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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Historic Challenge to Roe v. Wade


5 reflections for the season of Advent...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Autumn and early winter are times of great seasonal change. The leaves turn brilliant colors then fade and fall. The shadows lengthen as the days grow shorter and colder. The warmth of summer and vacations seem distant memories and we are reminded once again that the things of this world last but a moment and pass away. Even so, we look forward as well.


Notre-Dame’s “woke” rebuild plan: Why the glaring lack of mainstream news coverage?
Clemente Lisi
Before the pandemic dominated the news cycle starting in 2020 (and continues to do so), the fire that ravaged Notre Dame in Paris in 2019 was among that year’s biggest stories. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the famed cathedral was once again catapulted into the news cycle — despite it being a busy few days thanks largely to the Omicron coronavirus variant...


Death isn’t just for November — 10 ways to help the Poor Souls throughout the year...
John Grondelski
We’re at the end of November, the month the Church dedicates to prayer for the souls in Purgatory. Tradition calls them the “poor souls,” even though they are assured of eventual beatitude, because they can do nothing for themselves to reach that blessed state. In the economy of salvation, there progress depends on our charity.


7 things to know about the Dobbs abortion case coming before the Supreme Court...


Someone unearthed a 1997 Wired article predicting ‘10 Things That Could Go Wrong In The 21st Century’ — and nearly all of them came true...


Extra, Extra: The ‘Dobbs’ moment, family leave, and Advent...
J.D. Flynn
Today is the feast of the Apostle St. Andrew, and this is The Tuesday Pillar Post. According to St. John’s account, St. Andrew heard the Lord, recognized him as the Messiah, and ran to tell his brother Simon: “We have found the Messiah, that is to say, the Christ!” His brother, of course, became Peter, the rock upon which Christ built the Church...


Israeli archeologists find remains of a building dating back to the time of the Sanhedrin...
Charles Collins
Israeli archeologists have found the remains of a building dating back to the time of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish legislative body that existed in the Holy Land New Testament times. The remains were found in Yavne, located in central Israel. The city is where the Sanhedrin went into exile following the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple by the Romans in in AD 70...


Dorothy Day and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: New York converts on fire with the love of Jesus...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
A number of years ago, Colleen Carroll Campbell wrote a book called ‘My Sisters, the Saints,’ about how a number of women saints have walked alongside her in her life. My version of that would be The Saints Who Stalk Me – and high on the list of my saintly sisters following me around New York and beyond would be Servant of God Dorothy Day, who died today in 1980, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.


Archdiocese of Paris responds to outcry over Telegraph article, says rebuilt Notre-Dame won’t become ‘politically correct Disneyland’...


A Massachusetts man bought a drawing for $30 at an estate sale. It may be an authentic Dürer worth $50 million...


On this date, 753 years ago, St. Thomas Aquinas’ pope died...
Matthew Sewell
Today in Papal History, Pope Clement IV went home to his eternal reward. Now, for some pontiffs, history would be just fine leaving it at that. But to not know more about Clement IV would be to do him and his great legacy a disservice. Born in France around AD 1190, the man formerly known as Guy Foulques lived a good and long, and well-rounded, life by the time he expired at nearly 80 years old.


Hippolytus was a leading 3rd-century theologian. And an antipope. And a saint. His story has some lessons for all of us... ...


You must be fully vaccinated before your death by assisted suicide, says German Euthanasia Association...


The Pope’s Italian crackdown suggests he’s more irked by sloth than ideology...


Why a toaster from 1949 is still smarter than any sold today...


Why the devil hates ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and tried to stop Frank Capra from making it...


The hope of Advent: ‘Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations’...

Holiness pulses in the very center of the Church, radiating out from the Eucharist into countless souls...
Jeff Mirus
Among all those who claim the name Catholic — that is within this entire visible body of redeemed sinners — the only difference that matters is whether they choose to become truly Catholic in response to this Christic grace that is communicated continuously through all the sacraments. The difference that matters, in other words, is whether or not they (and we) become saints...


All 63 U.S. National Parks, ranked (best to worst) by experts...


191 years ago, in a time of pandemic and upheaval, Our Lady gave us the Miraculous Medal...
Joseph Pronechen
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal appeared in 1830 at a time of civil unrest and an approaching pandemic. That summer, Paris was greatly suffering. The French Revolution had brought on much misery. People were suffering. France was suffering. The Church was suffering. There was growing political unrest and unemployment, and food shortages. The atmosphere was ripe for revolt.


How the NFL’s quarterback evolution sparked a coaching revolution...


Here’s why so many people are concerned about the leaked plans for Notre-Dame’s interior...
John Burger
Even before the embers of the 2019 Notre Dame de Paris fire cooled down, there’s been controversy over how it will be rebuilt, beginning with the ambitious deadline of 2024 proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron. Now, however, that controversy has gotten very hot. A leaked report on plans for the interior of the beloved cathedral has suggested that the sacred space might end up looking more like a Disney theme park.


Bishops Ask for Prayers as U.S. Supreme Court Prepares to Hear Most Important Abortion Case in Decades...


Survey of Catholic priests finds lower morale, ‘conservative shift’ among U.S. clergy...


Amazing footage from Jerusalem in 1897, colorized and upscaled to 4K with AI...


Tough question? Some obits included how priestly sexual abuse shook Phil Saviano’s faith...
Terry Mattingly
If you have seen the movie “Spotlight” — especially if you are a journalist — you know that it’s one of the two or three best films ever made about the picky, high-stakes work involved in investigative journalism. But there was another layer to this film that I found especially powerful. Obviously, the subject of clergy sexual abuse is painful and divisive...


Take a 3-minute tour of Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park, an ‘adventure wonderland’ accessible almost exclusively by boat...


The mystery of D.B. Cooper’s Thanksgiving Eve jump from a highjacked 727...
Stephen Klugewicz
On the evening of November 24, 1971, the day before Thanksgiving, a dark-haired man dressed in a black raincoat, dark suit and thin, black tie, white shirt, and brown loafers approached the Northwest Orient Airlines desk at Portland International Airport and purchased a $20, one-way ticket on Flight 305 to Seattle. In an era in which proof of identity for travel was not required...


Pope Francis Cancels Traditional Public Act of Veneration on Feast of Immaculate Conception Due to Pandemic...


A martyr preaches: “Banish the fear of death”...
Fr. Victor Feltes
This Sunday’s celebration comes in a moment of two overlapping times. This is a Sunday in November, the month in which we particularly remember, celebrate, and pray for the dead. This Sunday is also the beginning of Advent, a season in which we prepare for the coming of Christ...


Victor Sweeney, made famous by Wired Magazine’s YouTube videos, ‘Mortician Answers Dead Body Questions From Twitter,’ is a faithful and fervent Catholic...
K.V. Turley
“You must be called to do the job,” says Victor Sweeney. “I haven’t found the pay to be commensurate with the hours” — (these he describes as “long, odd and unpredictable”) — “nor with the emotional toll that comes from dealing with grieving families, to say nothing of witnessing grievous injury or the death of children.” Yet, looking back over his life, he can see how he was being prepared for this work...


10 things you need to know about Advent...


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Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, which partners with the Wendy’s restaurant chain, helps kids in foster care find their ‘forever families’...


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