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Pope Francis and Raul Castro to meet on Sunday at the Vatican


Is 'The Drop Box' worthy of an Oscar?


Sorry, "Left Behind" fans. The rapture is not in the Bible...


"A moment of true grace": Vatican releases details on upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy...


Pope Francis inspires rising tide of exorcists and exorcisms...
Mark Shea
Francis' respect for and practical belief in the reality of the demonic has allowed people who were hitherto shy about discussing the devil and similar facts to come out of the woodwork and ask for the graces and helps the Church provides in confronting Old Scratch. This includes exorcisms and there has been a corresponding uptick in priests getting trained to act as exorcists...


"The Avengers" and Friedrich Nietzsche...
Fr. Robert Barron
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and their colleagues in the Inklings wanted to write fiction that would effectively “evangelize the imagination,” accustoming the minds, especially of young people, to the hearing of the Christian Gospel. Accordingly, Tolkien’s Gandalf is a figure of Jesus the prophet and Lewis’s Aslan a representation of Christ as both sacrificial victim and victorious king...


Alice von Hildebrand's 'Memoirs of a Happy Failure': Dodging Nazis and daring students with truth...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Assisted by John Henry Crosby (director of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project), author Alice von Hildebrand has completed this memoir of a life marked by great graces profitably used. This is a wonderful chronicle — which includes a foreword by Cardinal Timothy Dolan — of a well-known Catholic woman, philosopher and teacher (from the late 1940s to the 1980s) at Hunter College in New York City...


Like most Freemasons, Benjamin Franklin had a spiritual blind spot...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Apart from his rejection of wigs and the incident with the kite, the key and the lightning bolt, I’m afraid I have never been impressed or attracted to Benjamin Franklin. There was too much of the old-world rationalist and deist in the new-world inventor and sage. Despite his accomplishments, there was something as dull about the man as his po-faced portrait staring from the hundred-dollar bill...


How priests in the Old Testament prepared sacrificial animals as a sign of Christ...
Taylor Marshall
We often forget that Old Testament priests were not primarily pastors or preachers. They were chiefly animal butchers . Previously, we've looked at the Old Testament concept of "laying on of hands" as it relates to Catholic ordination . The laying of hands is act of re-creating or re-constituting him for a new supernatural work...


When I was a little girl, my mom bought toys for me. Now I buy toys for her...


Against all falsehood, Jesus shines forth forever true...
Anthony Lilles
Jesus, the Risen Lord, is truly present in this moment. In the midst of difficulty or rest, sorrow or joy, He is with us, fully alive, more real than all the rest of reality combined. He is present with great humility and respect: asking is if a beggar, seeking as if He were the one who had lost something and knocking as if He had no right to enter...


A stunning drone tour of Antarctica...


Pro-life anxiety over Pope Francis’ looming ecological manifesto...


Why 'Athanasius' would be a great name for your next son...
John Clark
Today, May 2, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Athanasius. His story is not well-enough known today, perhaps partly due to the fact that almost 1,700 years have passed since his amazing life. But amazing it was. Athanasius is both a doctor of the Church and a father of the Church. These are rare trophies indeed, but for his championing the doctrine of the Incarnation...


Man hangs up on Pope thinking it's a prank...


Scenes from the Amazing Parish Conference in Denver...


Why studying Latin, more so than business, is ideal training for actually running a business...


Map: What people around the world value the most...

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But it's not my job!...
Simcha Fisher
I was feeling accomplished. I had just finished a writing project and sent it off before the deadline, and then written a topical blog post and most of a devotional one. I had done a short workout and taken a quick shower without losing my cool at the howling baby who hates it when I take a shower. I had fed the toddler lunch, changed and fed the baby about forty-six times...


Does mercy have meaning for global politics?


Did the KGB ‘create’ Latin America’s liberation theology?
John Allen
Ion Mihai Pacepa is a former three-star general in Communist Romania’s secret police who defected to the United States in 1978, bringing a trove of insider detail about KGB operations and intelligence strategies in the former Soviet empire. He’s considered among the highest ranking defectors of all time from the Soviet bloc...


“We don’t go to Mass to adore Jesus...”?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
In the Holy Mass, God touches earth and gives us a glimpse of heaven. The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity becomes truly present in the Eucharistic elements. God is really there. Adoration seems like a reasonable response. Adoration of the God who made us could be among the reasons for going to Mass. So, keep adoring...


Infographic: Priestly libations for trivia nerds...


This New Agey feminist tried a chapel veil at the TLM and loved it...


Communion of saints, communion of sinners...


Five-year-old boy perfectly recreates Bruce Lee's famous nunchaku scene...


Pope Francis, the papacy of the media and the real papacy...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope Francis is now facing the slowdown of his reforms. The establishment this week of a Commission for Communications to shape and implement the proposals of the Committee for Communications appointed some time ago by the Council of Cardinals may represent a further slowdown in the path of curial reforms. When it was time to make a decision...


Holy Father to Swiss Guard: "Great love" comes from friendship with Christ...


If you ever leave me, I'm going with you...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In this Easter Season, we continue to reflect on how the risen Lord Jesus minsters to us and supplies our needs. Last week we considered him as our shepherd. This week we learn how He is the vine and we the branches on the vine, wholly dependent on Him for everything. As we consider how he cares for us as his disciples, we need to rescue the word “care” from its rather sentimental modern sense...


Pope's Regina Coeli: "The fruits of profound union with Jesus are marvelous"...


Your cat is trying to talk to you...


Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College...


Here's the entire U.S. Navy fleet in one chart...


5 things I've learned about holiness in the convent...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
When I entered the convent I had a pretty self-confident, completely unsophisticated idea of what holiness would look like. I expected to be able to identify the holiest sisters because they would have a retinue following them, hanging on their every word and helping them with daily tasks. Hey, that is what Padre Pio pretty much had right...


With Malice Toward Nun: Why is the Obama administration picking on a persecuted Iraqi sister?


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