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Pope says palliums will be given to new archbishops at home – not Rome


Cardinal Baldisseri: Pope Francis approved controversial Synod documents personally...


Fr. Joseph Illo explains altar boys-only policy at San Francisco parish...


"I Will Follow": A new short film from Ascension Press on priestly vocations...


Coming soon to the Vatican: haircuts for Rome's homeless...


"A new teaching with power": Background on this Sunday's readings...
Michael Barber
Not long ago I got into a conversation with a fellow passenger on an airplane who explained to me how he had left Catholicism to find a "biblically based" church. In particular, he discussed his disdain for the Catholic tradition of the religious life, i.e., monks and nuns. Specifically, he claimed that such lifestyles were "unnatural" and contrary to the biblical vision for human sexuality...


Many people seem to have a strange longing for aliens. But what if we are alone in the universe after all?
David Mills
“Are we afraid?” asks a writer in the English newspaper The Guardian. Sue Blackmore, a writer and broadcaster, is trying to figure out why the discovery of Kepler 438b, a planet very much like earth, has gotten so much attention. She admits to being scared herself. She’s not scared of aliens, but frightened because life may be ubiquitous in the universe but intelligent life “so dangerous that it cannot last...


A glimpse of Heaven in my personal Hell...


St. John Bosco: Conquering souls for Christ...
Sean Fitzpatrick
The boy entered the strange courtyard. He saw a knot of boys gathered by the far corner. As he approached, wondering where he was, he overheard them talking, laughing, and cursing. The boy became enraged at the foul language and rushed into their midst, striking them to silence their blasphemies. He froze suddenly under the gaze of a man with a face like the sun...


Year in and year out, just a little bit at a time, NFL kickers get better. And better. And better...


"I call every seeking soul": Vermont's new bishop, free at last...
Rocco Palmo
Even for all the tools now easily available, it remains a fact of ecclesial life that most Catholics don't hear from their bishops often, let alone every day. For tens of thousands across the globe, however, the lacking state of things elsewhere makes it all the more significant that Chris Coyne has become a familiar...


Finding freedom in my prison cell: My journey from racial hatred to rational love...
Joseph Pearce
Many good and worthy people in the past have found the experience of imprisonment a crucial and definitive period on their road towards faith and religious conversion, or as a means of deepening an already existing faith. Saint John of the Cross springs to mind, as does Miguel Cervantes, and the great Nicolae Steinhardt, whose book on his time in prison is called The Happiness Diary...


Interesting perspective from an atheist: "Why Islam is more violent than Christianity"...


100 babies: A women's center that helps every step of the way...


The 12 most expensive winter storms in U.S. history...


Amid storms and wars, the daily outrage that is Francis...
Elizabeth Scalia
I’m getting burned out, not because I dislike him. I like Francis just fine, although Pope Benedict XVI will always be the pontiff of my heart, because his writings have penetrated it and poured the merciful balm of Christ Jesus into it as little else ever has. As some credit Francis with making them feel lovable, and deserving of mercy...


Cause for canonization of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s sister is opened...


'Sixty Minutes' leaves viewers with a cartoon pope and a cartoon Church...
George Weigel
Constant harping on all this by the self-identified “progressive” wing of the Catholic Church strikes me as a tacit confession of intellectual impoverishment. Pope Francis is trying to put serious questions on the Church’s agenda: How does the Church more effectively proclaim the “yes” that underwrites the “no” Catholicism must say on occasion...

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The hidden-er, more traumatic-er secrets of Catholic womanhood...


10 common thought distortions that cause us trouble...


Why having a heart of gold is not what Christianity is about...
Fr. Robert Barron
Many atheists and agnostics today insistently argue that it is altogether possible for non-believers in God to be morally upright. They resent the implication that the denial of God will lead inevitably to complete ethical relativism or nihilism. And they are quick to point out examples of non-religious people who are models of kindness...


How to save money at restaurants by buying gift cards...


How are your soul and body related? Not as milk to a milk bottle, but as the Mona Lisa to paint...
Mark Shea
“The body,” I was taught growing up, “is just the shoebox for the soul. What matters are the shoes, not the box. So when it’s time to go to heaven, we throw the box away.” Along with this good dose of gnostic thinking came a certain aesthetic that regarded the human person as a ghost in a machine. Of course, I didn’t live as though I was a ghost in a machine...


The dangers of the occult and the New Age are all around us...


Interview: Armstrong Amendment’s author says D.C. will lose fight against religious educators...


12 amazing Christian sculptures made entirely out of Legos...


It isn’t too late for America’s noble experiment to succeed...
Bishop James Conley
The Catholic tradition of the Red Mass dates back to the year 1245, when the Bishop of Paris brought together the lawyers and law students working in his city to pray that the Holy Spirit would bless them with wisdom and good counsel. The Church has been praying for holy and virtuous lawyers for eight hundred years. Maybe another eight hundred years will finally do the trick...


How an Amish missionary caused 2014's massive measles outbreak...


A look at the 1965 Missal, the "actual Mass" of Vatican II...
Msgr. Charles Pope
While it is hard to argue that the new lectionary is problematic, I remain open to the criticism that the 1970 Missal introduced a “hermeneutic of discontinuity” and also flowed from that sort of rupture that the 1960s brought. We do well to see the 1965 Missal as a bridge back to the more modest notions of the council and as a template for the kind of cross-pollination that Pope Benedict wished for when he spoke of the two forms influencing each other...


Three of the best missals for small children...
Susanna Spencer
One of the things that is a constant struggle with little kids is helping them be quiet and if they are able be attentive at Mass. Something that has worked for us so far is to just keep things simple. Since M and I have a missal for Mass (for both the Ordinary Form and the Traditional Latin Extraordinary form), we decided that each of our children should have their own personal missals appropriate for their age...


25 mind-twisting optical illusion paintings by Rob Gonsalves...


Would it be possible for two teams in a tug-o-war to pull apart an iron rod?


For St. Thomas Aquinas, the study of Theology was first and foremost the study of the Bible...


Liberals are beginning to realize that Pope Francis is not one of them...


Punching the Archbishop after he punches you...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I will presume that the Archbishop in question is of the Latin Rite, and a Metropolitan. As this punching took place in a non-liturgical setting, the ceremonies for returning the punch are much simplified . Imagine the manifold complexities of the liturgical punch at a Pontifical Mass coram Sanctissimo ... within the octave of St...


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