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Trump defends Obama's birth control mandate


French Catholics divided in lead-up to second round of presidential election...


4 danger signs of cult-like behavior, and 4 antidotes...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of the creepiest things about religion is the tendency for those involved to drift into cult-like behaviors. When I say “cult-like behavior” I don’t simply mean a crazed, enclosed group who commit mass suicide, set up a 24/7 watch for aliens or who live on berries, granola and meditation. Those are the wacky extremes...


The 5 people you'll meet in seminary...


The three books I'm going to read next...
Rick Becker
I toss that McLuhan quotation up there as if I understood what it means, but I’m no better off than the poor schlemiel in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall that receives a severe public drubbing from McLuhan himself. “You know nothing of my work,” McLuhan tells the pedantic blowhard, and I’m just as guilty. Still, I’m going out on a limb to draw on McLuhan’s famous line nonetheless because it relates to the series of events I’m about to lay out here...


French bishops offer divided voters guidelines on presidential runoff...


We are strangers in a strange land...
Anthony Lilles
If the task before us is to build a culture of "encounter" in the face of our "throwaway" culture, the world needs the integrity that we gain only by repentance, the re-thinking of all the ways that we have compromised ourselves and those we love in relation to the truth. Many of our brothers and sisters in other countries have not failed to embrace this kind of repentance — even at the cost of their own lives...


4 qualities of bold and believable witness to Jesus...
Msgr. Charles Pope
It is worthwhile to look back at a text that was read on Saturday (Saturday of the Octave of Easter). It is from Acts and sets forth a picture of courage and holy boldness that is too little evident in many Catholics. Let’s look at the passage and then reflect on four qualities that the Apostles Peter and John manifest. The text opens with a reference to the “boldness” of Peter and John to the fact that the religious authorities are “astonished...


How nature documentaries are fake (and why that's not necessarily a bad thing)...


Christian rock and rocky soil...


The Pope's address in Rome: What the critics missed...


Divine mercy is key to the life of faith, Pope Francis says...


The Kerygma: An old word and a new evangelization...


Reformation or revolution?


God can neither deceive nor be deceived...
Jimmy Akin
Does the Bible indicate God is a deceiver? Recently I was contacted by a reader who was looking for a response to claims made by a Muslim apologist concerning instances in Scripture where God appears to use deception. Let’s talk about that. The Muslim apologist was responding to Christian apologists who have argued that in the Qur’an...


I ain't no Doubting Thomas...
Thomas Craughwell
Every year, in the days after Easter Sunday, the good sisters at my parochial school told us the story of St. Thomas, the apostle who refused to believe that Christ had risen from the dead. As the only Thomas in the classroom, invariably all eye turned on me—more than forty pairs of them. (It was the 1960s. Catholic schoolrooms were crowded...


90-year-old woman bitten by venomous snake stomps on it, then drives herself (and the snake) to church...


Vader and ShenFu: The surprising titles of priests in other languages...
Taylor Marshall
I have long known that Vader means “father.” That’s the hook in The Empire Strikes Back: Darth Vader is the “dark father” of Luke. Yet somehow it never registered with me that those black cassock-wearing priests in Holland would be affectionately called “Vader” by the faithful. Super cool. So here are some various titles for priest in various languages...

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There's a big difference between counseling the doubtful and counseling doubt...
John Clark
Many years from now, historians will decide how to define our present age. I wonder if ours will be known as The Age of Arguing. In Bible passages such as those in First and Second Timothy, as well as Titus 3:9, which cautions us to “avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless...


Today, little boy, I choose you...


Hey NPR: ISIS threats to St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai are not just about tourist dollars...
Terry Mattingly
It is my sincere hope that there were no Eastern Orthodox Christians hurt in automobile accidents last week if they went into shock and swerved off the road after hearing the following National Public Radio mini-story on the radio. My fellow Orthodox believers: If you have hot coffee in hand as you read this post – Put. It. Down...


This ice cube trick might be the coolest burger grilling trick of all time...


Pope Francis and the “Benedict Option”...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Perhaps a way to look at Pope Francis’s pontificate lies in only one question: how to tackle the cultural shift of our times? This was the question at the base of the 2013 General Congregations – the pre-conclave meetings of cardinals – and it is likely at the base of Pope Francis’s entire pontificate. That the question is important is indicated by the fact that the issue was strongly raised once again in the Anglo-Saxon world following the publication of the book “The Benedict Option”...


The 20 types of people you'll meet at Mass — which one are you?


Egypt prepares for papal visit; Pope to shun bulletproof vehicle despite recent terrorist attacks...


New report details how Christians are being persecuted worldwide — and how Christians are responding...


The pagan Greeks saw Easter coming 500 years before it happened...
Mark Langley
Very few days pass but that we don’t hear of some new sorrow. A job is lost, a troubled marriage... a near relation passes away, serious illness falls, dashing promises and hopes...a calamity strikes affecting the national interest...a friend loses his track and ceases to practice the Faith. And, of course, the Christian is beset with a consciousness of his own daily sins and failings...


From fear to faith: A homily for the Second Sunday of Easter...


19th-century French priest Louis Antoine Ormières beatified in Spain...


Nova: The Great Cathedral Mystery...


Harvard researchers uncover second parchment copy of Declaration of Independence — in England...


Former atheist Leah Libresco Sargeant discusses her conversion to Catholicism...
Stephen Beale
Leah Libresco Sargeant, once a prominent atheist blogger, converted in 2012 to Catholicism after engaging and challenging her readership to present an intellectually rigorous, spiritually rewarding response to her questions on life. Sargeant continues to blog, only now from a Catholic perspective, and also is a contributing editor at America magazine...


Franco Zeffirelli's epic ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ turns 40...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
In the four decades since it made its debut on Palm Sunday and Easter of 1977, I’ve watched Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth in bits and pieces far more often than I’ve watched the whole thing. That’s not just because it’s nearly six and a half hours long and often broadcast in two parts. It’s also because the first and last acts particularly lend themselves to seasonal viewing at...


New NASA photo shows Earth and the Moon through Saturn's rings...


‘Egyptian Christians are made of steel!’...
Deacon Greg Kandra
As the clearly moved TV anchor notes after: “Egyptian Christians are made of steel! These people have so much forgiveness! This is their faith and religious conviction.” Details: a clip from an Egyptian news broadcast in which a Muslim journalist reacts to an interview with the widow of the gatekeeper who prevented a suicide bomber from entering an Alexandria church yard on Palm Sunday...


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