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The humble speak for God, Pope says at Czestochowa


Priest witnesses miracle in ER after he touches scapular, brings dead man back to life...


Despite what you might have heard, St. Christopher is still a saint...


The mystery of why you can't remember being a baby...


The DNC's odd nod to religion in Philly's cathedral...
Brian O'Neel
Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation and being booed down at a breakfast of her state’s delegation was not an official event at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, although given the coverage of the latest Hillary-related e-mail scandal, you could be forgiven for thinking it was. What was one of the Dem confab’s first official events got little or no coverage...


World Youth Day marriage proposal goes viral ...


If NFP works, why does she have ten kids?
Simcha Fisher
Hello, elephant in the room! I see you, and I’m ready to talk about you. The NFP community is full of large families like mine. What the heck? How can we say that NFP is effective, and then show up with ten kids in tow? If a told you I had a really great system for losing weight, but I weighed 400 pounds, wouldn’t you snicker and look elsewhere for advice...


Symbolic details in a priest's death in parish named for St. Stephen...
Terry Mattingly
In the aftermath of the murder of Father Jacques Hamel, there are two stories unfolding in France and, to a lesser degree, the rest of postmodern and post-Christian Europe. Let me stress that both stories are valid and deserve coverage. One story is about the crime itself and the investigation into how it happened. At the heart of this story is the official dilemma facing the powers that be in government...


Say an extra prayer for the Pope. He fell at Mass on Thursday morning (but he's OK)...


Have the major parties left you politically homeless? Catholic social teaching is solid ground...
George Weigel
I grew up in what you might call a genetically-Democratic family, but one in which partisan heterodoxy was not uncommon. My parents voted for Dwight D. Eisenhower twice, for Richard M. Nixon in 1960, and for the occasional Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Maryland. But they were registered Democrats and, when I gained the franchise...


The Democratic Party bears the Mark of Kaine...
Matthew Bunson
Day 3 at the Democratic National Convention was highlighted by the appearance of party heavyweights, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. They both defended their record of the past eight years and spoke on behalf of the party's newly christened presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. The other big speaker for the night was...


Trump is driving Mass-going Catholic voters toward Clinton, Pew study shows...


Remembering my World Youth Day experiences in Denver and Rome...
Tom Perna
As I have been seeing all the posts from my friends on social media as well as some of the videos posted by priests and figures such as Bishop Robert Barron, about World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, I can’t help to remember the fond memories that I have from the two World Youth Day events I was blessed to attend years ago. When I was nineteen years old...


Why politics matters, and why it doesn’t...
David Mills
Soon we begin the three-month season of loud dinner-table arguments, broken friendships, Facebook rages, guys slugging each other in pubs, as well as lots of “How’s the weather?” non-discussions of politics — otherwise known as the period between the major party conventions and the presidential election. We put a lot of emotion into politics...


What to do when you don't feel like praying...


Fr. Hamel's martyrdom is a warning to the West...


The secular West’s impotence in the face of radical Islam...


Fr. Hamel was martyred ‘in odium fidei’, says archbishop; French bishops call for day of fasting...

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American Jesuits are in a free fall, and the crisis is getting worse...
Patrick Reilly
Excitement is building for Jesuits worldwide as their general congregation to elect a new superior general is quickly approaching this fall. The election presents an important opportunity for them to reflect on the future of the Society of Jesus—and to address serious concerns. Even under a Jesuit Pope, the order suffers from a steady decline in membership...


Roe v. Wade was a form of tyranny that deserves eternal hostility...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In a radio interview earlier this week, we discussed how some see the tables turned when it comes to abortion—that those who favor limited government “suddenly” want government intervention to forbid abortion, and those who favor expansive government “suddenly” want government to stay out of this “personal” decision...


Confessions of a World Youth Day convert...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
I don’t typically cry in arenas. But at the WYD Mercy Center sponsored by the Knights of Columbus here Tuesday night, I did. And I was far from alone. The Knights of Columbus are hosting the arena for the week for English-speaking pilgrims for Mass, adoration, and other programming. It was long past the point where the Holy Spirit had taken over the place when the popular Christian artist Matt Maher led 20...


Inside sources leak possible location of the next World Youth Day...


Wanted: A new model for Catholic leadership...


Even the small struggles serve the Kingdom of God...


Regardless of the political upheavals we face now, our true home will always be Jesus himself...
Rick Becker
By all accounts, this has been a strange campaign season, and it’s only going to get stranger, so I’m turning to the movies. I’ve always found it both instructive and diverting to relate the news of the day to big (and little) screen spectacles—to help make sense of it all and then get my mind off of it. Apparently I’m not the only one who feels that way in these odd times...


We must win hearts for Jesus Christ. The urgency of the moment is clear...
Bishop James Conley
I spent July 18th in Rouen, the city along the River Seine where St. Joan of Arc was tried and put to death in 1431. She was a defender of the faith, and a fierce defender of the freedom of France. She was also an evangelist. She called her fellow soldiers to faith, to virtue, to earnest discipleship of Jesus Christ. She died for the cause of justice...


Mike Pence's spiritual wanderings should be a wake-up call to Catholics...


The best player in the NFL is also the weirdest...


The legal term “time immemorial” originally referred to any event occurring before July 6, 1189...


In first balcony talk in Krakow, Pope tells youth to 'make chaos'...


Martyrdom is more than being killed for your faith...
Jimmy Akin
The recent horrific murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel by two ISIS-linked killers has caused worldwide shock and outrage. Not only was Fr. Hamel killed in a gruesome way (having his throat slit), he was killed while saying Mass. This has led many to discuss his death in terms of martyrdom. Some have spoken as if his martyrdom was certain...


French nun gives eyewitness account of Fr. Jacques Hamel's martyrdom...


Syriac Catholic patriarch warns: Western politicians and media mislead world on Middle East...
Victor Gaetan
Imagine a five-star general, under assault, with no weapons of defense — except faith. Think of an Old Testament prophet living today, describing the evil destroying his community — but few listen. That general or prophet is the fierce and noble leader of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan...


The decline of British English, visualized...


Memo to WYD: Forget the program, teach youth about the martyrs...


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