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Pope Francis sends Jubilee video message to the Americas


A new overview of a contested subject...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
The goal of my column this week is simple: pointing readers to The New Atlantis, one of the nation’s best journals about science, technology and their intersection with ethics. Earlier this week (August 22), The New Atlantis released an important new overview of nearly 200 peer-reviewed studies from the 1950s to the present on issues of sexuality and gender identity...


Is there such a thing as pure evil? Here's what St. Thomas Aquinas says...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We human beings are inclined to thinking categorically and absolutely. But not all (or even most) categories are absolute. Is there such a thing as absolute goodness, with no error admixed? Yes, most assuredly. God is so, as are the saints He has perfected in Heaven. But is there such a thing as absolute evil, in which there is no admixture of goodness...


There's no such thing as an ex-Catholic...
J.D. Flynn
In the post-modern West, well before believers can proclaim revealed truth, they’re forced to combat the epistemological consequences of the dictatorship of relativism—to explain the possibility that truth claims can have real, objective, and unalterable meaning. It is an absurd, but nonetheless real, challenge to defend the idea that “true” and “false” exist...


Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?


Tips for effective Catholic evangelizers: “I was an FBI crisis negotiator for 23 years...” ...


You have to serve before you sit: A homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year...


An open invitation to make the move and sign up for RCIA...


Like it or not, it is time for Church leaders to take courage and face the dragon...
Joseph Pearce
One of the biggest mistakes that we can make is to believe that holy matrimony has anything whatsoever to do with a secular understanding of “marriage.” Apart from the fact that the increasingly meaningless “marriage” label is affixed to both things, they could not be more different. Holy matrimony is a heavenly sacrament...


St. Monica can help bring your loved ones back to Christ...


The strange case of the pilgrimage site in a Pennsylvania ghost town...


How busily doing things for God can drive us from Him...
Patti Armstrong
I don’t argue with God, but I did have a question for him. It would surface while preparing a meal. That is when the New Testament story of Martha and Mary occasionally crossed my mind. In Luke 10:38-42 at the home of Mary and Martha, we learn that Mary sat at the feet of Jesus soaking in his teachings while Martha was in the kitchen making preparations...


One year from now, America will see its first total solar eclipse since 1979...


I love being Catholic. It gets us through everything — maybe even decaf...


After 220,000 deaths, Colombia and FARC are ending a half-century of war...


Top 5 Pope John Paul I quotes on his 38th papal anniversary...


The strange tale of JFK's goat-out-the-vote induction into the Knights of Columbus...


‘Greater’ is a cut above most faith-based films...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Greater has three surprises, which is three more than most faith-based films, particularly of the inspirational sports-movie variety. First, while the film’s hero is the celebrated Arkansas Razorbacks offensive guard Brandon Burlsworth (Christopher Severio) — possibly the greatest walk-on player in college football history — the protagonist is not Brandon but his brother Marty...

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See the destruction of Pompeii in full-length animation...


Bruises on parade: Of barking dogs, bottle trees, and a dead Habsburg prince...
Rick Becker
For hundreds of years, the traditional burial ceremony of Habsburg monarchs has included seeking admission for the deceased to a Viennese Capuchin friary that houses the imperial crypt. Almost as a parallel to our liturgical breast-striking, the ceremony begins with a trifold knocking at the friary door. “Who’s there?” the porter asks from within...


Is Batman Catholic? 7 intriguing pieces of evidence...


Meet the Greater Honeyguide, the bird that can communicate with humans...


Which NFL team are you stuck watching every Sunday?


Holy detachment means letting God be all we need...


Who put the West in Western Civilization?
Robert Royal
Where did “Western” Civilization come from? The term does not refer to any simple geographical location and did not exist until relatively recently. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, G.K. Chesterton was the first to use the expression “Western man” only ninety years ago, in 1907. How the notion came into existence explains a good deal about what the West represents...


Sailing the globe using nothing but the sun, stars, and ocean swells...


Mongolia’s first Catholic priest to be ordained in Ulaanbaatar...


Pro-lifers must entrust our efforts to Christ, for abortion is Satanic...
Rebecca Hamilton
As I mentioned previously, an out-of-state abortion business is opening an abortion clinic a few blocks from my home parish. I am blessed to be part of a wonderful parish. It is full of people who love Jesus and who work for the good, including an end to abortion. I believe that the fight for the sanctity of human life is more than a legal and political struggle...


This anti-Christian graffito may be our earliest depiction of the Crucifixion...


In Mississippi, two Catholic nuns found slain in the home they shared...
Kathy Schiffer
Two Catholic nuns have been found dead in a home they shared near Jackson, Mississippi–the apparent victims of homicide. The sisters, both nurse practitioners, were not shot; but authorities have not yet explained how they died. One was apparently a member of the Kentucky-based Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The other belonged to the School Sisters of St...


Beyond elections: How Catholics can find their place in politics...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
There’s a genocide of Christians going on in the world today, with ISIS rallying to “take down the cross,” according to its English-language magazine. There’s heightened anger and hostility and deadly violence — including the political manipulation of young men who need more integration not isolation, and outright slaughter of police — in urban streets...


What's the deal with Carter Lake (the only Iowa city west of the Missouri River)?


Crusader-era hand grenade surprises archaeologists...


You have to decide! Parables on judgment and the drama of human life...


Nonviolent politics to be the focus of next World Day of Peace, Vatican announces...


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