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Pope returns to Rome after successful Albania trip, visits St. Mary Major in thanksgiving...


This deacon was almost murdered as a baby. Then his mother made a brave decision...


With a little background knowledge, we can read Jesus’ parable of the talents with fresh eyes...
Fr. Robert Barron
The attendance at our daily Mundelein Seminary on Labor Day weekend was sparse. Many of the students had gone home while others were on a special tour of Chicago churches. The celebrant and preacher for the Sunday Mass was Fr. Robert Schoenstene, our veteran Old Testament professor. Fr.


Scott Hahn's newest book is the missing manual for Catholic evangelizers...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Scott Hahn is currently perhaps the best-known Catholic evangelizer in the United States — and probably the best American evangelizer since Archbishop Fulton Sheen himself. A convert and former Presbyterian minister, Hahn is a university professor, lecturer and prolific writer. With God's grace...


Crowd turns out for Eucharistic Holy Hour to counter "Black Mass" in Oklahoma City...


Climbers light up the Matterhorn (once climbed by Pius XI) to mark 150th anniversary of first ascent...


A quick guide to the two sides of the annulment argument...
Edward Peters
There are basically two groups agitating for annulment reform, one saying that there are too many annulments, the other saying that there are too few. Let me suggest that (a) the first group is mistaken if it thinks the annulment problem lies in the annulment process (ie...


According to scientists, Kansas really is "flatter than a pancake". But so is Colorado...


The upcoming synod will be the first real test for Pope Francis...
Andrea Gagliarducci
The reference to "the spirit of Francis" in characterizing the new document that will regulate the functions of the offices of the Roman Curia is the most prominent and newsworthy aspect of the presentation of its introduction. The draft of the new introduction has been discussed during the six meetings of the Council of Cardinals (eight counsellors chosen by the Pope...


Who brought Cupich to the Pope's attention for Chicago? O'Malley, backed by Rodriguez and Wuerl...
Rocco Palmo
Seventeen years ago, the ink was barely dry on Francis George's own surprise appointment to Chicago when its architect emerged: the cardinal-archbishop of Boston. Having quoted the end of TS Eliot's "Little Gidding" at his first presser, George might've been the first Windy City native ever to return home as Boss.


Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process...


What is the spiritual aim of the catechist?
Marlon De La Torre
The role of catechist is one of the most significant ministries one can be involved in the Church. Why, because we are consistently dealing with the teeter-tottering effect of the human soul either believing in God or simply seeing Him as a passing fancy. But what if we can’t seem to teach about Christ with joy?


Be very, very careful before you ask God to be "fair" to you...


Watch the Chicago press conference introducing Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich...


Why does coffee always get the blame?
John Clark
Has anyone else noticed that coffee has become the financial “fall guy” lately? We live in an age of bailouts, zombie banks, troubled assets, and more troubled liabilities, yet coffee is often pointed to as the real financial problem. Here’s what I mean.


Why is WIkipedia scrubbing all references to Neil deGrasse Tyson's fabrication?


My job as a mother, I'm realizing with a pang of sadness, is to raise my kids up and away from me...


The physics of the Death Star in Star Wars...

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10 celebrities who look suspiciously similar to Pope Francis...


Believe it or not, The New York Times actually printed this...
Terry Mattingly
Now, mistakes happen. We all know that. That's why newspapers run corrections. Only, in this case, the Times desk declined to run a correction. At least, I do not see one (and I just checked again before clicking "publish" on this post) at the top of the bottom of the corrected article quoted above. What's up with that?


Oklahoma City's "Black Mass" backfires...
Rebecca Hamilton
I suppose I could begin writing about all this by telling you that, based on what I experienced at the Holy Hour, this was a real deal. I had a hard time getting to the Holy Hour and Benediction. All day the day before I experienced the most dreadful spiritual crisis I have been through since I converted to the Catholic Church.


This is fascinating. Did you know that the Roman god Pan was declared dead during the life of Christ?
Taylor Marshall
While having a daddy date with them at a coffee shop, I learned more about Pan and the Death of Pan. Remember? Pan is the god with goat legs who plays the pipes. He is the god of nature, and according to the Roman pagans, he “died” during the life of Christ. This fascinated me and so I did a little research.


Being chosen should evoke wonder and humility, not hubris...
Mark Shea
Virtually everything in nature and the Christian revelation gets abused by our stupid pride, including Divine Election. So what? Abusus non tollit usum. The key is not to jettison the notion of Chosenness, but to understand what it really means. And to do that, the sensible approach, of course...


The longest continuously inhabited cities in Europe...


You are living in the midst of an epic battle...
Msgr. Charles Pope
A grave deficiency of modern times is the loss of the sense that our lives are caught up in a tremendous, epic battle. And yet here we are living in the midst of a great drama—in the greatest story ever told. Behind the scenes is a deadly enemy, one of whom many rarely speak: Satan. Yet he is active and involved...


Cardinal Scola: Four solutions for the divorced and remarried...
Sandro Magister
With the synod approaching, the clash between supporters of change and defenders of the bimillennial doctrine and practice of the Catholic Church in the matter of marriage is becoming ever more heated. The clash is being fought also and above all at the highest levels of the hierarchy, among cardinals of the first rank.


Vatican spokesman downplays security worries as Muslims gather in mosque to pray for Pope's visit...


Discerning the priesthood? Here's what you should be asking yourself about maturity and sexuality...
Fr. Thomas Berg
As seminaries across the country commence a new academic year and re-engage in the crucial work of priestly formation, so too a throng of young Catholic men throughout the U.S. will continue the task which might lead them one day to seminary, namely, the work of discernment. And they will continue to be assisted in that effort by friends, family...


Budding gentleman need guidance, and our gentlemanly things are delightful ways to mentor them...


Ranking all 32 NFL franchises in order of greatness...


The ‘Francis Era’ in America starts today in Chicago...


Are you being fair to the Catholic Church? An invitation to "recovering Catholics"...


Don't! It's a trap! A moral lesson from a TV commercial...


His eminence Walter Cardinal Kasper made some regrettable statements in an interview on Thursday...


Behold the 10 most heart-stopping mountain climbs in the world...


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