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Pandemic conditions have increased Christian persecution globally, says report from Aid to the Church in Need


It is our duty and salvation, always and everywhere, to give thanks to God...
Fr. Roger Landry
In December we will mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ disembarking in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What they endured, and how the responded spiritually to it, are guides for us as we mark the national holiday of Thanksgiving and begin to formulate year-end reflections.


Watch: Thousands of starlings spotted in mesmerizing murmuration over North Yorkshire, England...


I recently attended my first Traditional Latin Mass. It didn’t go well. Here’s what happened...
Matthew Archbold
One issue that became apparent very quickly as Mass started was that I don’t speak Latin and I wasn’t following along very well at all. I didn’t know any of the responses so I stood in back trying to read along. I didn’t know when to kneel, stand up — I didn’t know anything. So I hung back, leaned against the wall...


Catholics can morally take soon-to-be-released COVID-19 vaccines, says U.S. bishops’ internal memo...


China criticizes Pope over comment on persecuted Uighur Muslim minority...


Jupiter and Saturn are about to appear closer in the sky than they have for 800 years, aligning as a ‘double planet’...


Vaccines and doubly remote cooperation in evil...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
This month, two vaccines for COVID-19 finished their final tests. They proved to be 90–94 percent effective at preventing COVID, and both vaccines have been ethically produced. This is very good news indeed. Some have raised moral qualms about getting these vaccines...


Why St. Cyprian says love of the world fuels the fear of death...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God...


New York Attorney General sues Bishops Malone, Grosz, and Diocese of Buffalo for failing to protect children...


Some thoughts on Jesus as a “concealed king”...


Why you should celebrate your Name Day...
Tom Hoopes
Why do we celebrate our name days? In many countries, your name day is more important than your birthday. To try to understand why, I asked people who are experts in name changes — the monks and other religious who have changed their names. Here are their reasons.


‘Long live Christ the King’ — The 51 Claretian martyrs of Barbastro...
Jim Graves
At various times in history, martyrdom has been a real possibility for Christians. One such time was for Catholics during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, particularly those who were members of the clergy. The Spanish Civil War marked the most violent and prolonged spasm of the sort of religious persecution that had afflicted Spain for the last 100 years...


Here’s an amazing, incredibly detailed reconstruction of the Beirut Port explosion, using every video and photo available...


The battle to free the Mass...
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
This year, Americans have endured not only the intertwined economic, health, and political crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also a deep spiritual shock. For the first time since the Spanish Flu of 1918, our local and state governments have restricted worship services. And while the Word can be livestreamed, the Eucharist cannot. I am well aware that this spiritual crisis has intensified the concern that faithful Catholics have about their leaders...


What pro-lifers can expect from a divided House and Senate...


Two secular lawsuits, involving McCarrick and Becciu, raise deeply ecclesiastical conundra...


Only 36 percent of people can solve this logic problem. How about you?

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In rebuke to USCCB leaders, DC’s Archbishop Wilton Gregory says he favors “common ground” approach and Holy Communion for Biden ...


Santa Cruz Historical Commission calls replica mission bell “racist symbol,” tells city to remove it from intersection...


Xi Jinping gets his man: Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association announces ordination of new bishop of Qingdao...


Can’t visit family for Thanksgiving? Interview them instead. Years from now, you’ll be glad you did...
Simcha Fisher
After my father died, my sister called up our oldest surviving relative, my great aunt Bebe who lives in Florida, and they ended up having several conversations. The things she told us about our family have been delightful (and occasionally insane). We knew, for instance, that my mother was pregnant when my parents got married...


This is as evil as anything I’ve seen in a long time...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
This is as evil as anything I’ve seen in a long time. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” This will be promoted...


Why Thanksgiving is a perfect example of the common good...
Marlon De La Torre
A natural precept attributed toward the dignity of the human person is to seek the good of another person through the act of community. I propose this argument from the nature of faith and reason that the human state is ordered to not only seek the good in another person but also to nurture and protect the person in order propagate a healthy society...


Pope meets with NBA players’ union delegation at the Vatican...


Vatican cancels public Advent and Christmas liturgies amid COVID surge...
Edward Pentin
As happened during Holy Week this year, liturgical celebrations in St. Peter’s Basilica over Christmas, such as midnight Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, will be limited to a select group of faithful and live-streamed to the faithful amid concerns over a surge of COVID-19 cases. The Vatican quietly announced at the end of October that liturgical celebrations...


How Blessed Miguel Pro continued to serve his people during church closures...
Philip Kosloski
In 1926 President Calles of Mexico enacted new laws in his country that specifically targeted priests and religious, as well as Church buildings. Priests were unable to wear their religious garb in public and the government seized control of churches and monasteries. Public worship was soon banned and churches remained closed to the faithful.


Federal appeals court allows Tennessee abortion ban to go into effect...


Living the reality of the Kingdom of Christ...


Newly-discovered sketch of Jesus was drawn by Leonard da Vinci, expert claims...


Amy Coney Barrett’s critics accuse her of being a bad Catholic. She is not...
David Mills
Several Facebook friends and others jumped on new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s joining the majority of the court in lifting a stay of execution for Orlando Hall. He’d been sentenced to death in 1994 for kidnapping, raping, and murdering a sixteen-year-old girl by burying her alive. The appeal was his last chance to live. He died by lethal injection late Thursday night.


Pope changes diocesan celebration of World Youth Day from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Sunday...


The 50 most underappreciated cars of all time...


When the time comes for civil disobedience...
Phil Lawler
Here’s the question, THE question, that’s on my mind these days: As governors continue to impose tight restrictions on churches, when will Catholic bishops encourage civil disobedience? Archbishop Sample of Portland seems to have answered that question, saying it’s not going to happen.” Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco sends a different message: “I’m taking no options off the table.”


“Shake ’em like you’re angry” — Chef demonstrates nifty trick for peeling hard-boiled eggs...


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