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NARAL blasts Doritos for 'humanizing fetuses' with Super Bowl ad


Do you struggle with anxiety, depression or temptations to sin? So did Saint Peter Faber...
Dawn Eden
Francis, in his first major interview as pope, spoke of his admiration for the early Jesuit Peter Faber, whom he would soon declare a saint. Since you can tell a lot about a man by his friends—including his friends in heaven—I began to read Faber’s spiritual diary, the Memoriale, to see what it might tell me about Francis’s spirituality...


Are these the Last Days? Let's take a closer look at the signs...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Are these the last days? In some sense the planets are aligning. But hold your horses; let’s speak carefully of these matters. Last week in the Breviary we read First and Second Thessalonians, which are important source texts for such considerations. I’d like to look at a critical passage from Second Thessalonians, which lays out some important principles for us in the last days...


It's Quinquagesima Sunday. Prepare for battle!...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
In our traditional Roman calendar tomorrow, Sunday, is Quinquagesima, Latin for the symbolic “Fiftieth” day before Easter. Today is one of the pre-Lenten Sundays which prepare us for the discipline of Lent. The priest’s vestments are purple. No Alleluia. The prayers and readings for the pre-Lenten Sundays were compiled by St...


What happened to the Apostles after the New Testament?


Evangelical pastor Rick Warren prays Divine Mercy chaplet, watches EWTN...
Brantly Millegan
Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Church, one of the largest and most influential evangelical Protestant mega-churches in the world, as well as the author of the best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life. Which makes a few things he revealed about his spiritual life in an interview very intriguing: he regularly prays the Divine Mercy Chaplet with his wife...


Do Catholics honor the Blessed Virgin Mary too much?
Mark Shea
An Evangelical friend wrote me in the course of an Internet conversation about Catholic piety toward the saints and said, "If some church had set up a statue to John the Baptist, and was sacrificing doves to it, then smashing that idol to rubble would be an act of honor and respect for John, not one of dishonor." I understand the sensibility at work here since I believed something similar to it...


For relations between the Christian churches, next week's meeting is the biggest development in decades...
Rocco Palmo
Simply put, for relations between the Christian churches it is the biggest development in decades: after weeks of rumors – and ones discounted, at that – a joint statement issued this morning announced the first-ever meeting between the Pope of Rome and the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, slated to take place in Cuba on Friday...


Mercy and movies: Lenten viewing for the Year of Mercy...
Steven Greydanus
For this Jubilee Year of Mercy, in his Lenten message, Pope Francis reminded the faithful of his call, in the papal bull declaring the Year of Mercy, for this Lent to “be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). Perhaps it’s fitting that Lent comes so early this particular year...


Suffering is a path of love...


Did head injuries cause Henry VIII's bad behavior?


It is impossible to be closer to Jesus than by worthily receiving him in Holy Communion...


Bridge jump survivor tells his tale, and gives his advice to other people considering suicide...


Watch a Swiss drone fly deep into a glacial crevasse...


What brings Rome and Moscow together at last? The suffering churches in Syria and Iraq...


Cardinal Sarah reveals his secret weapon for spiritual battle...


The CDC's scaremongering is an insult to women...

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American bombs are still buried under German towns. And they're blowing up...


The Super Bowl ad that freaked out NARAL...


A view from Florence...
Karl Keating
The top floor of Giotto’s campanile—just a few feet below the very peak—is 414 ever-narrowing steps above the pavement. That puts you almost at eye level with tourists who stand at the base of the lantern that sits atop Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome, the crowning symbol of Florence and, perhaps, of the entire Renaissance. A light mist fell today as I looked the length of the duomo and at that magnificent...


Padre Pio was a true 'servant of mercy,' Pope Francis says...


The 'Passion' that looms over the historic Rome-Moscow meeting...
Terry Mattingly
First things first: Click play on the above YouTube. Now begin reading. As you would expect, I have received quite a bit of email during the past 24 hours linked to my GetReligion post – "What brings Rome and Moscow together at last? Suffering churches in Syria, Iraq" – about the mainstream media coverage of the stunning announcement of a Feb...


The upside of Zika...


Brazilian bishops reject abortion as a response to the Zika virus...


Why trees everywhere, no matter what size or type, break at the same wind speed...


Mardi Gras and movies: Easy riders, anthropomorphic frogs...


Rise up, men of God! We need you!...
Philip Kosloski
In our culture today fathers are becoming less and less a part of our children’s lives and the absence of fathers has led directly to the downfall of Christian culture in America. Currently, 40 percent of American children do not grow up with their biological father. That number is on the rise as more and more couples choose the lifestyle of cohabitation and decide not to get married at all...


Why a meeting between the Pope and Russian patriarch is finally happening...
John Allen
Journalism tends to wildly overuse the term “historic,” but when it comes to Friday’s announcement that Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Feb. 12 in Havana, there’s simply no other word for it. It will be the first meeting ever between the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the spiritual chief of Russian Orthodoxy...


Who else is facing off during the Super Bowl? Catholic Charities in Denver and Charlotte...


My secret life as a forbidden second child in China...


Steve McQueen could outrun bad guys, but he couldn't outrun the hound of heaven...


11 great sights you can see only this year...


Surprise hit religious comedy “Ave Maria” nominated for an Oscar...


What does St. Paul mean when he talks about the “mystery of iniquity”?


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