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‘Ukraine Catholics being driven underground,’ say Church leaders


The Cuba Agreement: Brought to you by popes, presidents and spies...


A victory for the Vatican’s line of détente...
John Allen
The normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba may be primarily a turning point for those two nations, but it also represents a victory for a Vatican policy of détente that reaches back at least to the papacy of John Paul II. Cuba is a historically Catholic country, where 60 percent of the population is still estimated to be Catholic...


Inside Beijing's Airpocalypse: A city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocationof family life...


Strange moments in liturgical history: How a paragon of traditional liturgy may have caused unintended effects...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one's stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning Pope St. Pius X looms large as friend and image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the tradition, and...


The Francis Filter is like bamboo...
George Weigel
About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice that mainstream western culture finds distasteful...


There seems to be a "good cop, bad cop" dynamic that still lingers on at the Vatican...
John Thavis
Today's Vatican report on the investigation of U.S. women's religious orders was largely positive in tone, in contrast to statements issued when the investigation began in 2009. At that time, Cardinal Franc Rodé, who headed the Vatican congregation for religious orders, said the study was aimed at identifying "secular" and "feminist" attitudes that had infiltrated the nuns' orders and helped cause a drastic decline in membership...


Here's what it looked like at the scene of the Peshawar school attack...


The Shahada in Sydney reminds us that political Islam is deadly...


Full text: Vatican report on U.S. women religious...


Catholic churches should be houses of wonder...
Anthony Esolen
Introibo ad altare Dei. Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meum. I shall go in to the altar of God. To God, the joy of my youth. A few days ago I entered for the first time what some people in the area call the Sistine Chapel of America. There's reason for that. Saint Anne's Church, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island...


Don’t forget to worship God! A call to better liturgy from an unlikely source...


Pope to Catholic television workers: Avoid the sins of the media...


This is a new opportunity for Franciscan University to offer a prophetic pro-life witness...
J.D. Flynn
I am a very proud alumnus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville. I earned a bachelor’s degree there, I earned a master’s degree there, I met my wife there, and I was formed, intellectually, spiritually, and personally, there. Scott Hahn has called Franciscan a “greenhouse for holiness.” The lives of alumni engaged in missionary and charitable apostolates across the globe are evidence for that claim...


How to embrace the Chaos Monkey and live an antifragile way of life...


With 15 new red hats, Pope Francis can change the geography of the College of Cardinals...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope Francis will hold a consistory to create new cardinals on the 14 and 15th of February. The announcement came at the end of a busy week: Pope Francis has granted an important interview, has personally reshaped the synod narrative against the media narrative during a general audience, and has taken part in the 7th meeting of the Council of Cardinals...


Sweet, beautiful, soul-saving joy: A homily for the Third Sunday of Advent...

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Zechariah’s mysterious vision in the Temple: 10 things to know and share...
Jimmy Akin
Luke begins his narrative "in the days of Herod, king of Judea," by which he means Herod the Great. When precisely Herod the Great ruled is disputed. According to a theory introduced a little more than a century ago, Herod reigned from 37 B.C. to 4 B.C. This view is generally accepted today, but it has been vigorously challenged in favor of a more traditional dating...


Pope Francis clinches historic pact between U.S. and Cuba...
Rocco Palmo
Not many people get to celebrate their birthday with a diplomatic romp... but on his 78th, the Pope can claim precisely that. Announced this morning by President Obama in a White House stand-up, the US' "reset" paving the way toward full bilateral relations with Cuba and enhanced economic ties has largely been credited to the influence of the Pope and concerted back-channel work on the part of the Holy See...


Why the Pantheon hasn’t crumbled in 1900 years...


Stephen Hawking's words of wisdom are often just crazy or silly...
Mark Shea
Every few months, Stephen Hawking will emit some comment that, on the lips of any other person, would be dismissed as the sort of thing one of Art Bell's daffier guests might say. Most recently, he has been talking about his fears that AI could end the human race . If I were to seriously start talking about my fears Colossus: The Forbin Project or Terminator coming true...


How and why to improve your cursive penmanship...


Torture is a mortal sin, not an act of courage...


If we know the Sydney gunman's demands, don't we know his motive?
Terry Mattingly
The horrors that surround hostage dramas are confusing enough on their own. Throw in complex questions about religious faith and terrorism and journalists and this kind of story pushes journalists – in real time, under unbelievable amounts of pressure – to their intellectual and personal limits. Looking back on the Sydney crisis (following the early post by Bobby Ross...


Vatican report on U.S. women religious calls for further self-assessment...


The botched restoration of the Ecce Homo fresco is helping out its home town...


Vatican probe ends with an olive branch for American nuns...


The ruble's collapse is disastrous for Putin — and bad for you too...


Mary is the Mother of Both/And...
Troy Hinkel
In my career as a Catholic catechist, I have noticed that one of the problems with Catholics attending some non-Catholic bible studies is that they begin to integrate assumptions that are actually non-biblical. These assumptions not only make it difficult to understand the bible in the spirit in which it was written, to paraphrase the Catechism...


The Chinese government wants to isolate the Dalai Lama – and it’s working...


Lots of folks wonder how to get ready for the Last Judgment...


The second half of the Synod begins...


What does the Church offer those with same-sex attraction? The answer is, "the truth"...


Pope's Sunday Angelus: "With Jesus, joy is part of the home"...


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