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


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...
R. Jared Staudt
Lent begins early this year. We traditionally continue to celebrate Christmas by singing hymns in honor of the Nativity until the Feast of the Presentation (Purification of Mary) on February 2nd. Ash Wednesday follows a week and a day later. It makes me reflect on this short period of Ordinary Time in between our Lord’s Baptism and Lent...


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...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual Washington tradition now in its 64th year. As I wrote on National Review Online, I've always had mixed feelings about the event — with a fear that it is more lip service (talking about prayer) than a reflection of the depth and devotion of our prayer as Christians in the United States...


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...
Simcha Fisher
In one of those rare, slightly alarming confluences of sisterly outrage, women of every political stripe are coming together and flipping a huge bird to the CDC, who yesterday proclaimed that women of childbearing age shouldn’t drink at all unless they’re using contraception. When women drink excessively while pregnant, the CDC explains...


“The first in history”: Pope to meet Russian Patriarch on Feb. 12 in Cuba ...


Padre Pio's incorrupt body is now in Rome. Here's why...


Women, know your limits!...


Catholics and America’s changing face of drug addiction...

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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”?
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the “mystery of iniquity.” St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious “man of iniquity” who will appear before the Second Coming of Jesus. Many modern translations (accurately) render it as the “mystery of lawlessness” but that has less of a ring to it...


European Parliament declares ISIS atrocities “genocide”...


15 clever things you can do with a simple binder clip...


Padre Pio is a perfect patron for Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy...


The episcopal ordination of my college friend, Bishop Steven J. Lopes...
Tom Perna
On Tuesday night, in Houston, Texas, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, on the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (Candlemas), I attended the Episcopal Ordination of my long time college friend, Steven J. Lopes. I met Bishop Lopes nearly 22 years ago when I transferred into the Saint Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco in the Fall of 1994...


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