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On Papal Flight, Pope Francis Tackles Debate Over Communion for Politicians Who Support Abortion


The lies of the devil and the empty promises of the world...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the great illusions under which we labor is that if we only get just one more thing from this world, then we will be happy. Perhaps we think that if we just had a little more money, or a better job, or the latest iPhone, or if we were married to so-and-so, or if we lived in a better neighborhood, then we would be satisfied and content at last...


WWII hero Father Verbis Lafleur — one of St. Landry’s most valiant sons...
Fr. Roger Landry
At the beginning of August, I traveled to Grand Coteau, Louisiana, to preach some conferences to the seminarians of the Diocese of Lafayette. I always love to go to Lafayette, not just because I have several priest and lay friends there but because within the diocese there’s a county felicitously called “St. Landry Parish”...


Trapped by the Taliban, praying for escape from Afghanistan...
Peter Jesserer Smith
For two decades, Sher Shah had worked alongside U.S. personnel and Afghans to build a democratic country free from the Taliban and war. He had established a new life with his family in the U.S. with the help of Catholic Charities and a Catholic sponsor family, but briefly returned to Afghanistan this summer to attend his father’s funeral. Now, he’s a man trying to escape the Taliban and get back home to the United States.


How to live a meaningful life...
Bishop Robert Barron
Last week, I had the great good fortune to sit down for a Zoom interview with Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Pageau, and John Vervaeke. As I’m sure you know, Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, is one of the most influential figures in the culture today...


Pope Francis in Slovakia: ‘Our Lady of Sorrows teaches us compassion for the suffering’...


The 5 biological sisters who joined the religious life in just two years...


What awaits the Pope in October...
Andrea Gagliarducci
In Pope Francis’ trip to Budapest, there is an issue that must make us reflect. Pope Francis wanted to go to Hungary for a pastoral visit only, without even meeting the government. This choice also betrayed some hard feelings towards the executive headed by Viktor Orban, whom the Vatican also targeted for its migration policies...


Count Dracula and the Holy Cross...
K.V. Turley
Ninety years ago, Count Dracula came to haunt America. Released in 1931, Dracula, the film adaptation of the celebrated 1897 novel, starred Bela Lugosi. On account of the film’s success, its eponymous lead actor became an international movie star overnight. A respected stage performer, Lugosi’s life thereafter was transformed...


Today is the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. He truly deserves the epithet of the ‘supreme poet’...
R. Jared Staudt
This year we celebrate the Year of Dante, marking 700 years since the poet’s death on September 14, 1321. It is fitting that Dante died on the day when we commemorate the triumph of the Holy Cross, as he narrates the drama of salvation as it plays out concretely over the course of life, showing its eternal significance. The unparalleled achievement of his Divine Comedy stands as one of the greatest...


Spiritual fathers and mothers lead souls to the deepest center around which the world turns...


Christianity without the Cross is ‘sterile,’ says Pope Francis at Byzantine Divine Liturgy in Slovakia...


I love you more than I love my sins...


‘Through the Cross to Heaven’: The life of Blessed Elżbieta Róża Czacka, who was just beatified...


St. John Chrysostom and the plank in your eye...


In Slovakia, Pope Francis calls for freedom in both civil society and Church...


This atheist went from mocking Jesus to worshiping Him...


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What did the Pope just say about abortion and Holy Communion? The Pillar explains...


Is it mortally sinful to stay silent about sin?
E. Christian Brugger
Let’s look at your two scenarios. In the first, you overheard remarks suggestive of erroneous thinking about expressing gender. In the second, you overheard remarks indicating that a girl dressed in a sexually suggestive way for Halloween. You obviously believe that gender and modesty are important or you wouldn’t have asked this question...


Our homes give our lives a center that grounds us, and draws us together...
John Cuddeback
Recently my wife and I were struck anew by a significant aspect of being-at-home, in the physical place. Our lives are given a center that grounds us and draws us together. Of late we have done some travelling, and this following upon an unusually busy summer. By and large the things that called us away from our home, and also demanded that time in our home be focused on things remote from it, were important and worthy of attention...


Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Slovakia...


Imagine if the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier treated their duty as shabbily as we’ve treated the Mass...
Anthony Esolen
I’ve heard a lot of gloating in the last few weeks, as Catholics of a certain sort enjoy the discomfiture of their brothers who attend the Latin Mass. Evil motives prompt those brothers, they say: hatred of Pope Francis, disdain for Vatican II, unease with women in the sanctuary, and a Right-wing politics that makes a fetish of the unborn child while ignoring the Church’s social teaching as regards the poor.


How a lost masterpiece of sacred art was discovered thanks to children — and their chewing gum...


Exorcist tells what CNN got wrong in story about ghostly encounters...
Patti Armstrong
Can loved ones contact us from beyond the grave? CNN recently considered the possibility focusing on communication from people who died from COVID-19. A secular look at the supernatural, however, leaves gaping holes where religion belongs. In “They Lost Their Loved Ones to Covid; Then Again, They Heard From Them,” CNN reported on experiences referred to in the psychological field as...


700 years after his death, the great Dante still has lessons to impart...


Pope gets lucky as this Hungary/Slovakia trip offers an unplanned chance to reassure Jews...
John Allen
In college I had a history professor who insisted that the principal blind spot of his profession is that it won’t accept dumb luck as an explanation. He’d once wanted to write an academic paper, he said, on how Meade simply got lucky against Lee at Gettysburg, but he was told it wouldn’t do because it would be tantamount to admitting historians can’t explain everything.


Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and this is the Tuesday Pillar Post...
J.D. Flynn
Pope Francis is visiting Slovakia today, after a seven-hour visit to Hungary for the closing Mass of the Church’s International Eucharistic Congress. The pope will be in Slovakia until Wednesday afternoon. On Monday, The Pillar brought you a quick run-down of where he’s been, what’s he’s said, and where he’s going next. Also, ast week, Cardinal Wilton Gregory told journalists that theologians...


Christian, go home, and live like Jesus...
David Mills
She was peeved. A friend had come across a quote from a “motivational speaker.” “There are too many people who would rather get home than get ahead,” he had said. They only want to get by. He had it backwards, she said. She got by in a hard time and then got ahead by going home. It’s the kind of glib line a “motivational speaker” would use. But not innocent. It expresses an inhuman and unchristian idea of what matters in life. It’s a very worldly line.


Archbishop Cordileone and Archbishop Gomez in the WSJ: ‘Don’t Slander St. Junípero Serra’...


How to stay Catholic in high school and college...


Pope Francis visits former ‘Bronx of Slovakia’ transformed by Mother Teresa’s nuns...


When my friend cussed in front of Mother Teresa, this was her surprising (and funny) reaction...


The feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux is October 1. Sign up for this online Dominican novena to help prepare...


You may be a glutton. Screwtape knows how...


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