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Vatican asked to mediate in Venezuela crisis talks


Pope Francis issues new Apostolic Constitution on women's contemplative life...


The enduring value of Catholic media...
Greg Erlandson
In September 2014, a committee of six international Catholic media experts along with five Vatican officials began a series of meetings to review the Vatican’s hydra-headed, highly siloed media operations. Our appointment came from the Council of Cardinals, and our mandate from Cardinal George Pell of Australia laid out three priorities—a more effective embrace of new media...


What is Amazon.com’s bestselling book of all time?
John Clark
What is Amazon.com’s Bestselling Book of All Time? And Why Does It Matter? It is said that you become like those with whom you associate. Honesty would force us to admit that the same is true of books. That thought is a bit less than edifying when we consider that Amazon.com’s bestselling book of all time is Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy...


The problem of evil and the privilege of listening to Haydn...


Ultra-rare Pokémon “god” Arceus rumored to be hidden at Vatican in PokémonGO...


Instead of rejoicing under Pope Francis, liberal Catholics are fretting about the future...


Why is original sin called the “Sin of Adam”?
Msgr. Charles Pope
Original sin is that first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, committed when they ate the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And while it clearly involved both of them, Scripture and Tradition refer to it formally as the “Sin of Adam” or “Adam’s Sin,” not the “Sin of Adam and Eve.” It is also described as coming to us “through one man...


Our most primal fear and the source of our bondage...


Video: Skip Rodgers' “Ride for Hope and Mercy”...


The Land O’ Lakes Statement has been devastating the Church for 49 years...
Patrick Reilly
In hindsight, what they did was appalling. But when several Catholic university leaders gathered in the summer of 1967 at a remote retreat in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, did they fully anticipate the consequences of their vision for “modern” Catholic education? Hopefully not. It was 49 years ago, on July 20-23, when Notre Dame’s Father Theodore Hesburgh...


Along this year's route of the Tour de France, saints and Catholic history were made...


You can’t be having too much grace...
David Mills
“You can’t be having too much grace for me,” said a friend, who had grown up in a form of Catholicism that was big on sin and guilt, plus punishment. Priests would interrogate you in the confessional like a detective grilling a serial killer trying to deny his crimes, and sometimes refuse you absolution if they decided you weren’t repentant — which is to say guilt-stricken — enough to deserve it...


Celebrating the life of a stillborn child: 7 ways to say goodbye...


59 years ago today, five men willingly stood under a nuclear explosion...


Neocatechumenal Way co-founder Carmen Hernández dies at 85...


Why Republican VP candidate Mike Pence left the Catholic Church...


Harrisburg's Msgr. Vincent Topper is the oldest and longest-serving priest in the U.S...

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A review of ‘Star Trek Beyond’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Early in Star Trek Beyond is a striking sequence that offers a vision of something Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland strained for but failed to deliver: It gives us a wondrous sci-fi conception of a community of tomorrow — a community unbound from the normal limitations of planetary gravitational conditions, with a roughly horizontal foundational plane and a perpendicular third dimension in which up and down are virtually parallel everywhere you go...


The only way to restore public confidence in Catholic bishops...
Phil Lawler
The revelation that the apostolic nuncio in Washington quashed an investigation into the alleged misconduct of an American archbishop is another damaging blow to the wounded credibility of the Catholic hierarchy. Nearly fifteen years after the sex-abuse scandal destroyed public confidence in the bishops’ integrity, that confidence has still not been restored—precisely because stories like this one keep bursting into the headlines...


That time Jesus appeared in the sky of Mexico...


Materialism is the false god of modern science...


The godlessness of cultural uniformity...
Matthew Sewell
A story in Florence, Italy recently caught the attention of many around the world. It was big news when public outcry caused Florentine city officials to backtrack from an agreement to let a McDonald’s open in the historic Piazza del Duomo, not far from Florence’s historic fifteenth-century cathedral. It would harm the identity of the city...


As the faith fades in Munich-Friesing, Archdiocese piles up $6.1 billion from Church tax...


The last VCRs ever will be made this month...


What happens in Krakow, doesn’t stay in Krakow...
Carrie Gress
Most of us have heard the phrase, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” The idea being, of course, that when you visit sin city, the effects stay there and you can return to your life without tarnish or rumor following you home. Sadly, sin is never private, never isolated, and only left behind by the grace of confession and penance...


Bishop Paprocki: Don't be misled, Archbishop Chaput got it right on marriage...


Is it a sin to laugh or joke when in need of confession?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Aristotle points out that man is the only animal that laughs. Critters might look like they are “laughing”, but they aren’t. So, it’s human to laugh. Mark Twain points out that man is the only animal that blushes... or needs to. Hence, because we are sinners, it’s human to blush. It doesn’t help us to mope around all long-face before confession...


The Ostpolitik failed. Get over it...
George Weigel
In the 1960s, Popes John XXIII and Paul VI initiated a new Vatican approach to the countries behind the iron curtain, the Ostpolitik. According to its chief architect and agent, Archbishop Agostino Casaroli, the strategic goal of the Ostpolitik was to find a modus non moriendi—a “way of not dying”—for the Catholic Church in the countries of the Warsaw Pact...


An interview with Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to the U.S...


Turns out Vatican City is the second most rectangular country in the world—take THAT, Maldives!...


Former OSV publisher Greg Erlandson named director, editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service...


Doubts arise after alleged photo surfaces of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, priest kidnapped from Yemen...


Stop trying to operate under your own steam! Cloistered nuns want to pray for you...


Why are so many millennials having children out of wedlock?


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