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Pope Francis arrives in Turkey


Watch the thrilling first trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII...


Pope Francis returns to cautious approval for anti-ISIS strikes...


God wants and longs for a relationship with you...
Dan Burke
For years, though I had been a committed Christian and enjoyed what many call a truly personal relationship with Christ, I had not really internalized the thought that God desired me. That He wants and longs for a relationship with me. The idea seemed odd that the great God of our universe would have any sense of personal longing for a...


St. Crispin of Viterbo (1668-1750)...
Richard Becker
St. Crispin of Viterbo was one well acquainted with footwear as well as the link between faith and feet, for though he worked as a shoemaker in his youth, he was destined to spend his latter days unshod as a Franciscan beggar for God. Brother Crispin was born Pietro Fioretti to a poor family in Viterbo, a small town north of Rome...


St. Bernadette’s testament of gratitude to God...


"Think of only three things: your God, your family and the Green Bay Packers—in that order"...
Philip Kosloski
Vincent Lombardi was the oldest of five children, while his mother (Matilda Izzo) belonged to a clan of twelve brothers and sisters. The Lombardi’s would spend a lot of time with the Izzos, especially on Sundays. After attending Mass, the two families would get together and share in a traditional Italian feast, which lasted the entire day...


Catholic stocking stuffers for Christmas...
Lisa Cotter
If you are anything like me, you are thinking about Christmas presents. No, not Christmas presents for you, but for everyone on your list, which is likely quite extensive. And if you are even more like me, you want your presents to be unique and meaningful. And if you are even more like me, you love it when they also have a Jesus touch to them...


In Ferguson and beyond, pray for peace-filled hearts...
Brianna Heldt
It's hard to know what to say about something as big and important as this. I don't wish to comment extensively on the particulars of the situation in Ferguson, because I'm not interested in sparking a bloggy debate or in emoting about something that doesn't presently directly involve or affect me...


How different are Francis and Benedict?


How to thank God as He has instructed...


A Latin American pope takes his own approach to Europe's problems...
John Thavis
In some ways, Pope Francis' visit to the European Parliament this week evoked similar encounters by his predecessors, Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II. There were Big Speeches (no doubt written with input the Secretariat of State), a defense of religious and spiritual values, and a call for cooperation on the European continent...


Boston Globe story on Vatican prosecutor's alleged failure to report abuse leaves unanswered questions...


Why do the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving?


Dealing with the family drug addict or alcoholic at Thanksgiving...
Rebecca Hamilton
I don’t know what it is about the holidays. All I know is that the family alcoholics/drug addicts cannot stand the happiness that might happen at this time of the year. So, they rouse themselves from their self-absorbtion and go to work, manufacturing crises and doing everything in their power to pull the rest of the family into the traumas of their own devising...


Two good choices from the "Vatican film list"...


Ferguson sounds an alarm on the conscience...


Beauty serving truth: The Vatican Museums...

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Clash of lifestyles, not cultures, when pope meets Turkish president...
John Allen
The last time a pope came to Turkey, it was after an incendiary 2006 speech by Benedict XVI that angered Muslims by appearing to link Muhammad with violence. Back then, the talk was about a "clash of cultures." Today, it's more a clash of lifestyles that's in play as Pope Francis arrived in the Turkish capital of Ankara...


Our national sin: What racism reveals about God and man...
Joe Heschmeyer
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, The First Thanksgiving (1915) There's a side to Thanksgiving with which you might not be familiar: historically, this was a day in which Americans were encouraged to call upon God both in gratitude for His blessings, and to ask mercy for our sins .† We see seeds of this in Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation ...


In every Mass, we are mystically transported to Heaven...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Before November ends and our consideration of the four last things (death, judgement, Heaven and Hell) gives way to Advent preparations for the the great Second Coming that ushers in those things definitively, let us turn attention to a short, often overlooked summons to heaven that takes place in every Mass. It takes place in...


AP finds distortions in Boston Globe story on Vatican sex-abuse prosecutor...
Dawn Eden
After I expressed concern that a Boston Globe story on the Vatican prosecutor's alleged failure to report abuse left unanswered questions, Religion News Service's David Gibson tweeted to GetReligion: @GetReligion @tweetmattingly Worth checking this out, @nwinfield did some asking around http://t...


Top 10 movies for fallen-away Catholics...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
As I wrote in my last post, many people have shown interest in buying my new book The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church for their friends and family who are away from the Church. Even though they are not the intended audience, I do think the content of my book would be helpful to some fallen-away Catholics...


More evidence that James Smith is the most common name in the U.S...


This Prada commercial shows why Wes Anderson is the Chestertonian artist of our age...


The fires of Ferguson and the dynamic of blame...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The violence erupting in Ferguson, Missouri is not really about racial tension or socio-economic inequality. It's not about class struggle or police brutality or social injustice. It's a symptom of a much deeper poison which I call the Dynamic of Blame. Rooted within every human heart is the stain of original sin. Now, when ...


The Gift of Understanding is about standing in the shadow of our crucified God...
Anthony Lilles
Today, many are concerned about confusion in the Church and a lack of confidence about how we are to live. Angry accusations fly back and forth like arrows poisoned and barbed. Violence rips at our communities and all kinds of aggression is unleashed in our homes. It is hard to bear with one another. We want peace but we lack the common ground we need to find it...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: "The Church is on a journey to the Kingdom of Heaven"...


Thank God for the little and mysterious pleasure of yawning...


What are the best graduate programs in Catholic theology? Here are Scott Hahn's picks...


Pope talks ‘state terrorism,’ sex abuse in airborne press conference...


Francis and autism and worship: All may be one?


Why families and grandparents need each other...


Video: Why you shouldn't try to outrun a grizzly bear (warning: autoplay video)...


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