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Divine mercy is key to the life of faith, Pope Francis says


From fear to faith: A homily for the Second Sunday of Easter...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In today’s Gospel, the risen Lord appeared to the Apostles, who were gathered together in one place. The fact that they were gathered in one place is not without significance, for it is there that the Lord chose to appear to them. One of them was not in the gathering and thus missed the blessing of seeing and experiencing the risen Lord...


The Kerygma: An old word and a new evangelization...


Reformation or revolution?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
As we approach the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation there are some voices in the Catholic Church calling us to celebrate this event. I certainly think it is possible, in an irenical spirit to commemorate the event, but what exactly is there in the Protestant Reformation that we, as Catholics, should be celebrating...


God can neither deceive nor be deceived...
Jimmy Akin
Does the Bible indicate God is a deceiver? Recently I was contacted by a reader who was looking for a response to claims made by a Muslim apologist concerning instances in Scripture where God appears to use deception. Let’s talk about that. The Muslim apologist was responding to Christian apologists who have argued that in the Qur’an...


I ain't no Doubting Thomas...
Thomas Craughwell
Every year, in the days after Easter Sunday, the good sisters at my parochial school told us the story of St. Thomas, the apostle who refused to believe that Christ had risen from the dead. As the only Thomas in the classroom, invariably all eye turned on me—more than forty pairs of them. (It was the 1960s. Catholic schoolrooms were crowded...


90-year-old woman bitten by venomous snake stomps on it, then drives herself (and the snake) to church...


Vader and ShenFu: The surprising titles of priests in other languages...
Taylor Marshall
I have long known that Vader means “father.” That’s the hook in The Empire Strikes Back: Darth Vader is the “dark father” of Luke. Yet somehow it never registered with me that those black cassock-wearing priests in Holland would be affectionately called “Vader” by the faithful. Super cool. So here are some various titles for priest in various languages...


Is penance required on Easter Friday? Here's what you need to know...


Here's the question non-Christians should ask, but don't...
John Clark
The story is told that a bishop was giving a speech at a progressive university, after which he invited the audience to ask questions. One skeptical wiseacre chimed in with a question evidently designed to make the bishop—and Christianity—look foolish. He asked: “Bishop, do you really believe that Jonah was swallowed by a whale and lived inside it for three days...


Catholic scientists converge in Chicago to ponder the universe's big questions...


The Knights of Columbus: A band of brothers going into the breach...
Tom Perna
Recently, as in the past couple of years, I have become more active with the Knights of Columbus at my parish (Council 13779). In the past month, I was appointed by the Grand Knight to be the council’s new Lecturer. The position speaks about the good of the order and encourages the men to live good lives and to practice their faith well on a variety of fronts...


Lutheran U.S. Army chaplain Graham Glover: ‘Protestants have an authority problem’...


Attention, everyone: Catholics really do think you belong with us...


There's a hidden connection between Mary and Divine Mercy...


Trump team exploring possible meeting with Pope Francis...


It's official: Pope to canonize Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta during May visit...


The Son rises in the west: France and the resurrection of the faith...

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19th-century French priest Louis Antoine Ormières beatified in Spain...


Nova: The Great Cathedral Mystery...


Harvard researchers uncover second parchment copy of Declaration of Independence — in England...


Former atheist Leah Libresco Sargeant discusses her conversion to Catholicism...
Stephen Beale
Leah Libresco Sargeant, once a prominent atheist blogger, converted in 2012 to Catholicism after engaging and challenging her readership to present an intellectually rigorous, spiritually rewarding response to her questions on life. Sargeant continues to blog, only now from a Catholic perspective, and also is a contributing editor at America magazine...


Franco Zeffirelli's epic ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ turns 40...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
In the four decades since it made its debut on Palm Sunday and Easter of 1977, I’ve watched Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth in bits and pieces far more often than I’ve watched the whole thing. That’s not just because it’s nearly six and a half hours long and often broadcast in two parts. It’s also because the first and last acts particularly lend themselves to seasonal viewing at...


New NASA photo shows Earth and the Moon through Saturn's rings...


‘Egyptian Christians are made of steel!’...
Deacon Greg Kandra
As the clearly moved TV anchor notes after: “Egyptian Christians are made of steel! These people have so much forgiveness! This is their faith and religious conviction.” Details: a clip from an Egyptian news broadcast in which a Muslim journalist reacts to an interview with the widow of the gatekeeper who prevented a suicide bomber from entering an Alexandria church yard on Palm Sunday...


Francis poses both/and approach to fighting anti-Christian persecution...
John Allen
Most activists in the fight against global anti-Christian persecution are inclined to go on the offensive, calling out offenders, demanding sanctions, and in general not taking things lying down. Pope Francis appears to prefer the carrot over the stick, but it's possible to see this contrast as both/and -- by reaching out so incessantly...


Why Jesus’ resurrected body still had wounds...


Living the life of mercy: Readings for Divine Mercy Sunday...


Fearing Dreher: Why the Benedict Option scares Christians...


The abortionist Willie Parker, a moral man...
David Mills
His becoming an abortionist, Willie Parker tells Rolling Stone, “was an assertion of my responsibility to pursue justice and human dignity.” I don’t doubt him. He is, by his lights, a moral man. Parker heads the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health and performs abortions at the one abortion facility left in Mississippi...


Catholic University offers new Master's Degree in Ecclesial Administration and Management for priests...


Why the Catholic Church still cares about Latin...


Why did Christ rise?


The latest archaeological findings from the Holy Sepulchre says the Gospels were right...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: ‘Jesus has taken us, seized us, conquered us in order to not leave us anymore’...


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