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Pope names Msgr. Al Schlert as fifth Bishop of Allentown


How global warming could help cool down the global sexual revolution...


Brides and grooms are living symbols of THE bride and groom...
Bishop Robert Barron
Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna. She has been, all her life, a lovely girl, full of joy and good cheer—and eager to give herself in service to others. Her husband, Nelson, is also a fine person, and he took the courageous step of becoming a Catholic in anticipation of his wedding...


5 things you need to know about the great St. Irenaeus...


We taste-tested 10 hot dogs. Here are the best...


The last 10 years of the Church in China: From the Letter of Benedict XVI to the silence on the arrest of Msgr. Shao Zhumin...


When you have less than a day at an abbey...
Rick Becker
Wide-eyed and wonderful, Katharine was awed by the rocky terrain as we made our way north from Denver to Virginia Dale. “Look at how high those mountains are,” she said. “Actually, we’re hardly in the foothills yet,” I replied. “The mountains are even higher than this – see those snowy peaks over there?” I pointed off to the west and explained that the mountaintops were so high and cold that the snow never melts there...


The paradoxes of evangelization: Why simply imitating worldly marketing schemes may not be the answer...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Even as we become more serious and practical about effective evangelization, we must also remember the paradox and the mysteries that underlie the growth of the Kingdom. We can and should strive to learn “best practices,” what makes for dynamic parishes and effective outreach, but even when many of these things are in place (e...


Stunner: Ashton Kutcher's show shares pro-life message (warning: autoplay audio)...


This man was abused by a priest, but he’s now a champion of the Church...


Catholic Comedian Jim Gaffigan takes kids to gay pride march, tweets support...


Supreme Court rules 7-2 for religious liberty in Trinity Lutheran case...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: “Tribulations are part and parcel of evangelization”...


Why Phoenix's flights can't take off in extreme heat...


Decide now whom you will fear: A homily for the 12th Sunday of the Year...


Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki decrees: No Communion or funeral rites for same-sex couples...


A good eggsplanation of why bird eggs are shaped like eggs...


The Dismas Option: Why you shouldn't wait to come back to God...
John Clark
Sometimes I wonder how many people fall away from the Catholic Church and live apart from God for many years, with the plan to return at the end of their lives. Their plan is to live the way they want, to “have their cake and eat it, too,” to “beat the system.” Jesus warned against this thinking in His Parable of the Thief in the Night in Matthew 24:42-44...

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Burma’s Muslims are facing torture and execution—and one of their bravest defenders is Cardinal Bo...
Daniel Philpott
One of the most impressive voices for justice in the global Catholic Church is Cardinal Charles Bo of Burma, who has recently spoken out against Burma’s Buddhist nationalist government for its atrocious treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority. Unlike few other Burmese, he has been willing to name openly his government’s actions as ones of war crimes...


Are you ashamed of telling the truth?
Marlon De La Torre
When engaged in conversation it’s not out of the ordinary to assume that the discussion would be sensible and truthful. The last thing we expect to hear is a tale so far-fetched that it makes no logical or moral sense. The irony here is that the basic definition of a conversation is to convey truth. In other words, when engaged in any conversation our natural inclination should be to speak honestly and charitably with a fellow human being and avoid “small talk” which in many instances barely amounts to substantive dialogue...


Communion & Liberation head: “If you don't think missionary discipleship is the cure, you might not grasp the disease”...


Learn how to answer the hard questions about Jesus...
Tom Hoopes
vividly remember idling in a Kansas City Shell station waiting to get gas. Plenty of pumps were free — but I wasn’t. I was listening to author Bart Ehrman debunk New Testament passages on NPR and I didn’t want to miss any of it. It was fascinating not because it was an attack on my faith, but because his critique didn’t sound like an attack at all...


Rescued hostages report kidnapped Filipino priest is still alive...


You're a man, not a rat, so don't take your marching orders from your belly...


Learning hospitality with the Sisters of St. Bridget...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
There are six sisters of the Order of the Most Holy Savior in the United States, and not one of them was born in the United States. Also known as the Sisters of St. Bridget, or the Bridgettines, the six hail from India and Mexico, with some time spent time at the motherhouse in Rome. The order, founded by Saint Bridget of Sweden...


Of coddling demons and auricular confession...


Sci-fi writer John C. Wright reminds us of our true home, beyond the walls of the world...


A layman’s advice to anxious young priests...
David Mills
“I am scared and feel deeply inadequate for the task,” wrote my former student, a young man awaiting priestly ordination. I found his worries kind of charming, and reassuring. Having taught at a Protestant seminary with some very talented but very confident graduates, I wished more of them had gone into their ministries with the same hesitation...


Supreme Court agrees to hear case over same-sex wedding cake...


Chasing Ernest: A journey to South Georgia to retrace the steps of Ernest Shackleton...


Bracing for the next news story: Was Bernie Sanders actually pushing ‘secular humanism’?
Terry Mattingly
Does anyone remember the days, a decade or two ago, when the official boogeyman of religious conservatism was a cultural tsunami called "secular humanism"? I sure do. That nasty label was being pinned on people all over the place. The only problem was, when I went out to do my religion-beat reporting work, I never seemed to run into many people whose personal beliefs actually fit under the dictionary definition of "secular...


Did Jesus really rise from the dead? ...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Some Christians confident in their own faith may not immediately see the need to read this book, given their solid belief in the Resurrection. However, answering the challenges and serious questions of those around us, including family members far from such faith, is motive enough to take up Carl Olson's deft exposition of "the reason for our faith...


The symptoms of dying (which you're going to do someday, so go to confession)...


Why Syria’s Christians oppose efforts to depose Assad...


St. Thomas More’s prison cell in the Tower of London...


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