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Father Andrew Apostoli, co-founder of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, dead at 75


Here are the winners of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest...


Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is 50 times deeper than the oceans of Earth...


Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama...


Firms reach $7.8 million settlement over allegations of selling fetal tissue...


Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus AND with the Catholic Church?
Marcel LeJeune
If there is one phrase which can get the Catholic social media arguments going, it is "a personal relationship with Jesus". One one side there are folks that argue it is a phrase stolen from Evangelical Protestants and is empty of meaning, because it is relativistic. They might also charge that it shuns the communal aspect of Christianity...


The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe...


New Seven Wonders in 360: Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue...


‘Pastoral charity’ is the key to the Pope’s endorsement of the Buenos Aires bishops’ document...
Robert Fastiggi
It was recently made known that Pope Francis’s September 5, 2016, letter praising the Guidelines for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris laetitia—issued by the Argentine bishops of the Buenos Aires Region—has now been published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (Acta or AAS for short), the “Acts of the Apostolic See.” Since 1909 the Acta have served as the official instrument for the publication of documents and decisions of the Holy Father and the Roman Curia...


Insanity is a lack of judgment, not a lack of brains...
Fr. George Rutler
As a chaplain in a state mental hospital, I quickly learned two things. First, sometimes it was easy to mistake a psychiatrist for one of the patients. Second, and more importantly, the mentally ill can be highly intelligent. If one begins with an illogical premise, one may convincingly make a fallacy seem cogent. An unfortunate man in a locked ward who thinks he is Napoleon Bonaparte can almost convince a visitor that he is there because he lost the battle of Waterloo...


Why would a Saudi prince pay $450 million for a painting of Christ?
Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith
The news that the buyer of Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, known catchily as MBS, comes as something as a revelation. The painting is destined to hang in the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Most commentators have seen this as a part of the rivalry between the United Arab Emirates (which are allied to Saudi Arabia) and Qatar...


Amid embassy furor, Vatican cautions against ‘new cycle of violence’...
John Allen
Once again expressing its alarm over U.S. President Donald Trump’s relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that has provoked violent clashes across the Middle East, the Vatican on Sunday called for “wisdom and prudence” and affirmed “the essential need for respecting the status quo.” Trump made the embassy announcement last Wednesday...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Advent is the time to recognize the voids in our life’...


‘Crown jewel’ mosaic of National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception blessed in DC...


Masterpiece Cakeshop waiting game: Are the bakers of all ‘offensive’ cakes created equal?
Terry Mattingly
It probably comes as no surprise that this week's "Crossroads" podcast (click here to tune that in) focused on key ingredients in the Masterpiece Cakeshop debates at the U.S. Supreme Court. This is one case in which it really helps to spend time reading the transcript (click here for the .pdf). I loved Julia Duin's description of these court arguments...


Listen: “Blessed Flesh of the Virgin Mary”...


I agree—most Catholic theologians need more training in canon law (at least before they propound on it)...
Edward Peters
I applaud Massimo Faggioli’s recognition that “canon law is clearly an important part of the Catholic tradition” and join him in urging that “the curricula of Catholic theologians should include more” canon law. His own Commonweal essay on what he thinks are the canonical implications of the appearance of Pope Francis’ letter to the Argentine bishops in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis illustrates several of the ways that non-canonists can stumble over canonical issues while setting those faulty views before the public...


Jesus is not your trump card...

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How a group of Dominican friars became the Hillbilly Thomists...


7 Catholic books for your Christmas gift list...
George Weigel
It’s been a good year for publishing – at least in the sense of a lot of good books getting published – so here are some for the readers on your Christmas gift list, in addition, of course, to Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II, by your scribe. The first is The Light of Christ by Thomas Joseph White...


Here are 79 songs for Advent—some nearly 1,700 years old...
Brian O'Neel
Here are the titles of Advent songs enjoyed by Christians throughout the ages. Some are nearly 1,700 years old. Nearly all can be found on YouTube. If you want to maximize this Advent so that Christ may be born anew in your heart, these songs offer an excellent means by which to do so. Adjuvabit eam, Advent är mörker och kyla...


People who romanticize communism don’t really know communism ...
David Mills
The young man in the suit crawled through the small window in the back of the cabin in a way that would send him face forward onto the dirt outside. He couldn’t be seen talking to the likes of us. We held his legs as he crawled out so he wouldn’t fall. It was the summer of 1978, July I think, in a campground outside Moscow...


Nothing breaks through melancholy like a baby...


Evangelical megachurch pastor leads congregation in prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus...


Papal envoy backtracks on Medjugorje comments...


Little-known facts about 7 North American bishops...
Jim Graves
Growing up, the closest sibling companion of Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky Joseph Kurtz, 71, was his brother, George, who had Down syndrome. Archbishop Kurtz is the son of a Pennsylvania coal miner, and one of five children, but his three older sisters had married and moved out of the house while he was still young. Hence, “Georgie” was his friend and companion while growing up...


No, Pope Francis is not changing the Lord’s Prayer...
Jimmy Akin
Commenting that a translation can be misleading is not the same thing as mandating a new one. People have grown up with the Lord’s Prayer, and changing it is a big deal. The French bishops thought it was worth making a change, but it’s up to local episcopal conferences what they want to do in this regard. The New York Times reports...


Why I oppose changing the English translation of the Our Father...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Recent remarks by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, cast doubt on the traditional English rendering of the Lord’s Prayer. To be fair to the Pope, reports that he is calling for the Our Father to be changed are incorrect. He did not propose any change to the Greek text. What he did say, in a recent interview with an Italian Catholic television network...


The fire next time: A homily for the Second Sunday of Advent...


Surrogacy is not truly pro-life...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
On Thursday, Arizona Republican congressman Trent Franks announced he would resign in the face of an ethics investigation, after having asked women on his staff to be gestational surrogates for him and his wife, who had been struggling with infertility. In his statement, he described the surrogacy approach they ultimately did take as “pro-life...


Masterpiece Cakeshop arguments suggest Kennedy again holds key SCOTUS vote...


At last, the “Vice-Wuerl” gets the call: Pope taps DC’s Knestout for Richmond...


America for the Immaculata...


Ex-priest found guilty of murdering Texas woman after confession 57 years ago...


Yes, we really do have that many sex predators...


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