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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: “Every yes to God begins a story of salvation”


The death of a dictator: Fidel Castro (1926-2016)...
Victor Gaetan
At least three popes prayed for his soul, but Commandante Fidel Castro, the Jesuit-educated dictator who tyrannized Cuba for almost 50 years, resisted their merciful intercessions. His death at age 90 on Nov. 25 was announced defiantly on Cuban TV by his brother, President Raul Castro, 85. Nine days of public mourning features mass rallies in Havana and Santiago de Cuba...


Modern Family star Sofia Vergara reportedly being sued by her frozen IVF embryos...


Pope grants wide-ranging interview to Belgian Catholic newspaper...


Is this the best Christmas ad of the year? Take 3 minutes and watch...
Deacon Greg Kandra
Well, this gets my vote. If this doesn’t make your heart melt, you’re hopeless. As noted on Aleteia’s home page...


Let’s stop celebrating St. Nicholas punching Arius...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Today is the feast day of St. Nicholas, original inspiration of Santa Claus or Father Christmas, and beloved figure of irascible social-media memes celebrating the famous incident in which the good bishop, attending the Council of Nicea, became so enraged at Arius’s blasphemies that he struck him. Some of these memes are pretty funny...


“Arrival” and the unique manner of God's speech...
Bishop Robert Barron
Like E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Starman, Independence Day, and a host of similar films over the past thirty years, Arrival explores the theme of an alien visitation to earth. In this iteration, Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams) is a linguistic expert, who is called upon by the U.S. military to facilitate conversation with visitors from another world...


Senate Republicans remove religious liberty amendment from defense bill...


God sees things rather differently than we do...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Today I’d like to reflect further on the Gospel from yesterday’s Mass (Monday of the second week of Advent). The Gospel tells of the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through the roof in order to see Jesus. It is read during Advent because one of the prophecies about the Messiah was that He would make the lame walk. In a provocative way...


The clam that sank a thousand ships...


Hidden in the concept of “daily bread” is the mysterious word επιούσιος...


What is the trendiest baby name in American history? Probably not what you would guess...


16 churches so beautiful they'll take your breath away...


Indonesia blasphemy protest swells to crowd of 200,000...


Sleepers, wake! We know neither the day or the hour when we must meet our Judge...
Anthony Esolen
Many of us no doubt have heard the common excuse for breaking the third commandment: “I don’t go to Mass, because I don’t get anything out of it.” One might as well say, “I don’t love my neighbor, because I don’t get anything out of it,” or, “I don’t do my duty to my country, because I don’t get anything out of it...


Prepare for Christmas by conversion, Pope tells Advent Angelus crowd...


Pope to global economic leaders: Remember the dignity of the human person...


LGBT activists target Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's “Fixer Upper”...

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French Senate passes pro-life website ban...


Pearl Harbor priest identified 75 years later...


Fixer Upper update: Was Chip and Joanna Gaines slam just BuzzFeed news style?
Terry Mattingly
Over the past few days, I have been searching for actual updates on the whole BuzzFeed vs. Chip and Joanna Gaines story and, as far as I can tell, there has been little or no news to speak of on that front. It's clear that, for most journalists, these HGTV stars are cultural heretics who are on the wrong side of history, if not the cable-TV ratings...


Take a look at Pope Francis’ 2016 Christmas card...


What happened to St. Nicholas?
Thomas Craughwell
For nearly 1700 years, St. Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints of the Church—in the East and the West. The number of churches, chapels, religious institutions, and altars dedicated to him throughout the Christian world defy counting. According to the new edition of Butler’s Lives of the Saints, about 400 churches are dedicated to him in England alone...


Catholics in America: Religious identity and cultural assimilation from John Carroll to Flannery O'Connor...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Russell Shaw is one of the best Catholic writers and historians in the Catholic world. In his new book, Catholics in America, he offers the reader the opportunity to go from the very beginnings of Catholicism in the United States up to our own times, through a series of 15 portraits of important American Catholics. He describes these major Catholic players...


Reorienting ourselves to the slower pace of Advent...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
When I think of the Advent of my childhood, I think of melted wax rolling down my finger. The texture of red construction paper. The glimmer of the rhinestones that my siblings and I put on red paper hearts every time we did a kind deed. The smell of homemade flour ornaments that we put on our Jesse tree. Advent seemed so much simpler in my childhood...


This forgotten Fatima letter reveals Sr. Lúcia's ‘holy ambition’ for the Rosary...


Modesty is a direction, not a line...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
I get frustrated when I see this seemingly endless discussion in certain Catholic circles about how women should dress. How long should the skirt be? Are skinny jeans appropriate? How much cleavage is allowed? I also remember my sisters describing shopping for wedding dresses and the saleswoman assuming they were Mormons because they didn’t want a strapless gown or too much cleavage...


This Advent, start with the Baby...
Simcha Fisher
Most years, we hear our priests gently (or irritably) reminding us that it’s still Advent! Not Christmas! Not Christmas yet! Stop with the “Merry Christmas,” because the Baby hasn’t been born yet! So we’ve tried hard to keep Advent as a separate season: joyous anticipation rather than celebratory blow-out. It’s hard to hold off when the rest of the country is already whooping it up...


The mystery of Mozart's Requiem...


This is what preserving and reviving Catholic tradition in art looks like...


Abortion extremism persists, despite rejection by voters...


When my husband ignores me for his smartphone, I call on Mary...


Like St. John the Baptist, you are a preparing prophet to bring others to Christ...


“Computer geek” takes one more step toward sainthood...
Philip Kosloski
On Thursday, November 24, 2016, Cardinal Angelo Scola closed the diocesesan phase in the canonization process for Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian boy who died in 2006 of leukemia. He was a well-loved teenager who devoted himself to prayer and daily Mass as well as computer programming, film editing, website creation, editing and layout of comics...


“I want to build a church so beautiful that even the hardest heart will be moved to prayer”...


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