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In first balcony talk in Krakow, Pope tells youth to 'make chaos'


Why politics matters, and why it doesn’t...
David Mills
Soon we begin the three-month season of loud dinner-table arguments, broken friendships, Facebook rages, guys slugging each other in pubs, as well as lots of “How’s the weather?” non-discussions of politics — otherwise known as the period between the major party conventions and the presidential election. We put a lot of emotion into politics...


What to do when you don't feel like praying...
Marcel LeJeune
A while ago, my wife and I got into an argument about some silly little thing. I thought we were done with the issue, when it cropped up again the next day. I got upset and was not very happy. Of course, my wife also unhappy with me and honestly neither of had too many fond feelings about one another at the time. So, when we started to get ready to go to bed...


Fr. Hamel's martyrdom is a warning to the West...
Sean Fitzpatrick
On Tuesday July 26, the day after the feast day of St. James and less than two weeks after a rampaging Islamic terrorist killed 84 civilians with a truck in the south of France, Fr. Jacques Hamel was celebrating Mass in a quiet Normandy church in Sainte-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Two militants backed by ISIS burst through the doors. The attackers forced the 86-year-old priest to his knees...


The secular West’s impotence in the face of radical Islam...


Fr. Hamel was martyred ‘in odium fidei’, says archbishop; French bishops call for day of fasting...


The martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel: At what point were the attackers' motives clear?
Terry Mattingly
Details continue to emerge about the events surrounding the murder of the Rev. Jacques Hamel, the Catholic priest who was killed by ISIS terrorists at the altar of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Church, France. One of the worshipers taken hostage – yes, a nun – remains in serious condition. French officials have also confirmed that one of the two attackers...


3 reasons why “Vikings” is the most religiously interesting show on TV...
Bishop Robert Barron
At the prompting of some of my younger colleagues at Word on Fire, I spent time during a recent vacation getting caught up on the History Channel show Vikings. My friends had told me that Vikings, curiously, is the most religious show on television. They were right. Don’t get me wrong, there is enough violence, pillaging, plundering...


How Pope Francis can commemorate Fr. Hamel's murder while in Poland...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Pope Francis is a pastor of powerful gestures. Tomorrow, when he arrives here for World Youth Day, he should make a prolonged, prayerful and purposeful visit to the tombs in Wawel Cathedral, first among them King Jan III Sobieski. The scourge of Islamic State violence marred the first day of WYD here, when the news arrived that Father Jacques Hamel had been beheaded in his parish church in France — during the celebration of the Eucharist...


Please don't call it 'senseless' violence...
Phil Lawler
The latest atrocity by the Islamic State—the brutal murder of an elderly priest, carried out during the holy Sacrifice of the Mass—was not a senseless act. Abominable, yes. Disgusting, surely. But senseless? No. It was premeditated. It was intentional. It was part of a larger pattern. This is murder for a cause, also known as persecution...


Priest murdered by terrorists during Mass: Yes, the hellish details matter in this story...


Father Jacques Hamel: “A good priest ... who did his job to the very end”...


D.A. dismisses all bogus charges against David Daleiden for exposing Planned Parenthood...


Tim Kaine: The whitewash on the sepulcher...


How does your neighborhood get its power? Find out with this map...


To heal the wounds of the sheep, the shepherd must help them to repent of their sins...


And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close...


What do you say when kids ask about dinosaurs?

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Martyrdom is more than being killed for your faith...
Jimmy Akin
The recent horrific murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel by two ISIS-linked killers has caused worldwide shock and outrage. Not only was Fr. Hamel killed in a gruesome way (having his throat slit), he was killed while saying Mass. This has led many to discuss his death in terms of martyrdom. Some have spoken as if his martyrdom was certain...


French nun gives eyewitness account of Fr. Jacques Hamel's martyrdom...


Syriac Catholic patriarch warns: Western politicians and media mislead world on Middle East...
Victor Gaetan
Imagine a five-star general, under assault, with no weapons of defense — except faith. Think of an Old Testament prophet living today, describing the evil destroying his community — but few listen. That general or prophet is the fierce and noble leader of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan...


The decline of British English, visualized...


Memo to WYD: Forget the program, teach youth about the martyrs...
John Allen
Quite probably, the Islamic State-inspired assassins who cut the throat of Father Jacques Hamel in St. Étienne-du-Rouvray, France, on Tuesday did not know that one effect of their act would be to cast a pall over World Youth Day, but that’s nevertheless exactly what’s happened. World Youth Day is the massive gathering of Catholic youth from around the planet unfolding this week in Krakow...


Before and After: A Fairytale...
Simcha Fisher
Lots of my friends are selling "wellness" products -- shakes and powders, juices, creams and wraps meant to tighten your tummy, brighten your baggy eyes, and generally turn you into a startlingly more magnificent version of your current schlubby self. Before and after pictures illustrate the progress you can make: She used to look like this (awwwwww)...


10 things to do while your friends are at World Youth Day...
Matthew Sewell
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have a friend or seventeen who are on pilgrimage to World Youth Day this week in Krakow, Poland. But you aren’t there, and this probably perfectly describes you having to stay home: Well, never fear. For those of us watching the action from the sidelines this World Youth Day, there’s a few things we can do in solidarity with our pilgrim brethren...


WSJ editorial writer Sohrab Ahmari honors Fr. Jacques Hamel by announcing conversion to Catholicism...


In the face of Islamic terrorism, you must do your Christian duty...


Vatican statement on “barbaric killing” of priest in France...


St. Faustina’s shrine sends a new spark of Divine Mercy to America...


Why are so many Americans confused and frightened?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Why are so many Americans in a condition of confusion, fear, suspicion, anger and rage? It is because of our disproportionate and disordered understanding of freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. Freedom Its like that is the only virtue Americans know about anymore. But freedom like all virtues, is a delicate, vulnerable and hard won thing...


Jungle fever: Reading for the heart of the summer...


3 Catholic practices for the “spiritual but not religious”...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
As most of you know, there are a growing number of people who have begun to identify as “spiritual but not religious.” I have always suspected that this phrase really covers a diverse group of people, some who are closer to agnosticism but don’t want to admit it, and others who practice a faith periodically but don’t want to identify with it too closely...


Islamic State knifemen shot dead after taking nuns hostage, “slicing throat” of 84-year-old priest during Mass...


Amid closures, these two elements lead to thriving Catholic schools...


What’s underneath the Vatican power struggle over economic reforms...


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