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Pope tells 'haggard' Europe that human dignity is key to renewal


Ferguson sounds an alarm on the conscience...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Have that awful feeling that comes from a nation seeming to be gawking at evil this morning? It was a bit like tuning into CSI Ferguson last night, as I commented on National Review Online. Archbishop Richard Carlson’s plea for peace to the people in Ferguson — and those who have gathered there — is a ping to the conscience of us all...


Beauty serving truth: The Vatican Museums...
John Zmirak
As Christians we believe a long list of things that seem unlikely, though not impossible. We hold that the human race is more than the accidental byproduct of random selection. That the human mind is more than the side effect of electrochemical fireworks inside our fragile, organic brains. That our actions in fourscore or fewer years on this planet carry significance that will outlast every galaxy...


NFL star walks away from $37 million contract to serve God as a farmer...


Question from an Orthodox reader: Why be Catholic?
Mark Shea
I basically never had any big issues with the papal claims. It seems to me self-evident that papal primacy saturates the NT. Peter is obviously seen, in all four gospels, as the head of the apostolic college. He is clearly the spokesman for the group, asking all the dumb questions, singled out for all the big honors...


Pope to Europe: Get your social and spiritual house in order...
John Allen
History's first pope from outside the West traveled to the heart of secular Europe Tuesday and delivered a sharp wake-up call, warning European leaders that the continent risks irrelevance if it doesn't recover its founding values, drawing in part on its Christian legacy.


Anglicans wonder why no one comes to church on Sunday...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
An article in the Daily Telegraph ponders why the number of people attending parish churches in England continues to plummet. While attendance at cathedral worship is up, the number of worshippers in the local churches is in free fall. The Anglicans, of course, are not the only ones. All the churches in the Western ...


6 amazing Catholic Thanksgiving facts you need to know...
Taylor Marshall
When you're sitting down for that wonderful feast on Thursday, here are 6 interesting Catholic Thanksgiving Facts you can share with your family. Print them out and read them aloud over some pumpkin (or pecan) pie! Your history teacher probably forgot to teach you that Squanto, the native American hero of the Pilgrim's first Thanksgiving was Catholic...


The preferential option for life...


The Democracy Alliance: How a secretive group of donors helps set the progressive agenda...


Love: Reuniting the objective and subjective...
R. Jared Staudt
The modern world has fallen into a dualism of body and soul in many ways. Descartes, a founding father of modern philosophy described the soul as a "ghost in a machine." It is only too easy to focus on the body in an animalistic fashion, focused on pleasure and gratification. The opposite extreme is to fall into emotionalism or even a spiritualism that sees no compelling connection to the body...


A couple of notes about the new Prefect of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments...


Today is the Feast of St. Chrysogonus...


Did Adam and Eve really exist?


Pope appoints Bishop Don Hying as shepherd of Diocese of Gary...


Calvinists came to America seeking the freedom to be harsher with themselves than English law allowed...


The time for big curial changes may finally be here...


Curial reshuffling to take place?

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Why families and grandparents need each other...
Mitchell Kalpakgian
The art of living well not only depends on the virtues of motherhood and fatherhood and the parents’ commitment to the total well being of children in mind, body, and soul but also on the presence of the extended family. In older cultures and earlier times, the notion of “the nuclear family” was a foreign idea: newlyweds worked and lived near their relatives...


Video: Why you shouldn't try to outrun a grizzly bear (warning: autoplay video)...


Address to the European Parliament (Strasbourg, France)...
Pope Francis
ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STRASBOURG 25 NOVEMBER 2014 Mr Secretary General, Madame President Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to address this solemn session which brings together a significant representation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe...


Of Flies and Men...
Fr. James Schall
By my calculations, my room, recently renovated, currently contains two flies. Each seems to be of a different make. There are 217 different kinds of flies, a critter with two sets of wings. I do not know to which species these two flies belong. One strikes like a baseball; the other is more flighty. Each, no doubt...


St. Francis Xavier’s body on public display in Goa ‎...


Love of the world fuels the fear of death...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As November winds down, still Advent looms and in its early weeks and the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgement, heaven and hell) is still operative. A classic meditation of St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on a fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment...


Just when you think you have Pope Francis figured out, he surprises you...


Cardinal Sarah's appointment paves the way for a new Roman Curia...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Cardinal Robert Sarah has been appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments -- a decision that sets a decisive tone for Curial reform. The cardinal's first steps have been announced to the heads of the Vatican's dicasteries during their meeting with the Pope this morning...


At the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Franciscan Polity 101...
Rocco Palmo
Tomorrow, the first American Pope heads to the heart of Europe as Francis addresses the Continent's 751-member Parliament at Strasbourg. Already, the last 20 months have revealed most of the key points the talk is likely to hit – a protest of the "idolatry of money" to which people are sacrificed and a call to reject the "throwaway culture" it's birthed; special pleas for the care of the young suffering under brutally high unemployment rates...


We can expect clarity and leadership from Cardinal Sarah...


Watch NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham score a spectacular TD with a one-handed catch...


This week's featured guest in "How I Pray": Jimmy Akin...
Thomas McDonald
Every Monday in How I Pray, I ask various Catholics about their prayer routines, their prayer lives, and their experience of prayer. This week I'm joined by the great apologist Jimmy Akin, whose clear and irenic explanations of Catholic teaching are always a welcome oasis in the often-fractious world of online Catholicism. Who are you...


For the "new CDW", a new kind of prefect...


Rare deep sea-dwelling anglerfish caught on camera...


The Art of Manliness Guide to Thanksgiving...


Satan at his most subtle: A reflection on the temptations and traps of the pious...


The secret life of string cheese...


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