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Benedict XVI’s illness is ‘subsiding,’ says Archbishop Georg Gänswein


No longer a clump of cells? Mainstream press stories on unborn use ‘baby’ language...
Julia Duin
Inspiring. “Uplifting,” “amazing” and “beautiful.” Those were some of the praises lavished on an upbeat Washington Post story about a 28-weeks-pregnant woman with COVID-19. As she was overtaken with respiratory failure, obstetricians quickly delivered her very premature twins in March. It was at the height of the coronavirus crisis...


Run away from safe schools, safe spaces and safe sex. Seek wholesome and holy dangers instead... ...
Sean Fitzpatrick
There is a strong push from President Donald Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and educators across the country for schools to resume in-person, full-time instruction despite the fears and dangers associated with Covid-19. Even the CDC issued an article recently on the importance of reopening America’s schools this fall, estimating that it is actually more dangerous for children to be out of school than in school...


The ingenious reason why the Dutch wait less at traffic lights...


Catholic churches continue to drop David Haas hymns after multiple accusations against songwriter...


Was Beethoven a Catholic believer? The case of the ‘Missa Solemnis’...


A priest’s hopeful message for parents of fallen-away Catholics: “Be patient... God is waiting”...


Could you die for Jesus? We have one way of finding out...
David Mills
Christians seem to like this meme. The line usually goes with one of the classic pictures of Christians being martyred. Like the one above, showing Christians in a Roman coliseum as the hungry lion sees them. The line is: “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” It’s funny, and a good reminder of where your faith can take you...


Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto’s ‘Letter to the Faithful’ announcing excommunication of schismatic priest...


Fix your focus – A homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Although I am currently resting and offline, I am posting this homily from three years ago with the help of a friend. The Gospel today is about faith and about focus. It teaches that although storms and struggles inevitably arise, we have a choice as to whether we focus on them or on Jesus. The message is clear: “Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on!”


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Even in times of darkness, God is there’...


Takeaways from the Vatican’s ‘Thursday Thunder’...


This Sunday, step out into the storm...
Tom Hoopes
The wind is raging, the waves are taller than the boat. The night seems never ending, and even Jesus isn’t calming the storm. Do you hunker down and go where the wind takes you? Do you grit your teeth and wait for the end? Or do you step out into the storm? That is the question the Gospel and readings ask us this Sunday, the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A.


Are you discouraged? Don’t lose heart. Here are some practical things you can do to fight discouragement...


People keep asking: Why does press say ‘religious left,’ as opposed to ‘Religious Left?’...
Terry Mattingly
Every now and then, readers — or people I meet in daily life — ask this question: Why do journalists write so much about the Religious Right (capital letters), while devoting way less digital ink to the actions, policies and beliefs of the religious left (no capital letters). That is a complex question and you can hear me struggling with it all the way through this week’s “Crossroads” podcast...


Today’s lesson from Rome is about perspective and patience...


The dangers of canceling culture...
Fr. George Rutler
In the ethnic tradition of Anglo-Saxons, the “patter songs” of Gilbert and Sullivan have been the equivalent of contemporary rap music. Learning the repertoire was part of the expected rites of passage and, in the 1960s, I did my duty, even attaining to the heights of playing Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, a baronet disguised as young farmer Robin Oakapple in a New York City production of Ruddigore. In the second act, portraits of Robin’s ancestor come alive and step out of their frames to curse him as he writhes in unspeakable agony. While I quickly fell from that peak in my theatrical career, I still have clippings of critical reviews that thought my plangent voice and shrieks of pain were convincing.


The best ways to reheat and reuse leftover french fries...

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How St. Clare of Assisi can help us make the most of today’s strange times...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
One of the great blessings of the Catholic faith is the awareness we are given of the communion of saints. When we embrace the gift of their active intercessory presence in our lives, we know we are never alone. Getting to know the saints helps keep them close. The more we become familiar with individual stories, experiences, and personalities, the more we might find the lives of the saints coming to be a known, even undeniable part of our lives...


Two months on an icebreaker in Antarctica, condensed into five minutes...


An incarnate God necessitates incarnate worship...
Jenny Uebbing
Let me start this off with a big ol 2020 caveat: if you’re concerned about transmitting or contracting covid, whether because of an underlying condition or an immunocompromised person in your life, you should be free to stay home and exercise every precaution. This is not a post telling people with depressed immune systems or chronic diseases to suck it up and start taking public transit again...


Lebanese priests from viral video recount their horror as the explosion rocked their church...


San Diego Catholic high school files lawsuit against California governor to reopen in the fall...


The Pope may be the key to preserving Italy’s social compact on abortion...
John Allen
Italy has enjoyed almost forty years of uneasy political peace on the abortion issue, ever since the procedure was legalized in 1978 during the first 90 days of pregnancy. Two hugely controversial ballot propositions were put up for a vote in 1981, the first seeking to re-criminalize abortion and the other to legalize it with no restrictions at all.


Preempting clerical sex abuse — What went wrong, and what must now go right for the Church to move forward...
Tom Nash
Jesus’ sober words about scandalizing young Catholics should be imprinted on the hearts of all Church employees, clerical or lay, who have anything to do with the oversight of children in the universal Church. The grave damage done to many victims and their families has been far-reaching, striking a severe blow to the Church in advancing her God-given Great Commission...


Sacramento Catholic priest excommunicated for ‘schismatic stance’ against Pope...


These 5 Catholic priests earned the Medal of Honor...


Are brands our new creed? Why following a religion is actually a more cost-efficient way to live... ...


Our culture is attempting suicide...
Phil Lawler
When I read the news headline it suddenly all seemed clear. The story reported that new positive COVID tests were attributed to “community spread.” Well of course! That’s how contagious diseases are contracted, right? They spread through the community. But this is the first time, in our long history of fighting diseases, that we have sought to stop the spread of a contagious disease by abolishing the community.


St. Louis Archbishop Carlson: Christ welcomes and challenges those wrestling with gender identity...


U.S. bishops tell Congress: Catholic schools need help to help at-risk families...


SSPX accused of intimidating would-be whistleblowers amid abuse investigation...


Are we back in the Middle Ages? Who will save us?
Fr. Patrick Briscoe
To my mind our position today is approaching something rather medieval. Hear me out. The constant talk of the novel Coronavirus (and the synonyms we now use to describe our times: pandemic, epidemic, pestilence, etc.) has animated in my Catholic imagination references to the great plagues of the West. In fact, the Great Famine of 1315-1317 and the Black Death of 1347-1351 eviscerated Europe...


Nicaraguan cardinal says Mass at entrance of firebombed cathedral chapel...


August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Here’s how we can be devoted to her...
Donal Foley
While many Catholics are aware that May is the month dedicated to Our Lady and October has a dedication to the Holy Rosary, fewer will realize that August is specifically dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary—a central devotional theme of the Fatima message. Even before the Blessed Virgin appeared to the young seers, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia...


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