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NARAL blasts Doritos for 'humanizing fetuses' with Super Bowl ad


Saint Josephine Bakhita knows those for whom she prays...
Elizabeth Scalia
Loving God, who rewards the humble with your own transcendent Grace, you blessed St. Josephine Bakhita with remarkable charity and mercy, even for those whose hatred, greed, and lust for power rendered them blind to her luminous humanity. May her prayers on behalf of the exploited, the victimized, and the powerless rescue the captives...


Jim Gaffigan, Harry Connick Jr. featured in new Divine Mercy documentary...
Brantly Millegan
How fitting for the Year of Mercy! A new documentary has just been released on the history of one of the more famous versions of the Divine Mercy image. Titled “The Original Image of Divine Mercy: the Untold Story of an Unknown Masterpiece,” it features some pretty big names: comedian Jim Gaffigan, actor and musician Harry Connick...


Why the shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham is known as “England’s Nazareth”...
Tom Perna
The shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham, also known as England’s Nazareth, began in the middle of the 11th century just before the Normandy Invasion of 1066. In the year 1061, the Lady of the Manor of Walsingham, Richeldis de Faverches, was reciting her daily prayers when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her in a vision. After her initial vision...


As the culture of death commits suicide, the culture of life will rise from the ashes...
Joseph Pearce
The Church, as G.K. Chesterton reminds us, is a heavenly chariot careening through the ages, reeling but erect. She has been shaken by each of the bad thinkers in the litany of the lost whose destructive legacy has laid waste to much that is good over the centuries. She has been so shaken by some of these bad ideas that she seemed to be reeling under the influence of their impact...


Do you struggle with anxiety, depression or temptations to sin? So did Saint Peter Faber...
Dawn Eden
Francis, in his first major interview as pope, spoke of his admiration for the early Jesuit Peter Faber, whom he would soon declare a saint. Since you can tell a lot about a man by his friends—including his friends in heaven—I began to read Faber’s spiritual diary, the Memoriale, to see what it might tell me about Francis’s spirituality...


Are these the Last Days? Let's take a closer look at the signs...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Are these the last days? In some sense the planets are aligning. But hold your horses; let’s speak carefully of these matters. Last week in the Breviary we read First and Second Thessalonians, which are important source texts for such considerations. I’d like to look at a critical passage from Second Thessalonians, which lays out some important principles for us in the last days...


It's Quinquagesima Sunday. Prepare for battle!...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
In our traditional Roman calendar tomorrow, Sunday, is Quinquagesima, Latin for the symbolic “Fiftieth” day before Easter. Today is one of the pre-Lenten Sundays which prepare us for the discipline of Lent. The priest’s vestments are purple. No Alleluia. The prayers and readings for the pre-Lenten Sundays were compiled by St...


What happened to the Apostles after the New Testament?


Evangelical pastor Rick Warren prays Divine Mercy chaplet, watches EWTN...


Do Catholics honor the Blessed Virgin Mary too much?


For relations between the Christian churches, next week's meeting is the biggest development in decades...


Mercy and movies: Lenten viewing for the Year of Mercy...


Suffering is a path of love...


Did head injuries cause Henry VIII's bad behavior?


It is impossible to be closer to Jesus than by worthily receiving him in Holy Communion...


Bridge jump survivor tells his tale, and gives his advice to other people considering suicide...

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Three big guys from Buffalo decided to start walking to lose weight. They've almost reached LA...


Padre Pio’s miraculous powers and struggles with the devil...


Let's face it: The young adult Catholic dating scene is horrific...


The three temptations of philosophy...


American bombs are still buried under German towns. And they're blowing up...


The Super Bowl ad that freaked out NARAL...


A view from Florence...
Karl Keating
The top floor of Giotto’s campanile—just a few feet below the very peak—is 414 ever-narrowing steps above the pavement. That puts you almost at eye level with tourists who stand at the base of the lantern that sits atop Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome, the crowning symbol of Florence and, perhaps, of the entire Renaissance. A light mist fell today as I looked the length of the duomo and at that magnificent...


Padre Pio was a true 'servant of mercy,' Pope Francis says...


The 'Passion' that looms over the historic Rome-Moscow meeting...
Terry Mattingly
First things first: Click play on the above YouTube. Now begin reading. As you would expect, I have received quite a bit of email during the past 24 hours linked to my GetReligion post – "What brings Rome and Moscow together at last? Suffering churches in Syria, Iraq" – about the mainstream media coverage of the stunning announcement of a Feb...


The upside of Zika...


Brazilian bishops reject abortion as a response to the Zika virus...


Why trees everywhere, no matter what size or type, break at the same wind speed...


Mardi Gras and movies: Easy riders, anthropomorphic frogs...


Rise up, men of God! We need you!...
Philip Kosloski
In our culture today fathers are becoming less and less a part of our children’s lives and the absence of fathers has led directly to the downfall of Christian culture in America. Currently, 40 percent of American children do not grow up with their biological father. That number is on the rise as more and more couples choose the lifestyle of cohabitation and decide not to get married at all...


Why a meeting between the Pope and Russian patriarch is finally happening...
John Allen
Journalism tends to wildly overuse the term “historic,” but when it comes to Friday’s announcement that Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Feb. 12 in Havana, there’s simply no other word for it. It will be the first meeting ever between the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the spiritual chief of Russian Orthodoxy...


Who else is facing off during the Super Bowl? Catholic Charities in Denver and Charlotte...


My secret life as a forbidden second child in China...


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