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Pope to canonize Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto


Pope Francis sends message of “prayerful solidarity” with London victims...


Pope Francis may shine a light on famine and genocide in South Sudan...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Pope Francis is reportedly considering a trip to South Sudan, after ecumenical pleas from religious leaders who hope that his visit might draw attention to the plight of the people there, suffering famine and genocide. Melinda Henneberger, editorial writer and columnist for the Kansas City Star, recently went to South Sudan, on a trip sponsored by the Sudan Relief Fund...


The Last Prince of Baltimore: William Cardinal Keeler dies at 86...
Rocco Palmo
In the annals of the Premier See of these United States, two figures form the center of a legend born alongside the Constitution. Yet even for all John Carroll and James Gibbons would bequeath to posterity, it’d fall to yet another to bring the Maryland Tradition of American Catholicism into the 21st century. And this morning...


The horrific dream of the wife of Pontius Pilate (about the Nicene Creed)...
Taylor Marshall
Pontius Pilate’s name is in the Creeds because it anchors the life of Christ into human history, specifically Roman history. There is a “tradition” that Pontius Pilate’s wife Claudia Procula had a dream of billions of people chanting “sub Pontio Pilato” over and over and over. What she was hearing was the billions of Christians who recite “He was crucified under Pontius Pilate...


Watch this little girl steal Pope Francis' hat...


Ongoing messages at ‘Medjugorje of Argentina’ will be kept private, local bishop says...


Associated Press flunks Christianity 101 yet again...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
How important are the 40 days between Easter Sunday and Ascension Thursday? Crucially important. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say those 40 days are responsible for the Christian faith being what it is and not something completely different. The foundational Christian claim is that Jesus returned bodily to life after his dead by crucifixion...


Prayers go out amid confusion, chaos following London attack...


How can you invoke God in a proper way?
Marlon De La Torre
Within the annals of secular expression “God” is often evoked in a disrespectful manner e.g. “Oh my God,” or “damming God” and so on. Nevertheless, the Second Commandment clearly tells us not to pronounce the Lord’s name in vain i.e. in an unholy way. Unfortunately, our demeanor tends to succumb to the temptation of sin opening the door to say the Lord’s name in unholy ways...


Authentic Catholic feminists reject the lies of this present age...
Jenny Uebbing
Women in our culture are angry – and rightfully so. Our bodies have become a different kind of currency, greasing the wheels in an economy that runs on sex and outrage. We are told that we are strong, capable, and equal in every way to men, and then simultaneously degraded in every way, our parts dissected to sell products and our hearts numbed with the lie that “what you do with your body has no consequences...


The Holy Spirit option is no longer optional...


Watch this astonishing time lapse video of cell division...


I'm a married Catholic priest who thinks priests shouldn't get married...


Fr. Louis Bouyer and the gift of good teachers...
Anthony Lilles
All these years later, it is nearly impossible to imagine the excitement and enthusiasm of the period immediately after the council. The hope was that the teachings of Vatican II would spur a deeper renewal of the faith in the Church and strengthen Catholics in their witness in the modern world. Louis Bouyer's familiarity with some of the discussions of the council offered an insider's view of its teaching...


‘In unsettled times,’ US bishops make fresh call to immigrants, refugees...


What were houses like at the time of Jesus?


Brunch your way around the globe...

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An urgent plea: Pray for the people of Peru...


What was the climate like at the time of Jesus?
Msgr. Charles Pope
The climate in Palestine, both today and at the time of Jesus, has two distinct seasons. The wet or rainy season runs from the mid-October to the mid-April while the dry season lasts from the mid-June to mid-September. During the dry season rainfall is rare. Although it can get very hot during summer, it often does not feel that way...


Behold, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the hidden gem of the Midwest...


Day three: Exasperation for Senate Democrats as Gorsuch defends judicial independence...
Matthew Bunson
Day three of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court brought a continuation of the marathon session of questions and answers that took place on day two. Gorsuch spent eleven hours on Tuesday being tested and interrogated, and then he spent another ten hours facing the same process on Wednesday...


Italian layman who defied the Nazis deemed ‘blessed’...


The saints and sinners who shaped America...
Kathy Schiffer
Over the centuries, people of faith have come to American shores in search of freedom, prosperity, and hope. At a time when religious liberty and conscience rights are under attack, Brian Burch, president of Catholic Vote, and author Emily Stimpson Chapman wanted to remind Americans of our heritage. Together they wrote The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots...


What if Jesus played basketball? Would He automatically be the best player ever?
Jimmy Akin
Would Jesus have been the all-time, all-history MVP if he played basketball? Did he have to learn his craft of carpentry? Did he have to learn table manners? There are all kinds of questions one can ask about the way Jesus’ divine and human natures related in his earthly life, and we can’t know the answers to all of them. But looking at the principles involved can be instructive...


The ‘Edicule’, the shrine over Our Lord's tomb, is in danger of ‘catastrophic’ collapse...


Pregnancies, prayer intentions and Spanish water...
Denise Renner
Catholic pregnancy tip: well water from the Abbey of Santo Domingo in Spain where Blessed Jane of Aza prayed for another child—a prayer heard and answered in the person of Saint Dominic. I was told that someone in the parish usually had some, but warned to drink only a small amount. Had I noticed the number of twins running around after Mass...


Theologian says ‘Amoris’ Communion debate is settled in Africa — in favor of Catholic tradition...


‘Church Madness 2017’: From Newark to Nampa, Idaho, 16 beautiful churches left in this year's bracket...


Set during WWII, ‘Foyle's War’ is about the war against the encroaching doom of the modern world...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
From time to time I am asked, “Father, how do you get so much done? You write books and essays, maintain a blog, run a parish, build a church, lead pilgrimages, and go on speaking tours and have a wife and kids. How do you do it?” “I don’t watch TV.” It’s true. We don’t have television. In fact, not having a television was one of the greatest decisions my parents made while they brought up the five of us children in the countryside of Pennsylvania in the 1960s and 70s...


Day 2 of confirmation hearing: Dems balk with Bork ‘softballs,’ Gorsuch gains a base...


What is the geography of the Holy Land like?


Here we go again: Associated Press erroneously says Jesus “rose to heaven” from His tomb...
Terry Mattingly
Maybe it's time to cue the theme from "Jaws" at copy desks in major newsrooms. We are halfway through the season of Lent, and you know what that means. Once again, we are approaching the most important days on the Christian calendar, as in Holy Week and Easter. Editors should note that Easter in the West (Gregorian calendar) and Pascha in the churches of the East (the older Julian calendar) are on the same date this year...


A charming 15th century view of St. Joseph...


Deacon, look East: Serving my first Mass ad orientem...


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