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Pope Francis receives families of Nice terror attack victims


Tell the truth when it might hurt you...
David Mills
Make this a rule of life: Tell the truth when telling it might hurt you. If you fear the results, speak as if you don’t. God will be honored, the Church and the world will be served, and you will feel better about yourself. You might have fewer friends and more enemies, but so did Jesus. I say this looking in a mirror. I can think with shame of times someone around me sneered at the Faith or the Church and I didn’t say anything...


Does quitting social media make you happier? Yes, say young people who have done it...


How to be charitable in a cutthroat work environment...
Matthew Petesch
A reader recently wrote into Mountain Catholic with a tough question: “How do you remain charitable in a cutthroat work environment, where people are rewarded for their Machiavellian practices?” Normally, I would say, “Quit.” But that’s simply not realistic. Giving up your source of income even temporarily is not an option for most people...


Canadian ethicists urge: Ban conscientious objection by doctors, screen out pro-life medical students...


‘Queen of Katwe’ will delight practically everyone who sees it...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
There are so many reasons Queen of Katwe shouldn’t even exist, and just thinking about them all makes me even more vexed at Hollywood for its desperate obsession with exhausted franchise fare when there are winning and wonderful stories like this to be told. It may be that more people saw the cartoony African tribesmen of the dark...


Padre Pio and the noble dreams of fathers...
John Clark
On a hot and sunny day about one hundred and twenty-five years ago, on a little Italian farm, the landscape contained a familiar image—a man tending to the needs of his land. That man, Grazio Mario Forgione, was happily joined that afternoon by his son, whom he had named “Francesco” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. As Grazio worked the land that day...


The lies of the devil and the empty promises of the world...


7 insanely bad TV shows and movies featuring popes...


Full text: “Affirmation of the Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality”...


500 Catholic thinkers say pushing contraception is wrong for women, and here's why...


What my husband saw when he saw Padre Pio’s heart...
Simcha Fisher
Yesterday, my husband Damien Fisher, who is a newspaper reporter, went to see and venerate the heart of Padre Pio at Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, Massachusetts. I asked him a few questions about his experience — like What made you want to go and see Padre Pio’s heart? and What was the scene like in the church...


How to improve your working memory and become more productive...


The evil secret China doesn't want you to know about (warning: disturbing content) ...


Trump aims to shore up Catholic vote, names council of 33 Catholic advisers...


3 arguments against reincarnation...
Trent Horn
Reincarnation, which means literally “to be made flesh again,” is the belief that after death the soul lives on in another body. The soul might inhabit a similar body (e.g., a man’s soul enters another man’s body) or even a radically dissimilar body (e.g., a man’s soul enters a frog’s body).


How to pray the ‘Te Deum’, the ancient hymn of praise to God...
Kevin Di Camillo
We all have our favorite prayers, novenas, devotions and aspirations. One of mine is a prayer that seems to have fallen out of popular use lately: the ancient “Te Deum”, commonly attributed to St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Doctor of the Church and the man who baptized St. Augustine. However, the authorship of this venerable hymn of praise has never been firmly nailed down and Nicetas of Remesiana has been put forward as a possible composer too...


Vatican confirms authority of bishop kidnapped by Chinese officials...

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Jesus is waiting for you just around the corner...


Mass is a pure and holy sacrifice, not a form of entertainment...


A glimpse of our true enemy, as seen in a commercial...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As the video opens we see a man and woman approaching each other, each surrounded by cartoonlike demons. I call them demons because although they appear to be “cute” they are nothing of the sort. Like the biblical “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” they are influencing the two humans in the video in a hidden but very real way...


Does it matter how we treat others? The 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time...


Diocese of Knoxville opens cause for beatification of heroic Tennessee priest...
Brian O'Neel
We already have one new American saint (recall that Congress made Mother Teresa an honorary US citizen). Might we soon have another? While it may take many years, even hundreds, yes we will if the good people at the Diocese of Knoxville’s prayers are answered. On August 10, that see’s ordinary, Bishop Rick Sticka signed the formal paperwork opening the beatification cause of Father Patrick J...


Vatican announces new rules for miracles at Congregation for the Causes of Saints...


Padre Pio continues to work modern (and little-known) miracles...


Pope Francis’ canon law changes strengthen bonds with Eastern Churches...


To attain great success (and great sanctity), you have to learn to play the long game...


Politics, punditry, and personal faith: An interview with John Dickerson of “Face the Nation”...
Tony Rossi
Hitler analogies and political circuses may seem like a modern aspect of electioneering, but history tells a different story, as evidenced in John Dickerson’s new book “Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History,” which manages to be an educational, entertaining, and often surprising exploration of the good...


“We are a family that is never separated”: Opus Dei mourns 11 members killed on pilgrimage...


It's a great gift to love babies, for then you love what God loves...
Denise Renner
I was never what you might call a “baby person.” When I was working at an orphanage, I gravitated to the older kids, whose thoughts, questions, and stories fascinated me. While acknowledging that there is no greater feeling than a baby sleeping on your chest, I was never one to spend hours holding babies in the nursery. But then I had my own baby...


Mark Wahlberg pauses ‘Transformers’ filming — for Sunday Mass...


9 fortunate souls who survived being lost at sea...


The hidden Catholic references in ‘Star Trek’...
Angelo Stagnaro
Let's get this straight — I'm a Trekker, not a Trekkie. And, as a Trekker, I felt called to celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary at New York's Jacob Javits Center during the first week of Sept. 2016. And as I stood amongst my outrageously costumed Trek confreres and consoeurs, immersing myself in all things Trek...


Atlanta auxiliary David Talley appointed Bishop of Alexandria, Louisiana...
Rocco Palmo
Even if Lord only knows how Louisiana's 43,000-member diocese of Alexandria nabbed the top pick in the Episcopal Draft, the surprise result's nonetheless come to pass: at Roman Noon this Wednesday, the Pope named David Talley – the 66 year-old Atlanta auxiliary desired for no shortage of open sees – to the southern Louisiana church as coadjutor to Bishop Ronald Herzog...


The Catholic conscience, the Argentine bishops, and “Amoris Laetitia”...
E. Christian Brugger
A group of Argentine bishops (ABs) recently published pastoral guidelines for implementing Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia (AL). The ABs tell their clergy that under certain circumstances divorced Catholics in sexually active second unions may receive the Holy Eucharist, even without receiving an annulment. The ABs sent their guidelines to Pope Francis to ask whether their pastoral approach was consistent with the meaning of AL...


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