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Melbourne cathedral vandalized after Cardinal George Pell acquittal


Why did Our Lord wash the feet of His disciples? The Greek text of John 13 is enlightening...
Michael Barber
One of the unique features of the Holy Thursday liturgy is the remembrance of Jesus’ act of washing the disciples’ feet. My favorite depiction of this scene has always been the one above by Ford Madox Brown. I think it really captures Peter’s extreme discomfort at having his feet washed by Jesus. I must confess that I find Peter’s face...


This American mystic nun lost her husband to the priesthood, and her children to her husband...


If Pope Francis really wants women deacons, this seems an odd way to go about it...
John Allen
“Synodality” is the shibboleth of the Pope Francis era, and so it should be no surprise that the pontiff acted Tuesday on one of the recommendations of the recent Synod of Bishops for the Amazon by creating - for the second time in four years - a commission to study whether women might be ordained as deacons. During last October’s synod...


What the Pope really said (or didn’t say) about the new coronavirus and nature ...


Why ‘Ascension’ is the most Christian episode in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D...
Philip Kosloski
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is widely regarded as one of the most successful television adaptations of the Marvel Universe. After a somewhat rocky start, the show started to pick-up after its 2nd and 3rd season, gaining a universal appeal among a larger audience. One of the highlights of the show, has to be its climactic finale during its 3rd season...


Last Things: Without fish, no delight in hamburgers...
David Mills
She was leaning her head on her dad’s shoulder, the girl with her parents two rows in front of me at Ash Wednesday Mass. When she stood up, she reminded me of myself in junior high, wearing jeans with bold vertical stripes, more noticeable than pleasing, the broadest stripe a bright pink. My bellbottom jeans’ broadest stripe was red...


Lessons to be learned from Cardinal Pell’s case...


England’s fear, Walsingham’s hope...
K.V. Turley
Today, two rivers run silently though London, one is called the River Thames, the other is known by another name: fear. The coronavirus has come amongst us. Its arrival was gradual at first. Via news reports of surreal events in far-off places it seemed to drift towards the city before suddenly striking. Panic was its first work...


Passiontide chronology: Wednesday of Holy Week...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Two momentous days have passed: On Monday there was the cleansing of the Temple and the laments over Jerusalem’s lack of faith; Tuesday featured exhaustive teachings by Jesus and interrogations by His opponents. Today, Wednesday, it would seem that Jesus stays in Bethany. According to Matthew’s Gospel, the day begins with an ominous warning: When Jesus had finished saying all these things...


The Easter of Cardinal Pell, with comments from Ruini and Müller...
Sandro Magister
“What I am really looking forward to is celebrating a Mass,” Cardinal George Pell said just after his return to freedom following more than 400 days of incarceration, in an exclusive interview with Catholic News Agency. “Holy Week is obviously the most important time in our Church, so I am especially pleased this decision came when it did...


Coronavirus reminds us that you need others and they need you. And that’s a wonderful thing...


Practical advice from “the ghost of quarantine future”...


Notre Dame Cathedral to broadcast Crown of Thorns veneration on Good Friday...


Each of us will taste death. Here are the 7 duties of dying Christians...


How un-miracle drugs could help tame the pandemic...


“Prayer has been the great source of strength to me” — Cardinal Pell looks forward to Easter...

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Did you know European starlings can be taught to speak? Listen to this...


10 things you need to know about Holy Thursday...
Jimmy Akin
Every single Mass, we hear the words “on the night he was betrayed.” That night was Holy Thursday, and it is one of the most important nights in all of history. Here are 10 things you need to know. First, what happened on the original Holy Thursday? An amazing amount of stuff! This was one of the most pivotal days in the life of Jesus Christ...


Team of young Chicago priests answer the call to anoint COVID-19 coronavirus patients...


High Court frees Cardinal Pell; the Washington Post offers basic journalism. And the New York Times?
Terry Mattingly
This will be a very simple post about a very complicated religion-news story. I am referring to the news that lit up Twitter the other day, when the news broke that Australia’s highest court had — with a 7-0 vote — overturned controversial (I need a stronger word) decisions by two lower courts convicting Cardinal George Pell of sexually assaulting two choirboys at the Melbourne cathedral in the 1990s...


For men in quarantine, here are 3 ideas for rediscovering your marriage...
John Cuddeback
Marriage is often an exercise in recognizing the gift in what does not appear to be one. In this way it is a microcosm of human life. Sharing in the same home is a central and defining blessing of marriage. That doesn’t prevent unexpected lengths of time in home quarantine from being very difficult. I have been reading the sketches of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar in Plutarch’s Lives...


The life-changing truth to learn when you’re sheltering at home...


Resurrection is our song — death is not the last word...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
There was really and truly a point during the great Lenten quarantine of 2020 when I saw a ladybug on the floor and thought, “How thoughtful of you to make a visit!” The protocol, of course, for the great Lenten quarantine has involved, as you well know, “social distancing.” So you are with who you are with. And if that happens to be a bug...


Pope Francis establishes new commission to study women deacons...


Embracing the kind of redeemer God appointed...
George Weigel
The Gospel readings of Lent remind us that opposition to Jesus and his mission frequently grew out of the desire for a redeemer who was more like what various characters in the drama thought a redeemer should be. Jesus’s fellow-townsmen reject him because they can’t imagine a messiah whose relatives are all around them. In Jerusalem...


The only reasonable verdict against Cardinal Pell was acquittal...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The unanimous decision by Australia’s High Court — equivalent to the Supreme Court — to quash the convictions of Cardinal George Pell is momentous for both Australian justice and for the Church, both in Australia and universally. About the Church, another column. The acquittal of Cardinal Pell restores to an innocent man his freedom...


Chicken tikka masala from the Catholic ‘Bacon World Champion’...


Roman crucifixion was torture, but not necessarily the most painful death possible. Here’s why that fact is so important...
Elizabeth Klein
As we trudge through the Lenten season, heading towards Good Friday, the cross casts a long shadow over us. And perhaps during these penitential days, or on Good Friday itself, you will hear something like this coming from a preacher (or from a blog post): “The cross was the most horrific, most painful death possible.” Your homilist may even go on to describe the extreme suffering of Roman crucifixion...


If we are in Christ, we have nothing to fear from the terrors of the world — including coronavirus...


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April’s Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020. Here’s what to expect...


Why the Vatican might want to send a thank-you note to Australia’s High Court...


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