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Complaints prompt Catholic university to remove statue of priest praying over Indians


The Latin oration at this year's Harvard Commencement was a tour de force. See for yourself...


For the Vatican Bank, a new direction means profitability...
Andrea Gagliarducci
The Vatican Bank’s net profits in 2014 jumped to $75.5 million from only $3.2 million the previous year, reflecting a change in its financial management and investments. The Institute for Religious Works (IOR), known informally as the 'Vatican bank', released its third annual report on May 25. The report registered a massive increase in net profits...


Music vet teams up with Carmelite Sisters to create a collection of chamber folk...


The top 5 heresies to avoid this Trinity Sunday...
Brantly Millegan
Trinity Sunday is a special day each year when Christians are called to especially dwell on that great mystery of the Christian faith: the Trinity. There is only one God, but that one God has revealed himself to us as eternally existing as three distinct, co-equal, co-eternal persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity is arguably the most important doctrine of the Church...


The color blue is a May tribute to Our Lady...
R. Jared Staudt
I recently heard a piece on NPR about the color blue. At first, I thought “you have to be kidding me.” Maybe that’s what you’re thinking right now as you begin this article. A reference to Homer caught my attention and pulled me into the rest of the piece. I have been intrigued by Homer’s use of color. How can anyone forget his reference to the wine dark sea...


Nothing but net...
Greg Erlandson
An old friend passed away today. It was one of those basketball hoops that stand alone on a tall metal tube, with a heavy plastic base filled with anti-freeze to keep it weighted down and to avoid cracking with winter’s freezes. It was so rusted from its years standing sentry on my driveway that my neighbor had to cut the bolts with a power saw...


The surprising Catholic history of pretzels...
Matthew Archbold
When I moved to Philadelphia I was surprised by the number of guys on the side of the roads selling pretzels. I never buy food from anyone who doesn't have a bathroom but forgetting that, the whole thing just took me a while to get used to. As a New Yorker, I was used to people selling hot dogs but not pretzels on street corners...


11 things that happen to parents who bring their kids to Mass...


Three simple paths to interior peace...


On betrothal and the importance of marriage preparation...
Pope Francis
The covenant of love between man and woman, a covenant for life, is not improvised; it is not made from one day to another. There is no express marriage: one must work on love, one must journey. The alliance of love of man and woman is learned and refined. I allow myself to say that it is a crafted alliance. To make two lives only one life...


11 fascinating personal things about Pope Francis we learned in his latest interview...


The Irish vote is worse than perverse. It is blasphemous...


List of participants who attended Gregorian 'Shadow Synod' released...


Priest reacts to Charlie Charlie Challenge: "We are opening our kids to real spiritual warfare"...


How to think like a poet...


On keeping our kids Catholic: The indispensable minimum...
Richard Becker
This might sound callous, but I just don’t think it’s our job as parents to keep our kids in the Church, even in the short-term. That’s God’s job and, frankly, the job of our kids once they’re making decisions for themselves. Our job as parents is a lot more prosaic – and, consequently, a lot more challenging. “Parents have the most grave obligation...


Golden Gate Bridge builders ate special meals to prevent dizziness...

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Abortionists have killed more Americans than lived in the U.S. in 1880...


Deep joy and difficult suffering: St. Teresa of Avila on why we need both...
Dan Burke
The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God...


As you go out into the world to serve God, don't lose our soul in the process...
Philip Kosloski
Let’s envision a common scenario. A college graduate is on fire with the faith and can not wait to get involved in youth ministry. They apply to 10 different jobs and are finally hired to help run a youth ministry program for a large suburban parish. Before coming there, the youth ministry program was non-existent and the pastor now wants to focus on building up a strong youth group...


St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Pope Benedict and the Miracle at Lourdes...


What John Elway’s Deflategate comment can teach us about integrity...
Matthew Sewell
Even the non-football fan has likely heard rumblings about the NFL fining the New England Patriots and suspending their star quarterback for being big fat cheaters (again) and secretly letting a little air out of footballs to gain a competitive edge throughout last season. The whole league erupted with commentary after Commissioner Roger Goodell brought the hammer down...


It isn’t enough for pro-lifers to be “innocent as doves.” We must also be “wise as serpents”... ...
Jason Jones
Imagine if same-sex marriage were prohibited nationwide, and legal protections for homosexuals consistently struck down or defeated—while sodomy laws were re-imposed and enforced, with billions of dollars in funding from Congress. How effective would you consider the gay rights movement? If the Second Amendment were reduced to a hollow...


Colombia is a factory for Catholicism’s new brand of martyrs...
John Allen
If you’ve ever wondered what happens while being held prisoner for three days by one of the world’s last remaining Marxist guerrilla movements, Bishop Héctor Julio López Hurtado of Colombia has a somewhat surprising answer: A remarkable amount of time can be devoted to dinner. López, now 73, was kidnapped at gunpoint in 1997 by a band of teenage soldiers belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia...


Jesus Christ is the Conqueror of Satan, and constantly warns us about him...


Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark bipartisan override vote...


How a California woman fell in love with a Swiss Guard...


It is hard to think of anyone who combined evil and stupid ideas so consistently as Ayn Rand...
David Mills
Had she not become a guru, Ayn Rand would have been the kind of person few people really like who still accumulates admiring followers, whom she would banish for the slightest deviation from total devotion. She would have been a particularly mean Mean Girl, terrorizing some suburban high school and then a middle class suburb. Judging from the stories told even by her admirers...


A challenge to men to "believe the things that are almost impossible"...


One of the most amazing Catholic "ghosts" ever spotted at GetReligion...
Terry Mattingly
So let's say that you are reading a story about a nice elderly couple in Illinois named Leo and Ruth Zanger. The story appeared in the Quincy Herald-Whig that was picked up by the Associated Press, which is why several people saw it and sent me stunned, even incredulous notes. Now, the key to this story is that Leo and Ruth Zanger recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild...


Coming to a post office near you: The Flannery O'Connor postage stamp...


12 right-on-the-money quotes from Flannery O'Connor...


The full magnitude of the problem...


Job's Behemoth wasn’t a dinosaur, and it undermines the Church to promote such a preposterous idea...


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