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Pope Francis to visit President Obama at White House on Sept. 23


The dangers of living in a Catholic bubble...
David Mills
“I don’t see many examples of rich involvement in public spaces that are open to strangers and friends alike,” says a millennial writer named Erin Lane, interviewed in the Evangelical magazine Christianity Today. “That’s one of the unique features of the church, at least right now, that it offers a common space between your private friends and the larger community...


The 5 essentials of conversion...
Kenneth Howell
Becoming a Catholic can be a difficult row to hoe. The process of conversion is a complex one that involves almost every aspect of a person’s life. When people experience internal struggles of faith, marital discord because of possible conversion, the alienation of family members, or the loss of employment, the inherent obstacles of conversion hit them right in the face...


There is no escape from God's glory, for there is no escape from God...


If we fail to keep Catholic apologetics up-to-date, we fail...


Fathers and daughters: Is this a missing key to modesty today?
Msgr. Charles Pope
We often speak today of the terrible toll that fatherless homes have on young boys. And this is true. Without a reasonably good (even though not sinless) model of manhood and responsibility, many boys lose their way. Fathers too have a strong roll in disciplining boys, especially as they grow older and stronger than their...


Egypt and the complexities of keeping Christians safe...
John Allen
Transcendent causes are often born of startlingly clear moral options. Yes or no to equality for African-Americans was the heart of the civil rights movement in the United States, for instance, just as yes or no to self-determination was the basis of decolonization across the developing world. As those causes develop, however, the choices have a way of becoming complicated...


We need to understand the connection between relativism, contraception, and abortion...
Bishop James Conley
Last week, a young friend of mine attempted to defend the truth about marriage among a group of peers at a secular university. She presented a meaningful argument about families, social stability, and gender complementarity. None of her classmates refuted her arguments. Instead, they accused her of being a bigot and a homophobe...


A woman wrapped in silence: A meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation...


Slander and character assassination are murder with words...


The ambition of the Sons of Thunder...
Mark Shea
Leonardo da Vinci did us a disservice when he painted St. John in his Last Supper. In his zeal to show St. John as especially close to the loving heart of Christ, Leonardo winds up portraying the Evangelist like a wan and wilting flower. Yet Jesus nicknamed John and his brother James "Boanerges" or the "Sons of Thunder...


Did the Enlightenment cause a global decline in violence?


Even in space travel, we have a need for relics...


The confessions of little children often reveal little tragedies...


3 ways everyone you know is seeking Jesus Christ...


Why Cardinal Newman should become a saint...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Blessed John Henry Newman is important today for many reasons, but if I would have to single out only one it would be Newman’s revolutionary emphasis on the role of the layperson in the church as his most important contribution. Newman abhorred clericalism and emphasized the need for a well-educated and active lay faithful...


German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome...


Why is sin sinful?

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How the Church is portrayed as a ship in theology and architecture...
Philip Kosloski
This beautiful imagery did not take long to find physical form in the art and architecture of churches. For example, the area between the narthex and the sanctuary was called the “nave.” This word comes from the Latin navis, or ship and was meant to portray the reality that the Church is a ship, protecting those inside it from the waves and buffets of the world...


There were tornadoes in Oklahoma last night and lucky me, I was there...
Rebecca Hamilton
Cell phones change everything, including the experience of taking shelter during a tornado. Last night, while we sat in our storm shelter in Oklahoma City, my husband exchanged texts with his best friend who was a hundred miles away in Sand Springs. His friend was also in a storm shelter. Okies. We know tornadoes. A wave of storms swept through the state yesterday...


Is Chip Kelly a great coach or a mad scientist?


Bartenders in U.S. outnumber clergy 12 to 1...


How did Paul get his name?
Jimmy Akin
Sometimes people in the Bible experience name changes. Some famous examples include Abram (Abraham), Jacob (Israel), and Simon (Cephas, Peter). In each of these cases, there was a specific reason, and the new name had special significance (thus the name Peter means “Rock,” with Simon being the rock on which Jesus built his Church; Matt...


The indomitable, and effective, Cardinal Pell...
George Weigel
Shortly after George Pell was named Archbishop of Melbourne, he instituted several reforms at the archdiocesan seminary, including daily Mass and the daily celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, both of which had fallen by the wayside in the preceding years. The seminary faculty, enthusiastic proponents of Catholic Lite, thought to call the archbishop’s bluff and informed him that...


Christmas movies for Annunciation Day...
Richard Becker
The other night, my family and I were playing "Wits and Wagers" – a table game involving wildly random quantitative questions, with players betting on the accuracy of their own and their opponents' guesstimates. The questions cover all manner of topics and there's no way anyone could have an advantage when it comes to the minutiae addressed – here's a couple examples from one card: "In what year did a U...


Pope Francis on the family synod: 'We need prayers, not gossip'...


The rise of the mile-high skyscraper...


Catholic anti-ISIS fighter on 60 Minutes: "It would be an honor to give my life"...


Catholic school removes teacher for defending Catholic Faith...


If you haven't seen Archbishop Negri's inspiring decree on the Holy Eucharist, read on...


Ivory Coast bishops: Text messages ‘from the Virgin Mary’ are not approved by the Church...


If you neglect the poor, you will go to hell...
Tom Hoopes
“I’ve said many times over many years that if we ignore the poor, we will go to hell: literally,” Archbishop Charles Chaput said, most recently, here. I love that. I am well aware that, just as perfect contrition is better than imperfect contrition, it is better to serve the poor out of love for God and neighbor than out of fear of reprisal...


The ‘African moment’ in global Catholicism gathers steam...


It is entirely appropriate that confessions be heard during Mass...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Confessions were often heard during Mass in the "old" days. It was fairly widespread where there were more than one priest available in a parish or at a chapel. As a matter of fact, this last Sunday we had confessions during my Sunday Mass. A priest was available and generously gave of his time and heard quite a few confessions for about 45 minutes...


How can you overcome temptation? Remote battles are essential...


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