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Pope's Palm Sunday homily: "God's way is humility"


Celibacy is a sign that every other love, every lesser love, is a form of the love of God...


Spend this week with Jesus: A daily chronology of our Lord's "last" seven days...
Msgr. Charles Pope
At the heart of our faith is the Paschal mystery: the Passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. All of salvation history leads up to and goes forth from these saving events. The purpose of this post is to describe Jesus’ final week. We call this “Holy Week” because Jesus’ public ministry culminates with His suffering...


Quiz: Can you name the schools with the most Final Four appearances?


How cheese changed the course of Western civilization...


Christianity is intrinsically patriarchal, but the patriarch is to be a papa...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Someone was joking recently that the reason the Eastern Orthodox cannot have women bishops is because one can’t call a woman “Patriarch.” Behind the wisecrack is some wisdom, and the existence of women ministers in non-Catholic denominations raises the question of just how patriarchal the Christian religion must be. Is it necessary to call priests “Father” and refer to the Pope as “Holy Father”...


Secular messianism: An explanation for why the Angry Left is so angry...


Pope Francis and the ambivalence of popularity...
John Allen
If Pope Francis were the President of the United States, he would now be on the other side of his first midterm election, having marked his two-year anniversary on March 13, and all indications are his party would have done exceptionally well. The pope’s poll numbers remain sky-high, with the most recent Pew Forum study putting his approval rating among American Catholics at 90 percent...


Saint Teresa of Avila's Way, on the 500th anniversary of her birth...
Anthony Lilles
On this great day in the life of the Church, Teresa helps us consider how the Lord permits himself to be bound by our love. It is love that makes our prayer authentic, God's love at work in us that brings into harmony what we say and what we do. If however our efforts to repeat what the Lord has told us to say move in our hearts in even the most subtle of ways...


The Logos, the second person of the Trinity, is a glorious and paradoxical mystery...
Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
To profess belief in the second person of the Most Holy Trinity carries with it unfathomable implications because full understanding lies rooted inconceivably beyond human reach in our eternal Creator. The Catechism elucidates the incarnation as we read: “we believe and confess that Jesus of Nazareth, born a Jew of a daughter of Israel at Bethlehem at the time of King Herod the Great and the emperor Caesar Augustus...


"If you did not touch him, you did not meet him"...


Sisters of Life, St. Charles Borromeo Missionaries to establish houses in Colorado...


Pope Francis may be nearing a tipping point with the Barros mess in Chile...


'This is your house' – Pope Francis meets homeless in Sistine Chapel...


Free divers are rewriting the science of the human body...


Cardinal Müller to Cardinal Marx: Bishops’ conferences are not the magisterium...


Let's ditch the prom...
Simcha Fisher
A Pennsylvania Catholic high school is requiring girls to submit photos of their prom dresses for approval, before the actual night. Deacon Greg Kandra passses along the story here. Such policies always sound a little heavy-handed (and students claim that the guidelines were issued at the last minute, which means that already-purchased...


Gay activists and celebrities lash out against Indiana, demand restrictions on religious freedom...

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The Christian version of "Cheat the Oracle" is much better than the pagan one...
Mark Shea
The idea is that Heaven decrees the hero's fate and nothing can change it. The hero (or perhaps the hero's parents or guardians if the hero is an infant) then attempts to cheat the oracle by hiding the hero in a distant land or selling him into slavery or something. In so doing, this sets in motion the fulfillment of the prophecy...


Lent is a time of penance, but does penance have a role in the Christian life throughout the year?
R. Jared Staudt
Penance is an essential and even obligatory part of the Christian life. This can be seen in the fact that Confession requires the performance of penance and in the mandated days of fasting and abstinence. Beyond these expressions, penance has played a large role in the Christian life, primarily through reparation and meritorious suffering...


Israeli students build epic Rube Goldberg machine to celebrate Passover...


Prayers needed: Cardinal George readmitted to Loyola Hospital...
Kathy Schiffer
Could you take a few minutes to say a prayer for Cardinal George? For the second time this month, Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has returned to Loyola Hospital–this time for pain management and hydration issues. The 78-year-old cardinal, who has been facing recurrent cancer in his liver and kidney...


The invention of the baby carrot...


The once-deadly cliffside path called the "world's most dangerous trail" reopens this week...


The Passion accounts don't merely describe people long since gone. They're portraits of you and me...


A 'culture of life' or a 'tyrant state'? St. John Paul II's prophetic wake-up call to the West...


Debunking some myths behind the 'new cosmology'...


Failure to charge womb-cutter for murder is "travesty of justice," says Archbishop of Denver...


9 things you need to know about Palm (Passion) Sunday...
Jimmy Akin
Palm Sunday--or is it Passion Sunday?--marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day commemorates not one but two very significant events in the life of Christ. The day is called both "Palm Sunday" and "Passion Sunday." The first name comes from the fact that it commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem...


What was it like for the soldiers standing guard at the Tomb that Easter morning?
Elizabeth Scalia
He was not afraid. Of course he was not. Only, he could not seem to open his eyes. The air was soft, light on his skin. In the sun’s warmth it should have felt as soothing as a woman’s caress, and yet...how is it the small hairs on his arms, on his hands and the back of his neck were raised like quills? By Jupiter, he thought...


How Colorado failed Michelle Wilkins...
Brianna Heldt
By now, most people have heard the tragic story of how a pregnant woman here in Colorado, responding to a CraigsList advertisement for baby clothes, was attacked, beaten, and stabbed. The precious seven-month-old baby in her womb was stolen, and died. Somehow the mother managed to survive, and has since been released from the hospital...


A luxury liner docks, and the countdown's on...


Catholicism in space: Houston, do we have a problem?


On the lost justice of the "Sabbath rest"...


The dangers of living in a Catholic bubble...
David Mills
“I don’t see many examples of rich involvement in public spaces that are open to strangers and friends alike,” says a millennial writer named Erin Lane, interviewed in the Evangelical magazine Christianity Today. “That’s one of the unique features of the church, at least right now, that it offers a common space between your private friends and the larger community...


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