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Marble steps of Rome’s historic ‘Holy Stairs’ to be revealed to public for first time in 300 years


The unfathomable immensity of the Father’s love...
Anthony Lilles
Christ Jesus, the radiant splendor of the Father's love, entered into our condition to infuse into human history a gentle blessing that was long ago misunderstood and rejected. This uncommon benevolence toward us in our present plight comes from the hidden depths of God's very Being. In those same depths, the Father conceived each one us us in His Word by an unfathomable ecstasy of goodness and truth...


Here’s a concise description of what it means to be a “mature Christian”...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As a kind of follow-up to yesterday’s Gospel of the Transfiguration, we do well to reflect a little further on the Lord’s intention in leading Peter, James, and John up a high mountain. The Church teaches us His purpose in the Preface for the Second Sunday of Lent: For after he had told the disciples of his coming Death, on the holy mountain he manifested to them his glory...


Musings on Giussani, von Balthasar, and the creation of a “people” (“Opus Dei for lazy Catholics”)...
John Allen
In January 1971, during a set of spiritual exercises in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, the great Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar met Italian Father Luigi Giussani, who founded the Comunione e Liberazione movement in 1954 and oversaw its rapid development into a global Catholic “brand.” Von Balthasar had been invited by then-Father Angelo Scola...


3 ways to get over your discomfort and become an effective spreader of the Gospel...


What St. Patrick can still teach the world...
John Clark
It’s terribly unfortunate when Catholic feast days and holy days become secularized and disconnected from any Christian meaning. Saint Valentine’s Day becomes just “Valentine’s Day,” Easter is somehow about bunnies, and Christmas is about new electronics. And though March 17 is still known to the world as Saint Patrick’s Day...


Sunday Angelus Address: On Christ’s Transfiguration and the Christian perspective of suffering...
Pope Francis
In this Second Sunday of Lent, the liturgy has us contemplate the event of the Transfiguration, in which Jesus grants the disciples Peter, James, and John to taste the glory of the Resurrection: a bit of Heaven on earth. The evangelist Luke shows us Jesus transfigured on the mountain, which is the place of light, fascinating symbol of the singular experience reserved to the three disciples...


What were Moses and Elijah doing at the Transfiguration of Our Lord?


USCCB president Cardinal DiNardo suffers stroke, Archbishop Gomez temporarily takes reins ...
Rocco Palmo
Having soldiered through this last year carrying an unprecedented double burden – the daily life of a booming 1.8 million-member archdiocese (one currently under civil investigation) and the elected leadership of the US' largest religious body amid a season of epic crisis – Houston Chancery released the following statement at 7pm Central tonight...


German bishops announce ‘synodal process’ on celibacy, sexual morality...


Get your spouse to Heaven! Five tips for growing holier as a Catholic couple this Lent...
Jacqueline Burkepile
Imagine you and your spouse driving down an open road and all you see out the window is an endless body of water, a beautiful beach and captivating sunset. What is your first thought? Is it the beauty of God’s creation? Is it the thought of how the water came to be? Does your husband want to go fishing? Or do you wish you could lie down and relax on the beach...


Leaving the foot of the cross leaves the world unravelled. But Mary stays...


Polish bishops release ‘tragic’ report on sexual abuse...


10 things to know about death, judgment, heaven and hell...


Pope Francis shows no regret over a shocking appointment...


New Zealand, radicalization and degeneration...


Pope Francis joins worldwide mourning after New Zealand mosque attacks...


Cardinal Pell trial observer calls guilty verdict ‘incomprehensible’...

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For the first time since 2010, the number of priests worldwide has decreased...
Andrea Gagliarducci
There is one striking figure in the 2017 Church Stats presented to the Pope on March 6: for the first time since 2010, the number of priests decreases, while bishops and deacons are more. This clue must not be underestimated. It means there are no vocations. Old bishops retire, other priests are appointed to replace them, and this is the reason why the number of bishops increases...


California lawmakers threaten the Seal of Confession...


What’s the closest planet to Earth? Surprise — most of the time, it’s Mercury...


How to avoid despair at our crumbling culture...


The Atlantic: How Catholic parents deal with scandals — and why some say “the way a priest says Mass” is a clue to his character...


This 8-year-old chess champion will make you smile...


In 1915, as World War I raged in Europe, a girl in Fatima, Portugal, saw something strange in the sky...
Jimmy Akin
The girl—Lucia dos Santos—was seven years old and lived near the town of Fatima. One day, as she was tending her family’s sheep along with three other girls, they began to say the rosary and saw a strange sight. In the second of four memoirs she would write, Lucia recalled: “We saw a figure poised in the air above the trees; it looked like a statue made of snow...


2nd Sunday of Lent — The Cross is a fruit-bearing tree...


Pope reactivates plans for South Sudan trip...


What will happen to the planet at the end of the world?
Fr. Patrick Briscoe
In his message for Lent 2019, Pope Francis connects the Lenten campaign for spiritual renewal to the teaching of St. Paul: “the whole of creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Romans 8:19). The Holy Father explains that just as sin has a corruptive power, which even blemishes creation, the grace of Jesus’ death and resurrection is restorative...


In the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque attack, call on the power of God for a revolution of love...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
“My soul is forlorn.” The words jumped off my phone Friday morning from Psalm 35. It was one of the prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours that many pray and once again I couldn’t help but recognize the hand of God in the prayers of the Church — that so many of us would be praying this early in the morning after 49 people were slaughtered overnight...


The New Exodus: Readings for the Second Sunday of Lent...
John Bergsma
No one wants to be a slave. Yet many have fallen into slavery in the course of human history, and too often by their own choice. Jesus tells us, “Everyone who commits a sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). How do we escape the slavery of sin? Although loosely related, the Readings for this Sunday are linked by the theme of the Exodus...


What Cardinal Newman can tell us about the Cardinal Pell verdict...
Fr. George Rutler
The scene in the London courtroom in 1852 might have been out of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, with the defendant in simple clerical black standing in the dock before the bewigged representatives of ancient justice. But one of the judges, John Coleridge, a great-nephew of the poet, saw behind the stooped figure of John Henry Newman the shade of the Armada and the ghosts of spies from Douai...


What was St. Patrick’s real name? The fascinating history behind Ireland’s patron saint...


Analysis: What's next for George Cardinal Pell?


Among other things, Godfried Cardinal Danneels will be remembered for many controversies...


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