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State funeral for Sr. Ruth Pfau, ‘Pakistan's Mother Teresa’


What is the meaning of Michelangelo's ‘David’?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Last week I was in Florence, and while jostling with other sightseers to get a glimpse of Michelangelo’s David, I recalled an anecdote I’d heard years before. A man was standing with his eight-year-old son gazing up at Michelangelo’s amazing monument, and the boy said, “But Daddy! I thought you said David was a little boy...


Take a guide tour through St. Teresa of Ávila’s ‘Way of Prayer’...
Anthony Lilles
With her own energetic style, St. Teresa of Avila wrote the Way of Perfection for contemplatives. Although her teaching is brilliant, sometimes a less-experienced reader can find himself lost as the great saint meanders on important tangents. Although these eventually come together as a whole, without a good guide, one can sometimes lose the outline of her argument and the overall purpose of the work...


Explaining papal calm on security, plus a note on the convert debate...
John Allen
Europe is again reeling from violence, as incidents in Barcelona and Cambrils in Spain on Thursday marked the sixth and seventh times, respectively, in just over a year that a vehicle has been used by Islamic jihadists to inflict casualties on a European city. Meanwhile, a stabbing spree in Finland on Friday left two people dead...


While on others thou art calling, do not pass me by: Msgr. Pope's homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year...


Anti-statue frenzy spreads to New Orleans as vandals hit St. Joan of Arc monument ...


‘Detroit’ (RT 83%) has a story to tell, but what story is it?
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit has an important story to tell, but what story is it? An animated prologue, with intertitles over images from African-American expressionist Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series paintings, evokes the story of the Great Migration of African-Americans in the decades after the First World War from the rural South to cities of the North...


How do you love a terrorist?


When you rely upon filth, filth is what people remember...
Anthony Esolen
A couple of recent puffball articles have reported on a study conducted by a psychologist at San Diego State, to the effect that George Carlin’s seven unutterable “swear words” have become vastly more common in published books, magazines and newspapers since the 1950s. Not to worry, say the authors, parroting the author. It does not signal a decline in manners or morals...


An open thank-you letter to an orchestra for bringing us pure joy...
Rick Becker
A colleague of mine wrote a sermon on joy this summer. In preparation, he perused the theological landscape regarding the topic, and was surprised to find a dearth of relevant contemporary sources. Almost as a punctuation mark to his depressing discovery, his hunt led him to an ongoing study being conducted by Yale Divinity School (and funded by a large Templeton grant) meant to trace and explore the meaning of Christian joy in the modern context...


A visual comparison of life in North Korea vs. South Korea...


Pope, Catholic leaders pray for victims of Barcelona terrorist attack...


How can the Church, founded by a celibate God-Man, possibly be an expert on marriage and motherhood?
Denise Renner
As a Protestant, I thought it was funny and slightly idiotic that unmarried men were supposed to have anything worthwhile to say about motherhood, marriage, and family life. What could a priest possibly say to a struggling married couple? To an exhausted mother? How could he ever relate? But the vocation of marriage and motherhood—especially for those of us from broken homes—brings out a deep desire for wisdom and encouragement...


Student astronomers in Florida get set for Great American Eclipse...


Doxxing the alt-right: Is it an option for the Christian?


On the Last Day, the sheep will march off to heaven, and the goats will break into small discussion groups...


Why and how does Satan roam the Earth?


I used to be a white supremacist, and here's what I think about Charlottesville...

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Getting open: There's more to becoming one of the NFL's elite route runners than you realize...


Vatican delegate: Every indication Medjugorje will be recognized, perhaps later this year...


On Fr. Aidan Nichols’ recent remarks...
Edward Peters
Dominican theologian Fr. Aidan Nichols needs no introduction to readers of this blog and it suffices to say that, when a priest of Nichols’ credentials urges development of a canonical procedure to correct popes who—how exactly to put this?—leave confusion in their wake, people are going to take notice. I have seen only news reports of Nichols’ address (not the speech itself)...


A reflection on the removal of controversial statues...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Understanding our story is a critical aspect of the life of every Christian. We all have a story, a narrative of how God brought us to birth and has interacted with us. It is filled with successes and struggles, virtues and vices. Knowing that story is crucial to testifying and being a witness to others of God’s grace, mercy, and truth...


Anti-statue frenzy spreads to California as vandals hit St. Junípero Serra monument ...


Change canon law to correct papal errors, says theologian Fr. Aidan Nichols...


Time travel for beginners...
K.V. Turley
Who has not dreamt of time travel? My version of this came one day in an out of the way bookstore some years back. Browsing the shelves of used books is always interesting. Often, the more shabby the emporium, the rarer the gems to be found there. Such was the case that day. I spied a book on the French Revolution - a set text at school...


Cardinal Burke outlines formal correction of Pope Francis’ teaching...
Edward Pentin
In a new interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke has said it is “now necessary” that a declaration be issued on key areas of Church doctrine that are “not clear” in Pope Francis’ teachings. The Holy Father will then be “obliged to respond” in order to bring clarification to those teachings, he said. The cardinal told The Wanderer newspaper Aug...


Is there a deeper spiritual meaning to the upcoming eclipse?


Shunning, or killing, disabled people lets us pretend that we’re better than we really are...
J.D. Flynn
Last October, our family realized that we were not welcome in the French Republic. I had always assumed that if we were made unwelcome in France, it would be because of our insistence on the daily application of deodorant. Or perhaps because I look goofy in a beret, my wife shaves her legs, and neither of us has perfected the art of dispassionate chain-smoking...


The Knights of Columbus are playing a pivotal role for persecuted Christians worldwide...
Victor Gaetan
Salt-of-the-earth Catholics attend the annual Knights of Columbus convention, as do prophets and humble heroes of the universal Church. While talking to Church leaders of communities under great pressure, attending this year’s convention Aug. 1-3 in St. Louis, it became clear that the Knights play a pivotal role internationally — especially in places where U...


This week marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Fr. Willie Doyle in World War I...


Have you ever received a robocall about a free cruise? You might have $900 coming to you. Check here...


Pope prays for victims, rescue workers of Sierra Leone mudslide that killed hundreds...


Motown and the turbocharged Church...
George Weigel
Detroit hasn’t gotten a lot of good press in recent decades as it’s struggled to cope with the myriad problems of rustbelt American cities in the age of globalization. But the Church in Detroit is not playing defense. Under the leadership of Archbishop Allen Vigneron, it’s going on offense, challenging itself to become a diocese of missionary disciples...


If you want to understand the times we’re living in, here’s what you should read...


How mega-ships drop their giant anchors...


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