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


8 things to know and share about St. Ambrose, who had one of the strangest life stories ever...
Jimmy Akin
St. Ambrose’s memorial is Dec. 7. He was one of the four original doctors of the Church, and he baptized St. Augustine. He also had perhaps the strangest life story of any of the Church Fathers! Here are 8 things to know and share...


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...


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?


This video of a teenager teasing his mom with a trombone has gone viral, and it’s easy to see why...


The shallowing of Notre-Dame de Paris...
Jeff Mirus
The interior makeover of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris presents us with some very disturbing questions. Everybody will remember the fire in April of 2019 which severely damaged one of the best-known churches in Christendom, and the outpouring of gifts from rich and famous people around the world to aid in its restoration. The restoration of the exterior is proceeding under the authority...


“I’m no longer an atheist” — Social media personality Kaitlin Bennett announces conversion to Catholic faith, and explains what finally brought her home...


This Sunday, a voice echoes in the mountains and valleys of your immense heart...
Tom Hoopes
The specific conditions of your life are the stage for a remarkable upheaval that is about to happen, says the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year C. And by “specific conditions” it means really specific: Christ is coming into our world, with our president and our current pope — and he will interact in your life according to the way you have shaped it by your career, your pastimes, and your daily habits, good and bad.

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...


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’...


Bad atheists acting like atheists anger another atheist...
David Mills
“What a grift that was!” says atheist philosopher Phil Torres, angry at the once famous “New Atheists.” People like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Steven Pinker had given him “immense hope” and now they’ve upset him. He writes like a boy hurt to find his heroes aren’t heroic. Their movement...


Why the Supreme Court’s ‘Dobbs v. Jackson’ oral arguments give us cause for hope...
Helen Alvaré
Pro-life activists and scholars — with nearly 50 years of experience reaching, striving, yearning for the best possible arguments to undercut the patently unconstitutional “law” declaring abortion a constitutional right — could find much to celebrate, much to mourn in the oral arguments heard today at the U.S. Supreme Court about whether to overrule Roe v. Wade and the case that largely affirmed it, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.


George Harrison helping Ringo Starr write the Beatles’ ‘Octopus’s Garden’ is a beautiful thing to watch...


TAN has a new book about the ‘St. Gallen Mafia’ — here’s what I thought after reading it...


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