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“Mercy without works is dead”, Pope says at special Jubilee general audience


5 surprising facts from the latest U.S. poll about God and Atheism...
Brandon Vogt
CARA is a national, non-profit research group affiliated with Georgetown University. It conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. Founded in 1964, CARA has three major dimensions to its mission: to increase the Church’s self understanding, to serve the applied research needs of Church decision-makers, to advance scholarly research on religion...


Santa Susanna, the American parish in Rome, puts out the welcome mat for pilgrims to the Eternal City...


How to understand Pope Francis' “apology” to the gay community...


Miracle of technology: Story of Jesus to be released in virtual reality...


Here are the things that Islamists and Secularists agree about...
Tom Hoopes
Many commentators tried to implicate Christians in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando. But might it not be true that Western secularists have more in common with Isis than Christians? The two realities of Islamic extremism and Western consumerism are like shadowy doppelgangers showing up each other’s bankruptcy. Consider


Hollywood’s pope: Little faith on the small screen...
Fr. Victor Feltes
This fall, HBO will begin airing an eight-episode miniseries imagining the first American to be elected pope. While this drama may or may not attract viewers, I predict “The Young Pope” will fail to capture the Catholic Faith and Church. I had similar doubts when Showtime floated a similar premise in 2013. (“The Vatican” was to star the actor who played Adolf Hitler in the movie “Downfall...


Purposeful silence: Of Pink Floyd, an abbot, and a pop psychiatrist...
Rick Becker
I was driving around town listening to the radio, and next up was Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”—the group’s big hit decrying rigid conformity in schooling and elsewhere. Like any self-respecting baby boomer, I know the lyrics by heart—“we don’t need no education, we don’t need no thought control”—and they make me grin every time...


NASA test fired its newest rocket booster, and it looks like it works...


Why are so many people in America so desperate?


“The Innocents” is a gripping saga of triumph over tragedy...
Kathy Schiffer
In December 1945, as American troops were returning home victorious after the close of World War II, Poland was facing a new brutality. Russian soldiers, buoyed by their victory over the German Nazi forces, had taken over the country; and unbeknownst to the Western world, the Russians were engaging in crimes of opportunity. The occupying Soviet troops were raping Polish women on the streets and in their homes...


Russian absence from Pan-Orthodox Council saves Ecumenical Patriarchate's status (for now)...
Victor Gaetan
It has been a tough week for globalists, even on the island of Crete. The weeklong “Holy and Great Council of Orthodox Churches” concluded on June 27, with the release of a message and broad encyclical that, mainly, asserts its vitality, relevance and primacy as the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church” — the English translation even refers...


The real Josef Ratzinger is a gentle and brilliant friend you need to have in your life...
Simcha Fisher
Today is the 65th anniversary of the ordination of Josef Ratzinger -- a happy day for the entire world, as we thank God we were given such a great and good man to serve us as priest and papa. You'll recall that, according to the mass media, Benedict XVI was a cold and creaky Emperor Palpatine who grinned with black gums as he brought his cruel fist crashing down on life...


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates 65 years of priesthood today...


The United States of Breakfast: 50 of America's best diners...


When they found the bones of St. Peter...


A warning from Amos: What do we face?


Don't tell me that a cross is not a cross...

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Priest hears confession of man brandishing a gun (warning: autoplay video)...


ISIS claims murder of Coptic priest in Egypt...


Food fight in Florence, Italy, over plans for a new McDonald's near the Duomo...


Meet the man behind the voice of AOL's famous “You've Got Mail” greeting...


Who will win the presidency? FiveThirtyEight's election forecast is tracking the numbers...


6 Catholic books for your summer reading...
Shaun McAfee
It would sound cliché to start off by saying this book ‘blew me away’ but that’s exactly what I’m going to day. This book blew me away! Growing up Protestant where every pastor had a different answer for loved ones in the afterlife, I grew up completely confused and not full of much optimism. Since becoming a Catholic and learning so much...


“I have prayed for you, Francis”: On Peter's Day, the Pope on the Keys...
Rocco Palmo
Before anything else, a refresher on this feast's context from the Catechism of the Catholic Church... When Christ instituted the Twelve, "he constituted [them] in the form of a college or permanent assembly, at the head of which he placed Peter, chosen from among them." Just as "by the Lord's institution...


Liturgical living in the universal Church...


4 signs that motherhood is making a comeback...
Carrie Gress
During the renovation of my centuries-old parish in Virginia, an astounding discovery was made in a dusty old storage room. Buried under piles of boxes was a 16th–century Spanish icon of Our Lady. The icon, of museum quality, was likely brought over by settlers in the 1700s. When a new church was built in the chaos of the late 60s...


SSPX retreats from regularization with Rome...


Sts. Peter and Paul show that both brains and brawn are needed for the Catholic faith to thrive...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of my favorite moments in any visit to Rome is to slow down and wander through St. Peter’s Square, rather than rushing through to get into the basilica itself. The square is surrounded by Bernini’s curved colonnade, which reaches around to embrace the gathering crowds. In the center stands the ancient Egyptian obelisk that once dominated the nearby Vatican Circus...


Prayer is the ‘way out’ of a closed heart and mind, Pope Francis says...


Streamliner trains that oozed the elegance of old world travel...


A cinematic lesson in hope...
George Weigel
At a moment like this when there doesn’t seem to be a lot going right—ascendant authoritarianisms throughout the world; lethal violence by ideological fanatics; feckless responses to both from the democracies—it’s good to be reminded that things can be different, and in fact were different, not so very long ago. Recapturing those days and summoning memories of a time when the good folks won...


Pope Francis on apologizing to gays (and more)...
Jimmy Akin
During his recent plane flight back from Armenia, Pope Francis gave a press conference in which he discussed a number of issues, including the question of whether Catholics should apologize to homosexuals. Here are 6 things to know and share...


How strange is the Cross...
Bishop Robert Barron
Fleming Rutledge’s The Crucifixion is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past ten years. Both an academic and a well-regarded preacher in the Episcopal tradition, Rutledge has an extraordinary knack of cutting to the heart of the matter. Her book on the central reality of the Christian faith is supremely illuminating...


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