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Islamic State knifemen shot dead after taking nuns hostage, “slicing throat” of 84-year-old priest during Mass


Priest murdered by terrorists during Mass: Yes, the hellish details matter in this story...
Terry Mattingly
So an elderly Catholic priest was killed by terrorists in France. These basic facts are at the heart of the latest horror story from the very tense continent of Europe. As you would imagine, a story of this kind will almost certainly include a number of poignant details that, for those with the eyes to see, are loaded with symbolism...


Father Jacques Hamel: “A good priest ... who did his job to the very end”...


Amid closures, these two elements lead to thriving Catholic schools...


What’s underneath the Vatican power struggle over economic reforms...


My mother was advised to abort me, says Cardinal Burke in new book...


6,726 Syrian refugees admitted to U.S. so far in FY16—but only 23 are Christians...


For news media, Kaine is a 'Pope Francis Catholic,' other than all that moral doctrine stuff...


Can we stop kidding ourselves about “I'm personally opposed, but”?
Carrie Gress
In 1984, after much interior laboring over the thorny issue of abortion, Catholic Governor Mario Cuomo delivered the speech that would free Catholics from being swaddled in Church teaching while liberating them to cuddle up to pro-abortion policy. The New York Governor conceived the hair-splitting notion that amounted to – “I’m personally opposed to abortion...


How the hook-up culture is damaging women...


Pope responds to violence in Munich and Kabul with call for more prayer...


Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics, study says...


The true reason for the greatness of St. Mary Magdalene...


Pope Francis issues new Apostolic Constitution on women's contemplative life...


The enduring value of Catholic media...
Greg Erlandson
In September 2014, a committee of six international Catholic media experts along with five Vatican officials began a series of meetings to review the Vatican’s hydra-headed, highly siloed media operations. Our appointment came from the Council of Cardinals, and our mandate from Cardinal George Pell of Australia laid out three priorities—a more effective embrace of new media...


What is Amazon.com’s bestselling book of all time?
John Clark
What is Amazon.com’s Bestselling Book of All Time? And Why Does It Matter? It is said that you become like those with whom you associate. Honesty would force us to admit that the same is true of books. That thought is a bit less than edifying when we consider that Amazon.com’s bestselling book of all time is Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy...


The problem of evil and the privilege of listening to Haydn...


Ultra-rare Pokémon “god” Arceus rumored to be hidden at Vatican in PokémonGO...

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Vatican statement on “barbaric killing” of priest in France...


And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to the beautiful tune of Tallis’ Ordinal, which you can hear in the video below...


What do you say when kids ask about dinosaurs?
Stacy Trasancos
Suppose you catechize your children properly and teach them all about Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and original sin. Suppose you sit on the sofa one Sunday evening, read the Bible with them and explain how God created all of the plants and animals. On Monday morning, they return to their science classes and learn about fossils and dinosaurs...


Crisis in South Sudan: 'The worst is still to come'...


“Never again” has to be more than a slogan...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The first things you notice as you approach the former Nazi concentration camp are the billboards for real estate, an Italian restaurant, a snack bar — things furthest from your mind as you make your journey here. Down the block, in a park, children were playing. Twin girls in pigtails ran down the street. Life goes on, even in the shadow of such still-recent evil...


How to build a mini air hockey table for hours of fun...


How to win new converts...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, winning converts to our Faith should be a constant concern for all Catholics: “The true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word, either to unbelievers. . .or to the faithful.” [905] How should we go about it? With the knowledge that people are brought to the Church one by one...


‘Toy Story 3’ and our national naiveté...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
In Toy Story 3, the boy Andy is ready to go off to college. His room is being tidied, and his toys are about to be boxed up and stored in the attic. Then Mom makes a mistake and Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang are packed off to a kiddie daycare center called “Sunnyside.” Remember: The toys live to be played with and loved by a child...


Hipsters, coffee, and Jesus: What we can learn about prayer from cups brewed one at a time...


Three teachings from the Lord on prayer...


Why are Pakistani Muslims building a Christian church?


Vatican asked to mediate in Venezuela crisis talks...


A review of ‘Star Trek Beyond’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Early in Star Trek Beyond is a striking sequence that offers a vision of something Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland strained for but failed to deliver: It gives us a wondrous sci-fi conception of a community of tomorrow — a community unbound from the normal limitations of planetary gravitational conditions, with a roughly horizontal foundational plane and a perpendicular third dimension in which up and down are virtually parallel everywhere you go...


The only way to restore public confidence in Catholic bishops...
Phil Lawler
The revelation that the apostolic nuncio in Washington quashed an investigation into the alleged misconduct of an American archbishop is another damaging blow to the wounded credibility of the Catholic hierarchy. Nearly fifteen years after the sex-abuse scandal destroyed public confidence in the bishops’ integrity, that confidence has still not been restored—precisely because stories like this one keep bursting into the headlines...


That time Jesus appeared in the sky of Mexico...


Materialism is the false god of modern science...


The godlessness of cultural uniformity...


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