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Pope Francis travels to Caserta to meet with Evangelicals...


How Pope Benedict XV almost put an end to the First World War...


Stratford Caldecott to be buried alongside J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired his conversion to Christianity...


What happened to all of those Catholic weddings?
Terry Mattingly
If journalists — on the Godbeat or otherwise — needed more evidence that there are multiple “American” Catholic churches at the moment, all they need to do is dig into the following piece from The Atlantic Monthly that focuses on a crucial piece of demographics and, thus, doctrine. The headline is bland, from the point of view of most journalists.


10 things you need to know today: July 28, 2014...


Picture of the Day: Crystal clear canoeing on Caserta's Lago del Matese...


The Pope is making friends with Evangelical Christians around the world...
Sandro Magister
When the news got out, and was confirmed by Fr. Federico Lombardi, that Pope Francis intended to make a private visit to Caserta to meet with a friend, the pastor of a local Evangelical community, the city's bishop, Giovanni D'Alise, was thunderstruck. He hadn't been told a thing. Moreover...


What does it really mean to "get wise"? This Sunday's Mass readings tell us...
John Bergsma
This weekend’s First Reading is Solomon’s famous encounter with God in a dream early in his reign. Faced with the invitation to make any request of God, Solomon asks for the wisdom to rule well. God is pleased with this request and grants it to him. In a verse not used in Mass, God adds: “I give you also what you have not asked...


9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask...


It's hard to let go of money for God...
Sr. Theresa Noble
When I left my corporate job in California to enter the convent I had to tell my boss I was planning on leaving at the same time he was handing me an offer for a substantial raise. It was a difficult moment. I felt bad for my boss but I was also keenly aware that I looked insane to everyone around me, including myself sometimes. I remember looking at the offer...


Women with Down Syndrome respond to God's call as contemplatives...
Kathy Schiffer
This is the mission of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, a contemplative order in France which opens its doors to women who feel a call to religious life, but who may be turned away from other orders because they have Down Syndrome. The community depends on other sisters who do not have Down Syndrome...


Saint Teresa was right: There's a time for penance, and a time for partridge...


Unreason unleashes a world of hurt...
Fr. Thomas Berg
Peer deeply into any one of the many contemporary conflicts afflicting human beings on the world stage—the ISIS purge of Assyrian Christians and other minorities from the boundaries of their putative new Islamic state, the felling of Malaysia Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, the seething hell-hole that is Gaza—and you will eventually discover...


Pope Francis lunches with Vatican employees by surprise...


Mother reveals "monumental" secret before reuniting with baby she gave up 77 years ago...


Whether you know it or not, you're chosen...
Christopher Stefanick
Faith isn't one of the many components of life. It has everything to do with the happiness we were made for. Jesus didn't come to take away our "fun." In his own words, "I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete!" (John 15:11)...


The anatomy of etiquette: How to be an old-school gentleman from head to toe...


This NYTimes report is commendable, but it's missing a crucial detail. The word again is "dhimmitude"...

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100 years ago today, the West attempted suicide...


A reader has a question about friends using IVF...
Mark Shea
This is one of those things the apostles and fathers of the Church never had to think about. I think the first thing to do, if possible, is try to broach with them the question of the morality of IVF. Have you spoken with them about the moral implications of what they are doing? IVF involves fertilizing multiple eggs, picking one for implantation...


Listen to what Venerable Fulton Sheen has to say about misunderstanding the world...
Diane Korzeniewski
One thing I like about Archbishop Sheen is his approach to discussing the faith. While he cracks a joke now and then (and is truly funny at times), he's not condescending or bitter when talking about problems in the Church. He's very matter-of-fact about it all. When you hear people quoting Archbishop Sheen, or others like Fr. Hardon...


This man may be the greatest double agent in history...


Pope Francis may not be the pope you want, but he's the pope we need...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
I’m a Capuchin Franciscan, and I’ve often found that people think of Francis of Assisi as a kind of 13th-century flower child. St. Francis was certainly “countercultural,” but only in his radical obedience to the Church and his radical insistence on living the Gospel fully — including poverty and all of its other uncomfortable demands. Jesus...


Pope to belligerents in Ukraine, Iraq, Middle East: "Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!"


What is it that you most value? What is it that you most want?
Msgr. Charles Pope
Now be careful to answer this question honestly. We tend to answer questions like this as we “should” answer them, rather than honestly. But when we’re with the doctor, (and Jesus is our doctor), the best bet is to answer honestly, so we can begin a true healing process. And the fact is, we all need a heart transplant. That is...


The U.S. mass incarceration problem is staggering, and without parallel on a global scale...


There's no guarantee that the immune system of Western liberal democracy will hold up forever...


Pope Francis once said that charismatics "confuse liturgy with samba lessons". But times have changed...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope Francis’ upcoming encounter with the evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino continues the path of dialogue he has walked with evangelical denominations since his time in Buenos Aires. Pope Francis met Traettino in 2006, while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires...


Stratford Caldecott was a reflection of the love of Christ for so many throughout the world...


Is there a demonic element to seemingly ordinary human problems? Sometimes...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
While full-blown demonic possession is rare, it is much more common for souls to be troubled by what might be called “demonic infection”. In counseling people spiritually I have come to believe that there is a state of demonic influence in our lives which is greater than temptation and less than obsession.


If you want to understand the theology behind the teaching on divorce and remarriage, start here...


Colbie Caillat's powerful music video expresses the teaching of St. John Paul II...


"It was top secret until the plane took off": Details emerge on Meriam Ibrahim's escape to Rome...


Meriam Ibrahim's story ends well, but it puts a face on the plight of thousands of others...


The Christians of Iraq are in pain, and they are quoting the Lord Jesus, and calling on His name...
Elizabeth Scalia
The choice is leave or take a bullet to the head; you have ten hours to get out or die; take nothing but the clothes on your back; oh, you need that glucose meter? Your blood pressure meds? That’s too bad. The Christians interviewed here make me feel very proud, and very humbled. They are obviously hurting, obviously shocked and displaced...


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