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Billy Graham dies at 99


I’m a Catholic priest, but Billy Graham is one of my heroes...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I was brought up in a strict Evangelical home where we were used to Billy Graham’s kind of old time religion. We memorized Bible verses and believed that you had to “get saved.” Our heroes were the missionaries and traveling evangelists and we heard them when they came to our church, preached the gospel and called for people to “bow their heads and close their eyes with no one looking around...


Francis seeks to canonize not only Paul VI’s life, but also his legacy...
John Allen
Now that Pope Francis has said out loud what many have long suspected, which is that Blessed Pope Paul VI will be declared a saint within the year, it’s worth asking what the current pontiff seems to have picked up from his recent predecessors. In all honesty, it’s possible to see pieces of each of the previous five popes in Francis...


An overview of the Seven Deadly Sins...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Do you know what the Seven Deadly Sins are? It is valuable to name and begin to understand these deep drives of sin within us because the more we do so the more we can grow in self-knowledge. Further, it helps us to “know their moves” and gain mastery over them. As they stir deep within us we can recognize evidence of this and begin to take greater authority over them...


What Ireland’s abortion referendum is really about...
K.V. Turley
This year Ireland will hold a referendum on the issue of abortion. The date has not yet been set but the vote will probably take place in May. Since 1983, enshrined in Article 8 of the Irish Constitution, there has been a constitutional ban on abortions taking place in the Irish Republic. This prohibition was the result of a referendum that took place that year with the resultant Article 8 stating: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and...


10 Lenten lessons for people who don’t like Lent...


In medieval times, Catholic Lent was harder than Islamic Ramadan...
Taylor Marshall
I have been told that medieval Christians would ridicule the Islamic season of fasting called Ramadan as weak, effeminate, and easy when compared to the austere Christian season of fasting during Lent or Quadragesima. The Catholic Church has decreased the austerity of Lent over the centuries so much that Islamic Ramadan now appears as more challenging than Lent...


At Pope’s request, Papal Foundation shifts $25 million to corruption-plagued skin hospital in Rome...


Cardinal Müller warns: In Catholic doctrine, ‘paradigm shift’ means corruption, not development...


The formal study of theology isn’t for everyone...
TJ Burdick
If you are thinking taking up theological studies, take a minute to read this list. Having studied theology “on the side” for over a decade now, I’ve gone through enough heartache and shame to not want you to suffer through what I suffered. Think of these points as a devil’s advocate in that they will show the various dangers that can occur when one studies theology...


Big Protestant YouTube star announces she’s converting to Catholicism...


10 books that every boy should hazard...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Thanks to the adulterators of children’s literature, the natural anticipations when approaching forgotten classics have been skewed. Everyone expects that everything will be picturesque, nice, and most importantly, safe. For reality is far too dangerous, far too harsh a thing, and children must be protected from it at all costs...


Pope accepts resignation of Nigerian bishop rejected by priests...


How Blessed John Henry Newman helped to inspire the German anti-Nazi resistance...


Overruling parents’ wishes, judge approves sex change as treatment for teen’s mental illness...


What’s happening in Vatican-China talks? The necessary background...


When you fast, are you degrading your body?


Sunday Angelus Address: Lent is a time of renewing ourselves according to the grace of our Baptism...

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Papal adviser Spadaro retweets call for Church to shut down EWTN unless they fire Raymond Arroyo...


Pope’s request for $25 million donation to scandal-hit hospital divides Papal Foundation...


Cowboy, engineer, saint: On the trail of St. José Brochero...


Ex-Vatican judge takes plea bargain on molestation, child pornography charges...


Top 5 Lenten tricks/tools to help you achieve a more sparkling soul...


2013 background reading on Papal Foundation story: ‘Catholic priest arrested for stealing €4m from Rome hospital’...


After being driven from the public eye by a stalker, Catholic writer/speaker Mary Beth Bonacci is back...


Who was the last of the Church Fathers?
Stephen Beale
It seems that there are many contenders for the honor of the “last Father of the Church.” One easy solution might be to draw the line after two of the most famous Fathers, St. Augustine and St. Jerome. One provided the foundation for most of the medieval Latin theology that followed. The other gave Latin Christendom an authoritative translation of the Bible in its then-native tongue...


Hallowed ground: A wintry visit to a fresh grave...
Rick Becker
“It’s right here, along the fence,” Fred told me as he drew on a napkin. “The road comes around in front, but back near the fence there’s a gate that’s right by the spot.” We were having lunch a couple weeks after Fred had said his final goodbyes to Debbie, his beloved wife, a stalwart mother and grandmother, and a true pillar of our local Catholic community...


Don’t just lead well. Follow well. To give orders, you must first know how to take them...


Mr. Rogers, were you talking to me?
Simcha Fisher
When I was an adolescent, our Catholic girl’s group made a large batch of cards for the residents of a nursing home. “You are loved,” we spelled out over and over again, switching to scented markers when we got bored. We added a few stickers, then we threw all the cards in a bag to be delivered, and we got back to our real lives...


Correcting 5 errors in Fr. James Martin’s latest tweet about homosexual marriage...


Why can’t I put my smartphone down? Here’s the science behind it, and some ways to break the mental chains...


Jesus didn’t look the way you thought he did...
David Mills
You know how you picture Jesus? Like most of the pictures at church, right? You’re probably wrong. Let me say right away that doesn’t matter. As long as Christians have made pictures of Jesus, everyone’s made Him look like them. St. Paul told the Christians in Corinth that He became all things to all men, so that He could save some...


What we do with our body affects our soul. That’s why we fast...


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Vatican announces details of March 19-24 gathering of 300 youth to prepare for next Synod of Bishops...


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