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More Than a Dozen Killed in Attack on Catholics at Mass in Burkina Faso


‘I Felt an Electric Current’ — The Incredible Conversion of ‘Barabbas’ in ‘The Passion of Christ’...


How could Abraham do what he did?
Fr. Victor Feltes
How could Abraham do what he did? He fully trusted in God, and through this trust he and us were greatly blessed. God had promised descendants to Abraham through his son, Isaac, declaring, “Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.” Because of the miraculous birth his son and other experiences with God, Abraham believed the Lord could and would keep all his promises.


The strange reasons medieval people slept in cupboards...


Introduction to a Giant, St. John Henry Newman...
David Deavel
Of the making of anthologies there is no end. Some are collections of great essays from the past, some collections of papers from conferences or perhaps solicited pieces in honor of a living or recently deceased scholar and centered around a general theme, while some are meant to be capacious treatments of the different aspects of a particular question or the thought of a particular writer. A Guide to John Henry Newman: His Life and Thought is in the last category...


No, your phone is not listening to you. It just seems that way...


On Ukraine war’s 2nd anniversary, is ‘Fiducia’ a new obstacle to Vatican’s peace push on Ukraine?
John Allen
As the world marked the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine yesterday, the failure to date of all diplomatic efforts, including those of the Vatican, to bring the war to an end were painfully clear. The most obvious reason for those failures, of course, is the fact that neither Russia nor Ukraine have yet shown any real interest in making the sort of concessions that would be necessary for a negotiated settlement.


Amid St. Patrick’s Cathedral funeral controversy, will Cardinal Dolan watch the pitch?
J.D. Flynn
When he sat down for his satellite radio show this week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan likely knew exactly what he’d be asked about. As he talked about Lenten fish fries and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Harrison Butker, he probably knew what was coming next. But when he was eventually asked about a controversial funeral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dolan seemed to hope he could skip the topic.


A Bleak Year for Christian Unity Concludes...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The Apostles Peter and Paul have two feasts each. Their principal one is shared on June 29, and then each has his own, too. The Conversion of Paul is marked on Jan. 25 and the Chair of St. Peter on Feb. 22. The first of those feasts concludes the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All three feasts celebrate the apostolic foundations of Christian unity...


Most Catholics Have Stopped Worrying About Saving Souls...
Terry Mattingly
As a rule, evangelists from Texas don’t go shopping for bourbon before a speech. But that’s what Marcel LeJeune and some friends did when the Catholic Missionary Disciples leader spoke at a Franciscan University conference last summer in Steubenville, Ohio. Things turned serious while chatting with a saleswoman when he asked how she was doing, and she bluntly replied...


Report: Cardinal Calls for ‘Permanent’ Dialogue with Freemasons...
Edward Pentin
A cardinal taking part in a “historic” closed-door meeting on Friday between the heads of Italy’s Freemasonic lodges and senior Catholic Church leaders has called for a “permanent” dialogue to be opened with the secretive organization, despite masonry being long condemned by the Church.


4 easy steps to turn your perfunctory penitence into compelling Confessions...


Seasons of self-denial may now be en vogue, but the aim of Lent is more profound than self-actualization...


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


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...


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

What is ‘Catholic Enough?’ The simple answer might surprise you...
Elizabeth Scalia
A discussion among practicing Catholics occurred in a social media group, inevitably landing on current divisions between Catholics — those who would describe themselves as “orthodox” vs the “more progressive;” those who pronounce themselves “proudly cafeteria” versus those who identify as “proudly traditionalist.”


The barbs of the deadly sin of envy pierce deeply...


This Sunday, Jesus Points All of Lent (Along With All of Time) Toward the Resurrection...
Tom Hoopes
The Church presents us with the spectacular story of the Transfiguration on the Second Sunday of Lent Year B for the same reason Jesus presented the transfiguration to the first apostles 2,000 years ago. It is immensely clarifying of the point of Lent and, in fact, our entire earthly existence, from the beginning to the end of time...


In case you missed it: America effectively grew by the size of about two Californias in December...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus for 2nd Sunday of Lent: ‘Never Divert Your Eyes From the Light of Jesus’...


Alabama and IVF: God Loves Us When We’re Embryos, and Wants Our Trust When We’re Adults...
John Grondelski
Last week, Alabama’s Supreme Court handed down a decision involving damages for negligence at a fertility clinic in the state. Lax security standards allowed an unauthorized person access to the area where frozen embryos were stored. That person picked up a storage pack, cryopreserved at subzero temperatures...


This popular haircut was inspired by paintings of St. Joan of Arc...


On G.K. Chesterton’s thrilling (and accurate) account of man...
Jeff Mirus
I am re-reading some of the work of G. K. Chesterton this Lent, for the simple reason that Chesterton always reawakens me to the freshness of what it really means to be human, to seek God, and to find Christ. His style never fails to delight me: His frequent use of paradox; his gently argumentative but always generous tone; his atypical and unexpected examples, comparisons and contrasts; and his unfailing humor. I appreciate all this immensely, even though I know the verbal ride...


Cardinal Dolan on St. Patrick’s Funeral: ‘We Don’t Do FBI Checks on People Who Want to Be Buried’...
Matthew McDonald
Priests at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City were surprised by the “irreverence and disrespect” that occurred during a funeral for a transgender activist last week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in his first public comments on it. “We didn’t know the background. We don’t do FBI checks on people who want to be buried,” Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said during his podcast Tuesday.


Taking the grace of God in vain? Lent can help...


Pro-Life Advocates Fight Against Euthanasia Expansions Across Canada, Australia...


What Is ‘The Gospel?’...


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...


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.


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