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Pope arrives in Tbilisi for 3-day visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan


Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell prepares for his move to the Vatican...


5 times a ship's anchor got a little carried away...


This is the question non-Christians should ask, but don't...
John Clark
The story is told that a bishop was giving a speech at a progressive university, after which he invited the audience to ask questions. One skeptical wiseacre chimed in with a question evidently designed to make the bishop—and Christianity—look foolish. He asked: “Bishop, do you really believe that Jonah was swallowed by a whale and lived inside it for three days...


Here’s a notion: Don’t watch the debates. It's not a good use of your time...
David Mills
On Monday night, my wife having gone to sleep, because she’s one of those weird creatures who get up at unimaginable hours of the morning, I took my laptop over to our nearby pub to work and watch the football game. I think I used my time better than those of you who watched the presidential debate. Plus I got draft beer and the Monday night half-price burger special...


Around the world in a stack of pancakes...


Troubled by America’s leadership? Blame abortion...
Carrie Gress
40 Days for Life is kicking off its fall campaign this week. Of the many efforts to stop abortion in America, few are succeeding like this peaceful, prayerful protest. This year’s campaign includes 367 vigil locations in the U.S. with 23 other countries hosting campaigns. Since its inception in 2007, nearly 12,000 babies have been saved (that they know of)...


C.S. Lewis Doodle: The Screwtape Letters #6 (From One Demon to Another)...


Communion on the tongue or in the hand? Here are 3 things to consider...


If our children ask for a loving home, do we give them mammon instead?
Rebecca Hamilton
What with the conference on the Theology of the Body Congress, the big march in defense of marriage in Mexico, and Family Day in Rome, I think it’s safe to say that the Year of Mercy includes an emphasis on healing the family. We have, as individuals and as a people, participated in the destruction of the family, and by doing that...


Reykjavik briefly swaps its city lights for the Northern Lights...


“An iron fist in a velvet glove”: A look at Azerbaijan ahead of the Pope’s visit...
Sandro Magister
In departing for Georgia and Azerbaijan, Pope Francis is preparing to visit, in the latter country, a tiny Catholic population of a few hundred persons, a nonentity compared to an overwhelming Muslim presence, most of it Shiite. But to judge by the program of the visit, packed with meetings with non-Christian civil and religious authorities...


Angels are invisible to humans not because they're less real, but more real...


“We should be aware of their invisible presence”: Feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael...


How to answer the “Jesus got them to share the loaves and fishes” malarkey...
John Martignoni
If the “miracle” was that Jesus got everyone to “share” their hidden food that they had been hoarding, then why would they want to make him king because of that? I can just imagine one of the people present yelling, “Hey, he got us to share our food, let’s make him king!” And then all the other people start shouting...


One of the greatest magicians of the 20th century was a Marianist brother...
Angelo Stagnaro
Of all the performing arts, very few people actively dislike stage magic. It's the principle reason I remain gainfully employed. That, and my incredible humility. You'll regularly find people who are bored with opera and flummoxed by modern dance, but what kind of misanthrope doesn't like a good card trick? Who doesn't want to see a bunny pulled out of a hat...


“God made Orion and the Pleiades”: The marveling of Job as he looked to the night sky...


4 guidelines for voting, drawn from the wisdom of the Church...

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“Harrowing” is the best word to describe “Deepwater Horizon”...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
It’s the fact-based story about 126 men and women on 52,590 tons of steel and concrete 40 miles off the Louisiana coast during a worst-case scenario. “Worst-case scenario” in this context involves a string of catastrophic failures and mistakes leading to a massive oil-rig blowout, torrents of oil, devastating explosions and flying shrapnel...


The grumpy old guy (Jerome) and the little girl (Thérèse)...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Today’s feast day for St Jerome falls happily the day before the feast of St Therese of Lisieux. St Therese said, “How different are all the saints! In heaven the greatest doctor of the church will sit down with a little child.” So it is with these two. St Jerome–the cave dweller and patron of all bookish types who retreat to their cave and don’t like to be disturbed: St Jerome–the patron saint of curmudgeons and scholars...


When scientists created the 3-parent baby, they killed 4 unborn children in the process...


American presidents can have everything — except the car keys...


Don't be misled by these 3 red herrings...


Pope Francis journeys to the Caucasus, a Christian-Muslim crossroads...
Victor Gaetan
Pope Francis is journeying to an enchanting place this weekend — magical, multiethnic, multi-faith and intermittently dangerous. Knowing a bit about the geography and history of Georgia and Azerbaijan, where the Holy Father will be Sept. 30-Oct. 2, plus Armenia, where he journeyed June 24-26, helps explain the complex sensitivities and long history linking the three countries...


Images of Christian refugees suffering hardship in northern Iraq...


The story of one soul's escape from Satanism to Catholicism...


Report from Erbil, Iraq: Christian refugees’ faith endures amid a sea of troubles...


St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for me...
Kathy Schiffer
These archangels, all of whom play cameo roles in the Scriptures, have been venerated since the early days of the Church–but it’s Raphael I want to talk about today. Last week, I underwent my first cataract surgery; the second is scheduled for next week. Life with 20/15 vision (and no glasses!) has been awesome so far–but more on that in another post...


How the smallpox-scarred George Washington used vaccines to help win the Revolutionary War...


Debunking the myth of the ‘real’ Robinson Crusoe...


WSJ writer Sohrab Ahmari’s winding journey from Tehran to the Catholic Church...


St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle...
Philip Kosloski
The Church affirms that Satan was once a good angel and that he (and many other angels) freely chose to reject God. Their choice was final and definite. Satan has no chance of repentance. This is because angels were given an extraordinary intellect, not clouded in any way. So Lucifer knew exactly what he was doing when he chose to rebel against God and he knew all the implications of it...


Why are José Fernández's friends hitting HRs like never before? Maybe God loves baseball...
Matthew Sewell
Even the casual baseball fan has felt the deep sadness surrounding the recent death of Jose Fernandez, a 24-year-old superstar pitcher for the Miami Marlins. Universally recognized for a broad grin, charismatic personality, and devotion to those around him, Fernandez seemed to have exuded zeal, humility, and hopefulness almost constantly...


A man's guide to wristwatches: Their history and why you should wear one...


Why be religious? Isn't being spiritual enough?
Jimmy Akin
When people say they are spiritual rather than religious, they frequently mean that, although they don’t practice a specific religion, they recognize there is more to the world than matter; that it has a spiritual dimension. This is good! But it doesn’t go very far. Wouldn’t it be nice to know more about the world’s spiritual dimension...


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