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Brexit showed “will of the people”, says Pope Francis


Miami’s Archbishop Wenski calls out St. Petersburg's Bishop Lynch for judgmental pro-gay remarks...


Pope St. John Paul II on the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist...
Tom Perna
Today in the both lungs of the Catholic Church, the East and the West, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, or as it is titled in the East – Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John. St. John the Baptist is the son of Saints Zachariah and Elizabeth and the last great Old Testament prophet...


Should Christians fly the rainbow flag?


Some of God's gifts come in strange and terrifying packages...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We live just above a fiery cauldron, separated from it by a thin membrane of earthly crust rife with cracks through which fire routinely flares in volcanoes, a crust that is always shifting and even shaking violently in earthquakes. And yet, were it not for this cauldron beneath us, it seems unlikely that we would have life here at all...


Pope John Paul II and the secret history of Europe...


This commentator seems pleased with Iceland's last-minute goal against Austria...


The Cold War hero who averted World War III...


Council of 10 Orthodox Churches sets sail on an even keel...
Victor Gaetan
Opening the first Holy and Great Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches in more than 1,100 years, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople led a packed auditorium at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in singing an apolytikion for Pentecost: Blessed are you, Christ our God, who revealed the fishermen to be most wise by sending down to them the Holy Spirit...


Papal video messages are becoming an increasingly common means of communication...


The “protector” saint of the Mexican border has a way of popping up...


Learning Lectio Divina...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Lectio Divina, or Holy Reading, is a wonderful, monastic contribution to spirituality. It combines two aspects of the threefold Benedictine life of Work, Prayer and Reading. When we participate in Lectio Divina we pray and read. We read and pray. The essential idea is that we read the sacred Scriptures not critically or even to gather information...


How to treat a jellyfish sting: An illustrated guide...


Enormous bugs and where to avoid them...


Nursing is a difficult job. So why do we do it?
Rick Becker
Nursing is a high calling, one that brings us to the very threshold of heaven. It’s a work that is as much a benefit and blessing to nurses as it is to the recipients of their care. How so? What is it that drives us to be nurses? Crazy hours; tiring, sometimes even exhausting work (and that not only physically, but mentally and emotionally exhausting as well); a huge amount of responsibility; innumerable multi-faceted and multi-layered demands that stretch the concept of multi-tasking to the extremes of human endurance...


Confessions of an “elitist”...
George Weigel
The term “elitist” has been bandied about so promiscuously in this election cycle that it’s become virtually content-free. Yet “elitist” is also being weaponized as a scare-word to prevent legitimate criticism of ideas, attitudes, and behaviors once thought beyond the pale, even in the rough-and-tumble of politics (which...


Tug-of-war over Archbishop Fulton Sheen's remains tilts toward Peoria...


Celibacy is a blessing, not a burden...

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You are called to be a witness in a new age of martyrdom...
R. Jared Staudt
When we think of the age of the martyrs, the great witness against the idol worship of the Roman Empire comes to mind. The Romans did not force any kind of religious uniformity on its conquered territories, save that the Roman Emperor himself could be included in a wide pantheon of gods. In a way, the Romans were forcing relativism and tolerance on their citizens: everyone can worship whatever god they prefer...


5 amazingly introverted saints and why they're important...


Pin the tale on the Christian? An ancient blame game is still in use...
John Clark
It would be a terrible understatement to say that Christians received a lion’s share of the blame for Roman society’s ills. Much more than that, Christianity essentially received all the blame; indeed, that was an institutional part of the societal framework. Tertullian noted that Christians were being blamed not only for every class of crime (including...


3 ways to push back against anti-Christian witch hunts...


A discussion of the question of women deacons on Fox News...
Dawn Eden Goldstein
What to make of the arguments for ordaining women deacons? I debate the issue with Christopher Jolly Hale of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good on Fox News religion correspondent Lauren Green's "Spirited Debate." The segment is a reprise of the discussion that Hale and I had in the New York Times's Room for Debate...


This summer, dress for church like a Roman tourist...
Carrie Gress
It is that time of year again, when skirts get shorter and necklines get plunge-ier. Last week at Mass I saw a teenage girl and her family bring up the gifts. Her skirt was so short she couldn’t bow to the priest after passing off the gifts, for fear that everything would be revealed. For the two years I lived in Rome, I was always grateful for the visual images outside of churches to remind tourists and pilgrims alike what was expected of women and men entering a church...


What's with these weird “good thoughts” everyone's sending?


Fascinating details of Pope Pius XII’s secret support for Hitler's overthrow...


In 'shocking' move, California churches forced to cover abortions...


A review of the “Person of Interest” series finale...
Tony Rossi
“We got into this to stop bad things from happening to good people.” That’s how John Reese (Jim Caviezel) summed up his work with Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) during the first season of “Person of Interest,” the CBS TV series which aired its series finale last night (and which I’ll comment on a little further down)...


Islamic extremists attack Christian village in Egypt, burn 80 homes...


Like lobsters and pigeons, wild pigs may orient their lives along magnetic fields...


What Pope Francis forgets about marriage...
Edward Peters
How can one square the beautiful ideal of marriage set out by Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia with his bleak assessment of marriage in real life, which slipped out during a clergy conference last week? Only by avoiding one crucial point about marriage, namely, that it is fundamentally a contract. Most contracts deal, of course...


3 hard sayings of the Lord that offend against modern sensibilities...


Draft women? Let's abolish the draft...
Simcha Fisher
Yesterday, the Senate voted to extend the draft to women who turn 18 during or after 2018. Obama has promised to veto such a bill, but there is probably enough support in congress to override a veto. This development was inevitable. Once women were allowed to serve in combat positions, there's no logical reason to say that they shouldn't be subject to the draft...


Pope delivers Wednesday General Audience catechesis alongside his 'brother' refugees...


“I love killing babies”, says abortionist pretending to be a demon...


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