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Justice Antonin Scalia, constitutionalist and pro-life Catholic, found dead in Texas


“Hijo, he ahí tu madre”: For Guadalupe, the Pope's crowning glory...
Rocco Palmo
With the Moscow summit far too quickly in the rear-view, it still took little time before the central stage of this PopeTrip began to make its mark. Less than three years since his election, the days to come already bring Pope Francis' 12th overseas trip... yet even if pontiffs touch down in airports fairly often, it's far...


It's impossible to praise or attack Justice Scalia without covering his Catholic faith...
Terry Mattingly
This is an ironic day in American political life, a day in which lots of labels are being tossed around by journalists – in some cases, once again, with little thought given to whether those labels are still relevant or accurate. That thunderclap you just heard was, of course, the news that Justice Antonin Scalia had died. The timing is stunning...


Catholics, Evangelicals and politics in Greenville...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Like the Nazgul descending on Middle Earth, the six remaining Republican candidates are here in the state of South Carolina. Yesterday some of them were at a Family Forum at my alma mater Bob Jones University–just down the road from our home. Tonight their debate comes from the Peace Center–our downtown performing arts venue...


Rescuing our maidens from the culture of death...
Joseph Pearce
In The Hobbit, Thorin Oakenshield gives Bilbo Baggins a beginner’s lesson on the nature of dragons, a sort of dragons for dummies, telling the unschooled hobbit that dragons “carry away people, especially maidens, to eat.” Dragons have a preference for the virgin flesh of maidens because they are not merely hungry but wicked...


Should the Catholic Church sell St. Peter’s Basilica and give the money to the poor?
Kathy Schiffer
I made a new friend on the train this week. Mark described himself as a Christian but not a Catholic. As Amtrak #358 sped along the track from Chicago, where I’d been attending a conference, to Dearborn, Mark and I chatted about a lot of things: about our families, about our work, and about faith. When he heard that I was a Catholic writer...


‘Industry of death’: Pope Francis on arms dealers and potential causes of World War III...
Victor Gaetan
Faced with cataclysmic violence in the Middle East, which he terms a “piecemeal” World War III Pope Francis has not shied away from suggesting a major cause of deadly international conflict: financial interest. To audiences ranging from Italian schoolchildren to the U.S. Congress, the Holy Father says arms merchants are the profiteers fueling war...


Giuseppe Moscati: The lay bachelor who became a saint...


Need ideas for Lent reading? Here are my 3 choices...
John Clark
Though I’m guessing that Lent is one of the more unpopular ecclesiastical observances, it is important that we recognize Lent as an opportunity to grow closer to God. It is a time for sacrifice, mortification, and resolution, but also a time for understanding. There are things that I can know and understand that will bring me closer to God this Lent; I pray that these three sources are part of that journey...


A short history of the 3x5 index card...


In Cuba, a day for the ages...


The Church can't explain away sin or call it by another name...


How God's mercy frees us from bad memories...


More allegations emerge as Mount St. Mary's controversy boils...


The scientists who are deciphering ‘unreadable’ ancient texts...


How one American diplomat solved the case of the murdered Church women in El Salvador (explicit language) ...


Take up your cupcake and follow me?


A few choice words from the (not-so-silent) cloister...

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The Gospel Train reaches Temptation Station—Stay on board, children!...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There’s an old gospel song tradition that speaks of the Christian life as a ride on the “Gospel train.” The Gospel train is not always an easy ride with perfect scenery, but you’ve gotta get your ticket and stay on board. Mysteriously, the train sometimes passes through difficult terrain. But just stay on board! On his way to glory...


Pope visits Mexico City's National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral...


The meeting between Pope and Patriarch was something more than politics...
Daniel Philpott
Yesterday, the pope met with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church for the first time. Christians everywhere ought to celebrate the meeting. Jesus prayed “that they may be one,” as recorded in the Gospel of John, Chapter 17, and this is a momentous stride towards unity. Although the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church have been meeting and working towards reconciliation since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)...


5 tips to help you cast your vote as a faithful Catholic...


The real meaning of Einstein's gravitational waves...


The Doritos commercial and the revival of voluntarism...
Bishop Robert Barron
I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the absurd reaction of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) to the lighthearted Super Bowl commercial produced to advertise Doritos. In the thirty-second clip, a pregnant mother, undergoing an ultra-sound, is annoyed by her husband who is absent-mindedly munching Doritos while their baby’s image is displayed on the screen...


14 key quotes from the historic Catholic-Orthodox joint declaration...


Ahead of Pope's visit, Mexico gang violence targets priests...


Why Pope Francis agreed to meet the Russian Patriarch in Havana...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The genuinely historic meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church today in Havana brings to mind the days of the Cold War, in which the Vatican’s Ostpolitik (diplomatic policy toward the East) made difficult calculations to achieve a measure of freedom for the Church, calculations that were often judged to be imprudent by those behind the Iron Curtain on whose behalf they were made...


What is perfect contrition, and how do you know if you have it?


Here's the key to true fasting...


This Lent, learn the mysteries of the desert...


“Hers is a heroic testimony of maternal love”...


These 5 facts show why demographics are destiny...


This news from Chicago shows why demographics, and adherence to doctrine, are destiny...


A special Confession in 1953 changed his life, Pope Francis reveals...
Brantly Millegan
“That confession on September 21, 1953... reoriented my life,” Pope Francis told a group of Missionaries of Mercy recently. “To me it is a source of joy, the memory of that confession.” The Missionaries of Mercy are a special team of “priests given special faculties to absolve even sins reserved to the Holy See.” They were commissioned by Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy to be “a living sign of the Father’s welcome to all those in search of his forgiveness...


Is it possible to discern too much?
Marlon De La Torre
Sometimes we can easily get caught in a futile mindset that no matter what we do the end result will never be in our favor. Or better yet, you nit-pick a situation, place or person so much that you never truly see the reality of the situation and even more the person you are dissecting emotionally or otherwise. When it comes to the season of Lent...


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