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Pope Francis Meets Greek Orthodox Leaders in Athens, Apologizes for Actions That ‘Gravely Weakened Our Communion’


This video of a teenager teasing his mom with a trombone has gone viral, and it’s easy to see why...


The shallowing of Notre-Dame de Paris...
Jeff Mirus
The interior makeover of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris presents us with some very disturbing questions. Everybody will remember the fire in April of 2019 which severely damaged one of the best-known churches in Christendom, and the outpouring of gifts from rich and famous people around the world to aid in its restoration. The restoration of the exterior is proceeding under the authority...


“I’m no longer an atheist” — Social media personality Kaitlin Bennett announces conversion to Catholic faith, and explains what finally brought her home...


This Sunday, a voice echoes in the mountains and valleys of your immense heart...
Tom Hoopes
The specific conditions of your life are the stage for a remarkable upheaval that is about to happen, says the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year C. And by “specific conditions” it means really specific: Christ is coming into our world, with our president and our current pope — and he will interact in your life according to the way you have shaped it by your career, your pastimes, and your daily habits, good and bad.


Passive Catholic discipleship is a recipe for failure...
Marcel LeJeune
Decline. Scandals. Confusion. Herein lies the noise which currently undergirds the Catholic Church in the eyes of our current Western culture. We certainly have problems. But all these problems (and many more) are merely the outward symptoms of a much deeper issue. The deeper issue is found in having too many self-identified Catholics who have accepted false gods in place of Jesus. These Gods can wear many faces and the world knows them well...


Benedict XVI has gotten three COVID-19 vaccinations ‘out of conviction,’ says Archbishop Gänswein...


Pope Francis travels to Cyprus, offers message of healing to a divided country...


Video of Interrogations With Msgr. Alberto Perlasca, Key Witness in Vatican Finance Trial, Leaked to Media...


Parents, don’t be fooled: Demonic atmosphere brought the hellish result at last month’s Astroworld concert...
John Clark
On Nov. 5, pandemonium erupted at a Houston concert by rapper Travis Scott. After the crush of the crowd subsided, more than 300 concertgoers were treated for injuries, 25 were hospitalized, and 10 people (including a 9-year-old boy) were dead. My objective here is not to analyze the details of that terrible night, but rather, to focus on what many reporters have refused to address: Scott’s music is vile, violent and despairing...


Why everyone should sing at Mass, even if they aren’t good at it...


‘Fulani Association’ warns Christians in Nigerian state to close churches or risk attacks...


A woman who is legally free to procure an abortion is not more free, but less...
Jenny Uebbing
No, abortion does not make us more free. Having enshrined in law the right to destroy an innocent human life has not made America greater or more good. And to remedy a past error, particularly one so grievous, would be furthering rather than erasing human progress. When you’ve made a wrong turn, better to turn back sooner rather than later...


Paris archbishop’s resignation could signal a shift in the Vatican’s approach to allegations involving bishops...


He ordered a letter jacket in high school but couldn’t afford to pick it up. His brother just found it at a thrift shop 180 miles away, 28 years later...


I really, really love being alive. Life is so full. But someday it’s all going to end, so it’s good to think about death...
John Cuddeback
The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs faster than death. I am old and move slowly, and the slower runner has overtaken me. Yesterday I was walking back to the house alone after feeding the pigs. Stars coming out, it was a glorious and brisk Shenandoah evening...


Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Embattled Archbishop of Paris...


5 reflections for the season of Advent...

Bad atheists acting like atheists anger another atheist...
David Mills
“What a grift that was!” says atheist philosopher Phil Torres, angry at the once famous “New Atheists.” People like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Steven Pinker had given him “immense hope” and now they’ve upset him. He writes like a boy hurt to find his heroes aren’t heroic. Their movement...


Why the Supreme Court’s ‘Dobbs v. Jackson’ oral arguments give us cause for hope...
Helen Alvaré
Pro-life activists and scholars — with nearly 50 years of experience reaching, striving, yearning for the best possible arguments to undercut the patently unconstitutional “law” declaring abortion a constitutional right — could find much to celebrate, much to mourn in the oral arguments heard today at the U.S. Supreme Court about whether to overrule Roe v. Wade and the case that largely affirmed it, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.


George Harrison helping Ringo Starr write the Beatles’ ‘Octopus’s Garden’ is a beautiful thing to watch...


TAN has a new book about the ‘St. Gallen Mafia’ — here’s what I thought after reading it...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
This week I have been on retreat at Belmont Abbey and had the privilege of going to lunch with the editors at TAN Books which is located just a few minutes from the Abbey. The Abbey, by the way, is in the midst of what future church historians will name “the Southern Catholic Renaissance” or something like that or “The South did Rise Again, but Who Thought it Would be Catholic?”


Pope Francis Decries Global ‘Retreat From Democracy’ in Athens Speech...


Apostolic nuncio to European Union dies after contracting COVID-19...


What I learned eating at 8,000 Chinese restaurants...


Notre Dame renovations, something new, and the politics of law...
Ed Condon
The first week of Advent has come and nearly gone; have you got that eschatological feeling yet? I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but only somewhat. Meditating on the second coming of Christ, and the attendant end of all things temporal is not the sort of thing that lends itself to idle reflection. The reality is we are hurtling towards Christ and his judgement at God’s own chosen speed.


7-Eleven takes big gulp of humility after ham-handed Hanukkah message...
Matthew Archbold
Yesterday, the national convenience store chain 7-Eleven sent out a “Happy Hanukkah” email featuring a special meal deal. Guess what the Hanukkah offer was. No, seriously, guess. Whatever you guessed, it was probably wrong. Because here’s what they actually sent. ... I can imagine the poor Twitter dude who was in charge of 7-Eleven’s email campaigns having to run into his boss’ office and explain what just happened. Today, 7-Eleven sent out a follow-up email saying...


Priest shortage? Not at Methodist-founded Boston University, where a surprising number of alums are becoming Catholic priests...


Eggs 101: How to make great eggs — sunny side up, basted, over easy, scrambled, and more...


The ancients knew how to be astounded at the Incarnation. So should we...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As we look toward Christmas and ponder the incarnation, we ought to remember that so profound was truth of the incarnation that the early Church fell to her knees at these words: “and He was incarnate by the Holy Spirit, from the virgin Mary, and became man.” This act of falling to one’s knees at these words is still practiced in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite; in the ordinary form, we are asked to bow.


How can we fathers foster a healthy interior life for our children?


The most popular pies searched during Thanksgiving in the United States, mapped...


Will Pope Francis talk Turkey in Greece and Cyprus?


U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Historic Challenge to Roe v. Wade...


Holiness pulses in the very center of the Church, radiating out from the Eucharist into countless souls...


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