trinity Church," the stunning Orthodox wonder at the South Pole...
Brantly Millegan
Trinity Church is the southernmost Eastern Orthodox church in the world. It is not, however, the southernmost church in the world: that coveted title is held by a small Catholic church located in a permanent ice cave near an Argentinian base (check it out here!). The ice cave chapel is certainly “cool” in its own way, but Trinity Church stands out for looking like a normal church...


The emperor has no clothes, and he's definitely not a tall Chinese woman...


Why quitting your job to chase your dream is a terrible idea...


“Something happens to you out there”: The transcendental revelations of astronauts...


Will more Catholic schools pivot from Common Core to Classical Education?


Special Report: Catholic commencement scandals dishonor Class of 2016...

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Pulling up roots from reality: A cogent analysis of the post-Cartesian West...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Over the years I have attempted to trace the philosophical disaster of our modern world. Certainly the fundamental roots can be traced back to the breakdown of the medieval synthesis, the rise of nominalism, and the doubts of Descartes. These introduced a disconnect from reality. Descartes introduced a radical doubt in anything seen or experienced...


Why Dietrich von Hildebrand was the nemesis of the Nazis...


Horrific crime reveals: This is what an unborn baby looks like...
Kathy Schiffer
Dynel Lane of Longmont, Colorado was sentenced Friday to 100 years in prison for cutting a seven-month-old fetus from its mother’s womb. Lane had lured the pregnant woman, Michelle Wilkins, to her home in 2015 by advertising maternity clothes for sale on Craigslist. She then assaulted Wilkins, beating and stabbing her, then performing what was called “a kitchen table cesarian section” to remove the baby from her uterus...


Captain Cook's legendary ship HMS Endeavour may have just been discovered off coast of Rhode Island...


Why is May considered to be the month of Mary?


What you need to know about the Antichrist (according to 4 sermons of Bl. John Henry Newman)...


Where are the relics of the Passion? And what do they tell us?


May is a good time to look at Mary again...
Mark Shea
Cradle and convert Catholics encounter the Blessed Virgin Mary in profoundly different ways. A cradle Catholic growing up in a parish and a family with a healthy Marian spirituality grows up, from the immemorial Always of childhood, surrounded by her as Mother, as Heavenly Intercessor, as Glorious Virgin, as the gentle Mother of God...


How we know that Mary was a perpetual virgin...
Tim Staples
Scripture stating Joseph “knew [Mary] not until she brought forth her firstborn” would not necessarily mean they “knew” each other after she brought forth Jesus. Until is often used in Scripture as part of an idiomatic expression similar to our own usage in English. I may say to you, “Until we meet again, God bless you...


Blood-red Trevi fountain a wake-up call on Christian persecution...


California donors fund restoration of Vatican's famous “Gallery of Maps”...


The merciful mission of the Missionaries of Mercy...


Where do pro-choice Catholic Democrats like Joseph Biden and Nancy Pelosi come from?
John Zmirak
When a large group of highly educated people who have dedicated themselves to an organization with firm doctrines, strict rules, and stern demands — such as the Catholic Church — lose their faith in those doctrines, rules and demands, what do they do with themselves instead? Shrug and join the Unitarians? Leave their rectories or convents and go find apartments...


Alleged visionary Charlie Johnston dodges critics, ban from Archdiocese of Denver...


Italian authorities uncover ISIS plot to attack Vatican during Holy Year...


USA Today asks: Should Notre Dame and other religious schools be kicked out of the NCAA?


Another one bites the dust...
Brian O'Neel
Another beatification cause has apparently dimmed into oblivion. C’est la vie. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. So everything goes. That holds for canonization causes, too. They either end in success or fade into nothingness. And while for the latter an imprint may remain, perhaps just a faint one, their dust is blown away by history’s inexorable march...


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