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Ailing Bishop David Choby issues rare declaration of ‘impediment’ for Diocese of Nashville


Our immigration system is broken and unjust...
Bishop James Conley
The Catholic Church’s teaching on immigration is based on three clear principles: that families have the right to migrate for economic opportunities, for freedom, or for safety; that nations have the right to security, to fixed borders and ordered policies for immigrants; that as an obligation of justice and mercy, nations who can receive immigrants without detriment to the welfare of their citizens should do so...


The hidden stories behind 5 of your favorite prayers...
Thomas Craughwell
How well do you know the Our Father, or the Hail Mary? Not just the words, but how these prayers developed, and what they have meant—and continue to mean—to generations of Catholics. Do you know the story behind Hail Holy Queen? Or St. Francis’ Peace Prayer? For Catholics, prayers such as these are like breathing—spiritually...


What G.K. Chesterton and a dear friend taught me about confession...
Tod Worner
“Why should I have to go to Confession?” I was being testy. And my wife knew it. Now, this wasn’t my first misgiving about the Catholic Church. Nor would it be my last. Having married a “cradle Catholic” while personally been raised Lutheran, I had asked terse questions about church hierarchy, the veneration of Mary and the Saints...


Who is Vladimir Soloviev, and why do recent popes admire this Russian mystic so much?


Lent, laughter and the joyful soul...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Before his sudden fall from the limelight last week, an interestingly entertaining interview made its way into the scrambled world of the internet between the right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and the liberal jester Bill Maher. It’s a sharpish exchange between the always grinning, always cynical Mr. Maher and a guy Mr. Maher accurately calls “an impish British fag...


Liberal education frees us from some things and it frees us for other things...
Mark Langley
Some things are never out of season and liberal education is one of them. As a matter of fact the Holy season of Lent provides the Christian with an opportunity to focus on the first thing that anyone should know about Liberal education. And what is the first thing that anyone should know about liberal education? It is, of course...


Timothy Fuerst: Authentic Christian witness, Notre Dame favorite...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Timothy Fuerst recently died after a fight with cancer. He was a father and husband and a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame. I never met him, but simply reading about him makes me want to be a better person. You might have the same experience. What got my attention first about Fuerst was a tribute letter a colleague wrote in The Observer campus paper...


The priests who sacrificed their lives for their daughters...


Pope's Sunday Angelus: God is faithful – trust him and don't worry...


The whole world is more Catholic than you think...
John Clark
The world is Catholic. All of it. When I was asked to write an online world geography course two years ago, I wondered if I were the right man for the job. After all, I rarely travel more than 100 miles from my home; the only foreign country I have ever been to is Canada, and I haven’t even been there for over 30 years. But I’ve learned a lot since I started writing...


The Martyrs of Damascus of 1860 knew the difference between heroic and casual Catholics...


How one soldier used beer to fight off 6,000 Chinese Communist troops...


What does it mean to be salted with fire?


3 ways philosophy can give power to evangelization...


Social media is slowly driving Americans insane...


The Modesto Statement: Playing politics, bishops are conned again...


Is the right to abort a child with disabilities becoming a duty?

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Interactive map plots where every known fossil was discovered...


7 churches of Hollywood where the stars go to pray...
Angelo Stagnaro
I’m as jaded a New Yorker as they come, and it takes a great deal for me to look up from my weekend bagel, coffee and newspaper. Though my out-of-town friends are thrilled whenever they spot a star pounding the pavement along with us, their pedestrianism doesn’t impress me as much. However, I am thrilled to find out a star of stage...


The best films of 2016...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
It’s time once again for my annual round-up of the best films of last year according to some of my friends and peers (see previous years). This year I’ve collected 10 lists so far, plus mine. As always, the lists were chosen from a circle of friends and peers who are Christians and whose faith in some way informs their film writing...


Coming soon: 10 beautiful new churches in the works...


Pope Francis visits Anglican Parish in Rome...


Catholic writer Fiorella De Maria embraces Truth through fiction...


It's not just the head of the Jesuits. Some scholars have been undermining the Gospels for decades...


The Gallery of Regrettable Lenten Food...


Pope Francis helps SSPX take over church, complex, in heart of Rome...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Il Foglio today as a story about how Pope Francis was a decisive factor in handing over a neo-Gothic church in the center of Rome, Santa Maria Immacolata all’Esquilino, to the SSPX. It is going to be a center for studies and, perhaps, their HQ. It is a pretty large complex.


Suppressing Jesuits, suppressing Jesus: Fr. Sosa’s surprising words on Christ’s own words...


Dear converts: How did you deal with impatience while waiting to become Catholic?


Marriage prep should be more than just a few courses, Pope tells priests...


No, Pope Francis did not say it's better to be an atheist than a bad Catholic...


What being a country Catholic is really like...
Jason Craig
Humanity is a part of nature, we are nature’s stewards, and living in close proximity is living in the most “normal” of settings. As G.K. Chesterton once noted, the city is the only habitat where people have to leave (i.e. visit the countryside) to have a retreat. Living close to it helps us to see and feel our relation to it...


Iraqi Christians erect large cross in area liberated from ISIS...


How this Catholic chapel, built a century before Columbus discovered America, ended up in Wisconsin...


Trump administration reverses Obama policies on transgender bathrooms in schools...


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