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Pope marries 20 couples at St. Peter's: "Give yourself to Jesus crucified and receive God's mercy"...


Wakeskating the spectacular Banaue rice terraces of the Philippines, the "eighth wonder of the world"


"I love you, and for this love I help you": Holy Father at Vatican mass wedding...
Rocco Palmo
Beginning the period of imminent prep for his "baby" – a Synodal revolution he's mentally plotted out over a decade and a half, the family as its first focus – earlier this Sunday the Pope witnessed the marriage of 20 couples at a morning Mass in St Peter's. If the language of the moment below isn't universal, Church...


The wisdom and power of the Holy Cross...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the stranger passages in the Old Testament is one describing a command Moses received from God to mount a bronze snake on a pole. The people had grumbled against God and Moses for the “wretched” manna they had to consume (Numbers 21:5). They were sick of its bland quality even though it was the miracle food...


‘Calvary’ is an unblinking, unforgettable film...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
“Calvary” is the kind of film that leaves a theater silent at the final credits. It’s not the silence of boredom or a morgue, but the silence of people collecting their emotions in order to breathe again. Friends who’ve seen the film, some of them already two or three times, have noticed the same effect. From the first frame to the last...


The Nazi murders of disabled people are among the most inhumane acts of history...
Chelsea Zimmerman
This is the part of the Holocaust that people need much more education on. I’ll never forget being told by someone that he thought only Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. What perhaps needs to be understand above all is that the Nazis were actually inspired by a pre-existing eugenics movement that advocated the destruction of Life Unworthy of Life.


Satanic Temple announces plans to open fifteen chapters throughout U.S.


Benedict XVI poses for first known selfies...


Quick lessons from the Catechism: The Sacrament of the Eucharist...
Tom Perna
This week at the parish I work at in Arizona, my Pastor and I began a five-week study on the Catholic Mass for the parents in our Family Faith Formation Program. Because of the large number of children that attend Religious Education, we divide the sessions into four different groups made up of 2 groups per night for two weeks.


Vatican confirms papal trip to Turkey in November...


Why the U.S. chills its eggs and most of the world doesn't...


Former imam: God saved me from torture after Christian conversion...


Nothing between my soul and the Savior? Really? Help us, Lord...


In the New York Draft Riots of 1863, Catholic prelates were not among the heroes...


Last hope for a dying bear: Russian conference promoting large families amazes Westerners...


If we in the West say, "There is no God and all is permitted", our enemies will act on that permission...
Jason Jones and John Zmirak
Has it really been 13 years? Can it be true that a child conceived on Sept. 11, 2001, would now be in junior high school? Those of us who lost friends that day might feel that it was only a moment ago. We all lost something that day – if only the blithe and innocent optimism that had washed over us in 1989...


Man descends 1200 feet into active volcano to experience lava lake up close...


Must read: A tale of two churches...
Francis Cardinal George
Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles.

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"For God so loved the world": Readings for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross...


Homily for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross...
Pope Francis
The love of Christ, which has blessed and sanctified the union of husband and wife, is able to sustain their love and to renew it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost, wounded or worn out. The love of Christ can restore to spouses the joy of journeying together. This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together...


"Humanity needs to weep": Pope visits World War I monument, warns of "third war, fought piecemeal"


Does Luke contradict himself on when Jesus was born?
Jimmy Akin
Precisely when Herod’s reign ended is a matter of dispute. Historically, the most common view—which is also in accordance with the Church Fathers—is that Herod died in 1 B.C. Just over a hundred years ago, however, a German scholar named Emil Schürer argued that Herod died in 4 B.C...


Republican Senator Ted Cruz attacks persecuted Christians in Middle East...


Ted Cruz and the most cynical, despicable political stunt of the year...


When all the facts are considered, I am flummoxed by Obama's plan to bomb ISIS...
Rebecca Hamilton
If the CIA knows what it’s talking about (always a question) ISIS’ new notoriety and glorious beheading videos have recruited up to 30,000 wannabe serial killers to their ranks. Bombing, without concomitant strategies to attack their funding...


10 things to remember when you're fed up with other Catholics...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Maybe it’s just me, but I seem to hear an increasing amount of grumbling from about the state of the church. Some folks complain about the new generation of priests, “All these guys seem to care about is lace and china tea cups! Are they all pansies? What’s going on? Why do they have to return to all this fancy folderol?


Pope Francis: Correction without charity is 'a slap in the face'


Brutally slain nuns recalled as women 'enamored' with God...


Pope's appointment of Msgr. Robert Oliver may signal advances in new abuse office...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope Francis’ latest appointment to a commission designed to fight sexual abuse of minors may have an effect in shaping the upcoming Vatican office also dedicated to combatting abuse. “Delicta Graviora” are serious crimes in the Church, and they include grave offenses against morality: the sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric, or the acquisition, possession...


A peek inside the secret life of every Catholic blogger...
TJ Burdick
Every blogger I know has a life that is filled with far more than what their blogs tell you about them. We’re like Jesus in that there are many other things we do on a daily basis, “but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.” While our lives differ greatly...


Missouri lawmakers pass 72-hour abortion waiting period, override governor's veto...


Back in the 1930s, the great Catholic writer Hilaire Belloc foresaw the rise of Islam in our own era...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
As another sad anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States arrives, it’s clear that we are nowhere near the end of this conflict between the radicalized Muslim world and the Christian (and post-Christian) population. There seems no reason why the jihad of a relentlessly committed sector of Muslims may not continue for decades more.


FOCUS broadens missionary outreach with 'Digital Campus' via Skype...


Why are Major League Baseball seasons 162 games long?


We should stop calling the Islamic State "medieval"


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