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Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘My Heart Is Broken for the Massacre at the Elementary School in Texas’


Sicily’s Cathedral of Monreale is the most beautiful church in the world...
Fr. Roger Landry
Pope Benedict XVI has often said that the most effective apologetics for Christianity are the lives of the saints and the art that the Church has grown in her womb. For that reason, the Church must always take both seriously: forming disciples to be saints and creating a culture in which beauty is cultivated and appreciated. When and where the Church has thrived...


The Vatican megaphone was once something to be reckoned with. In the case of Cardinal Zen and Jimmy Lai, its power is fading from disuse...
George Weigel
Tertullian, the first major Christian theologian to write in Latin, is thought to have coined the maxim Semen est sanguis Christianorum, typically (and rather freely) translated as “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.” Martyrs, we usually think, are those who shed their blood “in hatred of the faith”: the definition of martyrdom used by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints...


An asteroid as wide as 10 football fields is going to fly past Earth on Friday — close enough to be seen through a good backyard telescope...


Priest-centric pastoral care is unsustainable in most parishes...
Marcel LeJeune
I know the title of this blog will get some people up in arms, but before you get the pitchforks out, bear with me a bit and I will try to make my argument. Before I get to the nitty-gritty, let’s examine a few facts. First, Jesus had active discipleship relationships with 12 men at a time (maximum), during his ministry. He spent a majority of his time with these men and taught them to do the same with others...


‘Reading the Church Fathers’ tells the story of how the past shaped the Church we know today...
Clemente Lisi
The faith Christians practice today has a long and enduring history. It is often something many either ignore or don’t think too much about. Emerging from a small sect within Judaism, early Christianity absorbed much of the religious, cultural and philosophical traditions of the Greco-Roman world at the time. The decades and centuries that followed the crucifixion of Jesus were ones of intense persecution...


Nancy Pelosi received Holy Communion at church in Georgetown on Sunday, says Politico Playbook...


Travel & Leisure says these are the most beautiful places in each of the 50 states — did they get it right for your state?


When souls like Nancy Pelosi’s hang in the balance, pastors like Archbishop Cordileone have an obligation to act...


State Farm Insurance Launches Program to Distribute LGBTQ Books to Kindergartners, ‘Empowering Conversations With Children Age 5+’...


Without Mentioning Zen’s Arrest, Pope Francis Says He’s Praying for the Church in China...


Pope’s Sunday Regina Coeli: ‘Ask the Lord for the Spirit of Peace’...


‘The Dragon and the Beast’ — The Buffalo shooter, deep fakes and the Book of Revelation...
Elizabeth Scalia
I was nosing around through scripture last night and found myself looking at Revelation, a book that — thanks to the promptings of a dear old religious sister who was my spiritual advisor for a while — I have learned to love. I’d not read Chapters 12 or 13 in a while, and if you’re not familiar with them, this is where we get the bits about about the dragon and the beast — the dragon pursues The Woman...


Archbishop Cordileone teaches Pelosi and the world: If abortion is not wrong, then nothing is wrong...
Regis Martin
When Lady Astor first went to the Soviet Union back in 1931 in the hope of meeting Josef Stalin, she committed a cardinal breach of protocol by asking the dictator, “When are you going to stop killing people?” A perilous question, one would think, to put to someone who already had enough blood on his hands to rival Attila the Hun...


Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Communion Ban: 5 Key Takeaways...


The reactions to Cardinal Zen’s arrest were notable — and for different reasons...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
In the 10 days since Cardinal Joseph Zen was arrested in Hong Kong, interrogated for hours and then released on bail, pending charges, there have been a variety of reactions — on the global scale and my own. The Holy See Press Office noted the arrest of Cardinal Zen with “extreme attention.” The secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin...


Sigrid Undset saw modern man’s false hope, and became a Catholic...


The men who wrote Roe v. Wade...

The one-word answer to what’s wrong with Christianity...
David Mills
“Something as old, as big, as complex as the Catholic Church, and with its history, is going always to be compromised,” I’d written in an article on Dorothy Day’s understanding of the Church. My anonymous hard-core Calvinist critic, the one who made the snarky remark about Lent I’ve written about, didn’t like the line...


A very Pelosi newsletter (and some other stuff too)...
J.D. Flynn
You know, or most of you do, that on Friday Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may not be admitted to Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. We emailed you about that on Friday, and lot of you read our report already, but in case you didn’t, here’s our initial report on that announcement...


What we know about mass school shootings in the United States — and the gunmen who carry them out...


Pope says ‘Irish brought the whiskey, Italians brought the Mafia,’ referring to US immigrants...
Inés San Martín
Speaking about the need to welcome, accompany, promote, and integrate migrants when they arrive in a new country, Pope Francis said that when it comes to the United States, “a people of migrants,” the Irish brought the whiskey and the Italians brought the mafia. To understand migrants today, the pope said, the only thing most people have to do is look to their own roots because “most of us are children or grandchildren of migrants...


Fr. Thomas Joseph White on the universe: ‘Not turtles all the way down, but Persons all the way down’...


DC Archdiocesan Spokesman Hits ‘Send’ Button on Wrong Email, Mistakenly Gives Candid Response on Pelosi Communion Denial...


Some think this generation is the first to get everything right. In 100 years another generation will laugh at them. But the Church, built upon rock, will endure...
Fr. Victor Feltes
There was a serious religious controversy in the very early Church. The Acts of the Apostles records this story which contains important lessons for you and me and Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church in every age. In the first century A.D., some Jewish Christians came down to Antioch and were telling the Christians there: “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice...


Flip the script to proclaim pro-life protections in the law and culture...


‘But only say the word’ — What every Catholic needs to know about receiving Holy Communion...
Amy Welborn
Since the Eucharist and the proper disposition to receive it is in the news, let’s review. The present day encouragement for all to receive Communion, simply because they are Catholic, desire to receive, and judge, themselves, that they should and can based on that desire — well, that’s not consistent with Catholic practice from any point in its history...


These Catholic bishops support Archbishop Cordileone’s ban of Nancy Pelosi from Holy Communion...


Pope Francis advances sainthood cause of Filipino bishop known for bilocation, levitation, healing miracles...


Your concept of atoms is all wrong. This is closer to what they really look like...


The most beautiful public gardens around the world, according to tourist reviews...


San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone Bars Nancy Pelosi From Receiving Communion Over Her ‘Advocacy for the Legitimacy of Abortion’...


Goodbye (Hotel) Columbus — hello to Bill Gates’ Four Seasons chain?
Edward Pentin
The Order of the Holy Sepulchre has said it is still considering which company to choose to run a hotel in a renaissance-era building it owns just outside St. Peter’s Square, casting doubts over Italian media reports that it had decided to give the contract to a luxury hotel chain majority-owned by the American billionaire Bill Gates...


Roe v. Wade was never a ‘law’ in the first place...
John Clark
“Roe v. Wade is the law of the land.” This phrase has been uttered millions of times since Jan. 22, 1973. Whether they want Roe upheld or struck down, Americans largely agree with that assertion. Problem is, the statement is 100% wrong. Roe was not law in 1973. It is not law now. Judge Harry Blackmun’s majority decision in Roe v...


‘Brother Martin,’ Phony Monk With Large Twitter Following, Says He Won’t Heed Bishop’s Warning...


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