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Concerns over religious freedom help sink LGBT bills


The Virgin Mary was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory...
Mark Shea
Mary's destiny is the sign of our destiny. As she is the icon of the Church, so she is the Model Disciple who shows not only how to follow Christ, but the reward awaiting those who do. The Triune God wills to grant us, as he has already granted her, the ecstatic crowned glory of complete union—body, soul, and spirit—with himself in eternity...


Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was right: The Hiroshima bombing destroyed moral boundaries...
Daniel Philpott
While the arguments against the bomb can be rendered through reason, it is worth noting that those reasoning from the heart of the same tradition as Archbishop Sheen – the Catholic tradition – have reached the same conclusion that he did. Courageously, theologian John Ford, S.J. wrote an article in 1944 – during the throes of the war – explaining why obliteration bombing could never pass moral muster...


Pray the Rosary. The Blessed Mother has asked this...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
What if praying the rosary could bring down Boko Haram? What if it could bring peace the world? What if it could bring Christians closer to Jesus? Would you pray it every day? And would you really truly focus? Before May ends, considering how to make the rosary a priority anew would be a good thing to do. Pray the Rosary...


“Amoris Laetitia” and Vatican II’s project of inculturation...
R. Jared Staudt
Pope St. John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council amid great optimism. Pope John called for aggiornamento and an opening of the windows of the Church, but we know that the 1960s were not a time of fresh air. In fact, I would argue it was the breaking forth into daily life of a long trajectory of radical individualism. The Council sought a renewed encounter with the modern world after 450 years of conflict...


How Saint Philip Neri anticipated Pope Francis by 500 years...
Elizabeth Scalia
For most Catholics, the narrative about Saint Philip Neri is a bit vague; he seems less well-known than the other vibrant reformer saints of the sixteenth century. “Philip Neri?” People will say, “Oh, yeah, he was the cheerful saint, loved to laugh,” and usually that’s all they know. It’s true that Philip was cheerful...


There's a demon that specializes in attacking the family, says exorcist...


Remembering Corpus Christi and the burial of my mother...


Meet Witold Pilecki, the heroic Polish spy who volunteered to go to Auschwitz...
Carrie Gress
A recent headline read, “The Holocaust: Many Villains, Few Heroes.” There is, however, one Holocaust hero few people know about: Witold Pilecki. Pilecki not only volunteered to go to Auschwitz, but he lived to tell the world about it. Auschwitz is not far from Krakow, only thirty-five miles west of the city. Although Auschwitz-Birkenau and Oskar Schindler of Schindler’s List are featured in City of Saints...


That crazy time a hijacker demanded that John Paul II release the Third Secret of Fatima...
Brantly Millegan
First, a bit of background on the Third Secret of Fatima: Lucia Santos was one of three children who were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. In a 1941 memoir, she revealed that Mary had given them three secrets. Though she published the first two secrets, she chose not to disclose the third secret. Instead...


Evidence of envy? A reflection on the elimination of valedictorians...


The four hooks on which Pope Francis hangs his thought...


The supernatural messages from the newly approved apparitions of Our Lady in San Nicolás...


Dawn Eden Goldstein debates a women's ordination advocate in the New York Times...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: “Pray always, without growing tired”...


A eulogy for a tree...


First Communion for Iraqi refugees represents hope for a persecuted people...


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“Outcasts”: New film on Franciscan Friars of the Renewal looks breathtaking...


Four devastating tornadoes hit Moore, Oklahoma, in 16 years. Was it geography or just bad luck?


10 more great movies about Catholic priests...


The Catholic background of England's June 23 referendum on the European Union...


Italian cardinal who was John XXIII’s private secretary dies aged 100...


Vatican liturgy chief urges priests to celebrate Mass “ad orientem”...


How God messed up my happy atheist life...


Until last week, this man had no idea his mind is “blind”...


Watch the Pope let a group of kids ride with him around St. Peter's Square...


4 shocking things I discovered this week...
Shaun McAfee
Just last week my family moved to Japan. Pratty far from our cozy suburbia in Nebraska. We’re not even on mainland Japan; we’re living on an island over 250 miles south of the mainland called Okinawa. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. While I have been in transition I have discovered a few things that have seriously shocked me...


Jesus is not your best buddy...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I remember singing that sweet old gospel song, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, and I’m not denying that Jesus is our friend and brother, but there is something a bit disconcerting about being too comfortable with Jesus. He might be the good shepherd and gentle Jesus, meek and mild, but he’s the shepherd is also the judge and while he’s mild...


Prisoner in the death house: Father Emil Kapaun...


Someone reduced “Star Wars: Episode IV” to a single amazing graphic...


9 deacons who were also saints...


Is there anything good about Centering Prayer?
Dan Burke
You might be surprised that my answer is, “yes,” there are things that are taught by the Centering Prayer movement that are good. As you suggest, it is beneficial for us to use our bodies to help us in prayer. We are not Gnostics after all. We believe that creation is good and that our bodies can be used for good. If it were not so...


Protestors decry caste prejudice within India’s Catholic Church...


And out you go! Why fainting is so common in church...


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