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Pope Francis in Guayaquil, Ecuador: For the family, "the best wine is yet to come"


Vatican trial for Józef Wesołowski’s sexual abuse charges a pivotal moment for Pope Francis...
John Allen
While Pope Francis is wowing vast crowds on a triumphant homecoming to Latin America this week, one of the pivotal moments of his papacy is set to begin back in Rome on Saturday with the opening of a criminal trial for former papal diplomat Józef Wesołowski on charges of sexual abuse of minors.


Brazilian archbishop carjacked at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro...


Infographic: 50 facts about 13 great American priests...


"Let no one be thrown away": In Quito, Francis' "Moonlight Blessing"...
Rocco Palmo
More than any other night since he departed Buenos Aires for the Conclave that, to the shock of the world, made him Pope, tonight, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is home – back on his native continent, the language that surrounded him daily for 76 years again spoken all around... And late on this Ecuadorean evening, all of it showed...


It's time for Church and State to seek a happy divorce...
Joseph Pearce
The Supreme Court’s bizarre decision to impose same-sex “marriage” on all the States is the making of history by the breaking of history. It is to make something that humanity has never sanctioned and has always shunned not only legal but compulsory. Until a few short years ago, the very thought that marriage was anything other than the union of a man and a woman would have been impossible because the very thought would have been unthinkable...


George Washington has much to teach us about how to conduct our lives today...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
We are not necessarily the ones we have been waiting for. Somewhere in the rainbow celebrations of late, what may have been missed is a concurrent look to first things, things perhaps once taken for granted — natural things. Pope Francis actually did just this when he issued, just a few days before the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage...


Why do students get summers off?


The largest collection of relics outside the Vatican may be this church in Pittsburgh...
Brantly Millegan
It should be of no surprise that the world’s largest collection of relics is at the Vatican. But it might come as a bit of a shock that the world’s second largest collection of relics open to the public is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Not Florence, Paris, or London. But in the United States, in the middle of old “Steel City...


The "joy of the Gospel" is the solution, but some progressives do not understand it...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Each of Pope Francis’ steps in the upcoming trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay will be characterized by the Spanish word “alegria”. This is the same theme heralded by “Evangelii Gaudium” (the Joy of the Gospel), the Apostolic Exhortation that Pope Francis has indicated to be the reference point of his pontificate. Joy in announcing the Gospel is not...


The stars and stripes of freedom and responsibility...


15 Catholic reflections on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...
John Clark
As we Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it’s a great time to look at some statements of Catholics over the years on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Turns out, we Catholics love all three. This July 4th, let’s remember to pray for our nation and all of those in America. Let’s pray that God blesses us with the willingness to protect and promote life...


12 things to remember if the SCOTUS decision upsets you...


Two nuns, a developer and Katy Perry walk into a real estate deal...


In defense of deploring poor taste...


Stay the course, my friends. If your first love is Jesus, He will help you through these troubling times...


If you want to understand Laudato Si better, J.R.R. Tolkien can help...


On Sunday, LDS churches nationwide will read to Mormon churchgoers this strong SCOTUS rebuke...

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Avila to Aspen (Day 35): Nothing less than the house of God...
Fr. John Hilton
Here's the view of Lake Huron behind Ted’s house near Bay City, Michigan. He and his wife ride Harley Davidson motorcycles and have a ministry for Christian motorcycle riders. Jim White, his son Mark and granddaughter Aubrey were waiting for me alongside the road south of Bay City. What a wonderful surprise! We rode together for an hour and I enjoyed getting to know this fine Catholic gentleman...


"That's not quite what I meant"...
Karl Keating
Language is a tricky thing. With the wrong words or the wrong construction, you can seem to mean things you don’t intend or can seem to intend things you don’t mean. You can get yourself into a lot of trouble. Many Catholics do, particularly when they write online. At sites such as Facebook, many people have the impression that stream-of-consciousness writing is a good thing...


It's decision time. The real Jesus wants to know where you stand...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a false, unbiblical notion of Jesus that emphasizes and isolates some of his teachings and traits, while excluding others. Hence there are many who reduce Jesus’ moral teaching to a vague notion that we should be nice and try to get along. This not only simplifies Jesus — it trivializes him. Jesus, in describing his own ministry and why he was hated so irrationally that even Pontius Pilate had to marvel...


4 ways that gay marriage is not like divorce...


St. Maria Goretti didn’t die for her virginity...
Simcha Fisher
When you think about holiness, do you fall into bathwater thinking? Bathwater thinking is when you forget the baby — the living, breathing, vulnerable persons in front of you — and instead, you wallow around in that warm, familiar bathwater of your indisputably worthy cause. Let’s think about St. Gianna Molla. A good many people believe that this woman’s greatness came in her eager...


American martyr Fr. Stanley Rother: "A shepherd cannot leave his flock"...
Rebecca Hamilton
In Okarche Oklahoma, the sky goes on forever and the wind never stops blowing. Father Stanley Rother lies in an unpretentious grave in a tiny church cemetery on a road that you’ll miss if you aren’t looking carefully. His grave, which is one of many with the name “Rother” on it, is marked by a simple black headstone. The only thing that sets it apart is the necklace of stones ringing its edges...


Ignore the propaganda. Queen Elizabeth was a stubborn, cruel and heartless tyrant... ...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of the frustrating things about a visit to England is the persistence of Protestant propaganda about King Henry VIII and his daughter, Elizabeth I. During our recent pilgrimage with Joseph Pearce our fellow pilgrims noticed time and again how information boards and brochures portrayed Henry and Elizabeth in a positive light...


We need to get the word out about Humanae Vitae but quick...
Richard Becker
“Easter is a big deal at St. John’s,” Doug Barnes observes about his church. “It’s like the second-biggest deal behind Christmas.” If you remember your Catechism, you’ll know that Barnes is dead wrong—at least from a theological and liturgical perspective. Easter (Alleluia! He is risen indeed!) is the high holy day for Christians...


Receiving awards, Benedict XVI credits witness of John Paul II...


'Washing their hands': United Nations to cut good aid for Syrian refugees...


Why did Yankee Doodle stick a feather in his cap and call it 'macaroni'?


Don’t get too close to friends on the other side of the culture wars. This sounds harsh, but it's true...


The establishment knows that jokes directed at Bruce Jenner are also directed at them...


A fourth saint for the Little Flower family?


The surprising story of Japanese convert Satoko Kitahara deserves to be better known in the West...


All signs indicate that my seven-month-old is out to get me...


On Justice Kennedy’s tenuous grasp of human dignity...


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