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Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas to be nominated as religious freedom ambassador-at-large


Why Father Jacques Hamel's legacy belongs to the whole Church...
John Allen
Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the slaying of Father Jacques Hamel in Normandy, France, on July 26, 2016. Today Hamel is a candidate for sainthood, and there are several powerful reasons why his legacy is important – among them, he's a reminder that old-school martyrdom still occurs in the here-and-now, and that even the simplest believers are capable of great heroism when push comes to shove...


In Raleigh, the Church has arrived...
Rocco Palmo
Over the decade ending next spring, the Stateside church will have opened four new cathedrals. The sign of the times, however, lies in the specifics – all but one have been built to serve Catholicism's epic emergence in the heart of the American South. Though the cycle doesn't wrap up until early 2018, yesterday saw the dedication of the largest of the group: Raleigh's 2...


How Christ makes us friends (and it’s not by being all friendly at Mass)...
David Mills
Before he began the Mass, the priest said something about fellowship I didn’t catch. He had white-hair, and told us he was 75 and retired and just filling in for the pastor. We were away last weekend and visiting a church not our own. He told us to welcome the people around us and (I’m quoting from memory) “Ask them to tell you something about themselves...


Lessons from the confessional on dealing with ‘cutting’...


These World War II stories of heroism will make you see Dunkirk in a whole new light...


The early Christian martyrs who refused to make pottery for a pagan festival...


The New York Times runs two Charlie Gard editorials, with one in the news pages...
Terry Mattingly
At the heart of the tragic Charlie Gard case are two clashing values. On one side: Doctors and UK officials who argue that they have the power to rule that cutting life support, and ceasing an further experimental treatments, is in the child's best interest. On the other side are the stricken infant's parents, who believe that they should have the right to care for their child with their own funds and with the help of other doctors who want to treat him...


The precariousness of things, the upside-downness of them, is a strange sign of hope for us...
Mark Shea
It is a wonderful thing to live in a world where half the population is upside down in relation to the other half. There’s something magical about it. At any moment, half of us might fall off the earth but for the divine choice to make gravity a universal constant pulling all of us toward the heart of the planet as a mother pulls her wandering children to her breast and holds them close in a place of danger...


Pope offers prayers for Charlie Gard and his parents as legal challenge ends...


Does God harden human hearts?


The reality of spiritual adoption...
Denise Renner
At the African orphanage where I worked, children received photo albums from their new families early in the process. They got a snapshot of what their life would be like when the adoption was finalized, a first glimpse of adoptive parents, siblings, homes, and bedrooms. And while it might seem that an orphan growing up in Ethiopia would be thrilled by your average American home with central heating...


It’s refreshing to find a new generation of Bible scholars who are taking historical research seriously...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I have had a terrific time researching and writing my new book The Mystery of the Magi—The Quest for the True Identity of the Three Wise Men. My own attempt at Biblical sleuthing got started when Dr. Matthew Bunson asked for an article about the origins of the magi for a Christmas edition of The Catholic Answer. Thinking that just maybe the Old Testament prophecies about the magi indicated their true origin...


People to be allowed to pick their own gender without doctor's diagnosis, Britain’s government says...


Pope’ Sunday Angelus: ‘The line between good and evil passes through the heart of every person’...


“Did you ever think you'd known a saint?”...


Rome, the city of the emperors, is now the city of the Queen...


How Holy Hours and intentional prayer are transforming this parish in Panama City, Florida...

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No, there's no 'secret commission' on Humanae Vitae...
Inés San Martín
Tuesday marked the 49th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the encyclical on birth control by Pope Paul VI that generated so much controversy, he never wrote another one in the remaining ten years of his pontificate. In recent months there have been rumors, mostly circulated by (conservative) blogs spinning a piece by a highly-respected Italian journalist...


3 characteristics of the diabolic that are widely evident today...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The video at the bottom of this post is of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It is a fascinating excerpt from a longer presentation he did. In it, he analyzes the diabolic (anything of or relating to the Devil) from several different perspectives. Archbishop Sheen identifies three characteristics of the diabolic by examining the story of the Gerasene demoniac...


Pro-lifers are at a disadvantage because we just have a picture, and they have stories...


Cardinal Pell will plead ‘not guilty’ to abuse charges in Australia...


When you give a man money, you don’t own a share in his soul...
Simcha Fisher
Several years ago, my family went through a rotten patch, and we couldn’t scrape up enough money to pay our basic bills. A friend of the family got wind of our troubles and fired off a generous check. She did the same the next month, and then next as well, always with a little note saying she hoped it could help make a dent in our expenses...


L’Osservatore Romano’s latest gambit: Preferring culture to truth?


Federal judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals, including Chaldean Christians...


Take a walk through YOUCAT with this new online program...


Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought...


This beautiful church in France is being demolished to make room for a parking lot...


Pope St. Pius V did more than anyone to secure the Christian victory at the Battle of Lepanto...
Joseph Pearce
For those who are familiar with G. K. Chesterton’s glorious poem, “Lepanto”, St. Pius V will always be the pope who “called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross”. His heroic holiness during the crisis of 1571, when it looked as though the forces of Islam were once more threatening to overrun Europe, deserves to be branded on the conscience and consciousness of all civilized people...


Can anything burst Pope's media bubble? Nah, probably not...


Texas archbishop: Deaths in smuggler's truck ‘an incomprehensible tragedy’...


This is why church pews were invented...
Philip Kosloski
In the United States we see pews as a necessary and basic part of every Catholic church. However, pews are a rather recent invention and surprisingly didn’t even originate in Catholicism. For most of Church history, worshipers stood during the celebration of Mass. There did exist a few scattered benches for the elderly to sit on...


New 360° videos reveal the beauty of Rome in a new way...


Saint or ain’t? A homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year...


Even if a million deaths is a statistic, a single death is still a tragedy...
Stacy Trasancos
One of the most jarring statistics in the abortion debate is that between 30 to 80 percent of fertilized eggs never survive to birth. These numbers come from medical studies. Some embryos fail to implant in the womb. Some miscarry after implantation. The rest die later as the fetus develops. If the upper estimates are true, then relatively few conceptions lead to newborn babies...


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