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Pope Francis: "If the world sees our divisions and backbiting, how can we evangelize?"


Detroit's Archbishop Vigneron prohibits speaker who promotes 'gay' agenda...


The strangest of kings! A homily for the Feast of Christ the King...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The reading today on this Feast of Christ the King evokes three images of Christ as King. All of them are to some extent paradoxical, for they emphasize things about a king that we don't usually think of in relation to a king. They also tell us that we have already met King Jesus, even...


Autism is a Cross for many families worldwide...
Pope Francis
Everyone should be committed to promoting acceptance, encounter and solidarity through concrete support and by encouraging renewed hope. In this way we can contribute to breaking down the isolation and, in many cases, the stigma burdening people with autism spectrum disorders, and just as often their families. This must not be an anonymous or impersonal accompaniment...


In all things I have joy, which comes from God, Who is love...


America loves Catholicism, as seen in place names everywhere...


Sculptor offers another clue in 24-year-old mystery at CIA headquarters...


Top 10 books for fallen-away Catholics...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I have just started some of the publicity for my new book, The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church and I have found that a lot of people want to buy the book to give to their fallen-away loved ones. I don’t think this is a bad idea. I actually think my book would be helpful for fallen-away Catholics who are open and lingering around the door...


Juveniles plead 'not guilty' in suspected face painting incident, may face suspension of juice privileges...


Rocker Patti Smith's tangled road to Rome...
Dawn Eden
Veteran Daily News rock critic Jim Farber made a rare venture into Godbeat yesterday with a story on Patti Smith's response to criticism over her planned performance at the Vatican's Christmas concert. Although Farber bases his piece upon a report in The Guardian ...


Praying for those who pray for us...
Elizabeth Scalia
As our friends in Summit are reminding us, Pope Francis says today, November 21, is a day to thank God for cloistered religious: At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis noted that this Friday, Nov. 21, is the liturgical Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Noting the Church will celebrate ...


May you sleep the sleep of the just: A short meditation on the burden that sin brings...


Part of being a Catholic is to live in the past in the present...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Think about it. At Mass the priest comes out robed like a Roman senator. Did you know that’s where the vestments first originated? The liturgy transcends time because even the Novus Ordo (sometimes derided by traditionalist Catholics) is deeply derived from a the liturgy of the ages. It is firmly rooted in the words and works that have been alive for 2000 years...


Did you know that Mary was raised in the Temple and made a vow of virginity?
Fr. Ryan Erlenbush
Though it is related nowhere in the sacred books, ancient tradition tells us of the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple when she had been weaned from her mother at the age of three. This presentation is quite diverse from that of our Lord in his fortieth day – for Blessed Mary was given over to the Temple for her rearing and education...


The future, as foretold in the past...


Vatican concludes three-day 'Humanum' conference in defense of family...


Reflections on my '60 Minutes' interview...


Using Pope Francis to share the Catholic Faith in 4 steps...

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How altar boys can serve with greater reverence and understanding...
Garrett Johnson
Today’s video provides both an excellent explanation of some of the ideas behind the altar server together with practical tips on how to serve with reverence and understanding. As a reflection, I would like to propose the idea that the liturgy, and above all the Mass, is indeed a School of Christian Living. There, in addition to receiving the sacraments...


Four weird ways animals sense the world...


Here's further proof that atheists and fundamentalists are brothers under the skin...
Mark Shea
It is a metaphysical, not scientific, statement that man is or is not "central" in some Grand Scheme of Things. Science is worthless for determining that. In Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are not central to the story. But in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Hamlet is the one on the periphery and R&G are central...


Four popes, the Synod, and the future: An interview with Vatican expert Andrea Gagliarducci...
John Paul Shimek
Andrea Gagliarducci is one of Rome’s leading “Vaticanistas.” His blog “Monday Vatican” and countless columns and articles for the Catholic News Agency, the National Catholic Register, Inside the Vatican, and the Italian journals Il Tempo and La Sicilia appear on Catholic “Must Read” lists around the globe. But, more than a chronicler of Church affairs...


Five unlikely celebrity fans (including Bill Murray) of the traditional Latin Mass...


Let us be clear. G.K. Chesterton was a virtuous man, and his goodness drew people to Christ...
Dale Ahlquist
When I had the privilege of making the announcement in August, 2013, that the Catholic Church was going to appoint an investigator to look into the possibility of opening the Cause for G.K. Chesterton, there was an immediate and widespread response around the world. While it was generally positive, in fact, uproariously positive...


Why do children need both a mother and a father?


How to make your parish welcoming to the physically challenged...
Chelsea Zimmerman
Recently Rebecca Frech drew attention to the accessibility problems that many of us still face in parishes throughout the country. What's perhaps most surprising is that it's not just old buildings that are a problem. Even some brand new or newly renovated structures don't seem to take accessibility into account (and...


Today is the 50th anniversary of Lumen Gentium...
Tom Perna
Today, November 21, 2014, we celebrate the 50 th Anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium . Along with this major constitution, we also celebrate the 50 th Anniversary of Orientalium Ecclesiarum ( Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches ) and Unitatis Redintegratio ( Decree on Ecumenism )...


Here's a map of the most-stolen vehicle in every state...


Paranoia is the serious business of Heaven: New horizons in conspiracy cinema...


Pro-life answers to pro-abortion questions...
Jason Jones and John Zmirak
As more and more young people describe themselves as prolife, we see the culture inexorably moving in our direction. So it’s only responsible to plan for what will happen when laws change to offer the preborn protection. We would press for the firm and consistent enforcement of laws against doctors who pervert their medical training to destroy preborn life...


Fr. Jean Buridan and the birth of modern science...


Don't be "that guy": 8 personalities to avoid in sidewalk counseling...


Here in Lincoln, we'll be celebrating the Mass "ad orientem" in some churches this Advent...


In 21st century Catholicism, you can’t ignore Africa anymore...


Revisiting the argument from desire...


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