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Gay activists and celebrities lash out against Indiana, demand restrictions on religious freedom


9 things you need to know about Palm (Passion) Sunday...
Jimmy Akin
Palm Sunday--or is it Passion Sunday?--marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day commemorates not one but two very significant events in the life of Christ. The day is called both "Palm Sunday" and "Passion Sunday." The first name comes from the fact that it commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem...


What was it like for the soldiers standing guard at the Tomb that Easter morning?
Elizabeth Scalia
He was not afraid. Of course he was not. Only, he could not seem to open his eyes. The air was soft, light on his skin. In the sun’s warmth it should have felt as soothing as a woman’s caress, and yet...how is it the small hairs on his arms, on his hands and the back of his neck were raised like quills? By Jupiter, he thought...


How Colorado failed Michelle Wilkins...
Brianna Heldt
By now, most people have heard the tragic story of how a pregnant woman here in Colorado, responding to a CraigsList advertisement for baby clothes, was attacked, beaten, and stabbed. The precious seven-month-old baby in her womb was stolen, and died. Somehow the mother managed to survive, and has since been released from the hospital...


A luxury liner docks, and the countdown's on...


Catholicism in space: Houston, do we have a problem?


On the lost justice of the "Sabbath rest"...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Some of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most...


How the Church is portrayed as a ship in theology and architecture...
Philip Kosloski
This beautiful imagery did not take long to find physical form in the art and architecture of churches. For example, the area between the narthex and the sanctuary was called the “nave.” This word comes from the Latin navis, or ship and was meant to portray the reality that the Church is a ship, protecting those inside it from the waves and buffets of the world...


There were tornadoes in Oklahoma last night and lucky me, I was there...
Rebecca Hamilton
Cell phones change everything, including the experience of taking shelter during a tornado. Last night, while we sat in our storm shelter in Oklahoma City, my husband exchanged texts with his best friend who was a hundred miles away in Sand Springs. His friend was also in a storm shelter. Okies. We know tornadoes. A wave of storms swept through the state yesterday...


Is Chip Kelly a great coach or a mad scientist?


Bartenders in U.S. outnumber clergy 12 to 1...


How did Paul get his name?


The indomitable, and effective, Cardinal Pell...
George Weigel
Shortly after George Pell was named Archbishop of Melbourne, he instituted several reforms at the archdiocesan seminary, including daily Mass and the daily celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, both of which had fallen by the wayside in the preceding years. The seminary faculty, enthusiastic proponents of Catholic Lite, thought to call the archbishop’s bluff and informed him that...


Christmas movies for Annunciation Day...


Pope Francis on the family synod: 'We need prayers, not gossip'...


The rise of the mile-high skyscraper...


Catholic anti-ISIS fighter on 60 Minutes: "It would be an honor to give my life"...


Catholic school removes teacher for defending Catholic Faith...

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Pope Francis may be nearing a tipping point with the Barros mess in Chile...
John Allen
Staffers in the Vatican paid to think about such things sometimes sit around trying to identify possible tipping points in the public romance with Pope Francis, meaning a calamity that might put a serious dent in his high approval ratings. One no-brainer on the list would be a perception that he’s backtracking on “zero tolerance” when it comes to sexual abuse in the Church...


'This is your house' – Pope Francis meets homeless in Sistine Chapel...


Free divers are rewriting the science of the human body...


Cardinal Müller to Cardinal Marx: Bishops’ conferences are not the magisterium...


Let's ditch the prom...
Simcha Fisher
A Pennsylvania Catholic high school is requiring girls to submit photos of their prom dresses for approval, before the actual night. Deacon Greg Kandra passses along the story here. Such policies always sound a little heavy-handed (and students claim that the guidelines were issued at the last minute, which means that already-purchased...


The dangers of living in a Catholic bubble...
David Mills
“I don’t see many examples of rich involvement in public spaces that are open to strangers and friends alike,” says a millennial writer named Erin Lane, interviewed in the Evangelical magazine Christianity Today. “That’s one of the unique features of the church, at least right now, that it offers a common space between your private friends and the larger community...


The 5 essentials of conversion...
Kenneth Howell
Becoming a Catholic can be a difficult row to hoe. The process of conversion is a complex one that involves almost every aspect of a person’s life. When people experience internal struggles of faith, marital discord because of possible conversion, the alienation of family members, or the loss of employment, the inherent obstacles of conversion hit them right in the face...


There is no escape from God's glory, for there is no escape from God...


If we fail to keep Catholic apologetics up-to-date, we fail...


Fathers and daughters: Is this a missing key to modesty today?


Egypt and the complexities of keeping Christians safe...


We need to understand the connection between relativism, contraception, and abortion...
Bishop James Conley
Last week, a young friend of mine attempted to defend the truth about marriage among a group of peers at a secular university. She presented a meaningful argument about families, social stability, and gender complementarity. None of her classmates refuted her arguments. Instead, they accused her of being a bigot and a homophobe...


A woman wrapped in silence: A meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation...


Slander and character assassination are murder with words...


The ambition of the Sons of Thunder...
Mark Shea
Leonardo da Vinci did us a disservice when he painted St. John in his Last Supper. In his zeal to show St. John as especially close to the loving heart of Christ, Leonardo winds up portraying the Evangelist like a wan and wilting flower. Yet Jesus nicknamed John and his brother James "Boanerges" or the "Sons of Thunder...


Did the Enlightenment cause a global decline in violence?


Even in space travel, we have a need for relics...


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