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Alabama Supreme Court Rules That Frozen Embryos Are Children Under State Law


Seasons of self-denial may now be en vogue, but the aim of Lent is more profound than self-actualization...
J.D. Flynn
When I sat down in the dentist chair this Wednesday, I didn’t expect I’d end up in a conversation about religion. I’d hoped to get a crown cemented in and then move on, with the dentist perhaps offering me some kind of steep discount for being such a nice guy. But this week was Ash Wednesday, one of Catholicism’s most recognizable and enduring holidays...


Why Feminists Should Celebrate the Middle Ages (and the Catholic Church)...


What would St. Thomas Aquinas make of AI?


Jesus shows us how to do battle, spending 40 days in the desert as the model for our fight...
Tom Hoopes
We have to go to great lengths to tear ourselves away from our own twisted loves in order to stand in the presence of God. That is the message the Church presents us with in the readings for the First Sunday of Lent, Year B. That is exactly what we promise to do in Baptism: We reject Satan, his pomps and works, and all his empty promises. We promise to stand up to the malignant narcissist who has been gaslighting us our whole lives long.


Sister Cecilia María of the Holy Face, Argentine nun remembered for her remarkable smile, considered for beatification...


Prayer time, indecent money, and crisis communications...
Ed Condon
It’s always a little awkward, I find, trying to strike the right tone of penitential enthusiasm heading into the spiritual desert. I’m acutely aware I’m not impressing God in the slightest with my modest seasonal disciplines, nor could I, no matter what prayers and penances I were to adopt. I try very hard to recall that these 40 days are something God is giving me, not the other way around.


According to Indian Christian traditions, St. Thomas the Apostle established Seven churches in Kerala...


Biden administration works to deny financial aid to pro-life pregnancy centers...


Lent is an opportunity to develop a conscious awareness of Jesus...
Marlon De La Torre
Are you sure you are prepared to make those sacrifices during Lent? Giving up your favorite television show, swearing at others, eating chocolate, or perhaps starting an exercise routine. Is this something you want to start during Lent? You will either quit after three days or stop altogether after Lent is over and then what is the point? Perhaps you might try to be considerate of those around you instead of yourself...


Archbishop of Milan to Take Part in ‘Historic’ Closed-Door Event With Italy’s Freemasons on Friday...
Edward Pentin
The Archbishop of Milan surprised many Catholics with the news that he plans to take part in a seminar in the northern Italian city with the grand masters of Italy’s three Freemasonic lodges, despite the Church’s longstanding censure of Freemasonry. Archbishop Mario Delpini, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president emeritus of the Dicastery for Legislative Texts...


30 Christians Have Died in the Gaza Strip Since Outbreak of Israel-Hamas War, Says Aid to the Church in Need...


The Correct Thing for Catholics: 21 Things to Do (and 18 Things to Avoid) During Lent...
Amy Welborn
I am always hunting through the past for interesting corners of Catholic life and practice. A few years ago, I found a book, published in 1891, called The Correct Thing for Catholics. It’s available online. The tone is arch, but of course that was the tone of public discourse at the time — watch The Gilded Age, and you’ve got it.


Valentine's Day (Observed), and a Look at the Best Lenten Fish Sandwiches...


The New Creation: A Reflection on the First Sunday of Lent...
Scott Hahn
Lent bids us to return to the innocence our baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of Baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle. And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation


Argentina’s first female saint works new ‘political miracle’ with Pope Francis and Javier Milei...


Cancel-Culture Science: Medical Journal Withdraws Studies That Document Abortion-Pill Harm...


Patrick O'Hearn: Our Lady of Sorrows ’is able to see our pain’...

What Is ‘The Gospel?’...
Fr. Victor Feltes
God loves us despite our sins. Sin divides people from God and one another. So to forgive our sins, to heal our divisions, and to make us saints, God the Father sends his Eternal Son. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Mary, suffers, dies, and rises again to achieve our reconciliation. Through baptism into Christ and his Church we can be saved from sin and death, similar to the story of Noah...


About that funeral ... What happened at the controversial liturgy last week at St. Patrick’s in NYC?


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: Lent Is a Time to ‘Encounter Wild Beasts and Angels’...


Centuries before Our Lady of Guadalupe, Divine Providence began preparing the people of Mexico...
Jeff Mirus
There has been a great deal of study of the Providential preparation for the Christian message in the Holy Land and in Europe, but not so much in other regions. Obviously, of course, the entire Old Testament is a kind of historical, cultural and spiritual chronicle of God’s preparation for the coming of the Messiah to His chosen people. Despite Christ’s widespread rejection by the Jews...


Irreverent Funeral Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Trans Activist Sparks Outcry...


Here is my Lenten resolution: Trim what is expendable, focus on the Eucharist, and count myself among “the living”...
Phil Lawler
Re-reading Jesus of Nazareth, I find myself stopping frequently to meditate on Pope Benedict’s many incisive observations. But recently I was stopped in my tracks by what seemed an almost parenthetical remark: his observation that “the early Christians called themselves simply ‘the living.’” To say that we are “the living” might suggest that other people are dead...


12 Books for Your Spiritual Reading This Lent...
George Weigel
The traditional Lenten practices of intensified prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are spiritual disciplines to be followed along the six-week pilgrimage from Ash Wednesday to the Easter Triduum. As I suggested in Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches, that journey can be lived as a kind of annual catechumenate-for-the-already-baptized, in which we join the catechumens...


Francis X. Maier talked to 103 faithful Catholics, including 30 bishops, for his new book. Their ‘True Confessions’ will renew your hope...


5 things to consider when temptation seems overwhelming...
David Deavel
Lent is almost here. The Church asks us to make this season one of particular effort to learn holiness’s two aspects: living fully the new life in Christ that began in our baptism and putting away those things preventing us from experiencing that new life. We fast from good things to remember that all good things come from God...


Hindu nationalists threaten Catholic school over Ash Wednesday observance...


Cardinal Ravasi’s shout-out to a rapper illustrates the Pope’s growing Jewish problem...
John Allen
If, as the saying goes, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, the converse is also true: Sometimes it’s worse to be unlucky than mischievous. At least when you know you’re playing with fire, it’s no big surprise if you get burned. When you don’t even know a flame is lit, the pain can be all the more intense.


On a recent visit to Canterbury Cathedral, the site of St. Thomas Becket’s martyrdom, I was shocked at the sight I beheld...


Pope Francis ‘Very Much in Favor’ of Women’s Diaconate, Says Italian Theologian...


Mother Cabrini and Other Women Who Make the World Better...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
It’s near impossible to walk the streets of Manhattan — or any major American city — without running into a woman on the sidewalk who’s begging for money. She may have a sign saying she is a mother, explaining how many children she has. She may have a child or two right there with her. Livonia, from Eastern Europe, was the latest I ran into...


Spiritually and doctrinally, I’m an African...


Fiducia Supplicans supposedly aimed to clarify contested issues and heal rifts in the Catholic communion. It failed in both regards...


Rites of Miraculous Cleansing...


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