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The message of Jesus at the Transfiguration: Listen and follow, Pope says


Order! Order in the Universe!...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In a courtroom it is possible to hear the judge bring an unruly out burst to an end by insisting "Order! Order inthe Courtroom! I often feel the same wish in the unruly debates our our time over the debates about God's existence and role in the created universe. It is not so much that the debates In a courtroom...


5 New Testament Promises for the Church today, tomorrow, and forever...
Joe Heschmeyer
The Gospel is timeless and eternal . But the Gospel is also historical . The Gospel is part of history, because Christ entered history in His Incarnation. So we see, in every age, the Church presenting the timeless truths of the Gospel in a way that the surrounding world can understand. She's used different methods...


The terror that stalks our world now is diabolic. The time has come to ring the Turkish Bell...


Vatican whodunit: What happened to those books on marriage?


Pope Francis calls money the ‘devil’s dung’...
Inés San Martín
A pope already famous for his attacks on both “savage capitalism” and corruption ratcheted up the rhetorical level on Saturday by bluntly referring to money as “the devil’s dung.” “When it becomes an idol, [it] commands the choices of men [and] makes him a slave,” Francis said. Quoting St. Basil of Caesarea, a fourth-century doctor of the Church...


Two years ago today, we were beginning the interregnum...
Adam Bowers
All of Christendom — and much of the rest of the world — recalls that on February 28, 2013, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI abdicated the See of Peter. The Sede vacante took effect at 8:00 p.m. local time, or 11:00 a.m. here in California. The previous night (February 27), we sat down with Fr. A for a late supper. Mrs. Q had taken the last few days off from work...


17 things to do on Sunday besides surfing the internet...


Must see: Spectacular drone video of Mont Saint-Michel being cut off by the sea...


What an Evangelical church was like for an atheist with anxiety...
Devin Rose
I was the atheist. Suffering from anxiety disorder, clinical depression, panic attacks, and agoraphobia. I didn’t believe in God or Jesus or the Bible. But I was under constant torment from anxiety and fear of being humiliated in front of other people. I had begun reading the Bible and was somewhere in the inscrutable wilderness of the Old Testament when my classmates invited me to come to their Southern Baptist church...


Add a dash of Johnny Cash to your Lent...
Michael Lichens
While my life, compared to Johnny Cash and many others, has been incredibly easy, his music has meant a lot to me. In his lyrics I found an Old Testament man strumming the steel strings of a guitar, singing once about how “God’s Gonna Cut you Down” while also begging “Lead me Father,with the staff of life/Give me the strength for a song” and it was all from the same man who knew well both the disappointment of his own life as well as what Graham Greene called “the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God...


Two years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI shook history...
Rocco Palmo
With the Pope and Curia on the road and off the grid for this week's Lenten retreat, the beat's been unusually quiet... but don't worry – it won't be for much longer. In any case, beyond fresh stories, the coming weeks are likely to bring an uptick of wider focus on the Vatican as Francis marks his second anniversary on Peter's chair...


Why should you be Catholic? Because it's true...


Is beauty a temptation or a path to God?


7 difficult deserted places (including a Catholic seminary) filmed with drones...


10 things you need to know about Jesus' Transfiguration...


Why are Christians being attacked? Because they are the lambs...


A church is a church and not a club because people gather to meet God...

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Neglected by the media, there is a hidden Vatican...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Neglected by the media, there is a hidden Vatican that is working tirelessly to promote the human being. It is the Vatican of diplomacy, the Vatican that sits at international conferences and mediates for peace, the Vatican that employs its weight and influence in order to foster the defense of every human being . This Vatican is out of the news apparently because it is difficult to report about it...


20 amazing photographs and the stories behind them...


Archbishop Cordileone, Willy Wonka, and the hullabaloo in San Fran...
Matthew Sewell
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, bishop of San Francisco and all around stand-up guy, has a target on his back thanks to a dispute over revisions to the faculty and staff handbooks at the archdiocese’s four Catholic high schools. The revisions mainly include morals clauses clarifying the asking of teachers and staff to uphold Catholic teaching in their public –not necessarily private– lives...


The Vatican’s financial reform: The nasty is back...
John Allen
Over the centuries, court politics at the Vatican sometimes have had a seriously nasty side. If anyone was wondering whether that aspect of its culture had been killed off in the Francis era, or had simply gone dormant, late February 2015 provided a fairly clear answer. In a word, the nasty is back. The focus this time is Cardinal George Pell of Australia...


There are good ways and bad ways to praise your children...


A virtual Lenten pilgrimage to the Station Churches of Rome...


Savor every moment and never forget what the Lord has done for you...


"A shepherd has to be someone who is afraid of nothing"...


What is science?
Joseph Pearce
Many of my essays for The Imaginative Conservative have stressed the need to define the words that we use more definitely and precisely so that we can communicate our understanding of reality with greater clarity and less ambiguity. Over the months we have sought to define key words, such as “love,” “progress,” “man,” “utopia...


Kansas City Royals’ VP grateful to serve Christ the King...


This priest witnessed a miracle in the 1940s, then was killed for refusing to deny what he saw...


Notre Dame has lost two contrasting giants...
Phil Lawler
On successive days, death has claimed two giant figures in the history of America’s most iconic Catholic university: two revered men, with very different ideas about that university’s proper role. The death of Father Theodore Hesburgh on February 26 will claim headline coverage, and rightly so. He was one of the most influential Americans of the late 20th century...


When rest stops were America's best roadside attractions...


Pluto may become a planet again...


Oil company PR hit man sets sights on San Fran's Archbishop Cordileone...


Two years after stepping down, Benedict XVI sees out his days in the shadows...


If the Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage this summer, what's next for Catholics?
Russell Shaw
The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do now? Two steps come to mind. First, press for strong legal protections for individuals and institutions conscientiously unable to cooperate with a legal regime that requires sweeping concessions to the LGBT agenda...


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