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


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?
John Allen
During a brief press conference aboard the papal plane yesterday, returning to Rome from a day trip to Strasbourg, a French journalist asked Pope Francis if he’s a Social Democrat. The question was based on a line from one of the pope’s speeches in Strasbourg in which he took a shot at multinational corporations.


How to thank God as He has instructed...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Your grace and mercy, brought me through. I'm living this moment, Because of you. I want to thank you, And praise you too. Your grace and mercy, Brought me through! On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one...


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...


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?
Elizabeth Scalia
Ever since October’s Synod on the Family issued its final relatio — which managed to pay one line of lip-service to single parents, Katrina Fernandez has been feeling all-too-keenly aware of how detrimental it can be for a church to label-and-divide the flock for tailored worship and social events. When the news broke that Pope Francis would be meeting with families living with autism...


Why families and grandparents need each other...
Mitchell Kalpakgian
The art of living well not only depends on the virtues of motherhood and fatherhood and the parents’ commitment to the total well being of children in mind, body, and soul but also on the presence of the extended family. In older cultures and earlier times, the notion of “the nuclear family” was a foreign idea: newlyweds worked and lived near their relatives...


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


Address to the European Parliament (Strasbourg, France)...
Pope Francis
ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STRASBOURG 25 NOVEMBER 2014 Mr Secretary General, Madame President Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to address this solemn session which brings together a significant representation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe...


Of Flies and Men...


Pope tells 'haggard' Europe that human dignity is key to renewal...


Anglicans wonder why no one comes to church on Sunday...


6 amazing Catholic Thanksgiving facts you need to know...


The preferential option for life...


The Democracy Alliance: How a secretive group of donors helps set the progressive agenda...

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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...


Boston Globe story on Vatican prosecutor's alleged failure to report abuse leaves unanswered questions...
Dawn Eden
The Boston Globe ran a story over the weekend alleging that the Vatican's top prosecutor on sex-abuse cases failed to report an abusive priest to civil authorities when he was a high-ranking official in the Jesuits' Chicago Province. Given the legwork that reporter Michael Rezendes put into culling the sources for the story...


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"...
Steven Greydanus
Among recent home-video releases from the Criterion Collection are a pair of celebrated art films recognized by the Vatican nearly 20 years ago in a remarkable document often called the “Vatican film list.” Released by the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications in 1995 to mark the 100th anniversary of the motion picture...


Ferguson sounds an alarm on the conscience...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Have that awful feeling that comes from a nation seeming to be gawking at evil this morning? It was a bit like tuning into CSI Ferguson last night, as I commented on National Review Online. Archbishop Richard Carlson’s plea for peace to the people in Ferguson — and those who have gathered there — is a ping to the conscience of us all...


Beauty serving truth: The Vatican Museums...
John Zmirak
As Christians we believe a long list of things that seem unlikely, though not impossible. We hold that the human race is more than the accidental byproduct of random selection. That the human mind is more than the side effect of electrochemical fireworks inside our fragile, organic brains. That our actions in fourscore or fewer years on this planet carry significance that will outlast every galaxy...


NFL star walks away from $37 million contract to serve God as a farmer...


Question from an Orthodox reader: Why be Catholic?


Pope to Europe: Get your social and spiritual house in order...


St. Francis Xavier’s body on public display in Goa ‎...


Love of the world fuels the fear of death...


Just when you think you have Pope Francis figured out, he surprises you...


Cardinal Sarah's appointment paves the way for a new Roman Curia...


At the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Franciscan Polity 101...


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