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Holy Saturday: “He descended into hell”


Tenebrae: Lamentations of Jeremiah...


Facebook fascism and the slippery slope to tyranny...
Joseph Pearce
Following the recent attack on a mosque in New Zealand by a white supremacist terrorist, I was asked by a national TV network in the UK to appear on a live show to give my perspective as a former white supremacist. (I served two prison sentences for “inciting racial hatred” back in the 1980s.) I was happy to do so. More recently...


A Tale of Two Cities’ Cathedrals...
K.V. Turley
The fires that burned brightly at Notre-Dame de Paris were matched by the vivid resolve of French politicians and civic leaders that from the ashes this great cathedral will rise once more. Across the channel in London, one cannot help but be reminded of another fire and another cathedral that burned equally disastrously. In 1666 what was to become known as the Great Fire of London began shortly after midnight on Sept...


Holy Saturday and the Lord of the Rings...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of Catholicism’s greatest contributions is the great artists it has produced. I have written elsewhere about how the deeply incarnation and sacramental vision of Catholicism helps to inspire art that works at a deeper level than anything the world (and non Catholic Christians) can produce. One of the best examples of this is the comparison between Tolkien and Lewis...


Palm Sunday and the spiritual logic for the Pope’s sound of silence...
John Allen
For the past six years, it’s been a hallmark of Pope Francis’s leadership style not to engage criticism, at least not in any direct or public fashion, especially when he regards it as reflecting mixed motives. Shortly after his papacy began, Francis was hit with a mini-scandal fueled by veteran Italian journalist Sandro Magister pivoting on the new pope’s choice of Monsignor Gianbattista Ricca as his delegate to the so-called “Vatican bank...


Niccolò dell’Arca’s lament for the dead Christ...
R. Jared Staudt
“God is dead and we have killed him.” Nietzsche is right once a year. The horror of the death of Christ for our sins, marred beyond recognition, and the responsibility we bear for this suffering, should touch us deeply. Although the terror of the death of God gives way to the joy of the Resurrection, the the enduring evidence of the distortion wrought by our sin on the dead Christ continues to move us (as Dostoevsky portrays in The Idiot)...


Did the rooftop bees of Notre Dame survive?


In the image of a fire-gutted Notre Dame, I see myself, and I see the whole Church...
Elizabeth Scalia
I write this just days after watching Paris’ Cathedral of Notre Dame become engulfed by flames and fearing that the most famous and treasured place of worship in all of Christendom after St. Peter’s Basilica would be reduced to stone and ash at the start of Holy Week. Thankfully, the Cathedral is not wholly lost, but as it burned...


Fr. Fournier performing benediction inside the burning Notre-Dame? That gave me chills...


The ‘Seven Last Words’ of Christ on the Cross...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
On Good Friday, Catholics keep the custom of the Via Crucis, the Stations of the Cross. In 2005, for the Stations at the Colosseum in Rome, a dying St. John Paul II had asked Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to compose the meditations. Less than a month before he would be elected as Benedict XVI, Cardinal Ratzinger gave pilgrims a severe and sober assessment of the state of the Church...


NYTimes says priest braved Notre Dame fire to save “statue of Jesus,” not Blessed Sacrament...


The Readings for Good Friday...


Notre Dame priest: How Blessed Sacrament, Crown of Thorns were saved from fire ...


The readings for Holy Thursday...


Before-and-after photos of Notre Dame Cathedral show fire’s devastation...


Let’s examine the sequence of events on Holy Thursday...


Man arrested entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral with gasoline, lighters...

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3D scans of Notre Dame could prove pivotal in its reconstruction...


“Three days and three nights?”...
Jimmy Akin
In Matthew 12:40, Jesus says: Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. This has widely—and correctly—been understood as a reference to the period he spent in the tomb, between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection...


Heaven is real...


Where is Jesus between His death and resurrection?
Msgr. Charles Pope
Where is Christ after He dies on Friday afternoon and before He rises on Easter Sunday? Both Scripture and Tradition answer this question. Consider the following excerpt from a second century sermon as well as this meditation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness...


Medieval cathedral spires have been at risk from the get-go...


MLB umpires missed 34,294 pitch calls in 2018. Time for robo-umps?


The fire will test the quality of each one’s work...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Jesus teaches, “There will be more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance. ... I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” I suspect the world’s heartbroken reaction to seeing Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral ablaze resembles how the angels in Heaven mourn the loss of one soul...


Almost 100 abortion workers seek to leave industry after seeing pro-life movie ‘Unplanned’...


Why go to Confession? Here’s why it’s worth it...
Rick Becker
If you’ve ever been hospitalized, you know the indignities of the hospital gown. It’s flimsy and open at the back, which means it’s pretty tough to retain any sense of decency or decorum. It’s all by design, of course, because clinicians — nurses, doctors, surgeons — require ready access to our anatomy in order to assess...


Good Friday: “They will look upon him whom they have pierced”...


Passiontide Chronology: Good Friday...


Gallup Poll: U.S. church membership down sharply in past 20 years, hits all-time low in 2018...


In this season of Catholic discontent, the Easter Effect is worth keeping in mind...
George Weigel
Some two millennia ago, a ragtag bunch of nobodies learned what their tortured and executed friend, the rabbi Jesus from Nazareth, meant by “rising from the dead” (Mark 9:9-10) — because they met him again, the same but utterly transformed, as the Risen Lord. The Easter Effect upturned all they had once thought about time...


Holy Thursday and Divine Mercy...


Homily at Holy Thursday Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica...
Pope Francis
The Gospel of Luke, which we just heard, makes us relive the excitement of that moment when the Lord made his own the prophecy of Isaiah, as he read it solemnly in the midst of his people. The synagogue in Nazareth was filled with his relatives, neighbours, acquaintances, friends... and not only. All had their eyes fixed on him...


Inflated Ego Syndrome and the hazards of being a Catholic celebrity...
Jennifer Roback Morse
A recent internet uproar over the behavior of a Catholic celebrity reminded me of an incident from my days as a graduate student in economics. During one class, my labor economics professor scraped his fingernails on the chalkboard. We all grimaced. He looked at the class and said dryly, “Occupational hazard.” Yes, economists really do talk like that...


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