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Pope's Sunday Angelus: "Do not be watered-down Christians. Conform yourselves to Christ"...


Here's the most beautiful visual metaphor for the Holy Eucharist that you'll see all week...


How to break the procrastination doom loop, according to science...


Be careful. Some popular "Catholic" writers use their books to spread lies...
Bishop Robert Vasa
As a priest I have frequently seen the beauty and effectiveness of the sacrament of reconciliation, or, if you prefer, confession. So convinced am I of its efficacy, indeed its necessity for saving souls that I frequently speak about it as a regular topic of catechesis when I travel throughout the diocese. While it is perhaps possible to say...


Every round goes higher, higher, soldiers of the Cross...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Jesus instructs us to be willing to exchange this tiny and dying life for that which is true life. The Lord says that whatever small blessings come from clinging to this life and this world are really no benefit at all. If you choose life in this world rather than the true life God offers, you’re nothing but a big loser.


Italy steps up security over alleged ISIS plot to kill the Pope; Vatican spokesman downplays threat...


Could a person walk the entire city of New York in his lifetime?


What people cured of blindness see...


Here's how Christians can rebuild our culture...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
The world works better when it follows God’s design. We see this in our own moral lives. God gives us the law and the beatitudes because they lead us to joy. Jesus shows us the plan God writes into human nature so that, by his help, we can flourish. Too often we think of rules as things that keep us from being happy. But rules...


I believe I’ve seen a glimpse of the conversion of Russia...
Austin Ruse
For much of the twentieth century, Catholics around the world prayed after every Low Mass for the conversion of Russia. Called the Leonine Prayers, originally they were conceived as a protection of the sovereignty of the Papal States, which were then under attack.


Legionaries of Christ apologize for drawing Maciel-Magdalene parallel in new promotional booklet...


How would St. Augustine form disciples?
Marlon De La Torre
At what point do you consider abandoning the evangelization process for a person who adamantly refuses to seek Christ in his life?” You may want to ask yourself; what have I done to form a genuine relationship with the person in the first place?” The journey towards discipleship is not an instant process. In many ways it is a gradual journey towards conversion.


30 family secrets hiding in English surnames...


Remarkable Spanish appointment tells Curia heads: 'You can go home again'
John Thavis
A new chapter in Pope Francis’ revolution was written today when the pope named Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera as archbishop of Valencia, Spain. The appointment was remarkable mainly because it violated the age-old Roman Curia maxim, “You can’t go home again.” Cardinal Cañizares was being sent back to Valencia...


Here's a mesmerizing time-lapse video of ships traversing the Panama Canal...


The Holy Bible is packed with tips for designing houses of God...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
God is not “the Great Architect,” and he doesn’t deal in blueprints and building committees, but did you know God told us how to build a church? It’s in the Bible. If we believe the sacred Scriptures are the inspired word of God...


Abortion hurts women and robs men of their fatherhood...


People need people, as seen at the beach...

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Faith, family and football: A reflection on 'When the Game Stands Tall'
Tom Nash
Watching “When the Game Stands Tall” during its opening weekend took me back to my own youth of playing football at Catholic schools in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich. The movie chronicles the De La Salle Spartans of Concord, Calif., and how legendary Coach Bob Ladouceur led his Catholic troops to an incredible 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003...


Have the ISS astronauts taken a picture of your hometown? Check this interactive map to find out...


22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: "Graft into our hearts the love of Your Name"
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Today we pray to God for an increase in “religion.” I’ll take this to be the virtue of religion. Last week I wrote about the difference between “values” and “virtues”. Let’s make more distinctions. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines “religion” as a set of beliefs and practices followed by those committed to the service and worship of God.


Watch: This robot of a Catholic saint was built in the sixteenth century...


Take three minutes to watch Cardinal Wuerl's rousing alarm on persecuted Christians...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
This is no ordinary opening of an academic year, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., said toward the end of Mass for my alma mater’s academic year. “Atrocities happen because there are people who commit them and because there are people who simply choose to remain silent...


Study: Nobody is actually paying attention on your conference call...


Death Valley’s mysterious moving rocks have finally been caught in the act...


God lacks absolutely nothing. So why did He create us? Because that's what love does...


10 historic canal towns to visit that aren't Venice...


4 important rules and 5 basic steps for Catholic fathers...
Randy Hain
During a coffee meeting with a friend not long ago, he said, “You seem to have your act together on the fatherhood front. What’s your secret?” I was surprised and taken aback because I don’t think I have my act together at all. I don’t mean that out of false humility.


Catholic luminaries pay tribute to the late Stratford Caldecott...
Tracey Rowland
In her introduction to this collection of essays titled The Beauty of God’s House, Francesca Murphy remarked that Stratford Caldecott lived among those who readily believe that King Arthur will return in England’s darkest hour. The spiritual capital of the fairest isle (Dryden) or the sceptred isle (Shakespeare) is not yet spent. To quote St. John Vianney...


What did the Pope mean by "sins against unity"?
Simcha Fisher
Dorothy Day saidthat we only love God as much as we love the person we love the least. This means that it doesn't matter if we happen to enjoy being with a certain person, or if even the thought of him makes us break out in angry blotches: we are to treat him with love -- to behave generously with him, and to leave the personal judgments of his soul up to God...


Pope Francis breaks Vatican convention, shakes up CDW with Madrid and Valencia appointments...
Rocco Palmo
In what could be considered the most decisive dealing of major posts he's made over his 18-month pontificate, at Roman Noon this Thursday the Pope defied most projections in appointing Carlos Osoro Sierra, the 69 year-old archbishop of Valencia, to the all-important archbishopric of Madrid – both Spain's capital and, with 3.4 million Catholics...


Babies cannot taste salt until they're 4 months old (and 49 more random facts about everything)


160 years after its original publication, Denzinger is still filling the void...


10 things to know and share about St. Augustine...


Is the EU's flag really a Marian emblem with the central figure removed?


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