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Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, says it will sue over religious restrictions


Brave nun spray-paints inspiring notes on building amid Cincinnati protests in viral video...


Astronauts often describe a powerful ‘overview effect’ when gazing at Earth. Here’s what it is and why it may be essential to space missions...


How Cerberus, the three-headed dog, is an allegory for what ails our culture...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In ancient Greek mythology the dog Cerberus guarded the entrance to Hades (the misty and gloomy underworld, the abode of the dead), permitting anyone to enter but none to leave. Cerberus is usually depicted as a three headed dog and some have tried to link this to his seeing the past, present and future. Cerberus’ name comes to us in a Latinized version from the Greek, where he was called Κέρβερος (Kerberos).


Riots, pandemic and astronauts: How 2020 is like 1969 all over again...


When covering riots and flames, it’s wise to seek veteran voices from black churches...
Terry Mattingly
It was impossible to continue business as usual in a seminary classroom in the spring of 1992, as flames and violence spread through parts of Los Angeles. This was especially true while team-teaching a seminar blending studies of the Old Testament prophets with moral and spiritual signals drawn from contemporary news and entertainment media. In this particular seminar at Denver Seminary, half of the future pastors were black and half were white...


Trump signs order on international religious freedom...


JPII shrine says Trump visit long scheduled, while Archbishop Gregory calls it ‘reprehensible’...


Building the perfect squirrel-proof bird feeder...


The Church was founded by an act of mercy, and she is ever renewed by our acts of mercy...
Daniel Philpott
One morning last month, the newspaper arrived on my doorstep with a front-page story reporting that the coronavirus had struck a nursing home in town. More than twenty-nine residents (out of about a hundred total) had tested positive, and two had died. I know the place well. My friends in the Sant’Egidio Community and I have visited there weekly for eighteen years. The residents are our friends. We talk with them about their lives, and we sing and pray with them...


Two crucial questions the Lord asks you...


The Mighty Nine: Reflections on Beethoven’s symphonies...


Pope Francis issues motu proprio to address Vatican corruption, reduce nepotism...
Edward Pentin
Pope Francis issued a new apostolic letter in the form of a motu proprio today aimed at increasing “transparency, control and competition” regarding public contracts at the Holy See. The new laws are geared to addressing a number of problematic practices regarding the hiring of external contractors, some of which have been reported over the years and revealed during the 2012 “Vatileaks” scandal.


Chief Justice John Roberts sides with Democrat-appointed justices as Supreme Court backs California coronavirus limits on churches...


Explaining the Vatican’s lingering ambivalence on “zero tolerance” for sex abuse...
John Allen
“Zero tolerance” for sexual abuse has become one of those notoriously elastic phrases, such as “change,” “hope” and “progress,” which everyone claims to be for but no one seems to define in exactly the same way. In American Catholic parlance, however, the term “zero tolerance” does have a fairly precise meaning, derived from the US bishops’ 2002 Dallas charter and norms...


The inevitable long, hot summer: Sooner or later, masks will have to come off...


Why this Pentecost calls for a different kind of reopening...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
“We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.” It’s a line we proclaim during the Nicene Creed, a prayer that is still very much a part of Mass whether online or with social distancing measures, in 2020. Don’t we need life, and don’t we need the presence of its Giver more than ever right now? So many of us have experienced an abrupt change in our lives...


This is a news story: Shuttered churches fuel death of Catholic newspapers during pandemic...
Clemente Lisi
When it comes to religious media, there is nothing like the Catholic press. Spanning the doctrinal spectrum, there are 600 Catholic-based news websites and newspapers in the United States and Canada alone. In the past few years, the diversity of the Catholic press has provided a wealth of information and insights to readers and to mainstream journalists. Like secular news outlets, Catholic media also face financial hardships created by the pandemic.

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Why printers add secret tracking dots to documents, and how to decipher them...


The Vatican’s Choice: The brutal Xi Jinping regime, or the persecuted Catholic Jimmy Lai?
George Weigel
In mid-May, Chinese leader Xi Jinping unveiled a plan to bypass Hong Kong’s legislature and impose draconian new “national security” laws on the former British colony. Putatively intended to defend Hong Kong from “secessionists,” “terrorists,” and “foreign influence,” these new measures are in fact designed to curb the brave men and women of Hong Kong’s vibrant pro-democracy movement, who have been aggravating the Beijing totalitarians for a long time...


Pope talks George Floyd, racism, ‘self-destructive’ violence at Wednesday general audience...


Scott Hahn: What does the Bible tell us about this coronavirus and God’s punishment?


Apocalypse Now: And introduction to the Book of Revelation...
Jeff Mirus
By a “remarkable coincidence”, I am taking up the Book of Revelation as the final topic in my series on the books of the Bible. The coincidence is that this book, also called The Apocalypse, is of course the last book written that is the revealed Word of God. Penned by St. John near the end of his life, it is the final piece of Divine Revelation, which closed with the death of this last of the apostles. As the name suggests, this revelation to St. John for the Church concerns itself with the consummation of all things, including the end of the world. It is therefore a prolonged exhortation to prepare for God’s judgment.


Ven. Pierre Toussaint, born a slave, model of charity, pray for us!...
Elizabeth Scalia
The Archdiocese of New Orleans gives us gives us this lovely portrait of Venerable Pierre Toussaint, whose cause for sainthood has been languishing for too long. I recall telling my son, when he was in the third grade, that Toussaint might “soon be a saint.” My son is 35 years old now, and we are still waiting for further investigation into this great layman and philanthropist...


Bishop Robert Barron’s new ‘Word on Fire Bible’ leads with beauty and user-friendly commentary...


The curious case of Bishop Zhu Baoyu...
Michael Warren Davis
On May 7, Bishop Joseph Zhu Baoyu of Nanyang died peacefully in his sleep. The 98-year-old prelate is known throughout the world as the oldest person to contract the novel coronavirus and make a full recovery. It was an uplifting tale that brought comfort and hope to millions of Catholics struggling against despair in the face of the global pandemic. Photos show Bishop Zhu as a spry-looking chap with a kindly yet mischievous smile...


How St. John Henry Newman gently guided my thirsting soul to the Catholic Church...


Pentecost and the fires in our cities...
Bishop Robert Barron
It is in a way providential that the Feast of Pentecost arrives this year just as our country is going through a convulsive social crisis. For the Holy Spirit, whose coming we celebrate on Pentecost, is a power meant to transform the world, or in the language of Psalm 104, “to renew the face of the earth.” Pentecost, accordingly, is never simply for the Church; it is for the world by means of the Church.


Daughters of St. Paul praying for looters after attack on Catholic bookstore...


Pentecost Sunday: “Let us look at the Church with the eyes of the Spirit and not as the world does”...


I have come to cast a fire on the earth — A homily for Pentecost Sunday...


Pope Francis asks Mary to intercede for end to pandemic during Rosary with world’s shrines...


No Mass and Communion? Let faith trump feelings...


The oldest church in America took its time getting to Marquette University...
Christopher White
100 years ago this month Joan of Arc was declared a saint by Pope Benedict XV, and although she may be remembered as patron of France, part of her elaborate legacy has found a home on the campus of an American Catholic university. In the central mall of Marquette University sits the Saint Joan of Arc Chapel, which the Jesuit institution likes to boast is the “oldest structure in the western hemisphere still being used for its original purpose,” effectively making it the oldest chapel in the United States.


Kendra Clark, a Catholic convert from Mormonism, describes her journey...


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