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Pope points to Mother Cabrini as prime model in caring for migrants


Photographer captures amazing 'light pillars' phenomenon in North Bay, Ontario...


The grieving need you most after the funeral...


No suffering goes unused...
David Mills
No suffering goes unused. Here I don’t mean the suffering we offer up for another. I mean that in some way we’re being trained. Our suffering gets used in this world, and that’s a blessing that makes our losses a little easier to bear. Last night I was sitting in our living room late in the evening, fixing someone’s prose...


Who is Jesus Christ? A homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As Ordinary Time (tempus per annum) opens up, the lectionary continues to “introduce” Christ to us. The Christmas cycle now done, we must ask, “Who is Jesus Christ? Who is this savior who has been born for us?” In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist elaborates on this. John’s words are brief, but they are packed with Christological teaching...


“Exorcist” author William Peter Blatty has died, but his effort to reform Georgetown continues...
Kathy Schiffer
William Peter Blatty, Academy Award-winning author of The Exorcist, has died. The renowned novelist passed away January 12 at the age of 89; announcement of his death was made Friday, January 13 on social media by Exorcist director William Friedkin. Blatty's controversial and wildly popular novel, originally published in 1971...


The bishops of Malta have just done something that can only be called disastrous...
Edward Peters
The Maltese bishops do not seem to know what the word “conjugal” means. They think that non-married people can practice “conjugal” virtues and that they can decide about whether to engage in “conjugal” acts. Nonsense and, coming from bishops, inexcusable nonsense at that. Non-married people can have sex, of course, but Catholic pastoral integrity does not hold such sexual acts on par with the physically identical...


Are you worried about the end of the world?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
It’s the year 2017 and the prognosticators and prophets have come up with a heady mixture this time. When you read history you realize that in every age people have been reading the signs of the times and predicting a great catastrophe. The end of the world, like an overdue bus, is always just around the corner. This year we have some memorable moments I must admit...


The holidays caught Pope Francis in a 'damn the torpedoes!' mood...
John Allen
Faced with opposition, leaders generally have two broad choices. Either they can try to find common ground with their foes, “reaching across the aisle,” or they can forge ahead, determined not to be slowed down. You can try a little of both, but in general the one tends to undercut the other, so mixing them is usually an exercise in futility...


Video: Twin sisters, separated at birth, meet each other again for the first time...


Missing priest in Mexico found dead...


These Greek shepherds can whistle an entire conversation...


On being a critical Catholic...


NYPD Detective Steven McDonald: “Forgiving my attacker saved my life”...


The New York Times is seeking another Godbeat scribe: How would Yogi Berra parse the job listing?
Terry Mattingly
I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that one of the buzz topics in religion-news circles this week was that job posting at The New York Times, the one with this headline: "Change Is Coming to the New York Times National Desk." It appears the Times is thinking about doing something new on the religion beat...


Discovering “the Face of Mercy” in the modern world...


‘We need to hear your voices’, Pope tells young Catholics ahead of synod...


Let's ponder briefly some sins against hope...

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The grieving need you most after the funeral...


The day Buffalo Bill met Pope Leo XIII...


Mindfulness, meet my front bumper...
Simcha Fisher
This morning, I dropped off the high school kids and was slowly working my way around the building to get back on the road. I was headed to my therapy appointment next, so I mused as I coasted, plotting out what to say about the past week. To my delight, I realized that I had mostly good things to report. Maybe it doesn’t look like it from the outside...


William Peter Blatty did a great service for the Church by writing “The Exorcist”...


The scent of God, the smell of Heaven...


Pope Francis meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at Vatican...


Back to the Aula: “Question time” begins for the next Synod assembly...
Rocco Palmo
Even as the embers – and, in some quarters, tempers – are still smoldering from the Pope's first round of a retooled and more responsive Synodal process, nine months since the Amoris Wars began their ongoing tear at the conversational extremes, Francis has nonetheless seen fit to re-drop one of his favorite words: "Avanti" – that is...


Irish bishops decide not to ask Pope Francis to permit married priests...


Diluting holy salty water, or salty holy water, or just plain holy water...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
It is great that your priest is using the exorcised and blessed salt. That suggests to me that he is using the older, traditional form which is the ONLY way that this priest will ever use. Everyone... USE Holy Water. The Devil really hates it. As St. Teresa of Avila wrote: “I know by frequent experience that there is nothing which puts the devils to flight like Holy water...


In Tucson, Arizona, cultures combine at this 300-year-old Catholic mission...


Martin Luther King had little use for lax Christians, and neither should we...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
Catholics can take a lesson in the courage to follow a well-formed Christian conscience from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was first and above all a Christian minister, guided by his faith in Jesus Christ. His Letter from Birmingham Jail is an actual letter; a response to Alabama clergymen who publicly criticized King for interfering in local affairs...


Love, intelligence and the most important lesson of all...
John Clark
Many years ago, a boy named John was having a very difficult time with school. John loved God, and he deeply desired to understand the true Faith, but he was behind his peers academically and seemed to have a hard time understanding much of anything or retaining any knowledge. So, he prayed for help, asking for the intercession of Mary...


Catholic converts answer the question: “What were your impressions of your first Mass?”...


Mary’s faith testifies to one of the most profound truths of the Gospel...


These are our allies in the war to come...
Anthony Esolen
As the Great Wall of Chinese communism begins to show signs of crumbling into a long overdue dilapidation, a billion people will be readier than they have ever been to hear the Good News of Christ. At the same time they will meet the immense force of the anti-evangelist, the advertiser, the marketer of western lusts and madness...


Congress races against time to block DC's assisted suicide law...


An extremely in-depth look at which Nerf darts fly the truest...


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