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Church bells ring again after Christian villages are recaptured from Islamic State


How not to kill Catholicism...
Matthew Archbold
Catholicism is in the crosshairs. There's little doubt about that. The secularist elites of the West are intent upon driving Catholicism from the public sphere and perhaps out of existence altogether. But on the other hand there's really nothing new about that. So many people have put killing Catholicism on the top of their to-do list throughout the centuries...


Bulgarian archaeologists uncover beautiful early Christian floor mosaics in neglected basilica...


Leap second: Why June will be a little longer than normal this year...


Michael Coren converts, Michael Coren complains...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Michael Coren, prolific columnist, biographer and broadcaster, has converted to Anglicanism from Catholicism. And he is complaining that people are saying mean things to him on the Internet. Neither is a surprise. He has complained in these pages and over the weekend in the Toronto Star that “right-wing Catholics” — which used to be Coren’s media brand — are making too much out of it...


An "insanely joyful" priest's powerful impact on the New York Times' David Brooks...


Understanding the ‘dark night of the soul’...


The Catholic Church’s German crisis...
George Weigel
The 21st-century Church owes a lot to 20th-century German Catholicism: for its generosity to Catholics in the Third World; for the witness of martyrs like Alfred Delp, Bernhard Lichtenberg, and Edith Stein; for its contributions to Biblical studies, systematic and moral theology, liturgical renewal, and Catholic social doctrine...


Mountains aren't the shape you think...


3 ways to turn the Sunday Gospel into a two-edged sword that pierces your heart...
Philip Kosloski
Over the course of a year, Catholics will listen to over 52 Gospel readings (not including Holy Days or weekdays). Some of these readings are longer than others (like Palm Sunday), but all are aimed at reaching the depths of our hearts. Saint Paul writes that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword...


Population Control has China headed for demographic disaster...


A little fish can go a long way...
Simcha Fisher
When does a lump of iron save lives? When it looks like a fish, and you cook it up with your evening meal. Christopher Charles, a Canadian epidemiologist, was studying anemia in Cambodia, and discovered that almost half the children and pregnant women in the area were anemic because of poor diet. Chronic iron deficiency was leading to exhaustion...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: Parents are the primary educators of their children...


Brooklyn diocese receives two new bishops from Pope Francis...


If you are a disciple of the Risen Lord, you must necessarily be a missionary...
Anthony Lilles
A missionary disciple is a soul lit ablaze, a fiery icon of love and truth, a window through which the joy of heaven shines with life saving splendor. By making of their bodies a living sacrifice, true spiritual worship, such missionary souls offer divine warmth, light and life to a cold, dark and dying world. Through these generous souls...


The complete guide to making pulled pork sandwiches at home...


Could Jesus Christ ever be at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church?
Marlon De La Torre
Have you ever wondered if Jesus actually believed everything He taught to those around Him? This is an out of the box type of question but it’s one that is gaining momentum amongst people who wish to defend a personal position contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Their method is to use Christ and somehow convince people that we he taught was an openness to embrace a golden rule of loving everyone but leaving the person to their own devices with no attempt at a genuine conversion of heart to Christ Himself...


Documentaries to get you thinking...

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National Review: Standing athwart the march of history, yelling, "Stop! Wait for me!"...


If the priest screws up, have I satisfied my Sunday obligation?
Kathy Schiffer
I absolutely love the opportunity to attend Mass at different churches around the country: One day there’s a real sense of community, another day a solemn high Mass emphasizes the sacred, and then there’s an exuberant children’s liturgy that enkindles the Faith in young hearts. I love them all. But THIS?! Last Sunday at a church in a city I shall not name...


"Great conversations and heavenly liturgies": Sacra Liturgia conference to be held in New York in June...


Pete Docter, the devout Christian from Pixar who makes blockbuster movies...
Deacon Greg Kandra
The acclaimed director of such modern animated classics as “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” has a new movie coming out this summer, “Inside Out.” A profile in The New York Times today captured an interesting detail of his early life when it mentioned his Confirmation. There’s tremendous amounts of soul in all his movies—I dare you to find anything more moving or heart-wrenching than the first few minutes of “Up...


The tech behind traffic apps: How (well) do they work?


Compassion always, compromise never: Why I think Spokane's new bishop will be great...
Matthew Sewell
The Diocese of Spokane received its new shepherd, Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly of San José, California, a couple months ago, and honestly it was like an early Christmas present. Not having a bishop for all of Lent and the better part of 4 months was a bit of a bummer, so the long-awaited news was like music to my ears for more than just that reason...


The time Mike Wallace sat on my couch and didn’t laugh, and other favorite memories of Letterman...


Dublin archbishop says he won't "tell Catholics how to vote" in Friday's gay marriage referendum...


10 clues that William Shakespeare was a secret Catholic...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
There are probably no greater academic debating topics than the mysterious life of the Bard of Avon–William Shakespeare. Did he really write those plays? If he didn’t, who did? Was he involved in the Elizabethan spy network? Was he a secret Catholic? Are there pro-Catholic “codes” is his plays? I’m off to England in a few weeks’ time with my friend Joseph Pearce to help conduct a pilgrimage that focusses on English Catholic literary figures and Catholic martyrs...


'Tomorrowland' is all promise and no delivery...
Steven Greydanus
Is anything more dispiriting than a failed attempt at inspiration? Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland opens with Spielbergian promise, full of mystery, awe and a childlike sense of adventure. At the 1964 World’s Fair, a self-possessed country boy named Frank Walker (played at age 12 by Thomas Robinson and later in life by George Clooney) shows off a homemade jet pack that he hopes will win him an inventor contest...


A meeting in Managua: Liberation theology 30 years later...


The 'death row chaplain' who played chess with Charles Manson...


Comfort the sorrowful: A consideration of the fourth spiritual work of mercy...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy is to “comfort the sorrowful.” Sometimes it is listed as to “comfort the afflicted.” This description broadens the work just a bit and also fits more with the original notion of the word “comfort,” as we shall consider in a moment. But of all the spiritual works of mercy, comforting the sorrowful requires the greatest patience...


Blessed Óscar Romero's feast day will be March 24...


Here is the last book of St. Thomas More...


Could Mother Teresa be canonized during the Holy Year of Mercy?


1,773,000: Homeschooled children up 61.8 percent in ten years...


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