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Pope Asks Faithful for Prayers as He Prepares to Depart Tuesday for Six-Day Journey to South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo


Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia Elevated to Status of Basilica...
Tyler Arnold
The Vatican recognized the Miraculous Medal Shrine, located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, as the city’s second basilica, elevating its status to a minor basilica this week. The shrine, created by the Vincentians in 1927 under the leadership of Father Joseph Skelly, is now known as the Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal...


Is technology discreetly, but thoroughly, rendering parents expendable?
Elizabeth Scalia
I wasn’t surprised that he could be thoughtful — he often is — but this time his thought seemed momentous to me: “Parents don’t get to teach their children anymore. When I was little,” he explained, “if I wanted to know almost anything, my first instinct was to go to you or Dad about it: ‘What’s a bowline knot? Why does everything get dusty? What is a shillelagh?’ We would always talk it through. Now, if I’m curious about something I just go to Google. Younger kids don’t even develop the habit of going to their parents for answers...


Woman Arrested in Fargo, North Dakota, for Smashing ‘Christ in Death’ Statue at St. Mary’s Cathedral...


“Even now,” says St. John, “there are many Antichrists.” Knowing that fact is the first step toward treating Ordinary Time as conversion time...
Francis X. Maier
Robert Hugh Benson wrote Lord of the World in 1907, just four years after the Wright brothers invented the airplane and seven years before the bloodbath of the Great War. I first read it more than 60 years ago. I’ve reread it every decade since. Pope Francis has read and publicly mentioned it several times, and the novel has always had an avid, if cultish, following. Set in the near future, it’s a story of the rise of the Antichrist, the climactic battle between good and evil, and the end of the world.


Did you know that iPhones have a hidden white noise feature that can help you sleep? Here’s how to use it...


In Father Isaac Achi’s final moments before attackers overran his rectory and burned him to death, he and a brother priest paused to hear each other’s confessions...
Jacqueline Burkepile
On Sun. Jan. 15, 2023, Nigerian priest Father Isaac Achi was burned to death in an attack on his parish. Another Nigerian priest recently revealed a shocking testimony of Father Achi’s final actions just before his assassination. That Sunday morning, a group of bandits attacked the parish residence of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Kafin-Koro...


Bikes and Beards and Bibles: Preach the Gospel always. If necessary, use a Harley...


Pope Francis Decries German Synodal Way as ‘Ideological’ and ‘Not Serious’ — Says ‘the German Experience Does Not Help’ Rome’s Synod on Synodality...


The History of How School Buses Became Yellow...


St. Francis De Sales reminds us that the heart speaks to the heart. But how?
Marlon De La Torre
A consistent question I have been asked over the course of my ministry is how important is the use of one’s personal experience in the proclamation of the kerygma and the teaching of Catholic doctrine? This is a critical question because it reveals the intimate relationship between how the person chooses to engage the Word of God and Catholic doctrine in their own personal way...


Silly secularism keeps coming back like a monster in a horror movie who just won’t die...
David Mills
“The first thing to realize, if you wish to become a philosopher,” wrote one of the 20th century’s major philosophers, “is that most people go through life with a whole world of beliefs that have no sort of rational justification.” That was Bertrand Russell, in a book called “The Art of Philosophizing and Other Essays,” published in 1942, when he was 70. He was one of those super-smart people who become celebrities treated as all-purpose experts...


Why my kids are in the front rows at Mass...


That timely AP interview: What, precisely, did Pope Francis say about homosexual sin?
Terry Mattingly
Let’s say that Pope Francis decides to sit down for an Associated Press interview, thus guaranteeing coverage that will appear in the maximum number of mainstream publications around the world. The basic headline is generic, but points to newsworthy topics: “Pope discusses his health, critics and future papacy.” As you would expect, editors just love a papal interview addressing the potential...


Frank Pavone was accused of ‘sexual misconduct’ and grooming behavior before laicization...


Facing declines in people and money, Archdiocese of Seattle is launching a parish consolidation push...


St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor, Pray For Us!...


Vatican Pushes Back Against German Catholics, Weighs In on German Plan for Governing ‘Council’ of Laity and Bishops...

