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"The Holy Spirit renews the Earth": On Pentecost, the Church is "born" and "sent"


Insides that didn't decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero...


The fire next time: A homily for Pentecost...
Msgr. Charles Pope
What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us, because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the Apostles and still says to us, "I have come to cast a fire on the earth!" (Luke 12:49). This...


Denver's Archbishop Aquila marks Pentecost with official announcement on 'restored order'...


Not everyone in El Salvador is celebrating the Romero beatification...


Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, nobody knows but Jesus: A meditation on a grief observed...


British Army to offer military send-off at beatification of Sr. Irene Nyaatha Stefani in Kenya...


National Review: Standing athwart the march of history, yelling, "Stop! Wait for me!"...


If the priest screws up, have I satisfied my Sunday obligation?
Kathy Schiffer
I absolutely love the opportunity to attend Mass at different churches around the country: One day there’s a real sense of community, another day a solemn high Mass emphasizes the sacred, and then there’s an exuberant children’s liturgy that enkindles the Faith in young hearts. I love them all. But THIS?! Last Sunday at a church in a city I shall not name...


"Great conversations and heavenly liturgies": Sacra Liturgia conference to be held in New York in June...


Pete Docter, the devout Christian from Pixar who makes blockbuster movies...
Deacon Greg Kandra
The acclaimed director of such modern animated classics as “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” has a new movie coming out this summer, “Inside Out.” A profile in The New York Times today captured an interesting detail of his early life when it mentioned his Confirmation. There’s tremendous amounts of soul in all his movies—I dare you to find anything more moving or heart-wrenching than the first few minutes of “Up...


The tech behind traffic apps: How (well) do they work?


Compassion always, compromise never: Why I think Spokane's new bishop will be great...
Matthew Sewell
The Diocese of Spokane received its new shepherd, Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly of San José, California, a couple months ago, and honestly it was like an early Christmas present. Not having a bishop for all of Lent and the better part of 4 months was a bit of a bummer, so the long-awaited news was like music to my ears for more than just that reason...


The time Mike Wallace sat on my couch and didn’t laugh, and other favorite memories of Letterman...


Dublin archbishop says he won't "tell Catholics how to vote" in Friday's gay marriage referendum...


10 clues that William Shakespeare was a secret Catholic...


'Tomorrowland' is all promise and no delivery...
Steven Greydanus
Is anything more dispiriting than a failed attempt at inspiration? Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland opens with Spielbergian promise, full of mystery, awe and a childlike sense of adventure. At the 1964 World’s Fair, a self-possessed country boy named Frank Walker (played at age 12 by Thomas Robinson and later in life by George Clooney) shows off a homemade jet pack that he hopes will win him an inventor contest...


A meeting in Managua: Liberation theology 30 years later...

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Vast crowd sees Romero beatified as a martyr and hero of the poor...
John Allen
In a Saturday ceremony believed to mark the largest religious gathering in the history of Central America, the late Archbishop Oscar Romero was declared a "blessed" of the Catholic Church.


Five things you don’t know about Archbishop Oscar Romero...
Inés San Martín
When the Catholic Church declares someone "blessed," the final step before sainthood, it's a person receiving the honor, not a symbol. In the case of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero, however, the symbolism sometimes has obscured important aspects of his life and of his legacy. At the...


Twelve reasons why I never argue with Internet atheists...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Most of the internet atheists I’ve come across are ignorant. I don’t mean they’re stupid necessarily, or that they are bad people. I don’t even mean they are uneducated in their particular field, but most of them are ignorant when it comes to religion. By this I mean they just don’t know stuff. I don’t blame them for that...


Irish voters approve referendum allowing same-sex "marriage"...


35 years after Romero, El Salvador is still at war...


How not to kill Catholicism...
Matthew Archbold
Catholicism is in the crosshairs. There's little doubt about that. The secularist elites of the West are intent upon driving Catholicism from the public sphere and perhaps out of existence altogether. But on the other hand there's really nothing new about that. So many people have put killing Catholicism on the top of their to-do list throughout the centuries...


Bulgarian archaeologists uncover beautiful early Christian floor mosaics in neglected basilica...


Leap second: Why June will be a little longer than normal this year...


Michael Coren converts, Michael Coren complains...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Michael Coren, prolific columnist, biographer and broadcaster, has converted to Anglicanism from Catholicism. And he is complaining that people are saying mean things to him on the Internet. Neither is a surprise. He has complained in these pages and over the weekend in the Toronto Star that “right-wing Catholics” — which used to be Coren’s media brand — are making too much out of it...


An "insanely joyful" priest's powerful impact on the New York Times' David Brooks...


Understanding the ‘dark night of the soul’...


The Catholic Church’s German crisis...
George Weigel
The 21st-century Church owes a lot to 20th-century German Catholicism: for its generosity to Catholics in the Third World; for the witness of martyrs like Alfred Delp, Bernhard Lichtenberg, and Edith Stein; for its contributions to Biblical studies, systematic and moral theology, liturgical renewal, and Catholic social doctrine...


Mountains aren't the shape you think...


3 ways to turn the Sunday Gospel into a two-edged sword that pierces your heart...
Philip Kosloski
Over the course of a year, Catholics will listen to over 52 Gospel readings (not including Holy Days or weekdays). Some of these readings are longer than others (like Palm Sunday), but all are aimed at reaching the depths of our hearts. Saint Paul writes that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword...


Population Control has China headed for demographic disaster...


A little fish can go a long way...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: Parents are the primary educators of their children...


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