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Damascus bombing kills 9 in Christian districts, causes ‘severe damage’ to Maronite cathedral


Did Cardinal O’Malley open a door to papal criticism from US bishops?
J.D. Flynn
It is no secret that the pontificate of Pope Francis has been a challenge for Church leaders to navigate, and the bishops of the United States are no exception. A man often called the Pope of surprises, who has encouraged Catholics to “make a mess,” the pontiff’s spontaneity, new approaches and willingness to rebuff traditional consultative mechanisms has...


The vice of sloth is a spiritual malignancy...
Fr. George Rutler
In the late 1990s I watched the rebuilding of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, replicating the nineteenth-century cathedral that had been dynamited by Stalin in 1931. It can hold an estimated ten thousand worshipers (they stand throughout the long services, for pews are abhorrent to venerable tradition) and is the tallest Orthodox church in the world with a dome reaching 338 feet...


8 failures of liberal feminism and 9 wins of true feminism...
Patti Armstrong
In fairy tales, ugly stepsisters hate the true daughter of the King. And so it is with true feminism. It cloaks women in the divine beauty that God intended. The counterfeit, liberal version is a mean addiction of delusion that compels women to push ever-harder for the things that make them miserable. The ugly stepsisters fail at happiness because they fight truth and beauty...


Trial begins for Catholic deacon accused of being ‘one of the worst serial killers in Belgian history’...


YouTube awards Bishop Robert Barron exclusive ‘Silver Play Button’...


Blade Runner, Barchester, and Father Brown...
Rick Becker
Other than the alliteration, these brief glances at three video departures from earlier works – one a movie sequel, the other two literary TV adaptations – may not seem to have much in common: sci-fi pscyhothriller, drawing-room character study, and Agatha Christie in a Roman collar. Perhaps – let’s see.


14 wokest signs at the March for Life 2018...


Why can’t people hear what ‘12 Rules for Life’ author Jordan Peterson is saying?


How a Norwegian 787 just broke a transatlantic speed record...


Vatican award of Order of St. Gregory was meant as a ‘slight’ to pro-abortion politician, source says...
Edward Pentin
The Vatican currently has no plans to change the procedure of exchanging honors during historic official visits of heads of state to the Vatican, and believes that the responsibility for any subsequent abuse of such decorations rests with the visiting delegation. Despite the outcry over giving militant pro-abortion Dutch politician Lilianne Ploumen a medal of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St...


In dangerous times like ours, where are the churchmen with chests?


Pope Francis: “This is why I celebrated that marriage aboard the flight”...


‘Forgiveness science’ founder can't prove it, but suspects a ‘Francis effect’...
John Allen
Scientific study of the world has been around for a while now, so it’s rare these days to meet the founder of an entirely new branch of science. That, however, is what you’ve got in full living color in the person of Robert Enright, a Catholic who teaches at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and who pioneered what’s today known as “forgiveness science...


Cardinal O’Malley's rebuke of Pope Francis on sex abuse stirs wide reaction...
Inés San Martín
It’s not every day that a close ally and adviser to a pope, not to mention a cardinal of the Catholic Church, distances himself from that pope. So when Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said Saturday night it was “understandable” that Francis’s language in Chile about abuse victims accusing a bishop of a cover-up had caused “great pain...


How do you find out which territorial parish you live in?


The Catholic priest who was Robert Louis Stevenson’s spiritual father...


The Atlantic: Science is giving the pro-life movement a boost...

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Aziz Ansari’s hookup was a game of Russian Roulette...


The Pope’s unusual isolation in Chile was a genuine surprise...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
How did a papal visit aimed at healing a suffering Church in Chile end up inflicting a serious wound on Pope Francis? The papal visit to Chile was expected to be difficult, due to the effects of the sex-abuse crisis there. Yet that challenge has been dealt with before in other countries. What happened in contrast in Chile was a genuine surprise...


Is the story of Jonah a fable?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I’m in Vero Beach, Florida leading a parish mission. I love getting out to other parishes like this because I get a chance to meet real Catholics other than my own parishioners and hear their stories and listen to their lives. After Mass this morning a woman cornered me and said, “Father! I was at Mass on Sunday and the priest said the Jonah story was a fable...


Here is the world’s highest basketball shot...


DePaul is the largest Catholic University in America. So where are all the Catholics?


During the Hawaii missile alert, Honolulu’s Catholic bishop led a penance rite with general absolution...


An evening with evangelical apologist William Lane Craig...
Bishop Robert Barron
Ten years ago, when I was a visiting scholar at the North American College in Rome, I fell into a spirited conversation with one of the seminarians about the state of evangelization in America. We both were bemoaning the fact that the “new” atheists—Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and others—were regularly attacking religion...


St. Faustina on affecting the past, today...
Jimmy Akin
Recently I wrote about the possibility of praying across time. For example, you might pray for the salvation of a person who has already died. The theory is that, since God is outside of time, he is aware of your prayer in the eternal now and can intervene at any point in history, including when the person your are praying for was still alive...


Dairy farm to the episcopate: Stockton, California, gets a new bishop...


What attachments are and what they are not...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Are there ways we can distinguish attachments from ordinary and proper desires? What are the signs that we are too attached to someone or something? To address questions like these I turn to a great teacher of mine in matters spiritual, Fr. Thomas Dubay. Fr. Dubay died more than seven years ago but left a great legacy of teaching through his books...


Here’s the full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight news conference from Peru...


Pope Francis: Final verdict on Sodalitium is likely to be ‘very unfavorable for the founder’...


Pope returns to Rome, says choice of word ‘proof’ in comments on Chilean bishop ‘was not the best’...


Understanding exorcism: An interview with Father Jeffrey Grob, a specialist in the Rite of Exorcism...


Business Insider: “Why homeschooling is the smartest way to teach kids today”...


See with your ears: How Spielberg uses sound design to structure a movie scene...


Why we get angry at other Catholics who don’t know what we know...
Simcha Fisher
Catholic social media is a strange place to dwell. A few weeks ago, about 70 percent of my feed was taken up with Catholics explaining that, no matter what the department stores say, Christmas is not over yet. It goes until Epiphany or until the Baptism of the Lord or until Candlemas—but it is not over yet! The remaining 30 percent of my friends were irritably complaining that we all already know Christmas is not over yet...


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