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“The first in history”: Pope to meet Russian Patriarch on Feb. 12 in Cuba


Brazilian bishops reject abortion as a response to the Zika virus...


Why trees everywhere, no matter what size or type, break at the same wind speed...


Mardi Gras and movies: Easy riders, anthropomorphic frogs...


Rise up, men of God! We need you!...
Philip Kosloski
In our culture today fathers are becoming less and less a part of our children’s lives and the absence of fathers has led directly to the downfall of Christian culture in America. Currently, 40 percent of American children do not grow up with their biological father. That number is on the rise as more and more couples choose the lifestyle of cohabitation and decide not to get married at all...


Why a meeting between the Pope and Russian patriarch is finally happening...
John Allen
Journalism tends to wildly overuse the term “historic,” but when it comes to Friday’s announcement that Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Feb. 12 in Havana, there’s simply no other word for it. It will be the first meeting ever between the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the spiritual chief of Russian Orthodoxy...


Who else is facing off during the Super Bowl? Catholic Charities in Denver and Charlotte...


My secret life as a forbidden second child in China...


Steve McQueen could outrun bad guys, but he couldn't outrun the hound of heaven...


11 great sights you can see only this year...


Surprise hit religious comedy “Ave Maria” nominated for an Oscar...


What does St. Paul mean when he talks about the “mystery of iniquity”?
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the “mystery of iniquity.” St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious “man of iniquity” who will appear before the Second Coming of Jesus. Many modern translations (accurately) render it as the “mystery of lawlessness” but that has less of a ring to it...


Padre Pio's incorrupt body is now in Rome. Here's why...


Women, know your limits!...
Jenny Uebbing
I’m just so thankful to be an American with a uterus today, because federal agencies have really got all the bases covered for me. (Which is a relief because who has got time to use reason? Also, science is hard. Let’s go shopping.) The CDC issued a nuanced, thoughtful report this morning with the brilliant recommendation that card-carrying members of the x-chromosome club ought to either be using contraception throughout the entirety of their childbearing years...


Catholics and America’s changing face of drug addiction...


21 super facts about the Denver Broncos...


This election isn't about Hillary or Trump or anyone else. It's about something much greater...


Married priests? At the Gregorian they're voting against...
Sandro Magister
This afternoon at the Pontifical Gregorian University a conference will get underway that in many respects is surprising, The surprise comes first of all from the theme: “Priestly celibacy, a journey of freedom.” A theme in stark contrast with the ever more frequent signals of an imminent relaxation of the discipline of celibacy for the Latin Catholic clergy...

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For relations between the Christian churches, next week's meeting is the biggest development in decades...
Rocco Palmo
Simply put, for relations between the Christian churches it is the biggest development in decades: after weeks of rumors – and ones discounted, at that – a joint statement issued this morning announced the first-ever meeting between the Pope of Rome and the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, slated to take place in Cuba on Friday...


Mercy and movies: Lenten viewing for the Year of Mercy...
Steven Greydanus
For this Jubilee Year of Mercy, in his Lenten message, Pope Francis reminded the faithful of his call, in the papal bull declaring the Year of Mercy, for this Lent to “be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). Perhaps it’s fitting that Lent comes so early this particular year...


Suffering is a path of love...
R. Jared Staudt
Lent begins early this year. We traditionally continue to celebrate Christmas by singing hymns in honor of the Nativity until the Feast of the Presentation (Purification of Mary) on February 2nd. Ash Wednesday follows a week and a day later. It makes me reflect on this short period of Ordinary Time in between our Lord’s Baptism and Lent...


Did head injuries cause Henry VIII's bad behavior?


It is impossible to be closer to Jesus than by worthily receiving him in Holy Communion...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual Washington tradition now in its 64th year. As I wrote on National Review Online, I've always had mixed feelings about the event — with a fear that it is more lip service (talking about prayer) than a reflection of the depth and devotion of our prayer as Christians in the United States...


Bridge jump survivor tells his tale, and gives his advice to other people considering suicide...


Watch a Swiss drone fly deep into a glacial crevasse...


What brings Rome and Moscow together at last? The suffering churches in Syria and Iraq...
Terry Mattingly
It is certainly the most important story of the day for the world's Eastern Orthodox Christians. Yes, even bigger than the announcement – with the lengthy fast (no meat, no dairy) of Great Lent approaching – that Ben & Jerry's is poised to begin selling vegan ice cream. I am referring to the announcement of a meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill...


Cardinal Sarah reveals his secret weapon for spiritual battle...
Brantly Millegan
Cardinal Robert Sarah only recently became known on the international stage. A holy, courageous man who can articulate the faith with love and clarity, Cardinal Sarah was a major player in the recent synod on the family and is currently prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican...


The CDC's scaremongering is an insult to women...
Simcha Fisher
In one of those rare, slightly alarming confluences of sisterly outrage, women of every political stripe are coming together and flipping a huge bird to the CDC, who yesterday proclaimed that women of childbearing age shouldn’t drink at all unless they’re using contraception. When women drink excessively while pregnant, the CDC explains...


European Parliament declares ISIS atrocities “genocide”...


15 clever things you can do with a simple binder clip...


Padre Pio is a perfect patron for Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy...


The episcopal ordination of my college friend, Bishop Steven J. Lopes...


A memorial tribute to a good shepherd...


A drone flies through (and around) Missouri's Conception Abbey...


“Church-speak”: Strange things Catholics say...


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