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Pope taps Dallas parish priest as new bishop of Lubbock


How to talk to your friends about the problem of evil...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We are beginning to read from the Book of Job in daily Mass. One of its core issues is the problem of suffering and why God allows it. If God is omnipotent and omniscient then how can He tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where is God when a woman is raped, when genocide is committed, or when evil men hatch their plots...


“Cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast” and other urban legends...


“Evil is a reality”: Two U.S. priests explain increase in diabolical activity, requests for exorcism...


From a Church of “in-crowds” and comfort, deliver me, Lord...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I used to be a little girl who loved Anne of Green Gables, violin concertos, and writing stories about fairies. Then I became an atheist punk rocker and later a vegan animal-rights activist. After college I was an inner-city school teacher, then a humble farm worker. Then, miraculously, a believer in God, a Catholic, a believer in Jesus...


Why colonial America was so afraid of Catholic Quebec...
Stephanie Mann
In describing the conversion of Sister Frances Margaret Allen, I concluded my last blog post: “Like all converts, Fanny Allen had to overcome many obstacles, including the almost inbred fear and hatred of Catholicism of her family and her state.” I also noted that her mother had Fanny baptized in the Episcopal Church before she went to Montreal...


Deseret News: What 'Star Trek' teaches us about faith 50 years later...


Tens of thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico...


Cardinal Parolin to the nuncios: No concession with China...
Sandro Magister
In mid-September, cardinal secretary of state Pietro Parolin held a meeting with all the apostolic nuncios gathered in Rome to celebrate the jubilee. And during this meeting, as in other informal conversations, when asked about the status of negotiations with China he gave them some information of great interest. He confirmed that the negotiation underway concerns only the question of the appointment of bishops...


What Argentina’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ guidelines really mean...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
When Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released in April, it was already clear that an unusual moment in the life of the Church had been reached. The September disclosure of guidelines formulated by Argentinian bishops — and explicitly endorsed personally by the Holy Father himself in a very peculiar manner — has served to reinforce how misunderstood this unusual moment has become...


Body of third kidnapped Mexican priest found...


A biblical meditation on the difficulties of old age...


Here are some perfect prayers for before and after Mass...


On Communion debate, Pope Francis opts for decentralization...
John Allen
Towards the end of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s document on the family, the pontiff writes that when priests have to make judgments in concrete cases such as pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, they are to do so “according to the teaching of the Church and the guidelines of the bishop.” One wonders if he knew at the time just what a conflicting welter of responses that injunction would elicit...


4 manuals of spiritual combat: Scupoli, Robinson, Thigpen, Arminjon...


Ignoring the poor is a damnable sin: A homily for the 26th Sunday...


Police officer who saved 5-year-old boy from drowning meets him as a grown man...


Hundreds of thousands of migrants at sea owe their lives to one number saved on a satellite phone...

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4 things every candidate for Confirmation needs to hear...


Poland poised to approve new law banning all abortions and protecting unborn children...


Joy is the grown-up version of fun...
Carrie Gress
Shortly after I got married, a good priest gave me some sage advice: look at all your daily frustrations as a source of holiness. Later that day, my husband did something that irritated me, so I said to him through clenched teeth: “You are making me so holy right now.” Of course, this made us both laugh. When my husband and I were married...


What the Devil's attack on gender is really attacking...


In search of Joseph Pearce’s England...


‘The Loser Letters’ debuts at Catholic University of America...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Olympic gymnast Chellsie Memmel is “on stage in a completely new way” (as she puts it) later this month in the nation’s capital. She’s starring in The Loser Letters, a creative response to “the new atheism” and to a radical secularism that would make religion seem irrational and unworthy of respect, never mind protection...


Who's behind the mysterious Eye of the Tiber?


Jesuits prepare for general congregation, election of new leader...


Of interrupted Rosaries and Guardian Angels...
Rick Becker
When I’m driving to work, I have a choice. I can either turn on the radio and listen to my friends on NPR go blah, blah, blah about whatever – or I can pray a rosary. I confess I don’t always choose to pray, and sometimes I feel justified in that if there’s something hot in the news I want to get the latest on – especially if it pertains to my local community or the Church...


Cosmas and Damian, the amazing twins who both became saints...
Fr. Damian Ference
I was born in 1976, the same year the film “The Omen” was released. My parents decided to name me Damian, not knowing that Damien was the name of the boy-demon in the popular movie. It could have been worse — my dad actually wanted to name me Fabian, but thankfully my mom would have none of it. Needless to say, you can imagine that I got my share of demon and devil jokes as a kid...


Is this Marian apparition a bridge between Lourdes and Fatima?


Holy Father beatifies Bl. Engelmar Unzeitig, killed “in hatred of the faith” in Dachau...


Christians ‘hung on a cross over fire’, steamrollered and crushed to death in North Korea...


A whiff of schism: when different Catholics hold radically different beliefs...
Phil Lawler
At a Catholic parish in Athy, Ireland, a lesbian couple who resigned from parish ministry after entering a legal marriage has returned to active participation—and to loud applause. So now everyone is welcome in St. Michael’s parish, right? Wrong. Anthony Murphy, the editor of Catholic Voice—the man who objected to the lesbian couple’s prominent role in parish life—has received so many threats that he is...


Pope Francis to catechists: Never tire of witnessing to the Resurrection...


God lifted up Bl. Herman the Cripple to scatter the proud in their conceit...
Angelo Stagnaro
I have a great fondness for the saints. And anyone who's sat down and read a hagiography of these blessed people will be overwhelmed, alarmed and grateful at finding a brother- or sister-in-arms. In my research, one particular saint caught my attention. His name is Blessed Herman the Cripple. Yes. Blessed Herman ... the Cripple...


After my mastectomy, how do I dress my new body?
Rebecca Hamilton
This problem of dressing after a mastectomy is becoming increasingly common as more and more women opt out of the additional surgeries and pain of reconstruction, or learn that they aren’t good candidates for it. There are a lot of women like me out there, trying to figure this out. My only wish is that the world would catch up with us...


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