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Pope Francis announces June visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina


Meet Frankie and Benny, the Everly Brothers of popes...
John Allen
Despite some differences, the two pontiffs often sing from the same songbook. Pope Francis delivered another gesture this week destined to burnish his legend for both humility and reform, deciding that an annual Mass in which newly appointed archbishops from around the world receive their symbol of office will no longer be held in Rome...


The Lord's Prayer and a new solidarity for humanity...
Anthony Lilles
Although rancor, contention and strife threaten our communities and households, it is not delusional to believe that enmity, alienation and futility are not the last words concerning all that is good, noble and true about humanity. This is as true for our cultures and societies as it is for each one of us individually. Indeed...


Humanity cannot exist without farmers, says Pope...


Less is more, as seen in a cartoon...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We have more than ever. Not just more things, more options, more capacity, more ability. Several hundred years ago a young peasant living is Europe seldom venture more than a few miles from they were born. And longer journeys were rare and for serious reasons. Most of their life was "decided" by the place and...


A question about Limbo...
Mark Shea
The fear of the Lord is the beginning, not the end of wisdom. Love is the end and goal of wisdom. Our approach to our neighbor is to commend him into the hands of God, neither presuming his salvation nor, God forbid, hoping that he will be damned just to make our membership in Club Catholic feel validated. We are to hope–and to bear witness out of love...


Cardinal Baldisseri: Pope Francis approved controversial Synod documents personally...


Fr. Joseph Illo explains altar boys-only policy at San Francisco parish...


"I Will Follow": A new short film from Ascension Press on priestly vocations...


Coming soon to the Vatican: haircuts for Rome's homeless...


"A new teaching with power": Background on this Sunday's readings...
Michael Barber
Not long ago I got into a conversation with a fellow passenger on an airplane who explained to me how he had left Catholicism to find a "biblically based" church. In particular, he discussed his disdain for the Catholic tradition of the religious life, i.e., monks and nuns. Specifically, he claimed that such lifestyles were "unnatural" and contrary to the biblical vision for human sexuality...


Many people seem to have a strange longing for aliens. But what if we are alone in the universe after all?
David Mills
“Are we afraid?” asks a writer in the English newspaper The Guardian. Sue Blackmore, a writer and broadcaster, is trying to figure out why the discovery of Kepler 438b, a planet very much like earth, has gotten so much attention. She admits to being scared herself. She’s not scared of aliens, but frightened because life may be ubiquitous in the universe but intelligent life “so dangerous that it cannot last...


A glimpse of Heaven in my personal Hell...


St. John Bosco: Conquering souls for Christ...
Sean Fitzpatrick
The boy entered the strange courtyard. He saw a knot of boys gathered by the far corner. As he approached, wondering where he was, he overheard them talking, laughing, and cursing. The boy became enraged at the foul language and rushed into their midst, striking them to silence their blasphemies. He froze suddenly under the gaze of a man with a face like the sun...


Year in and year out, just a little bit at a time, NFL kickers get better. And better. And better...


"I call every seeking soul": Vermont's new bishop, free at last...


How an Amish missionary caused 2014's massive measles outbreak...


A look at the 1965 Missal, the "actual Mass" of Vatican II...

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The Super Bowl starts after midnight Rome time, but American seminarians at the NAC are ready...
Inés San Martín
As excitement surrounding Super Bowl XLIX continues to build in the United States, American seminarians studying for priesthood in Rome are also preparing to enjoy the Great Game. A student-organized kickoff party is in the works, featuring easy chairs, one big-screen TV, and what's being described as "moderate" consumption of beer...


Archbishops Chaput, Gomez confirmed participants in Synod on the Family...


Church vs. State: Six court cases to watch...
Kathy Schiffer
The year 2015 has begun with some high-profile legal cases pitting the Church against the State. The following six cases will impact Church/State relations, and should be of particular interest to concerned Catholics. Starting with Conestiga Woods: On Friday, January 23, the Obama Administration was required to pay $570...


‘Return to Me' is a charming romantic comedy with Catholic themes...
Steven Greydanus
"Return to Me" is remarkably chaste for a rom-com made in the past 15 years, but a blend of traditionalism and irreverence runs through the film. Let's face it, you don't often see large families in romantic comedies. After all, the leads in a romantic comedy are just getting acquainted, or at least just falling in love...


How to tell when a robot has written you a letter...


The hidden-er, more traumatic-er secrets of Catholic womanhood...


10 common thought distortions that cause us trouble...


Why having a heart of gold is not what Christianity is about...
Fr. Robert Barron
Many atheists and agnostics today insistently argue that it is altogether possible for non-believers in God to be morally upright. They resent the implication that the denial of God will lead inevitably to complete ethical relativism or nihilism. And they are quick to point out examples of non-religious people who are models of kindness...


How to save money at restaurants by buying gift cards...


How are your soul and body related? Not as milk to a milk bottle, but as the Mona Lisa to paint...


The dangers of the occult and the New Age are all around us...


Interview: Armstrong Amendment’s author says D.C. will lose fight against religious educators...


12 amazing Christian sculptures made entirely out of Legos...


It isn’t too late for America’s noble experiment to succeed...
Bishop James Conley
The Catholic tradition of the Red Mass dates back to the year 1245, when the Bishop of Paris brought together the lawyers and law students working in his city to pray that the Holy Spirit would bless them with wisdom and good counsel. The Church has been praying for holy and virtuous lawyers for eight hundred years. Maybe another eight hundred years will finally do the trick...


Pope says palliums will be given to new archbishops at home – not Rome...


Finding freedom in my prison cell: My journey from racial hatred to rational love...
Joseph Pearce
Many good and worthy people in the past have found the experience of imprisonment a crucial and definitive period on their road towards faith and religious conversion, or as a means of deepening an already existing faith. Saint John of the Cross springs to mind, as does Miguel Cervantes, and the great Nicolae Steinhardt, whose book on his time in prison is called The Happiness Diary...


Interesting perspective from an atheist: "Why Islam is more violent than Christianity"...


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