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Pope appeals for liberation of Fr. Dall'Oglio and Orthodox bishops taken hostage in Syria


What’s the cure for a case of Stifling Museumishness? Take your kids to the museum with you...
Simcha Fisher
The other week, we visited the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. I heartily recommend it if you’re in the area (and it’s free all through August!). They had a world class collection with tons of variety, from pre-Columbian art to this guy; it was quite kid friendly (a docent in the armor display helped the kids try on helmets and gauntlets)...


Paper or plasma? How are you reading this summer?
Sean Fitzpatrick
Summertime is a favorite time for some favorite reading—but in these times, and in these summers, the issue is not simply, “What is to be read?” but “How is it to be read?” Readers are not only what they read, but also how they read; and civilized readers should not read like boors. Thus, they face a bizarre, if not boorish...


What I learned after losing my comb...
Fr. James Schall
Though I keep my hair quite short so I do not need it, I place a small pocket comb on a shelf next to the washbasin. It has been there for several years now. It is black in color, quite obvious there beside the toothbrush, drinking glass, and other small items. Usually, one does not consciously notice these things separately, but knows they are there nonetheless...


Behold, the ancient Christian art of the Roman catacombs...
Brantly Millegan
The ancient Romans traditionally cremated their dead. Christians, on the other hand, have traditionally buried their dead unburned as a sign of their belief in the coming resurrection of the body. But in the 2nd century A.D., the burial of unburnt remains started to become fashionable for Romans. Burial within city limits was illegal...


I'm afraid that we're in the midst of the grandest of lies, and one that's in full force...


Conflicted over Cuba: My people, my distrust, my hope...


What are your five loaves and two fishes?
Msgr. Charles Pope
We have in today’s gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and the fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh, that one ...” and then tune out. But the gospel today contains a personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” Immediately, objections begin to pop up in our minds...


Vatican ropes in global leaders to fight climate change, modern slavery...


Furor erupts in New York City after priest orders destruction of icons...
Nicholas Frankovich
Two opposing interpretations of the Second Vatican Council divide the Catholic Church. This divide is more complex than the casual observer tends to appreciate. Within the complex divide, however,is a clear, simple divide: the familiar quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Each of the two parties is marked by a definite taste in liturgy...


Avila to Aspen (Day 51): Thinking about the Apostle to the Apostles while riding along the coast of Maine...
Fr. John Hilton
As I was journeying along the coast of Maine, I was reflecting on the great St. Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles. She famously told the "gardener" that she was searching for Jesus. Who are we searching for? Also mentioned in the video: Brunswick, Bowdoin College, Joshua Chamberlain and Little Round Top.


The priest's "secret" prayers at Mass...


A priest's reassignment always brings challenges, for pastors and parishes alike...


What can American parents learn from a doll?


Little Sisters of the Poor appeal to U.S. Supreme Court...


Does God want everyone to be Catholic?


“My Little Cracker”: A Donald Trump story...


MUST READ: Reform and renewal starts with us...

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7 Catholic things that caught my eye today...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
They call the Liturgy of the Hours the prayer of the Church. I sometimes wish we could all spend morning and evening moments truly together in prayer — Christians wherever we found ourselves. With the kind of reflections it provides — Saint Caesarius of Arles today is a prime example — day after day, we would have to be changed...


5 things Christians shouldn't say to atheists...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I recently returned from a trip to Iowa where I met so many wonderful people, but two people in particular have stuck in my mind. While I was sharing my story during a talk to a parish youth group, I noticed one teenager slumped in his chair. His posture screamed, “Not interested” but his eyes were alert. He listened intently...


Reflections on the revolution in America...


The Trinitarian God has made the cosmos in His image...
Joseph Pearce
Many months ago I wrote an essay for The Imaginative Conservative entitled “The Mysteries of Atheism” in which I highlighted the mysterious trinity which all atheists acknowledge, albeit without knowing it; or, to be precise, the two trinities that they unknowingly acknowledge, namely, the trinity of space and the trinity of time...


The Escrivá Option: An alternative to St. Benedict...
Austin Ruse
Nostalgia lurks always in the near corners of the human imagination. It often takes very little to bring it to life; a sunny day, the wind blowing the grass, a taste of food, a smell, a picture. They all bring us back to sweet and sweeter times, childhood, courting, weddings, childbirth. These are all nostalgic times from our own lives...


How Huckleberry Finn lives moral excellence in a violent world...
Mitchell Kalpakgian
How does one live in the world but not be of the world? How does one grow up in a lawless society exposed to injustices in vicious forms and still preserve one’s innocence and integrity? How does a person live in the midst of murderers, swindlers, scoundrels, and bigots and not fall into temptation? How does one live with a pure...


India showcases the maddening complexity of religious persecution...
John Allen
I spent much of this week among some of the most victimized Christians on the planet: members of India’s tribal underclass. A colleague and I met some in Mumbai and others in a township called Manor, composed of a series of rural villages about 60 miles outside the city. A “tribal,” in Indian parlance, means one of the country’s native original inhabitants...


Long-serving Cardinal Baum lived a generous response to God:: Catholic News Agency (CNA)...


Obama carries U.S. gay agenda to Africa...


Medal of Honor: Catholic chaplains in combat...


Adam Sandler's 'Pixels' is less family-friendly than advertised...
Steven Greydanus
The idea of saving the world from alien invaders with classic video-game skills is not without a certain dumb appeal. Let’s face it: There have been plenty of movies where the aliens attack in boring old ships, and the Earth must be defended by fighter pilots armed with the same old air-to-air missiles or photon torpedoes or laser cannons that flyboys have used to defend hearth and home in reality and fiction for the better part of a century or so...


These Planned Parenthood videos have put pro-lifers in the driver's seat...


The Resurrection is not the end of the Story. The Last Days are here. Jesus will come again...


Our biblical heritage of clarity and confidence must be regained...


Before you enter the pro-life arena, prepare yourself for spiritual combat...


15 things that caught my eye about St. Philip Neri on the 500th anniversary of his birth...


Pope to Vatican conference: Beware the "idolatry of technocracy"...


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