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Brazilian bishop: Yes, Amazon people can understand celibacy


St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the renewal of missionary zeal...


10 great infographics by XKCD’s Randall Munroe...


Why that naked native lady statue in the Vatican ain’t Catholic...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I commented here last week on the weird Amazonian earth mother ceremony with which they kicked off the Amazonian synod. It’s got me thinking that “Amazon” is just about right for the name of this synod, and not because of the river. The Amazons, if you remember your Greek myths, were fearsome female warriors–the daughters of Ares the god of war and Harmonia–a wood nymph...


Not lost forever: On miscarriage, grief, and hope...
Simcha Fisher
In the movie Gladiator, the victorious but homesick general Maximus carries with him tiny, crude statues of his beloved wife and son. They are a reminder of home, but he also prays to them and for them, tenderly cradling the figures in his hand as he endures the pain of separation. The figures become even more precious to him when he discovers that his wife and son are dead — tortured and murdered as political revenge...


This might be the world’s weirdest border...


Dissenting note struck on married priests as solution for the Amazon...
John Allen
For the first time in one of the Vatican’s daily news briefings during the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, a dissenting voice was struck Wednesday about the idea of ordaining married men to solve priest shortages in the region. “I don’t see celibacy as the main problem” in attracting young men to the priesthood...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘God wants to save everyone,’ and the baptized must ‘mediate the divine blessing among pagan peoples’...


The Salvator Mundi painting and a $450 million snub...


St. Teresa of Avila’s haunting vision of Hell...
Philip Kosloski
While St. Teresa of Avila is known to have experienced some of the most ecstatic experiences of God’s presence ever recorded, she also received visions of the opposite. Teresa writes in her autobiography about a frightening vision she had of Hell and how it haunted her the rest of her life. When writing the vision down she experienced the same bone-chilling feelings run throughout her body...


What the saints of Pope Francis say to the Church...
Tom Hoopes
After five new canonizations on October 13, Pope Francis has now given the Church 55 new saints throughout his pontificate. Canonization is not merely a declaration that someone is in heaven — it is the Church’s way of saying: “This person should be a model for Catholics today.” Why is Pope Francis proposing these as models...


A solemn warning from St. Paul...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Even if we are unfaithful to the groom of our soul and the Bridegroom of the Church, He will not be unfaithful to us. God will never say to the soul that rejects or hates Him, “I hate you.” The Lord cannot be anything other than Himself. He who is love cannot hate. However, and more soberly, the text means that Lord, who is truth itself...


Who is in the Pan-Amazon Synod’s small working groups?
Edward Pentin
If previous synods can be taken as a guide for future ones, the circoli minori (small working groups), rather than the general congregations, can be where agendas pursued by a minority can be introduced into the synod proceedings. The German-language group was a particular focus in this regard, both during the 2014 and 2015 synods on the family and at the synod on youth last year...


Did Phoenicians beat Christopher Columbus to the Americas by thousands of years?


Why brooding is a sure way to destroy your relationship...


Domenico Giani, Vatican security chief and papal bodyguard, steps down over leak...


St. John Henry Newman: Disciplined pursuit of the Truth, Doorway to Friendship...


Forgiveness, Texas-style: Brandt Jean reminds us of the real meaning of justice...

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How can a star be older than the universe?


The pioneering maps of Alexander von Humboldt...


Could this Louisiana case lead to an overturn of Roe vs. Wade?


“Blessed are those who do not see and believe”...
Fr. Regis Scanlon
The Pew Research Center (CARA) recently reported that “Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their Church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ.” Alarming news like this caused U. S. bishops to realize that they must help Catholics regain their faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The following reflection on the Road to Emmaus is a small contribution to this purpose...


Historical clarity and today’s Catholic contentions...
George Weigel
One of the curiosities of the 21st-century Catholic debate is that many Catholic traditionalists (especially integralists) and a high percentage of Catholic progressives make the same mistake in analyzing the cause of today’s contentions within the Church — or to vary the old fallacy taught in Logic 101, they think in terms of post Concilium ergo propter Concilium [everything that’s happened after the Council has happened because of the Council]...


Prayer as Warfare: The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time...
John Bergsma
Usually we think of men of prayer and men of war as complete opposites. A monk in a habit—such as St. Francis—is a man dedicated to peace, a total contrast to one clad in armor brandishing weapons. Yet the Readings for this Sunday combine the imagery of war and prayer in interesting ways that provoke our thoughts about the nature and reality of supplicating God...


What the police chief’s resignation tells us about the Vatican power struggle...


Thoughts on the surprisingly sudden fall of the Vatican’s J. Edgar Hoover...


Historic Marian shrine in Florida elevated to national shrine by U.S. bishops...


NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses statue of Mother Cabrini, so NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state will build it instead...


Pope Francis accidentally tweeted in support of the New Orleans Saints thanks to a hashtag snafu...


When we talk about things worth dying for, we’re talking about the things worth living for...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
I turned 75 a couple of weeks ago and, as canon law requires, I offered my resignation to Pope Francis. In the next few months the Holy Father will accept it, and Philadelphia will have a new archbishop. Philadelphia is a great city, and it’s been one of the great privileges in my life to serve as the pastor of its Catholic people and clergy...


Stay away from “ghost hunting” — there are serious spiritual dangers there...


Stars, birds, autumn leaves, G.K. Chesterton and the Little Flower...
Fr. James Kurzynski
Do you enjoy the endless wonder of God's handiwork that is your backyard? Whether your backyard is a back forty or forty feet of enclosed concrete, I assure you there is something worth discovering just outside your door. Some may dismiss this idealistic, romantic notion as merely the whimsical musings of an aloof theologian priest who tries way too hard to see God in all things...


The remarkable beauty of fog...


Pronouncing Biblical names (wherein I rant)...
Jimmy Akin
In recent years—in some circles—the people who write biblical name pronunciation guides have been promoting a ridiculous, alternative pronunciation of the name “Elisha.” I suspect it’s the same people who were pushing for all manner of liturgical novelties in the 1970s and 1980s, including items of Orwellian Liturgical Newspeak (e...


‘12 Angry Men’ — a conversation on things that matter most in a free society...


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