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On Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis Hails ‘the Beauty of Mary’s Heart’


Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a bullying pro-choicer...
David Mills
Yes, the justice is a bit of a bully. She may, for all I know, be the nicest of people in normal life, but not on the court. Sonia Sotomayor became a little famous in pro-life circles last week for one of her comments in the oral argument in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health. She tries to protect legal abortion by claiming that any idea of when the unborn child is alive comes from religion and therefore not something the court can recognize. The pro-life arguments and the biological facts don’t matter.


I, as many before, have found pig slaughtering to be a powerful humanizing force in my life...
John Cuddeback
The pig slaughter itself is characterized by a spirit of gratitude. We are grateful: for the pig, that noble beast, seemingly custom designed to nourish through its life and death the human body and spirit. For this amazing Valley, whose earth, flora and fauna give life to pig and person alike. For family and friends gathered for moments of sharing a wide range of experiences and emotions...


8 things you need to know about the Immaculate Conception...
Jimmy Akin
Who does the Immaculate Conception refer to? There's a popular idea that it refers to Jesus' conception by the Virgin Mary. It doesn't. Instead, it refers to the special way in which the Virgin Mary herself was conceived. This conception was not virginal. (That is, she had a human father as well as a human mother.) But it was special and unique in another way. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains it like this...


Chicago Public Schools eliminating sex-specific restrooms for boys and girls to ‘increase gender equity’...


Extremely rare giant phantom jelly found 3,200 feet deep in Monterey Bay...


‘Not north of hope,’ St. Joseph’s penal law, and the last witness of St. Ambrose...
J.D. Flynn
Today is the feast of St. Ambrose, and you’re reading The Tuesday Pillar Post. I’m sending this newsletter from the mean streets of Crookston, Minnesota, where I’ve been spending a couple of da— Just kidding. The streets are not mean in Crookston, Minnesota. Neither are the people. In fact, I’ve spent the last few days here in Minnesota to do some reporting...


Hindu nationalists attack Catholic school in India after YouTube video accusing institution of baptizing students...


New Report Finds Freedom of Conscience Under Threat in France, Spain, and Sweden...


Pope on resignation of French archbishop: What did he do that was so bad?


What happened to St. Nicholas?
Thomas Craughwell
For nearly 1700 years, St. Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints of the Church — in the East and the West. The number of churches, chapels, religious institutions and altars dedicated to him throughout the Christian world defy counting. According to the new edition of Butler’s Lives of the Saints, about 400 churches are dedicated to him in England alone.


Pope Francis Says He Accepted Paris Archbishop’s Resignation ‘on the Altar of Hypocrisy’...


Greek Orthodox Priest Shouts ‘Pope, You Are a Heretic’ at Francis in Athens...


Second Sunday of Advent: I wanna be ready to put on a long white robe...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The New Testament opens in the desert near the banks of the River Jordan, with John the Baptist, of whom Jesus says, He is the Elijah who was to come (Mt 11:14). In John the Baptist is the fulfillment of the Elijah figure, who was to come to prepare the hearts of the people for the great coming of the Messiah. All of this leads us to this Sunday’s Gospel...


This new Carlo Acutis Book makes a great Christmas present for Catholic children...
Clemente Lisi
It’s not typical for me to review children’s books — it’s also not every day that I get to review a book about Carlo Acutis. Acutis’ mother, Antonia, attributed to her deceased son’s intercession her ability to give birth to twins at age 44, exactly four years to the day after Acutis’ death...


Loyola Marymount’s professor of “Yoga Studies” docks grades if students don’t list preferred pronouns — now alumni of Catholic college are saying enough is enough...


‘Metanoia and Eucharistic’ — On Day 4 of Trip to Cyprus and Greece, Pope Francis Offers Mass in Athens...


The Pope pitched unity in Cyprus, but were the Cypriots ready to catch?

The cheesesteak is the 2nd best sandwich from Philadelphia. Here’s one that’s even better, and you can make it at home...


Primer on the Church: Christ is still at work in His Church...
Matthew Tsakanikas
The Resurrection has glorified Christ’s humanity permanently and enabled the power of the glorified body to communicate Jesus’ invisible and eternal life through signs Christ instituted while he was on earth. His glorified body communicates this eternal life through the sacraments and especially Holy Communion. By baptism, a new humanity is “clothed” in Christ and permitted to enter the heavenly Jerusalem...


The exoneration of a key Vatican official in the finance trial puts Pope Francis and senior officials in the spotlight...
Edward Pentin
A key element in the ongoing Vatican trial over a London property deal that led to massive financial losses for the Holy See is how Vatican officials came to sign off on agreements in 2018 that caused the Vatican the most damage. A 487-page indictment published ahead of the trial gives some clue, but a recent decision by the president of the tribunal to formally exonerate Msgr. Alberto Perlasca...


8 things to know and share about St. Ambrose, who had one of the strangest life stories ever...


Why are chimpanzees suddenly attacking gorillas in Central Africa?


Pope approves updates to norms for dealing with ‘grave crimes’...


Switzerland approves use of ‘Sarco Suicide Pod’ — creepy euthanasia device expected to be operational by 2022...


The opponents of the Mississippi abortion law make clear that they just want a right to a dead baby...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
It may just be morning in America — that was the overwhelming feeling as I stood outside the Supreme Court with the sun warming us on as oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Mississippi abortion case, were to be heard. For those of us who are outside the Court every January marking with sorrow the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, hope was palpable.


19 little-remembered facts about St. Nicholas...
Joseph Pronechen
Father Joseph Marquis has portrayed St. Nicholas (and Santa) for over 45 years and founded the St. Nicholas Institute. Father Marquis is a wealth of facts, from familiar to forgotten — like these 19 facts that can help us celebrate St. Nicholas better and appreciate his makeover into Santa.


Christ has cast down the old idols, and the new idolaters will be sent away empty...


Given the conundra about the Knights of St. John, the Pope’s probably glad he skipped Malta...
John Allen
When rumors about Pope Francis’s current voyage to Cyprus and Greece began to look serious in the late summer and early fall, it was believed the outing would also include a stop in Malta. In the end that didn’t happen, and, from Pope Francis’s point of view, it’s probably just as well...


The Lord of the Rings’ Gollum changed film history — all thanks to Andy Serkis and 18 animators...


Antony and Cleopatra in a nutshell...
Joseph Pearce
Following hot on the heels of Macbeth and being first performed in late 1606 or early 1607, Antony and Cleopatra might be coupled with Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s earlier tragedy about erotic recklessness, written eleven years earlier. If, however, Romeo and Juliet might be forgiven for the follies of their head-weak and heart-strong youth...


Ralph Martin: Don’t misunderstand the mission of the Catholic Church, which is to proclaim Jesus Christ as the Savior of the whole world ...


Overdue book returned anonymously to Idaho library 111 years later, but probably not by the original borrower...


Planned Parenthood Los Angeles says hack breached about 400,000 patients’ information...


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


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