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Pope's Sunday Angelus: Christ's law of love overcomes law of retaliation


Cardinal Burke firmly rejects account by Order of Malta’s acting head...


The cycle of hatred and retribution ends with me...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger and retribution to a higher level. Most likely...


Weapons for battle: the use of sacramentals (holy water, blessed salt, crucifixes) in the Christian life...
Jenny Uebbing
Maybe the thought of doing spiritual battle against demonic forces conjures up Hollywood images from The Exorcist, with an outstretched crucifix and dramatic exchanges of liquids, both holy and not. Maybe it strikes you as hokey or superstitious. Maybe the thought of it harkens uncomfortably far back in human history to a time before computers and antibiotics and space travel...


The hidden legacy of Michael Novak (1933-2017)...
Carrie Gress
Michael Novak, theologian, author, professor, Templeton Prize winner, and former ambassador, died Feb. 17, surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer at the age of 83. As the tributes to Michael Novak pour in from around the world, citing his accolades, accomplishments, and awards, there is one significant but largely unknown part of his legacy that deserves a special spotlight...


Michael Novak will be read for a long time to come...
George Weigel
Michael Novak loved the Catholic Church and the United States passionately. And with his death at 83, both Church and nation have lost one of their most imaginative and accomplished sons: a groundbreaking theorist in philosophy, social ethics, religious studies, ethnic studies, and economics; a brilliant teacher; a winsome journalist and apologist; a great defender of freedom...


Our strengths are often our weaknesses...


“President Trump, do the right thing on religious liberty. It's why many Christians voted for you”...


Theologian Gregory Baum, who led charge against ‘Humanae Vitae’, says he's actively homosexual...
Phil Lawler
Gregory Baum, one of the influential theologians who led the charge against Humanae Vitae, has now revealed that he is, and has been since the 1960s, an active homosexual. Are you surprised? No; it’s a familiar story. A theologian writes that it’s unrealistic to expect people to live in sexual continence, and eventually we learn that the theologian isn’t willing or able to control his own sexual impulses...


12 more surprising and little-known facts on Fatima...


A look at 5 exciting telescopes of the future, and what we might be able to see through them...


The hidden power of holy water...


Did Noah really live to be 950?


Archdiocese of Denver reiterates warning about Charlie Johnston's false prophecies...
Patti Armstrong
Charlie Johnston, in his quiet, folksy demeanor, came on the scene in 2010 with his blog, “The Next Right Step.” He told faithful Catholics what they already knew—the culture had lost its way. And he told them a lot of things they did not know — startling prophecies with specific dates. Johnston preached all things Catholic and did not seem crazy...


Finding a way forward for wounded and hurting Catholics...


Meeting the Mother of God — as a mother...
David Mills
As a new Catholic, I knew that Catholics had a special relation to Mary. When my family and I entered the Church I had signed on to all the teaching and all the dogmas. In theory, it was in for a penny, in for a pound. In theory, but not in practice and definitely not in feeling. I knew that on becoming Catholic I was part of Mary’s family in a way I had not been before...


New Pew Center poll shows improving attitudes toward Catholics and all faith groups...


Short but illuminating video: “Who do people say that I am?”...

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These Christians are working to cure one of the worst diseases you've never heard of...


Norma McCorvey, ‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies at 69...


Pope Francis encourages meeting of popular movements in California...


Answers to “dubia” from the Vatican! About the Traditional Mass and overly restrictive bishops...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
If you are a priest who has been hassled by your bishop about saying the traditional Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum, pay attention. Help has arrived. Recently a priest of my acquaintance sent two questions to my old haunts the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”. Here are the priest’s questions with the answers from the PCED following the answers...


The dangers of half-truths...


Why dragonfly wings kill bacteria...


‘The Great Wall’ is colorful, but generic and deeply silly...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
The Great Wall is one of those movies that is more interesting for what it portends and for the discussion around it than for what is actually onscreen. Not that what is onscreen, in the most literal sense, is bad or uninteresting. Zhang Yimou, the versatile director of splashy martial-arts epics like Hero and House of Flying Daggers...


Cardinal Zen: I fear the Vatican’s Ostpolitik with Communist China...


How Yoda helps me with teaching my kids...
John Clark
“No. There is another.” This was Yoda’s response when Ben Kenobi expressed that Luke Skywalker was the “last hope.” Some have said that we live in a “post-Christian world.” That’s bleak. But when people suggest to you that Christianity’s time has come and gone, remind them there are reasons for hope in thousands and thousands of homeschool homes and across the country...


Michael Novak dies at 83...


How following the liturgical calendar can change your life...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Advent. Christmas. Ordinary Time. Lent. If you’re a cradle Catholic, perhaps it all can become ordinary after a time, background music to busy Sundays. But if you are a church-goer, you have this schedule to the year that can help rearrange and even transform your life. And Chene Heady, in a book called Numbering My Days: How the Liturgical Calendar Rearranged My Life...


France bans pro-life websites that do not ‘openly state’ they are pro-life...


U.S. House votes to overturn Obama's “parting gift” abortion ruling...


The Catholic Church cannot upend truth, and call it mercy...
J.D. Flynn
In his column this week, George Weigel writes that “it cannot be the case that a grave sin in Poland is a source of grace two kilometers across the border in Germany.” The point is that the Church is universal, and ecclesial division ruptures our communion with Christ. There is only one problem with the argument: What is a grave sin in one place can...


‘A first-class mind’: New Opus Dei prelate Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz Braña...


What I learned from Winston Churchill and ‘The Crown’...
Tod Worner
The artist was standing before a bulldog. And both of them knew it. His subject stood dressed in his stately parliamentary attire. Cigar champed between his teeth, his eyes periodically glowering when they were not searching the artist’s face and hands. Impatiently, he shifted from one foot to the other. The bulldog wasn’t sure he trusted this modern artist...


Vouchers help schools but hurt parishes, new study shows, and economists aren't quite sure why...


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