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Pope's Wednesday Audience: Care for and respect the elderly, storehouses of wisdom


4 lessons from Downton Abbey's fifth season...


G.K. Chesterton's poetry was something extraordinary. Even atheist Christopher Hitchens said so...
Michael Lichens
In his otherwise disparaging review of Dr. Ian Ker’s G. K. Chesterton: A Biography, the late atheist critic Christopher Hitchens noted that he and Ker were in agreement “on the high quality of Chesterton’s poems.” Hitchens had many unkind comments about a whole host of Catholic writers but on the subject of Chesterton’s poetic works...


Why the devil hates the present moment...
Philip Kosloski
It is no use worrying about what “could be.” We don’t know the future and we don’t even know if we will enjoy the fruits of our labors. For all we know, today could be our last day on earth. That is why we must always strive to be in the present moment. We can’t push off holiness to a certain point in the future; we don’t know if we even have a future...


Lent is an annual reminder that God is God and you are not...
George Weigel
The death of Dr. Robert Susil makes no sense by any human calculus. He was a young man in terrific physical shape at the beginning of the very prime of life. He was a thoroughly converted disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a devoted husband and father. He was also a brilliant scientist and compassionate healer, one of the country’s foremost young cancer doctors...


Five truths that might change your views on mental illness...


New rules for Vatican finance offices include protection for whistleblowers...


Why do Catholics call priests "Father"? Here are 10 answers...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
If you have encounters with non-Catholic Christians you might hope that they will ask you questions that really matter like, “Why do you trust church tradition in addition to the Bible?” or “Do you worship the Pope?” or “What is the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary?” Unfortunately one of the most common challenges is “Why do you call your priests ‘Father’ when Jesus clearly says...


Cardinal Wuerl: Catholics should speak up for faith amidst religious freedom attacks...


On financial reform, Pope Francis doesn’t blink...
John Allen
By now, one thing ought to be abundantly clear about Pope Francis: Faced with attempts to hobble his reform efforts through character assassination of his reformers, this pope just doesn’t blink. The latest case in point is Australian Cardinal George Pell, put in charge of leading an historic clean-up of Vatican finances one year ago...


For San Diego, Francis looks left: San Fran auxiliary McElroy plucked for border post...
Rocco Palmo
It's being called the " Cupich appointment of the West," and not without reason – resolving the highest-profile vacancy on the current US docket, at Roman Noon tomorrow the Pope is slated to name Bishop Robert McElroy, the 61 year-old auxiliary of San Francisco known as one of the Stateside bench's most outspoken progressives...


One of the 21 men beheaded was not a Christian, until he saw the deaths of those who refused to deny Jesus...
Marcel LeJeune
One of the 21 men who were beheaded a few weeks ago was not a Christian. That is, he wasn’t a Christian until he saw the faith of the men who refused to deny Jesus and died for it. By their witness, he decided to believe in Jesus too. This is not unlike the thief on the Cross. Lord, may all of us who follow you and profess your name have faith like those who were martyred for being Christian...


The Passion of the Church in the Middle East...


Order! Order in the Universe!...


5 New Testament Promises for the Church today, tomorrow, and forever...


20 amazing photographs and the stories behind them...


Archbishop Cordileone, Willy Wonka, and the hullabaloo in San Fran...


The Vatican’s financial reform: The nasty is back...

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NYTimes op-ed: Why our children don't think there are moral facts...


Conservatives would be more effective if so many conservatives didn’t speak and write like jerks...
David Mills
I have been at parties with affluent Catholics, all Republicans, standing around talking about children or football or some other comfortable subject, when one of the people around me would start talking about the failings of the poor. The judgments would be comprehensive and categorical. Heads would nod and affirmative noises would be made...


Don't get distracted by the GMO food panic. The real biotech horror is lurking elsewhere...


Here are 3 reasons why I try to go to confession weekly...
Archbishop Samuel Aquila
As a priest and bishop, it is a blessing to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation. Whenever I hear a thorough, honest confession, I am moved by the humility of the penitent and the beauty of God’s mercy working to restore what has been broken. God cannot be outdone in generosity, so let us trust in his abundant mercy...


Breathtaking videos of 11 beautiful Christian sites taken with drones...
Brantly Millegan
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are becoming cheaper and easier to use all the time. Combined with cheap high-quality cameras, and we’re living in a new age of video recording. A drone plus an HD camera can enable a regular person take absolutely breathtaking video from angles never before possible (or at least that were very...


Satanism, Pompeii and the Rosary – a bizarre tale surrounds Francis' next trip...


Admit it. You know the entire Beverly Hillbillies theme song by heart, don’t you?
Richard Becker
If you grew up on Jed and Jethro and Elly May like I did, then you’ll remember that one episode where the banker, Mr. Drysdale, advises the yokel millionaires to “put money in circulation.” The result? Granny tossing out aprons full of cash onto the streets, while Mr. Dreysdale tries to stop her. “Wait, wait,” Mr. Drysdale pleads...


Steve Jobs destroyed the 'follow your passion' myth just before he died...


Does a priest have to wear a stole during confession?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
No, a priest does not have to wear a stole. The stole is a powerful symbol of the authority and power granted by Christ the High Priest through His Church's legitimate shepherds, successors of the Apostles, to forgive sins. The stole is a sign of that the priest is – in your tribunal – sitting in the place of the one who is both Justice and Mercy...


This is why Star Trek, Mr. Spock and Leonard Nimoy matter...
Steven Greydanus
I think my earliest memory of Star Trek is of an episode I watched at my grandparents’ house, a rerun of “Arena” — the original series episode pitting William Shatner’s Capt. James T. Kirk against a hissing, reptilian alien captain of a race called the Gorn. To a young kid in the 1970s, the Gorn was terrifying in the way that the Sleestak on Land of the Lost were terrifying...


Obama administration ties funding for care of child migrants to abortion services...


Vatican police chief confirms ISIS threat to Pope Francis...


Neglected by the media, there is a hidden Vatican...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Neglected by the media, there is a hidden Vatican that is working tirelessly to promote the human being. It is the Vatican of diplomacy, the Vatican that sits at international conferences and mediates for peace, the Vatican that employs its weight and influence in order to foster the defense of every human being . This Vatican is out of the news apparently because it is difficult to report about it...


The message of Jesus at the Transfiguration: Listen and follow, Pope says...


The terror that stalks our world now is diabolic. The time has come to ring the Turkish Bell...


Vatican whodunit: What happened to those books on marriage?


Pope Francis calls money the ‘devil’s dung’...


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