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ISIS executes more Christians in Libya, video shows


The Pope is right: The Turks inflicted genocide on the Armenians. Do not be deceived about this...


Robert Frost’s “Birches”...
Mitchell Kalpakgian
Thinking back upon a winter's day in New England, a man in the middle of life beholds the bent limbs of a birch tree that recalls the fondest of childhood memories, the delight of climbing up the tree and sliding down the bent branches again and again. He knows the real reason for the bending of the birches, the ice storms that weigh upon the tree to form crystal shells that then melt and shatter like broken glass...


A consideration of swearing and vulgarity, and why nobody blasphemes Thor...
Mark Shea
Scripture has a number of things to tell us about the use of our tongues. Probably the most basic prohibitions we have are the twin commandments in the Decalogue against taking the name of God in vain and the prohibition against bearing false witness against your neighbor. I call them “twin” commandments because they mirror the commandment to love God with all your heart...


Paul’s Powerpoint to the Corinthians...


Christ's resurrected body gives hints at what your own glorified body will be like...
Fr. Victor Feltes
The spiritual gifts granted to some saints on earth (such as bi-location, levitation, incorruptibility, etc.) suggest powers belonging to our future glorified bodies. For her various apparitions, the Blessed Virgin Mary may be modifying her glorified body’s physical appearance (for example, to be as a dark-haired native at Guadalupe in Mexico...


CNN gets it right (as opposed to Reuters) about Muslim assault on Christians on the high seas...


An explanation for everything you see in the latest 'Star Wars' trailer...


Faith is reasonable and reason requires faith...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Benjamin Franklin wrote, “The way to see by faith is to close the eye of reason.” What a shallow lie that is, but it is understandable given his deistic, rationalism. The idea that faith and reason are incompatible is a commonplace among both rationalists and religionists. Very often along with a highly subjective and emotional form of religion...


On the mysticism of the simple word "consider"...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Every now and then a word just catches your ear. Several times in a day it jumps out at you and you’re tempted to say, “There it is again!” A few days ago it was the word “consider,” a very ordinary word. Or is it? Why did it suddenly strike me so? With my knowledge of Latin, it occurred to me that “consider” has something to do with the stars...


Top 10 lazy yet smart ways to give your home a spring cleaning...


Becoming witnesses of the Resurrection and the truth of the Gospel. A homily for the Third Sunday of Easter...


3 ways to distinguish between God's voice and Satan's voice...
Philip Kosloski
The devil hates the Sacrament of Confession with all his might and will do all he can to tell us how miserable we are and that we could never receive God’s Mercy. On the other hand, God will always tell us how beautiful we are in His eyes and how we must never be afraid to come to Him. He is the Father of the Prodigal Son, always ready to embrace us after we have fallen and lift us up...


Traveling to the World Meeting of Families?
Thomas McDonald
When the Pope arrives on Saturday, Sept. 26, for the “Festival of Families” closing events and a papal Mass the following afternoon, that crowd is expected to balloon to 2 million people. It’s important to note that the World Meeting of Families and the papal events are separate events. The meeting is at the Convention Center and requires admission...


Make no mistake about it. Assisted suicide is murder. In fact, it is murder done twice...


Cardinal George is now where he has always wanted to be...


"He opened their minds to understand the scriptures": Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter...


LCWR agrees to abide by Vatican’s corrections...

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San Francisco parish's altar girl policy fuels liberal rage against Archbishop Cordileone...


Exorcists discussed the devil and his wiles at a conference in Rome...


What is life in the seminary like? A video vignette...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
With ordinations up 25 percent this year you might be interested in what life is like these days for a young man considering the priesthood. Dan Rogers is one of these talented young men who is currently in seminary. He is also a techie designer extraordinaire and “digital evangelist.” Dan specializes in “web-based ministry through social media...


What does the Catholic Church teach about ghosts?
Kathy Schiffer
It’s finally Spring in our corner of the woods, and we’ve begun the laborious task of raking, bagging, and lugging the bedraggled remains of Winter from our front yard. So it was that I, cleaning the remains of Winter’s storms from our front lawn, found myself in casual conversation with a neighbor who is “spiritual but not religious”–and so it was that I heard about The Ghost...


I am not a 'kid-person', but I have five kids...


Is the New York Times' David Brooks converting to Christianity?


The wisdom and wickedness of women...
Joseph Pearce
The inanity of many bumper stickers continues to astonish me. Take, for instance, one which proclaims that “well-behaved women don’t make history.” As a sound-bite it is not sound, nor does it give us much to bite into. It does, however, provide food for thought on the topic of fools and thoughtlessness. It assumes that making history is good and that being good isn’t good...


The Roman Curia needs vision more than it needs reform...
Andrea Gagliarducci
When Pope Francis' Apr. 12 discourse on Armenia was being prepared, its drafters wanted to respect Pope Francis' wish to highlight the genocide issue. The speech – via cypher – was dispatched to an inner circle of papal nuncios during the previous days. The question whether or not to use the word genocide was widely discussed within the Secretariat of State...


Regina Coeli: Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" in Mediterranean...


Meet the opponents of San Francisco's Archbishop Cordileone...


Beyond powerlessness over anti-Christian persecution...
John Allen
Here's how Catholics appalled by the torture of Christians around the world can do something about it. PLUS: More on Cardinal George, the pope's possible Cuba stop, financial reform, and Catholicism's range.


Apostolic Blessing offered to those who mourn Cardinal George...


11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space...


Sr. Joan Chittister's soul evolves, jumps around on Oprah's couch...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
From the Huffington Post comes this jewel: Sr. Joan Chittister and Oprah! Take in this incomprehensible babble, perhaps with some popcorn. I like the expression on Oprah’s face at one point. You can tell that she has no idea what Joan is rambling about. But she soon recovers and nods meaningfully.


"You are my legacy"...
Rocco Palmo
Over 17 years as cardinal-archbishop of Chicago and the American hierarchy's intellect-in-chief, there's precious little in the life of the nation's largest religious body that Francis George didn't somehow touch. Yet even as every aspect of that massive contribution will be pored over everywhere you look over the next few days...


Francis Cardinal George, RIP...


San Francisco’s dissident Catholics publish ad attacking Archbishop Cordileone...


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