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Islamic State knifemen shot dead after taking nuns hostage, “slicing throat” of 84-year-old priest during Mass


WSJ editorial writer Sohrab Ahmari honors Fr. Jacques Hamel by announcing conversion to Catholicism...


In the face of Islamic terrorism, you must do your Christian duty...


Vatican statement on “barbaric killing” of priest in France...


St. Faustina’s shrine sends a new spark of Divine Mercy to America...


Why are so many Americans confused and frightened?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Why are so many Americans in a condition of confusion, fear, suspicion, anger and rage? It is because of our disproportionate and disordered understanding of freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom Its like that is the only virtue Americans know about anymore. But freedom like all virtues, is a delicate, vulnerable and hard won thing...


Jungle fever: Reading for the heart of the summer...
Sean Fitzpatrick
There is something distantly primal and tribal about summer, when sunny days and sultry nights seem to unconsciously conjure up the sense, or scent, of a wilder side of humanity. Something naked and free. Something delightful yet dangerous. These are, after all, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Whether it is the warm pulse of life...


3 Catholic practices for the “spiritual but not religious”...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
As most of you know, there are a growing number of people who have begun to identify as “spiritual but not religious.” I have always suspected that this phrase really covers a diverse group of people, some who are closer to agnosticism but don’t want to admit it, and others who practice a faith periodically but don’t want to identify with it too closely...


And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to the beautiful tune of Tallis’ Ordinal, which you can hear in the video below...


What do you say when kids ask about dinosaurs?
Stacy Trasancos
Suppose you catechize your children properly and teach them all about Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and original sin. Suppose you sit on the sofa one Sunday evening, read the Bible with them and explain how God created all of the plants and animals. On Monday morning, they return to their science classes and learn about fossils and dinosaurs...


Crisis in South Sudan: 'The worst is still to come'...


“Never again” has to be more than a slogan...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The first things you notice as you approach the former Nazi concentration camp are the billboards for real estate, an Italian restaurant, a snack bar — things furthest from your mind as you make your journey here. Down the block, in a park, children were playing. Twin girls in pigtails ran down the street. Life goes on, even in the shadow of such still-recent evil...


How to build a mini air hockey table for hours of fun...


How to win new converts...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, winning converts to our Faith should be a constant concern for all Catholics: “The true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word, either to unbelievers. . .or to the faithful.” [905] How should we go about it? With the knowledge that people are brought to the Church one by one...


‘Toy Story 3’ and our national naiveté...


Hipsters, coffee, and Jesus: What we can learn about prayer from cups brewed one at a time...


Three teachings from the Lord on prayer...


Why are Pakistani Muslims building a Christian church?

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Please don't call it 'senseless' violence...
Phil Lawler
The latest atrocity by the Islamic State—the brutal murder of an elderly priest, carried out during the holy Sacrifice of the Mass—was not a senseless act. Abominable, yes. Disgusting, surely. But senseless? No. It was premeditated. It was intentional. It was part of a larger pattern. This is murder for a cause, also known as persecution...


Priest murdered by terrorists during Mass: Yes, the hellish details matter in this story...
Terry Mattingly
So an elderly Catholic priest was killed by terrorists in France. These basic facts are at the heart of the latest horror story from the very tense continent of Europe. As you would imagine, a story of this kind will almost certainly include a number of poignant details that, for those with the eyes to see, are loaded with symbolism...


Father Jacques Hamel: “A good priest ... who did his job to the very end”...


D.A. dismisses all bogus charges against David Daleiden for exposing Planned Parenthood...


Tim Kaine: The whitewash on the sepulcher...
John Zmirak
Would anyone have dedicated their lives to building Communism if its partisans had been candid about what it entailed? Lenin won power by promising “peace, bread, and land for the peasants,” not “gulags, purges, and famines.” Even Hitler came to power with talk of economic renewal, national pride, and a peaceful Europe led by its “natural” hegemon...


How does your neighborhood get its power? Find out with this map...


To heal the wounds of the sheep, the shepherd must help them to repent of their sins...


Amid closures, these two elements lead to thriving Catholic schools...


What’s underneath the Vatican power struggle over economic reforms...


My mother was advised to abort me, says Cardinal Burke in new book...


6,726 Syrian refugees admitted to U.S. so far in FY16—but only 23 are Christians...


For news media, Kaine is a 'Pope Francis Catholic,' other than all that moral doctrine stuff...


Can we stop kidding ourselves about “I'm personally opposed, but”?
Carrie Gress
In 1984, after much interior laboring over the thorny issue of abortion, Catholic Governor Mario Cuomo delivered the speech that would free Catholics from being swaddled in Church teaching while liberating them to cuddle up to pro-abortion policy. The New York Governor conceived the hair-splitting notion that amounted to – “I’m personally opposed to abortion...


How the hook-up culture is damaging women...


Pope responds to violence in Munich and Kabul with call for more prayer...


Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics, study says...


The true reason for the greatness of St. Mary Magdalene...


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