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Pell protégé Anthony Fisher named Archbishop of Sydney...


Marriage and the family within the sacramentality of the Church...
Marc Cardinal Ouellet
The upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the theme of the family is sparking unprecedented interest in the Church due to the urgency and gravity of the pastoral problems concerned as well as the hopes and expectations expressed in response to preparatory consultations. Already during Vatican Council II...


What is honor? Today, I felt its weight...
Msgr. Charles Pope
This morning, I celebrated one of the most remarkable funerals of my 25 years as a priest. With the body present, I sang a Requiem Mass for a man who died ten years before I was born. On January 1, 1951, Private First Class Arthur Richardson of A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment...


It's a whole year away, but I'm starting to get excited about the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia...
Simcha Fisher
There are going to be tons of fantastic speakers, and best of all, there will be a Papal Mass. Imagine, if you will, how much preparation goes into a huge, complicated event like this: the scheduling, the promotion, the legal issues, even just making sure there are enough bathrooms. And how about the music?


It was bound to happen. Two heterosexual men "married" each other in New Zealand...
Greg Erlandson
The “bromance wedding” featured a celebrant dressed as Darth Vader, a streaker and a wedding cake decorated with a rugby ball. The newly wedded couple denied the charge of pro-gay marriage groups that they were “mocking the institution of marriage.” The couple said that they never intended to offend. In what sounds a bit like New Age wedding vows...


A primer on the Vatican's upcoming Synod on the Family...


Did Jesus' relatives emigrate to ancient Iraq? The intriguing witness of early Church sources...
Philip Jenkins
As we watch the unfolding catastrophe overtaking Christianity in Iraq, our first concern must of course be with the welfare of present-day victims. But we should never forget just who these people are, and the deep roots of the churches they represent. Some of the legends associated with that tradition make amazing claims for Christian origins...


The top 10 secret features hidden in iOS 8...


St. John Chrysostom: The Golden Voice of Love...


Let me explain my decision to serve as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade...
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
I haven’t been in this much hot water since I made the comment, right after I arrived as your archbishop five-and-a-half years ago, that Stan Musial—my boyhood hero of my hometown St. Louis Cardinals—was a much better ballplayer than Joe DiMaggio!


Cardinal Kasper squares off against Müller, Burke and Caffarra; accuses them of attacking Pope Francis...


When Mary told Marshall McLuhan "the medium is the message"


What every Catholic needs to know about POLSTs, living wills and end-of-life planning...
Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk
Planning for end-of-life situations is important. We should put in place an advance directive before our health takes a serious turn for the worse and we are no longer able to indicate our own wishes or make our own decisions. Advance directives can be of two types: living wills and health care agents. The best approach is to choose a health care agent (a.k.a.


Benedict XVI, I am sure, takes no pleasure in history’s vindication of his Regensburg Lecture...


40 genius travel tips that will change your life forever...


Diocese of Knoxville investigates possible miracle involving Father Isaac Hecker...


It's strange that so few of us express a longing for Heaven anymore...


People are missing the message of the 20 couples married in St. Peter's Basilica...

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Marriage and the family between anthropology and the Eucharist...
Angelo Cardinal Scola
From an anthropological perspective, the reactions to the questions in the “Preparatory Document” show the existence of a significant disconnect, though this varies according to continent. On the one hand, the fundamental lessons taught by experience and by Christian doctrine continue to be considered and proposed as the expression of love’s ideal.


Mikhail Gorbachev reveals hidden pain of an abortion that took place 51 years ago...


Here's a look ahead at the new U.S. Supreme Court term, which begins October 6...
Russell Shaw
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to begin a new term, it again faces two of the nation’s most sensitive issues: religious liberty and same-sex marriage. Landmark rulings on both are possible by next summer. Religious liberty controversies will be before the court in at least two different forms.


October marks the 155 anniversary of the only Church-approved Marian apparition in the United States...


Cardinal Newman Society announces 2014 Catholic Education Honor Roll...


How to negotiate your way to a deal at Home Depot, Costco, Best Buy and other major retailers...


Vatican officials say the Pope won't be in danger in Albania, but an Iraqi ambassador is warning otherwise...
Kathy Schiffer
I understand that Pope Francis’s deep humility makes him reluctant to focus on himself and his own personal needs. The shepherd, he says, should “smell like the sheep”–and he wants to be there, with his sheep, with the people he leads. Sometimes, though, he needs to be mindful, not of his personal wants...


Happiness is a choice: An interview with Catholic author Dean Koontz...
Tony Rossi
“The dark makes the light stuff brighter.” Not only is that a comment made by a character in Dean Koontz’s latest novel “The City,” it’s a truth that the author learned first-hand while growing up. In “The City,” eight-year-old African-American musical prodigy Jonah Kirk is blessed with a mother and grandparents who selflessly love and support him.


11 maps to help you make sense of world religion...


America magazine interviews Catholic blogger Mark Shea...


Ghosts are scarce in the Old Testament, but not absent...
Thomas McDonald
Ghosts posed a problem for the early Church because they seemed to reflect a holdover of pagan belief and superstition. Yet reliable witnesses continued to report encounters with what to appeared to be spirits, and witnesses were not so easily dismissed as they are now. As we head into Halloween...


How to make the world's best paper airplanes...


The religious imagery in the "Shuffleton's Barbershop" painting by Norman Rockwell...


The 10 commandments of clean communication...


We've got to do something about divorced and remarried Catholics...
Bishop Thomas Tobin
In October a number of bishops from around the world will meet with Pope Francis in Rome to discuss the “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” A similar meeting in October of 2015 will follow-up on the same topic. Although the discussion of the pastoral care of the family will be very comprehensive...


Bishop Tobin’s thoughtful column deserves some thoughtful replies...
Edward Peters
Imprecision in speech always hampers discussion, but all the more so in controversial and technical matters. In this context we are not talking about Catholics who have “fallen short of the ideal”—such a phrase describes every Catholic on earth!—but rather about Catholics who, in choosing to civilly remarry after divorce...


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