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Pope's Wednesday Audience: "Love between spouses is the image of the love between Christ and the Church"


John Paul II and ‘America’...
George Weigel
In the years preceding the Great Jubilee of 2000, John Paul II held a series of continental synods to help the Church in different locales reflect on its distinctive situation at the end of the second millennium, and to plan for a future of evangelical vigor in the third. These Special Assemblies were easily named in the case of the Synods for Africa...


OSV Editorial: The vitriol over the Pope's upcoming encyclical has been shameful...


Today’s battles are not about marriage, but simply about dividing the spoils of its destruction...


Nigerian bishop: "Jesus told me that with the Rosary we would expel Boko Haram"...


Walter Leyer lived for eight years as a woman. Now he's speaking out about the transgender "delusion"...


Confronting the overpopulation myth...
Greg & Jennifer Willits
When our sons Walt and Sam were younger, there were multiple occasions when we had them pulled from their classroom for presentations that we found counter to our Catholic faith or simply just against our core beliefs. In countless situations, we’ve sent emails to teachers letting them know when topics, discussions, and assignments were in opposition to what was happening in our home...


Did I become Catholic because I hate women?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
In 1995 I resigned as a Vicar in the Church of England, and I and my family were received into full communion with the Catholic Church. I left the Church of England along with nearly 800 other priests. We joined the Catholic Church because the Church of England had voted to accept women as priests. Naturally our reasons for leaving were widely misunderstood...


Counsel the doubtful: A meditation on the third spiritual work of mercy...
Msgr. Charles Pope
At first glance, counseling the doubtful may seem rather similar to instructing the ignorant. However, teaching has learning as its goal while counseling aims to assist with decisions. Certainly giving counsel often includes some aspects of teaching, such as providing information and perspective, but its primary purpose is to assist a person in coming to a decision...


A book every serious Christian movie buff should have...
Steven Greydanus
First published in 2009, Christians in the Movies was originally available only in an expensive hardcover edition priced as a library reference work; since then it’s been reprinted in an affordable paperback edition. Christians in the Movies is not Dans’ first survey of cinema. An associate professor of medicine as well as a dedicated cinephile...


Is 'The Drop Box' worthy of an Oscar?


Sorry, "Left Behind" fans. The rapture is not in the Bible...


"A moment of true grace": Vatican releases details on upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy...


Pope Francis inspires rising tide of exorcists and exorcisms...
Mark Shea
Francis' respect for and practical belief in the reality of the demonic has allowed people who were hitherto shy about discussing the devil and similar facts to come out of the woodwork and ask for the graces and helps the Church provides in confronting Old Scratch. This includes exorcisms and there has been a corresponding uptick in priests getting trained to act as exorcists...


"The Avengers" and Friedrich Nietzsche...
Fr. Robert Barron
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and their colleagues in the Inklings wanted to write fiction that would effectively “evangelize the imagination,” accustoming the minds, especially of young people, to the hearing of the Christian Gospel. Accordingly, Tolkien’s Gandalf is a figure of Jesus the prophet and Lewis’s Aslan a representation of Christ as both sacrificial victim and victorious king...


Alice von Hildebrand's 'Memoirs of a Happy Failure': Dodging Nazis and daring students with truth...


Like most Freemasons, Benjamin Franklin had a spiritual blind spot...


How priests in the Old Testament prepared sacrificial animals as a sign of Christ...

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The five marks of a Catholic family...


Conversion story: A Charismatic comes home to the Catholic Church...


Why Confirmation should be restored to its traditional place before First Communion...


The famous friendship between Pope Francis and the late Tony Palmer started with an iPhone...


One of New Advent's favorite priests is going to ride a bike for one of New Advent's favorite apostolates...


French court orders removal of John Paul II statue from town square...


We could use a little fire and brimstone...
David Mills
It was his senior year, said the oldest man sitting round the table in the pub, and the first day of religion class in his Catholic high school the teacher handed out thin paperbacks printed on cheap paper. They’d had a real textbook the year before. A younger man remembered studying doctrine one year and coloring pictures the next...


Will the beauty of truth alone combat the lies of Satan?
Philip Kosloski
Saint Augustine argued that, even though the beauty of truth is a superior form of beauty, it should be not divorced from material beauty, especially when presenting the truths of the Faith. First of all, Augustine pointed out that while beauty of the material realm can be beneficial to raise our souls to God who is the source of all beauty...


Pope Francis and Raul Castro to meet on Sunday at the Vatican...


But it's not my job!...
Simcha Fisher
I was feeling accomplished. I had just finished a writing project and sent it off before the deadline, and then written a topical blog post and most of a devotional one. I had done a short workout and taken a quick shower without losing my cool at the howling baby who hates it when I take a shower. I had fed the toddler lunch, changed and fed the baby about forty-six times...


Does mercy have meaning for global politics?


Did the KGB ‘create’ Latin America’s liberation theology?
John Allen
Ion Mihai Pacepa is a former three-star general in Communist Romania’s secret police who defected to the United States in 1978, bringing a trove of insider detail about KGB operations and intelligence strategies in the former Soviet empire. He’s considered among the highest ranking defectors of all time from the Soviet bloc...


“We don’t go to Mass to adore Jesus...”?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
In the Holy Mass, God touches earth and gives us a glimpse of heaven. The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity becomes truly present in the Eucharistic elements. God is really there. Adoration seems like a reasonable response. Adoration of the God who made us could be among the reasons for going to Mass. So, keep adoring...


Infographic: Priestly libations for trivia nerds...


This New Agey feminist tried a chapel veil at the TLM and loved it...


Communion of saints, communion of sinners...


Five-year-old boy perfectly recreates Bruce Lee's famous nunchaku scene...


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