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Pope Francis addresses Pontifical Academy for Life: “Euthanasia is always wrong”


“Nothing will be as it was!”—In the Council and Francis, the Church's “new consciousness”...
Rocco Palmo
As one of the bench put it, the week just past always makes for a "full immersion" experience... and to be sure, that the lounge of the USCCB hotel was dead by 10 on Wednesday night goes to show how knocked out everyone tends to be by Plenary's end. Along those lines, while this scribe has five days of catch-ups and notes to unwind and assemble for print...


The story of an underground Catholic priest in China...


Married priests can’t make up for missionary failure...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
It is not quite right to say that married priests are coming to the Catholic Church — they have been here for quite some time. But recent decisions by Pope Francis mean that something new is almost certainly coming in a few years — the ordination of married men to the priesthood for the Amazon region of South America. Whether it will be extended more widely remains to be seen...


A new phone comes out. Yours slows down. A conspiracy? No...


ISIS-linked propaganda poster threatens Christmas attack on St. Peter’s Square...


As the Bard might say...
George Weigel
Four centuries after his death, Shakespeare remains a peerless playwright because of his remarkable insight into the human condition. Love, ambition, fear, guilt, nobility, pomposity, patriotism, absurdity, sheer wickedness – you name it, Will grasped something of its essence. His work continues to help us understand ourselves better because...


The last known painting by Leonardo da Vinci just sold for $450.3 million...


FBI requests Planned Parenthood documents, signaling possible investigation...


UK teacher faces punishment for ‘misgendering’ girl in his class...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: “The Mass is the prayer par excellence”...


Cardinal Zen prays to keep Rome “from the brink of the precipice and not sell out the faithful Church”...


The 95 Theses: 8 things to know and share...
Jimmy Akin
In 1517, Martin Luther drafted a document known as The 95 Theses, and its publication is used to date the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The recent 500th anniversary of that event focused a good bit of attention on the 95 Theses. Here are 8 things to know and share...


11 ways to prepare your boy to be a great priest...
Jennifer Fitz
We hear a lot of noise about praying for vocations, and sometimes it sounds like we’re all hoping the Vocations Fairy will sprinkle Magic Vocation Dust on our dioceses, causing priests to pop up in the lawn like mushrooms after wet weather. Priests don’t grow in the grass. Priests grow in families. They are born to parents (a subject treated elsewhere...


UK government asks Catholic schools to drop words “mother” and “father” from admissions forms...


Key perceptions of—and at—the Second Vatican Council...


The souls in purgatory need your help more than you realize...


The fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving...

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I think I’ve figured out who the Magi are...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
In my new book The Mystery of the Magi-The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men I actually believe I have done the research and gathered the evidence and made a strong argument that the Magi were diplomats from Arabia to the court of Herod the Great. What? You may ask. Father. Really. Why do you imagine that after 2000 years you are the one who has identified the Magi...


In ‘Justice League,’ DC Comics’ biggest heroes are together on the big screen at last...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
The ghost of Superman hovers over much of Justice League. You might say Superman’s ghost has always haunted Warner Bros’ big-screen DC Extended Universe, though the haunting is more pronounced now that Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel is dead. From the beginning, on Krypton in Man of Steel, Russell Crowe’s Jor-El predicted that his infant son Kal-El would “be a god” to the people of Earth...


It’s summertime in Antarctica, so bask in these 36 photos...


Report: US bishops choose 4 delegates for 2018 Synod...


What is eternal life?
Msgr. Charles Pope
I often think that we haven’t done a very good job of setting forth the doctrine of eternal life. For most people, the concept seems a rather shallow one: that we will live forever. Frankly, many may not consider it all that appealing if the place where we live forever is Heaven. Too often, Heaven is reduced to merely this: a place where I’ll be happy...


Liberal feminists fight for things that make women miserable...
Patti Armstrong
Like a dog chasing his tail, running faster or barking louder only gets you nowhere faster. The liberal feminist movement makes no sense (unless you mean cents—then talk to Planned Parenthood) because liberal feminists are fighting for the very things that cause women pain. Liars that manipulated them hijacked the movement long ago...


On losing my faithful dog Moby, whom I loved...
David Mills
Sunday began like any Sunday, except that I slept a little later than usual and woke to a lovely fall day. It ended with my sitting cross-legged on the floor of Exam Room # 2, holding my dog Moby’s head in my lap, with our two youngest children on either side of him, my son burying his face in the crook of his arm, as the vet put him to sleep...


Why Naumann's big win over Cupich isn't necessarily all about Pope Francis...
John Allen
Elections within the U.S. bishops' conference are more akin to races for department chairs at a university, or officers in a social club, than a U.S. congressional race, meaning that the personal often triumphs over the political. As a result, yesterday's victory of Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas over Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago may have been in part a referendum on Pope Francis...


The false cheer of office parties and ‘wellness initiatives’ can’t cure the loneliness epidemic...


As personality cult rises in China, Communists tell Christians: “President Xi Jinping, not Jesus, will save you” ...


Australians vote 62-39 to legalize ’same-sex marriage’...


Being open to life means being open to loss...
Susanna Spencer
I walk through my house and every corner reminds me of the memories I will not have of my child. I change my toddler’s diaper and wonder where we will keep a changing table that we do not need once he is potty trained. I look to next June, and the harsh reality of the baby that will not be born then hits me. The thoughts flit through my mind...


We know that his testimony is true...


NFL wide receiver Marquise Goodwin scores touchdown hours after losing his unborn son...


Pure delight: Listen to an entire neighborhood in Puerto Rico scream in joy as power is finally restored...


A millennial guy's guide to holding the door open for other people...


At the going down of the sun, we will remember them...


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