How can you become a better catechist? St. Augustine of Hippo told us how more than 1,600 years ago...
Amy Welborn
In honor of Catholic Schools Week, which I guess is next week? Or was it this week? This is, joyfully, not my problem anymore, so I don’t keep track. Anyway, in honor of it, whenever it is, some thoughts from St. Augustine, specifically his First Catechetical Instruction. The genesis of the work is simple and pastoral. A deacon wrote to Augustine seeking help on catechesis – specifically, the stage of catechesis offered to potential catechumens. That is, if you assented to everything you were taught in this stage...


Benedict’s book, McElroy’s McDonald’s, and the cost of doing business...
Ed Condon
There’s a lot bubbling up around the Vatican these days. From Archbishop Gänswein to Cardinal Müller, and including Pell and Benedict, there are a lot of books and articles coming out these days, all of them feeding a feeling that we’re living in a strange moment — even if no one can quite put their finger on why, exactly. There’s hard news happening too...


Cardinal McElroy’s attack on Church teachings on sexuality is a pastoral disaster...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
That a cardinal wishes to change the Church’s teaching on the morality of same-sex sexual acts is not new. But there is a new one advocating just that, and one of the newest in the college at that. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, created a cardinal by Pope Francis in 2019 and appointed relator general of the synodal process on synodality for a synodal Church...


Attacks against our churches are bigotry, pure and simple...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe
Last summer, I received a startling early morning text message from a Dominican brother. He shared a photo of the wall of one of our churches that had been tagged by graffiti. The vandal(s) had written the grotesque message, “abort the church.” That was not long after the pregnancy resource center on Capitol Hill was vandalized. Located just a mile away from the U.S. Capitol, attackers threw red paint on the door...


Suspect in Machete Attacks at Catholic Churches in Southern Spain Was Facing Deportation to Morocco, Say Authorities...


“The end of all things is at hand. Therefore, be serious and sober for prayers.” This has always come true (for each of us). Someday, this will again come true (for all of us)...


Leading expert John Finnis reassure faithful Catholics: Despite assaults on doctrine, Church teaching on contraception is ‘certainly true’ ...
Edward Pentin
One of the world’s leading professors of the natural law has given a robust defense of the infallibility of the Church’s teaching on contraception, saying it should always be regarded by all Catholics as “certainly true,” even though “the episcopal unity that guaranteed that judgment as irreversible has subsequently shattered.”


Why does ‘ad orientem’ worship have to be so controversial?
R. Jared Staudt
Until the 1960s, Catholics worshipped ad orientem, with priest and congregation facing the East during Mass. Originally Christians celebrated Mass before daybreak Sunday morning with the rising sun serving as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection (testified by Pliny the Younger’s letter to the Emperor Trajan in 112 A.D.). The common liturgical direction toward the East honored the resurrection...


Terrible things happen, and being a victim is real. But beware ‘victimhood’ — it’s a fashionable mental trap that corrodes the soul...
Carrie Gress
I’ll never forget her face. It was objectively beautiful, but hardly perceptible, masked by contortions of anger and revenge. We met on the sidewalk outside the local abortion clinic. I can’t remember her name, but I will never forget her face and her rage. She was pregnant with a baby conceived by a faithless father. How could she possibly carry this baby? And what better revenge upon him than to kill his child, she explained to me...


Jack Rigert: Defending your kids and family amid a spiritual war...


Sailors not of the ocean, but they’re on the ocean, subject to its storms and currents. Christians are not of the world, but we’re in the world, subject to its storms and currents...


Need is the hidden key to wealth...


My dinner with two ‘white-martyr’ cardinals: Cardinal Zen and Cardinal Pell...


In New AP Interview, Pope Francis Says Homosexual Acts Are ‘Sins,’ But Not ‘Crimes;’ Says Bishops Who Support Anti-Sodomy Laws Need ‘Process of Conversion’ ...


Going Dutch, Das Deutsch, and De Sales...


Irish teacher sacked by school over use of pronouns for transgender pupil...


Sources: Pope Considering Heterodox German Bishop Heiner Wilmer as Next Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith...


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