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Dominicans elect 88th Master General of the Order


Colombian bishop uses holy water and a fire truck to ‘drive out the Devil’...
Patti Armstrong
A Colombian bishop’s determination to exorcise a violent, crime-ridden city in his diocese by pouring holy water from the air, was executed instead by a fire engine. As reported by La República, Bishop Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya said, “We want to surround Buenaventura and pour holy water so that God’s blessings come and free us from all the evil that is in our lives...


When theology must fall silent: A reflection on a teaching from St. Bonaventure...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Saints sometimes say daring things. Today, on the feast of St. Bonaventure I’d like to reflect on a saying by him. First, though, let’s consider a certain idiom he used, drawn from biblical times. In Scripture there is an “absolute” way of speaking that many of us moderns misconstrue. For example, Jesus says, For I desire mercy not sacrifice...


Here are the two key chapters of the draft on the Vatican curia reform...
Sandro Magister
Last July 8 Pope Francis previewed another fragment of what will be the future Vatican curia, once its new configuration definitively goes into effect. He appointed six nuns, all superiors general of their respective orders, among the members of the congregation for religious, breaking with the practice that did not allow women to be part of the curial congregations...


15th Ordinary Sunday: Too far right or too far left, we wind up in the ditch in the dark...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
This week, the 15th Ordinary Sunday in the Novus Ordo calendar, we have a good example of the dramatic difference between the old, Obsolete ICEL version we suffered with for decades, and the Latin with the Current ICEL version. The Collect or Opening Prayer for this 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is also used in the Extraordinary Form on the 3rd Sunday after Easter...


Why ‘The Lord's Day’ should be separate from ‘the weekend’...
Philip Kosloski
In 1998, St. John Paul II wrote an entire apostolic letter on “The Lord’s Day,” in which he expounded on the Catholic observance of the Sabbath and what that looks like in the modern world. It is a remarkable letter that reflects on the recent cultural shift away from a more deliberate observance of Sunday as a special day of prayer and rest...


Here’s how you can help sanctify your day with the Angelus...
R. Jared Staudt
Psalm 55 speaks of crying out to God at morning, noon, and night and Catholics traditionally mark these three key periods of the day by praying the Angelus at six, noon, and six. Sanctifying the key periods of the day began in the early Church by reciting the Our Father three times a day (see the Catechism 2767), which expanded with the praying of the psalms seven times a day and once in the night in what became the Divine Office (see Psalm 119)...


Vatican's ‘empty tomb’ a challenge to credibility when it matters...
John Allen
Christianity, of course, is founded on the discovery of an empty tomb. Perhaps it’s only fitting, therefore, that Christ’s vicar on earth now has his own “empty tomb” ferment on his hands. This one, however, almost certainly isn’t a prelude to resurrection, but rather to yet another of what the Italians call a giallo...


National Geographic photo essay: Counting down to Apollo 11...


Did Ven. Fulton Sheen cover up the sexual assault of a child? We dug into it and didn’t find the claims credible...


Ven. Fulton Sheen explains what Fatima’s prophecies mean...


Sts. Louis and Zélie — St. Thérèse’s “incomparable parents”...


Bad millennial news from the LATimes: “Young people are replacing religion with astrology and crystals”...


Good millennial news from HuffPost: “More and more young women are becoming nuns. What on earth is going on? ” (language warning)...


Fr. Jerzy Popieluzsko’s long road...


Man with Down syndrome wins prestigious ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award...


Catholics who follow the historic faith should realize that the growing radical agenda is not a figment of the imagination...


Why did Ross Perot target George H.W. Bush? Partly because Perot supported Planned Parenthood, and Bush didn’t... ...

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Apollo 11 as told by the astronauts’ heart rates...


What can Pope Francis learn from Eastern Churches?
Andrea Gagliarducci
The meeting of Pope Francis and the Synod and metropolitan bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has been labeled as “a new methodology” in the final release by the Holy See Press Office. Speaking with ACI Stampa, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the UGCC, underscored that this new methodology consisted in the meeting with all the representatives of the Church together...


St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks...
Kathy Schiffer
When I was in elementary school, my parents splurged on a membership to the Catholic Youth Book Club. I was an avid reader, and we lived quite a distance from the library – so each month I’d thrill to tear open the box which arrived in our mailbox, and to reveal the new hardcover biography of one of the saints. I collected the books on a shelf beside my bed...


How often will bystanders help strangers in need? It’s more than you think...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: Judge your own heart first – not that of those in need...


Why did my child leave the Catholic faith?
Marlon De La Torre
The idea that someone would propose to walk away from a relationship with Christ may not sound unreasonable if the premise behind the proposition is an honest one. Hypothetically speaking, the credence to this proposition rests if the reason to walk way is genuine. The problem with this hypothetical proposition is what constitutes a genuine reason to leave or worst outright reject Jesus Christ and everything He represents...


A feast day for discerners: Sts. Clelia Barbieri and Henry II...
Rick Becker
When I hear people say things like “God told me this” or “I think the Spirit is saying that,” I just shake my head. The Lord doesn’t work with me that way. In fact, more often than not, my prayers are generally met with yawning silence – or at least what I interpret as yawning silence. In my head, I know he hears me...


What makes Boston’s ‘More Than a Feeling’ such a great song?


Love lightens every load — 15th Sunday of the Year...


Are Muslims and Jews our brothers and sisters? It’s complicated...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Can we as Catholics call Muslims our brothers and sisters? How about Jews? Other non-Christians? In what sense? This question, which came up recently in comments on my most recent homily, was raised a couple of years ago when a USCCB news release highlighted a joint statement of three bishops (the chairmen of the USCCB committees on interreligious affairs...


9th Circuit Court allows Title X Protect Life Rule to go into effect; Planned Parenthood calls decision “devastating” ...


Bastille Day and other convenient myths...
Fr. George Rutler
Centenarians are not as rare as they used to be and one can profit from their memories. In California I spoke with a woman who had traveled there from Missouri in a covered wagon. I visited another woman in a retirement home who was the first to hear her English professor at Wellesley College, Katherine Lee Bates, read a poem she had written on her summer vacation in Colorado: “America the Beautiful...


Former Vatican spokesman Greg Burke announces his next move...
Deacon Greg Kandra
He unveiled his plans Thursday on Twitter, saying he’ll be moving to Barcelona to become director of communications at IESE Business School. He’ll also be working for the Arise Foundation, fighting human trafficking. The Foundation confirmed Burke’s appointment on its website. Burke, you’ll recall, was director of the Holy See Press Office...


The snakes that ate Florida...


UK Parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage, abortion in Northern Ireland...


Hey CNN: Was a Catholic-school teacher in Indianapolis fired for ‘being gay?’ Period...


Could today’s Vatican tomb exams finally end Rome’s favorite mystery?


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