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Italian authorities uncover ISIS plot to attack Vatican during Holy Year


Why quitting your job to chase your dream is a terrible idea...


“Something happens to you out there”: The transcendental revelations of astronauts...


USA Today asks: Should Notre Dame and other religious schools be kicked out of the NCAA?
Terry Mattingly
If you didn't see this big-time sports story coming then you haven't been paying attention. During a radio talk show a few months ago, I speculated that if Baylor (one of my two alma maters) had qualified for the final four in football, it was highly likely that gay-rights groups would petition the NCAA powers that be to have the Bears (and other private schools with doctrinally based lifestyle covenants) kicked out of the association...


Another one bites the dust...
Brian O'Neel
Another beatification cause has apparently dimmed into oblivion. C’est la vie. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. So everything goes. That holds for canonization causes, too. They either end in success or fade into nothingness. And while for the latter an imprint may remain, perhaps just a faint one, their dust is blown away by history’s inexorable march...


Norwegian F-16 fighter jet drops training mission to save patient's life...


How St. Louis de Montfort changed the Rosary...
Fr. Ryan Erlenbush
Have you ever noticed that there is no separate bead for the Glory be prayer in the Rosary? Containing 59 beads, the Rosary string has specific beads only for the 53 Hail Marys and the six Our Fathers. Although certain methods of praying the Rosary will assign the Glory be or Fatima prayers to one bead or another, there is clearly no universally solidified practice – in many places the Glory be will be prayed on the “chain” between the final Hail Mary bead of one decade and the Our Father bead of the following decade...


The most important day of your life...
George Weigel
During talks around the country in recent years, I’ve been asking Catholic audiences how many of those present know the date of their baptism. The high-end response is a little under 10 percent. The average is about 2 to 3 percent. This, brethren, is a problem. You know your birthday. You know (or you’d better know, gentlemen) your wedding anniversary...


Ride along with the team of “cow police” who track down rustlers in Texas...


How Mother Angelica saved the National Catholic Register...


Countdown to WYD: Downton Abbey, Polish style...
Carrie Gress
In her diaries, Countess Franciszka Krasiński (1742-1796) describes in great detail her opulent life at the castle of Maleszowa. Dressing and hair, for instance, took two to three hours each day, followed by lessons in French and German, embroidery, and etiquette. Describing herself and her sisters, the countess wrote: “We are straight as poplars...


Pope Francis replied to my letter on infallibility debate, says Hans Küng...


The sad truth that Apple and Exxon reveal about our economy...


A look at the early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The second reading from last Sunday’s Mass (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and too informative to merely pass up. It presents the Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, but they are there. We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of the Church...


Joe Biden to give talk at Vatican conference on Friday...


Pope Francis names new archbishop of Havana, Cuba...


What do you get when a sperm meets an egg? A new life, a new soul, and a dazzling flash of light...
Simcha Fisher
Light brings heartache. Darkness brings heartache. You will not be spared heartache, no matter how hard you try to catch that spark in a jar like a lightning bug. If you love life, then do not quantify. Do not sort. Do not coax, and do not discard. If you love life, you will let it flash out its brilliance in its own time, and you will let it go out when it will...


The forgotten era of moonlight towers...

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Alleged visionary Charlie Johnston dodges critics, ban from Archdiocese of Denver...


Will more Catholic schools pivot from Common Core to Classical Education?


Special Report: Catholic commencement scandals dishonor Class of 2016...


How St. Louis de Montfort inspired 5 different popes...
Philip Kosloski
Today (April 28, 2016) marks the 300th anniversary of St. Louis de Montfort’s death, a saint who has been hailed by many as one of the most influential persons of recent history. His inspiration has remained constant over the past three centuries and has shaped the hearts of many holy men and women, including the beloved St. John Paul II...


10 beautiful photos of traditional altar rails...
Brantly Millegan
Before the Second Vatican Council, the normal way for a Catholic to receive the Eucharist was for him to kneel at an altar rail at the front the church and receive on the tongue. Altar rails were sometimes plain, sometimes very ornate – but they were a predictable part of many Catholic churches. Today, however, an altar rail is a rare site...


God was crucified like a criminal, but He doesn't tell lies like a criminal...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Once, at a picnic in college, I learned from a Muslim professor about what Islam teaches regarding Jesus — that he is not the divine Son of God but a prophet of Allah. Of course, my own Christian beliefs differed but I sat patiently listening — until he told me something about “Jesus (peace be upon him)” which left me manifestly incredulous...


Vatican watchdog reports sharp rise in suspicious financial activity...


We are losing our minds because the Left is holding them hostage...
Patti Armstrong
Our thoughts may be our own, but the radical left wants them. Pushing agendas, whether about marriage, bathrooms, or climate, is only their first step. The second step is not allowing disagreement. Without even touching the First Amendment, our right to free speech is being bullied away. For instance, an opinion that was once mainstream not so long ago...


Ecuador quake victim Sister Clare inspires hometown: ‘She died as she lived, helping’...


Church Tradition is a protection against antiquarianism...


The visionary (St. Ignatius of Loyola) and the missionary (St. Francis Xavier)...


In Havana, the revolution continues...
Rocco Palmo
For the last four years, this has arguably been the global church's most important pending appointment... and over that time, the stakes have only increased. After the long wait – and a geopolitical shift that revolutionized the context – it's finally come to pass: at Roman Noon this Tuesday, the Pope named Juan García Rodríguez...


21 things St. Louis de Montfort said about the Rosary and Marian devotion...


Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Clarification is needed to avoid confusion over “Amoris Laetitia”...


April 26 is the 100th anniversary of the Hulloch gas attack in World War I...


The Eucharist has a nuptial meaning, and marriage has a Eucharistic meaning...


Why is everyone so bored with everything?


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