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Pope's Sunday Angelus: "Christ is knocking at the door of your heart"


I read Mass this morning. Wherein Fr. Z rants...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I read Mass this morning. No, actually, I sang Mass this morning, but saying "read Mass" is more fun. It annoys liberals. We have various phrases which means basically the same thing, but with certain nuances. And old-fashioned description of what the priest does, he "reads" Mass, stresses that he is not the author...


Racked by chronic illness, Laura Hillenbrand has defied the odds to give us "Seabiscuit" and "Unbroken"...


In a timeless tradition, the Camerlengo taps his silver hammer on the pope's head...
Kathy Schiffer
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran of France was named to the post vacated this month by Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who has reached the age of 80. After 80, a cardinal may no longer enter a conclave to elect a new pope. The role of the camerlengo is a unique one in the Catholic Church. He is administrator of the property and revenues of the Holy See...


How the Catholic Church saved Hanukkah...
Joe Heschmeyer
As John tells us, “It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.” As we’ve seen, before Hanukkah became known as the Festival of Lights, it was known as the Feast of Dedication. So there would be no question that this is the holiday being celebrated...


See what the End shall be...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In today’s Gospel we step back nine months to March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, an event all but hidden, but which changed the world. God whose focal presence had departed the Temple, just prior to the Babylonian invasion and the loss of the Ark of the Covenant, now returns to the Ark of Mary’s womb. The Glorious presence of God returns now to his people in an obscure town of less than three hundred...


Archaeologists unearth entryway to King Herod's palace near Jerusalem...


Stephen Colbert’s Top 12 Catholicest Moments (some NSFW language)...


The devil likes to use daily "pinpricks" to subvert our relationships with others...
Philip Kosloski
The devil loves to highlight the little things and they can range from anywhere to not picking up your clothes to “I simply ask her what time dinner will be and she files into a temper”. Whenever two or more people live in the same house, there will always be differences in how things are done and because we can’t read each other’s minds...


Five books every Catholic should read ...
Joseph Pearce
Perhaps the most important work that Christendom has produced, after the Bible itself, is Aquinas’ monumental Summa Theologica. Since the work is so large and extensive, it’s not going to be practical for most Catholics to plough their way through it. This being so, every Catholic should read at least one book that summarizes the essence of Thomas’ teaching...


Pope: "The most dangerous misery is the presumption that we can do without God"...


A pictorial history of Santa Claus...


Christmas isn’t perfect, so find Christ in your real Christmas...


Fourth Sunday in Advent: The mystery kept secret is now revealed...


11 things you might not know about reindeer...


An old ghost hidden in details of that New York Times story on shuttered Catholic churches...
Terry Mattingly
Here is a comment that I hear every now and then, either in private emails or when I meet veteran GetReligion readers out in the wilds of daily life: Why do you make some of the same comments over and over, when critiquing religion news in the mainstream press? Whenever I hear that I think about one of my favorite college professors back in my days as a history major...


"Like some funeral parlor in Little Italy": Even Chartres Cathedral isn't immune from the renovation craze...


The New Atheists are providing cover for western imperialism...

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Scientists discover that birds can hear tornadoes long before they form...


A quick word on the Pope's calendar for the next few days...
Rocco Palmo
Tomorrow morning brings the beginning of Francis' Christmas cycle with the customary season's "greetings" to the Roman Curia. While Benedict XVI used the talk as his annual recap of church events both in the Vatican and beyond, in a much briefer text than before, Papa Bergoglio employed his first turn at the address last year to urge the clerics of the central government to an enhanced spirit of "professionalism...


Microwave hacks for daily life...


'Exodus: Gods and Kings" is spiritually flat...
Fr. Robert Barron
Ridley Scott’s new film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” features Moses, the Pharaoh, hundreds of thousands of slaves making their way across the floor of the Red Sea, all ten plagues, the burning bush, and even the angel of Yahweh in the form of a petulant eleven year old boy with a British accent. And yet, the movie is spiritually flat...


9 reasons why 2014 was a great year for the pro-life movement...


15 vintage photos of nuns doing normal things...


Cardinal Dolan to have ‘nothing further to do’ with Priests for Life as dispute goes public...


Crooks and hookers have an advantage over the self-righteous...
Richard Becker
“Did he just say what I think he said?” The radio was on as background noise—I can’t remember if I was at my desk or driving somewhere. NPR’s Frank Langfitt was talking about money laundering in Macau, and I wasn’t really paying too much attention. But I perked up at this line: “I’m in the bottom of one of the casinos and trying to avoid a herd of hookers...


How to hone a knife on the rough edge of a vehicle window...


Why the 'best places to work' are often the worst places to work...


What if you made a lava lamp out of real lava?


Just make it count...


The U.S.-Cuba agreement is the fruit of fifty years of quiet Vatican diplomacy...
Andrea Gagliarducci
The announcement that the US and Cuba will enjoy warmer relations follows more than 50 years of Vatican diplomacy, which was ramped up by St. John Paul II during his 1984 visit to nearby Puerto Rico. The Church’s commitment for Cuba has a twofold path: on one side, the relations that bishops, especially from the US, had with Cuba...


Here's the trouble with Christmas movies...
Steven Greydanus
“What are your favorite Christmas movies?” As a Catholic film critic, I get this question several times every December, often on the air or via social media. The question, alas, touches on a sore subject for me. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say. For starters, I’ve never seen a production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” that I don’t like...


'Joyful evening' at Redondo Beach concert, and then a horrific crash...


Christmas, Xmas, and Yuletide: 5 things to know and share...
Jimmy Akin
The word “Christmas” comes from the Old English phrase Christes maesse (“Christ’s Mass”)—that is the Mass celebrated in honor of Christ’s birth. From this original reference to a particular Mass celebrated in the Church’s liturgical year, the term came to apply both to the day on which the Mass was celebrated and to the liturgical season associated with it...


Pope Gregory the Great's advice to married people...


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