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Pope marks Solemnity of Christ the King by canonizing six new saints


Curial reshuffling to take place?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I have of late not been very happy with Andrea Tornielli, who seems to have jettisoned objectivity. However, at La Stampa he posts that there are perhaps some big changes coming to the Roman Curia. On Monday the Pope will sit down with heads of curial dicasteries before he meets with the Gang of 8+1 (1=SecState)...


How ISIS corporatized the terror business...


Homily for the Feast of Christ the King...
Pope Francis
Today's liturgy invites us to fix our gaze on Christ, the King of the Universe. The beautiful prayer of the Preface reminds us that his kingdom is "a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace". The readings we have listened to show us how Jesus established his kingdom; how he brings it about in history; and what he now asks of us...


Christ’s kingship will prevail over all – even the great enemy, death...


Jesus Christ, the divine and heavenly Logos, the only King of all creation...


How altar boys can serve with greater reverence and understanding...
Garrett Johnson
Today’s video provides both an excellent explanation of some of the ideas behind the altar server together with practical tips on how to serve with reverence and understanding. As a reflection, I would like to propose the idea that the liturgy, and above all the Mass, is indeed a School of Christian Living. There, in addition to receiving the sacraments...


Four weird ways animals sense the world...


Here's further proof that atheists and fundamentalists are brothers under the skin...
Mark Shea
It is a metaphysical, not scientific, statement that man is or is not "central" in some Grand Scheme of Things. Science is worthless for determining that. In Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are not central to the story. But in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Hamlet is the one on the periphery and R&G are central...


Four popes, the Synod, and the future: An interview with Vatican expert Andrea Gagliarducci...
John Paul Shimek
Andrea Gagliarducci is one of Rome’s leading “Vaticanistas.” His blog “Monday Vatican” and countless columns and articles for the Catholic News Agency, the National Catholic Register, Inside the Vatican, and the Italian journals Il Tempo and La Sicilia appear on Catholic “Must Read” lists around the globe. But, more than a chronicler of Church affairs...


Five unlikely celebrity fans (including Bill Murray) of the traditional Latin Mass...


Let us be clear. G.K. Chesterton was a virtuous man, and his goodness drew people to Christ...
Dale Ahlquist
When I had the privilege of making the announcement in August, 2013, that the Catholic Church was going to appoint an investigator to look into the possibility of opening the Cause for G.K. Chesterton, there was an immediate and widespread response around the world. While it was generally positive, in fact, uproariously positive...


Why do children need both a mother and a father?


How to make your parish welcoming to the physically challenged...
Chelsea Zimmerman
Recently Rebecca Frech drew attention to the accessibility problems that many of us still face in parishes throughout the country. What's perhaps most surprising is that it's not just old buildings that are a problem. Even some brand new or newly renovated structures don't seem to take accessibility into account (and...


Today is the 50th anniversary of Lumen Gentium...


Here's a map of the most-stolen vehicle in every state...


Paranoia is the serious business of Heaven: New horizons in conspiracy cinema...


Pro-life answers to pro-abortion questions...

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The secret life of string cheese...


America's worst weather-delayed airports...


“Long live Christ the King!”...
Fr. Victor Feltes
We tend to think of Mexico as one of the most Catholic countries around, but for a time in 1920's it was illegal to celebrate the Mass there. That did not stop priests like Blessed Miguel Pro, S.J. from ministering to people clandestinely. After many close calls, Fr. Pro was captured by the police and...


Pope Francis seems poised for an Era of Good Feelings with secularism...
John Allen
Both in secular Europe and in the Vatican, it's a measure of how much things have changed that a visit by a pope next Tuesday to the European Parliament and to the Council of Europe seems to be generating almost zero controversy. Pope Francis will make a day trip to Strasbourg Tuesday, departing early in the morning and returning to Rome in the late afternoon...


Detroit's Archbishop Vigneron prohibits speaker who promotes 'gay' agenda...


The strangest of kings! A homily for the Feast of Christ the King...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The reading today on this Feast of Christ the King evokes three images of Christ as King. All of them are to some extent paradoxical, for they emphasize things about a king that we don't usually think of in relation to a king. They also tell us that we have already met King Jesus, even...


Autism is a Cross for many families worldwide...


In all things I have joy, which comes from God, Who is love...


America loves Catholicism, as seen in place names everywhere...


Sculptor offers another clue in 24-year-old mystery at CIA headquarters...


Top 10 books for fallen-away Catholics...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I have just started some of the publicity for my new book, The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church and I have found that a lot of people want to buy the book to give to their fallen-away loved ones. I don’t think this is a bad idea. I actually think my book would be helpful for fallen-away Catholics who are open and lingering around the door...


Juveniles plead 'not guilty' in suspected face painting incident, may face suspension of juice privileges...


Rocker Patti Smith's tangled road to Rome...
Dawn Eden
Veteran Daily News rock critic Jim Farber made a rare venture into Godbeat yesterday with a story on Patti Smith's response to criticism over her planned performance at the Vatican's Christmas concert. Although Farber bases his piece upon a report in The Guardian ...


Praying for those who pray for us...
Elizabeth Scalia
As our friends in Summit are reminding us, Pope Francis says today, November 21, is a day to thank God for cloistered religious: At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis noted that this Friday, Nov. 21, is the liturgical Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Noting the Church will celebrate ...


May you sleep the sleep of the just: A short meditation on the burden that sin brings...


Part of being a Catholic is to live in the past in the present...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Think about it. At Mass the priest comes out robed like a Roman senator. Did you know that’s where the vestments first originated? The liturgy transcends time because even the Novus Ordo (sometimes derided by traditionalist Catholics) is deeply derived from a the liturgy of the ages. It is firmly rooted in the words and works that have been alive for 2000 years...


Did you know that Mary was raised in the Temple and made a vow of virginity?


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