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Crucifixus est...


"Come down from the Cross and we will believe"
Msgr. Charles Pope
Jesus is out to overcome Satan. In the world, we seek to overpower our foes. Does it work? No, usually the cycle of violence just continues and gets worse. We think, If I can just yell louder, outwit my opponent, or outgun him, I win the day. Yes, but there is more to life than a day.


Tiny Liechtenstein just got even tinier, but no one seems to mind...


Homily for Holy Thursday Mass of the Chrism...
Pope Francis
In the eternal “today” of Holy Thursday, when Christ showed his love for us to the end (cf. Jn 13:1), we recall the happy day of the institution of the priesthood, as well as the day of our own priestly ordination. The Lord anointed us in Christ with the oil of gladness...


How do we unite ourselves to the Passion of Christ?
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Today’s is a challenging assignment: To write on the beginning of Christ’s Passion this evening, the deicide by which (you all know the back story) mankind’s Original Sin in Eden and (conservatively speaking) the subsequent millennia of accumulated personal sins were atoned for. I’ve often thought that, when I reach heaven (Deo volente)...


Chiara Corbella died on June 13, 2012, and her story spread like wildfire...


We’re all dying. All of us. But Christ has conquered death, and Christianity is the ultimate defiance...
Christopher Stefanick
A dear friend of mine was recently diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer. She has four children. The oldest is six. Some time ago I wrote about her conversion from Buddhism to Catholicism. She was engaged to my godson, an adult convert from atheism, who brought her into a beautiful parish.


"A Holy Week miracle": Life wins over death with stunning end of Colorado abortion bill...


Flannery O’Connor looked straight into the dark mystery of Good Friday...
George Weigel
This coming Aug. 3 will mark the golden anniversary of Flannery O’Connor’s “Passover,” to adopt the biblical image John Paul II used to describe the Christian journey through death to eternal life. In the 50 years since lupus erythematosus claimed her at age 39, O’Connor’s literary genius has been widely celebrated. Then...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: "Even if you had been the only person in the world, Jesus would have died for you"


President Obama addresses annual Easter Prayer Breakfast, reflects on meeting with Pope Francis...


"Francis is calling us": Amid the oil change and tune-up, a warning light...
Rocco Palmo
Merry Chrismas to all... and to all, well, start your engines. As this Tuesday of Holy Week brings the largest batch of Chrism Masses on these shores, this is always an especially graced moment. Still, as one prelate faced delivering his most important message of the year ahead of the Pope's word to Rome...


The 7 big myths about marriage (refuted by faith, philosophy and science)...


'I can't leave my people': Priest killed in Syria hailed as a martyr...


The scope and scale of anti-Christian violence around the world is staggering...
John Allen
Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt, killed in Syria last week just shy of his 76th birthday, personified the best of the missionary spirit in Catholicism. He spent 50 years in his adopted country, humbly serving poor and disabled persons regardless of their race or religion. Whenever a Syrian came to his door seeking help, van der Lugt told a friend...


I finally broke down and saw 'Noah'. Much to my surprise, I loved it...


"Captain America: Winter Soldier" gives us a brief glimpse of what salvation really looks like in its cruciform power...


20 excellent IKEA hacks you should try...

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It was curious to see how the demeanor of Colorado's pro-abortion senators changed in the face of Catholic opposition...


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been life-changing for our family...
Simcha Fisher
When I was growing up, the parish offered a few options for Catholic kids: you could join "Snoopy Group," which meant that you sat in a circle and talked about friendship; or you could join JCDA -- which, in our area, meant holding elections, baking, and frantically filling out the virtue chart on the way to the church basement.


10 things you need to know about Holy Thursday...
Jimmy Akin
Every single Mass, we hear the words "on the night he was betrayed." That night was Holy Thursday, and it is one of the most important nights in all of history. So what happened on the original Holy Thursday? An amazing amount of stuff! This was one of the most pivotal days in the life of Jesus Christ.


Jewish extremists continue to target Christians, Muslims in the Holy Land...
Kathy Schiffer
On April 1, a Catholic monastery dedicated to Mary, Queen of Palestine, near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, was vandalized. Anti-Christian graffiti on the monastery walls said “Jesus is a monkey, Mary is a cow.” Tires were slashed on five vehicles. Two days later, on April 3 in the Israeli town of Jish...


One way or the other, you have to decide about Jesus...


The Catholic tradition on Nephilim, Incubi, and Succubi...


I'm not feeling politics right now. It's Holy Week and I want Jesus...
Rebecca Hamilton
I’m not feeling politics right now. We’ve got wars and rumors of wars over a large swath of the world. Pro life people are battling killer legislation in Colorado and corporate raiders are raiding the public treasury everywhere and in every way they can. There are runaway bishops to write about, as well as a stand up bishops who are trying to fight the fight.


Archdiocese of Dublin issues warning on fake visionary 'Maria Divine Mercy'
Diane Korzeniewski
Maria Divine Mercy had gotten some Catholics more than a little uptight and suspicious of Pope Francis, if not outright rejecting him. When a so-called mystic gets you to reject the Supreme Pontiff, or causes you to have very negative feelings about him, it's time to hit a confessional for a sense check. There is a blog called...


Why I'm a pro-life liberal...


Show your stupid weasel spirit who's the boss...


"It's a setup": The note that saved a marriage from adultery at 30,000 feet...


The Illiberal Catholic Catechism...
John Zmirak
In the months since Aleteia was kind enough to publish “Illiberal Catholicism” and re-publish “The Shame of the Catholic Subculture,” the phenomenon of Illiberal Catholicism has been recognized in many other venues—and a number of figures have seen fit to align themselves with the movement...


Down the slippery slope: A timeline of social revolution...
R. Jared Staudt
It is certainly not breaking news to assert that America is in cultural decline. Many aspects of this decline have been widely documented: the breakdown of the family, threats to life, and ever increasing secularization. My intent in this article is to draw together the consistent progression of this cultural decline so that we can step back and examine the path of the soci...


Colorado Senate escalates attack on life with harsh new pro-abortion bill, "first of its kind in the U.S."


The City of Rome may be even older than we realized...


Legion of Christ names new North American head...


Bizarre wording in Overland Park shooting update: AP says victims were two "Christians" and one "Catholic"


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