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Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese


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...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We live in difficult times for the Church; from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal there are also deep concerns regarding the uncertain trumpet of Catholic preaching, lukewarm and nominal Catholics, an overall lack of self-discipline among Catholics, and a lack of disciplining by the bishops and clergy of those Catholics (lay and clergy) who cause scandal...


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...


Who is the patron saint of altar servers?
John Clark
There are many ways to increase our love and devotion for Jesus in the Eucharist, and one of them is to consider the great love that many of the saints have expressed for the Blessed Sacrament. In his General Audience address of August 4, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI related the story of one such saint to a crowd of altar servers. During Roman Emperor Valerian’s brutal persecution of Catholics in the Third Century...


Adoring Christ with St. Mary Magdalene...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
We celebrate Saint Mary Magdalene as a feast day on July 22, a liturgical dignity Pope Francis made official last year. Explaining her significance to a good Catholic life, Father Sean Davidson, with the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, presents her as “a true model of adoration” who “provides us with examples of the four pillars of Eucharistic prayer...


Fifty years ago, a “declaration of independence” in Catholic education transformed the Church (and not for the better)...
Bishop James Conley
Fifty years ago this month, in July of 1967, a group Catholic university presidents and administrators met together at a retreat center in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, in Wisconsin’s northern forest, along the border with the upper peninsula of Michigan. There were 26, invited by Father Theodore Hesburgh, then the president of Notre Dame...


Did you know Disney animated a beautiful prayer to Our Lady?


’Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony of humility...
Rick Becker
One night at dinner ages ago, I abruptly announced that I wanted to go to nursing school. Nancy, my beloved, looked up from feeding our infant daughter and said, “You’re crazy.” She added, “You have no background in science or healthcare, and nursing school is really hard.” I shrugged and replied, “How hard can it be...


Cathedral of Córdoba in Spain targeted for reversing the Reconquista...


Greed: A meditation on an underreported sin...


How my branch of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family converted to Catholicism...


As the latest Vatican trial opens, is it time to dust off the 'About Doctrine'?


Hopes rise as Yemen confirms kidnapped Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is still alive...


Robert George on US society: ‘Our divisions are very deep’...


It's time to decide—A reflection on a question from Elijah...


How to keep your soul intact while investigating Planned Parenthood: An interview with David Daleiden...

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“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...


St. Mary Magdalene—A patron saint for hairstylists...
Thomas Craughwell
In his Gospel, St. Luke tells how one day a woman who was a notorious sinner entered a house where Jesus was dining with friends, and, to the astonishment of everyone in the room, knelt, bathed his feet with her tears, then dried them wit her hair. Luke does not give the penitent’s name, but a tradition that dates back at least to Pope St...


Was the ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ really a miracle?


Unlocking the secrets behind the hummingbird’s frenzy...


Exactly fifty years ago, fads ran wild at the “Land O’Lakes Conference” in Wisconsin ...
Fr. George Rutler
William Inge (1860-1954), Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and Dean of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, was frequently in the literary crosshairs of G.K. Chesterton for his anti-Catholic polemics and strident promotion of eugenics. Fortunately, Chesterton also rejected his advocacy of nudism. Given Dean Inge’s eclectic version of progressivism...


Venezuelan bishops offer day of prayer, fasting as riots continue...


Pope donates €25 thousand to East Africa famine relief efforts...


‘Dunkirk’ (Rotten Tomatoes 93%) is an improbable wonder of a film...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Dunkirk is the first film Christopher Nolan has made that feels bigger than the director’s preoccupations and obsessions. There is something ironically liberating about this sprawling yet frequently claustrophobic war movie about soldiers trapped by the sea, crowded in long queues on a great concrete and wooden jetty waiting for ships...


What you shouldn’t do in a disaster...


Catholic cathedral shelters 2,000 Muslims as violence flares in Central African Republic...


Is Catholicism too casual about sin, salvation and mercy?
David Mills
In the Protestant world of my youth, nearly everything was a matter of life or death. The Evangelicals made your salvation a drama that depended on you making a decisive commitment. They loved the drama of a sobbing sinner stumbling forward at the altar call. The mainliners didn’t sweat salvation the same way, but they made your social conscience almost as crucial...


Land O’Lakes at 50: Catholic universities have caved to the culture...
Anthony Esolen
Fifty years ago this summer, a group of prominent Catholic university presidents and professors put forth a “Statement on the Nature of the Contemporary Catholic University,” now commonly known by its provenance as the “Land O’Lakes Statement.” As is typical of the work of committees, the statement consists wholly of vague abstractions...


Look up! For the next month, this new Russian satellite will be the second-brightest object in the sky...


Charlie Gard and his parents granted U.S. permanent resident status to fly him to America for treatment...


All those mysteriously banned Catholic pages have now been restored by Facebook...


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