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Record Ebola outbreak worsens amid more pleas for aid...


Texas firefighters' classy act of kindness caught by cellphone camera, goes viral...


Andrea Tornielli: Padre Pio bilocated to a Communist dungeon to visit Cardinal Mindszenty...


Why the secular humanists cannot cope with Islamic sex abuse...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The fact that this sex abuse ring was perpetrated by Asian (Pakistani) men forces one to ask whether the crimes are somehow linked to their culture and religion. The police and social services were useless precisely because they thought the behaviors were linked with the Pakistani culture and religion...


Did God deceive Jeremiah?
Jimmy Akin
The Old Testament does have a mode of language in which—sometimes—everything that happens is attributed directly to God. This happens, for example, when 2 Samuel 24:1 says God moved David to take a census that he shouldn’t have, whereas 1 Chronicles 21:1 says the devil moved him to do it. 2 Samuel is using the language of direct attribution...


My big profound spiritual revelation...
Mark Shea
What a day! Bus late, no breakfast, missed deadline, headaches, depression and post-nasal drip. And when I got home my kids were whiney, my wife mentally quick-fried to a crackly crunch and I was as prickly as a porcupine. Summoning fatherly concern to its height...


Getting to the Crux of why Catholicism matters...
John Allen
There seems to be a law of the universe that dictates if I’m on the road doing something else, a pope story will break that screws up my schedule. It held firm this Friday, when I was in New York to interview Cardinal Timothy Dolan and ended up being called into CNN to do a couple of segments about reports of ISIS threats against Pope Francis. To cut to the chase...


Here's the most beautiful visual metaphor for the Holy Eucharist that you'll see all week...


How to break the procrastination doom loop, according to science...


Be careful. Some popular "Catholic" writers use their books to spread lies...
Bishop Robert Vasa
As a priest I have frequently seen the beauty and effectiveness of the sacrament of reconciliation, or, if you prefer, confession. So convinced am I of its efficacy, indeed its necessity for saving souls that I frequently speak about it as a regular topic of catechesis when I travel throughout the diocese. While it is perhaps possible to say...


Every round goes higher, higher, soldiers of the Cross...


Italy steps up security over alleged ISIS plot to kill the Pope; Vatican spokesman downplays threat...


Could a person walk the entire city of New York in his lifetime?


What people cured of blindness see...


Here's how Christians can rebuild our culture...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
The world works better when it follows God’s design. We see this in our own moral lives. God gives us the law and the beatitudes because they lead us to joy. Jesus shows us the plan God writes into human nature so that, by his help, we can flourish. Too often we think of rules as things that keep us from being happy. But rules...


I believe I’ve seen a glimpse of the conversion of Russia...
Austin Ruse
For much of the twentieth century, Catholics around the world prayed after every Low Mass for the conversion of Russia. Called the Leonine Prayers, originally they were conceived as a protection of the sovereignty of the Papal States, which were then under attack.


Legionaries of Christ apologize for drawing Maciel-Magdalene parallel in new promotional booklet...


How would St. Augustine form disciples?

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Pleasure may be desired and sought, but it is not the sole good in life...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In Sunday’s Gospel the Lord sets forth the theology of the Cross and redemptive suffering. In so doing he sets forth a doctrine that is utter absurdity to this world. The indignation of the modern world against the Cross borders on outrage. Why is this? Simply put, hedonism.


Our porn-saturated culture presents a false image, not only of sex, but of people...
Christopher Stefanick
Hip-hop and rap “love songs” seem to be ever more about the person singing or rapping, and about their sexual prowess, power, or wealth (aka “bling”), than about the object of their affection. It’s so self-absorbed it’s embarrassing, or at least it would be if their fan base took the time to think critically about lyrics...


Many images in IKEA's new catalogs are digital mockups, not photos. See if you can spot the difference...


If a harmless solar event in 2012 had occurred a week earlier, our civilization might have collapsed...


Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate laid the groundwork for this pastoral revolution...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Perhaps under Pope Francis the big transition of bishops started under Benedict XVI is going to be completed. In appointments for two key posts, Pope Francis has shown he is following the line traced by the now Pope emeritus: the appointment of Cardinal Reinhard Woelki as Archbishop of Cologne and that of Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra as Archbishop of Madrid.


Pope's Sunday Angelus: "Do not be watered-down Christians. Conform yourselves to Christ"


Faith, family and football: A reflection on 'When the Game Stands Tall'
Tom Nash
Watching “When the Game Stands Tall” during its opening weekend took me back to my own youth of playing football at Catholic schools in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich. The movie chronicles the De La Salle Spartans of Concord, Calif., and how legendary Coach Bob Ladouceur led his Catholic troops to an incredible 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003...


Have the ISS astronauts taken a picture of your hometown? Check this interactive map to find out...


22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: "Graft into our hearts the love of Your Name"
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Today we pray to God for an increase in “religion.” I’ll take this to be the virtue of religion. Last week I wrote about the difference between “values” and “virtues”. Let’s make more distinctions. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines “religion” as a set of beliefs and practices followed by those committed to the service and worship of God.


Watch: This robot of a Catholic saint was built in the sixteenth century...


Take three minutes to watch Cardinal Wuerl's rousing alarm on persecuted Christians...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
This is no ordinary opening of an academic year, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., said toward the end of Mass for my alma mater’s academic year. “Atrocities happen because there are people who commit them and because there are people who simply choose to remain silent...


Study: Nobody is actually paying attention on your conference call...


Death Valley’s mysterious moving rocks have finally been caught in the act...


God lacks absolutely nothing. So why did He create us? Because that's what love does...


10 historic canal towns to visit that aren't Venice...


4 important rules and 5 basic steps for Catholic fathers...
Randy Hain
During a coffee meeting with a friend not long ago, he said, “You seem to have your act together on the fatherhood front. What’s your secret?” I was surprised and taken aback because I don’t think I have my act together at all. I don’t mean that out of false humility.


Catholic luminaries pay tribute to the late Stratford Caldecott...


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