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Pope Francis turns 82, celebrates with sick children at pediatric clinic


Of weather and warnings: A pro-life meditation...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The weather in Washington, D.C. was dismal on Saturday: more than two inches of rain. 2018 has now surpassed 1889 to become the wettest year since records have been kept. So far, more than 62 inches of rain have fallen this year; the annual average is only about 40 inches. On this cold, rainy December morning, a group of us stood in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in northeast D...


Why organized labor is (still) a Catholic cause...


On the Third Sunday of Advent, 5 steps to better mental health...


About that funeral Mass homily in Detroit, some points...
Edward Peters
I do not know Fr. Don LaCuesta or the Hullibarger family nor do I know what LaCuesta said in his homily at last week’s funeral for 18-year-old Maison Hullibarger (who had killed himself some days before) or how LaCuesta said what he said (reports here and here). Such caveats, however, in light of my treatments of other issues related to the canon law on Church funerals...


The Hollywood life and Catholic death of John Wayne...


Narnia’s Lucy saw that to follow Christ one must remain little and trusting...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
In Prince Caspian Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy are drawn from a country railway station in England, to a Narnia that is thousands of years older than when they were there last. They soon learn of Prince Caspian’s plight and set out across an unfamiliar Narnian landscape to help him. The battle for Narnia eventually transpires...


Here’s your proof that we landed on the Moon, Steph Curry...


Why was Jesus born when and where He was?


Protestant pastor charged with ‘inciting subversion’ as China cracks down on churches...


‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ changes what is possible for superhero films and animated films...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
One day in 1982, when I was 13 years old, I had just left the Haledon Sweet Shop on Haledon Avenue with a stack of comic books, bought with money earned delivering papers for the owner of the sweet shop. I stopped at Food Town to buy a candy bar and a Coke, and a young black boy, perhaps 8, saw the comics in my hand and asked if he could have one of them...


The problem of parishes with short Confession times...


Why would Christians want the world to love them?
Elizabeth Scalia
Recently, someone complained to me that habits of political correctness and identity politics seemed to be creating an atmosphere where—to this person’s perspective—anyone might claim to be part of a protected class. “It’s open season on Christians, though,” the gentleman groused. People like to say so, but—given examples of the very real...


Down Under, the cardinal is found guilty — just don’t tell the locals...
Rocco Palmo
In a word, it is epochal – for the first time anywhere, a civil court has found a cardinal guilty of sexual abuse. Capping an 18-month process that predated the wider church's re-immersion in the scandals, the conviction of Cardinal George Pell – reportedly rendered on Tuesday in the Australian state of Victoria – represents the pinnacle of a thread that's marked this fresh round of the crisis across the globe: an emboldened secular effort to enforce accountability where the church's own response is perceived as having failed...


The miraculous roses of Our Lady of Guadalupe...
Patti Armstrong
While many people know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s appearance in Mexico to Juan Diego on Dec. 12, 1531, not everyone knows the significance that roses played in the miraculous event. Our family visited the shrine in 2006 and my husband Mark brought home a life-sized replica of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s image. It hangs in our living room and he uses it during presentations that he frequently gives about this amazing story...


Pope Francis on the ‘gay Mentality’ that has ‘influenced the Church’...


Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned? Why did he wait so long before coming?


Despair and false doctrine...

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From Appalachia to In-N-Out Burger, priest travels U.S. seeking to do a good deed in all 50 states...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Rejoice! God hears your prayers’...


Why the drive for independence of Ukraine's Church matters to Rome too...
John Allen
Let’s make one thing clear at the outset: It takes a special kind of chutzpah for the Patriarch of Moscow to complain that his bishops and clergy are being subjected to pressure, intimidation and even “persecution” from the state in today’s Ukraine. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow recently made precisely that appeal in letters to Pope Francis...


The China-Vatican accord is secret only in its actual words. Here’s how it works...
Sandro Magister
About the accord signed on September 22 between the Vatican and China, it has been said only that it concerns the appointment of bishops. Its contents have been kept secret. But from then until now so many things have happened that it has become all too clear how it works. Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun (in the photo), 88, made a special trip from Hong Kong to Rome to personally deliver to Pope Francis an impassioned seven-page letter of appeal on the dramatic situation into which the “underground...


I thought I was just starring in a movie, then my mom shocked me by telling me this secret...


Bing Crosby wasn’t a perfect Catholic, but he was serious about his faith...


Australian prosecutor, judge threaten U.S.-based Church Militant website over Pell story...


‘Victory for Victims’: Trump signs Genocide Relief Act for Iraqi and Syrian Christians...


Would it matter if we’re living in a simulation?
Jimmy Akin
Currently we use computers to run simulations of many different kinds of scenarios. For example, physicists use them to run simulations of how different kinds of subatomic particles interact. The basic idea of the simulation hypothesis is that as computers get better and better, we will be able to run better and better simulations...


Ohio ‘heartbeat abortion’ ban advances toward governor’s veto decision...


Rejoice! This Sunday is “Gaudete” Sunday...
John Bergsma
Many parishes will mark this Sunday with rose-colored vestments (not “pink”—“pink” is not a liturgical color!), and the theme of joy runs through the readings and the liturgy. Gaudete Sunday marks the liturgical half-way point of Advent, and the Church rejoices because Jesus’ coming is near. This year, since Christmas falls early in the fourth week of Advent...


Robert Spaemann, the last great Catholic theologian...


Reports of Cardinal Pell guilty verdict emerge, despite judicial gag order...


Three cardinals dropped from C9 as reform process nears end...


Why I won’t ask Pope Francis to resign...
Jennifer Roback Morse
A lot of people are upset about Pope Francis. Some have called on him to resign. Some have gone so far as to make the outrageous claim he is not really the pope. Although I don’t agree with some of his actions, I will not be calling on him to resign, nor claiming he is not really pope. However, that does not mean that I plan to sit around doing nothing about our current troubles in the Church...


Five dead in Brazilian cathedral shooting, cathedral priest asks for prayer...


Why did the Second Person of the Trinity, rather than the Father or the Holy Spirit, become incarnate?


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