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After brutal persecution, Albania welcomes Pope Francis for historic visit...


Vatican spokesman downplays security worries as Muslims gather in mosque to pray for Pope's visit...
Andrea Gagliarducci
In a press briefing Sunday the Vatican's spokesman downplayed worries over Pope Francis' safety in Albania, also noting that Muslims gathered in an important Tirana mosque to pray for the pontiff's visit. Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists that the Sept.


Discerning the priesthood? Here's what you should be asking yourself about maturity and sexuality...
Fr. Thomas Berg
As seminaries across the country commence a new academic year and re-engage in the crucial work of priestly formation, so too a throng of young Catholic men throughout the U.S. will continue the task which might lead them one day to seminary, namely, the work of discernment. And they will continue to be assisted in that effort by friends, family...


Budding gentleman need guidance, and our gentlemanly things are delightful ways to mentor them...
Jason Craig
Vanity turns us in on ourselves, like all sin. But in the case of the superficial or vain “gentleman” we are turned inward with the false image of being a man for others, a vanity more pitiable than others. The gentleman, after all, is not the one who wants everyone to notice him, and how “gentlemanly” he is. Yet...


Ranking all 32 NFL franchises in order of greatness...


The ‘Francis Era’ in America starts today in Chicago...
John Allen
With the appointment of Blase Cupich today as the new Archbishop of Chicago, one can say that the Francis revolution in Catholicism has finally arrived in the United States. Up to this point, one could have made the argument that the change triggered by Francis is largely a matter of a new tone and style in Rome...


Are you being fair to the Catholic Church? An invitation to "recovering Catholics"...
Tod Worner
It happened one night years ago at the local Lutheran church. I should have seen it coming. After all, it’s the kind of thing I had been around for years. But this is the first time I really noticed it. And it bothered me. My wife and I were taking an Alpha Course over the course of roughly ten weeks.


Don't! It's a trap! A moral lesson from a TV commercial...


His eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper made some regrettable statements in an interview on Thursday...


Behold the 10 most heart-stopping mountain climbs in the world...


If we want to overcome the culture of death, we must allow Jesus Christ to heal families...
Bishop James Conley
Earlier this week, Pope Francis celebrated and witnessed the marriages of 20 Roman couples. The couples and their families attended Mass with the Holy Father, and he received their vows: their holy commitments to God to live the joy and the sacrifice of married love. Some of the couples were young. Others were older. A few had children...


Marriage and the family between anthropology and the Eucharist...
Angelo Cardinal Scola
From an anthropological perspective, the reactions to the questions in the “Preparatory Document” show the existence of a significant disconnect, though this varies according to continent. On the one hand, the fundamental lessons taught by experience and by Christian doctrine continue to be considered and proposed as the expression of love’s ideal.


Mikhail Gorbachev reveals hidden pain of an abortion that took place 51 years ago...


It was bound to happen. Two heterosexual men "married" each other in New Zealand...


Did Jesus' relatives emigrate to ancient Iraq? The intriguing witness of early Church sources...


The top 10 secret features hidden in iOS 8...


St. John Chrysostom: The Golden Voice of Love...

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Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process...


What is the spiritual aim of the catechist?
Marlon De La Torre
The role of catechist is one of the most significant ministries one can be involved in the Church. Why, because we are consistently dealing with the teeter-tottering effect of the human soul either believing in God or simply seeing Him as a passing fancy. But what if we can’t seem to teach about Christ with joy?


Be very, very careful before you ask God to be "fair" to you...
Msgr. Charles Pope
This is one of those parables that rock our world and our worldly way of thinking. And frankly, that is one of its purposes. We are tempted to side with the laborers who were hired first and who worked the longest. When we find out that they got paid the same as the men who only worked an hour the thought occurs to us that this is unfair somehow. But...


Watch the Chicago press conference introducing Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich...
Rocco Palmo
To those just getting up, good morning... and whatta day. Again, the Chicago presser introducing Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich to the nation's third-largest diocese begins at 9.30 Oprah time (10.30 ET/7.30 Pacific, 1630 Rome). You'll find the livestream here then, and on-demand playback afterward.


Why does coffee always get the blame?
John Clark
Has anyone else noticed that coffee has become the financial “fall guy” lately? We live in an age of bailouts, zombie banks, troubled assets, and more troubled liabilities, yet coffee is often pointed to as the real financial problem. Here’s what I mean.


Why is WIkipedia scrubbing all references to Neil deGrasse Tyson's fabrication?


My job as a mother, I'm realizing with a pang of sadness, is to raise my kids up and away from me...
Jenny Uebbing
I watched my three-year-old’s face light up in the glow of his new toy, a faux-computer for toddlers designed to teach letter and number recognition. Immediately captivated, he danced back and forth hopping from foot to foot, impatient as I tore away the packaging. “Give it to me, Mommy! I love it!


The physics of the Death Star in Star Wars...


Wyoming is what America was. You can still get a living, breathing Catholic education there...


Marriage and the family within the sacramentality of the Church...
Marc Cardinal Ouellet
The upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the theme of the family is sparking unprecedented interest in the Church due to the urgency and gravity of the pastoral problems concerned as well as the hopes and expectations expressed in response to preparatory consultations. Already during Vatican Council II...


What is honor? Today, I felt its weight...


It's a whole year away, but I'm starting to get excited about the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia...
Simcha Fisher
There are going to be tons of fantastic speakers, and best of all, there will be a Papal Mass. Imagine, if you will, how much preparation goes into a huge, complicated event like this: the scheduling, the promotion, the legal issues, even just making sure there are enough bathrooms. And how about the music?


Here's a look ahead at the new U.S. Supreme Court term, which begins October 6...


October marks the 155th anniversary of the only Church-approved Marian apparition in the United States...


Cardinal Newman Society announces 2014 Catholic Education Honor Roll...


How to negotiate your way to a deal at Home Depot, Costco, Best Buy and other major retailers...


Vatican officials say the Pope won't be in danger in Albania, but an Iraqi ambassador is warning otherwise...


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