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Pope Francis creates new dicastery for ‘Promoting Integral Human Development’


What I did on my summer vacation...


For “Social Office”, the Pope taps Turkson — and for migrants, Peter picks himself...
Rocco Palmo
Even before the usual "starting gun" to the Vatican's working year, the Pope has again moved to end August with a bang: at Roman Noon today, the Holy See announced the consolidation of the four Pontifical Councils focused on social teaching and outreach into a new "Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development...


C.S. Lewis Doodle: The necessity of chivalry...


Sigrid Undset and the Hound of Heaven...
Susanna Spencer
I recently finished reading Sigrid Undset’s The Master of Hestviken, having also read Kristen Lavransdattar and Catherine of Siena, and I am struck once again by her ability to understand humanity. One of the overriding themes in Undset’s works is God’s continual pursuit of a soul to the very end. She narrates nearly perfectly the interior state of her characters in all of their thoughts...


If our Lord thinks I need to be bribed, then maybe, just maybe, He knows me better than I know myself...
Simcha Fisher
The parable that Jesus tells in yesterday’s Gospel — the one about the party guests, and about exalting the lowly and casting down the exalted? It bugs me. I get and appreciate the general principle, and I’ve seen it in action; but I’m not sure I completely approve of Jesus’ methods. He seems to be appealing to such a low motivation: Don’t try to elevate yourself...


10 Places to find excellent homilies online...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I don’t envy priests. Priests have tough jobs and often wear many hats. So, I try not to be too judgmental or annoyed when I hear bad homilies. But Pope Francis is right; sometimes the people in the pews really suffer from having to listen to mediocre homilies! In my opinion, a priest does not have to be a good speaker or a scholar to give a good homily (although that can help)...


How to pray Mother Teresa’s famous “Flying Novena” to Our Lady...


How to protect yourself against astrologers, psychics and other spiritualist swindlers...


Three (more) reasons why Mother Teresa's halo matters...
John Allen
When Mother Teresa becomes “St. Teresa of Calcutta” on Sept. 4, it’s expected to be the largest public event of Pope Francis’ jubilee Year of Mercy. Her beatification in 2003 drew an estimated 300,000 people to St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding area, and organizers anticipate that turnout to be surpassed this time around...


Dear Washington Post editors: Ask some orthodox Catholics why THEY oppose Trump...
Terry Mattingly
You knew this story was coming sooner or later, in The Washington Post as well as in every other mainstream news outlet. The understated Post headline: "Donald Trump has a massive Catholic problem." Of course he does. I mean, let's think it through. Raise your hand if you are surprised that the majority of Catholics and ex-Catholics who oppose their church's defense of ancient Christian doctrines on sex...


College athletes are being recruited for NASCAR pit crews, with great results...


“The demons see us as competition”: An interview with exorcist Fr. Gary Thomas...


See the destruction of Pompeii in full-length animation...


Bruises on parade: Of barking dogs, bottle trees, and a dead Habsburg prince...
Rick Becker
For hundreds of years, the traditional burial ceremony of Habsburg monarchs has included seeking admission for the deceased to a Viennese Capuchin friary that houses the imperial crypt. Almost as a parallel to our liturgical breast-striking, the ceremony begins with a trifold knocking at the friary door. “Who’s there?” the porter asks from within...


Is Batman Catholic? 7 intriguing pieces of evidence...


Meet the Greater Honeyguide, the bird that can communicate with humans...


Which NFL team are you stuck watching every Sunday?

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Pro-life activist says leaked document shows George Soros and Planned Parenthood in a panic...


TEDx Talk: Why nuns don't have midlife crises...


Snopes: Did a Catholic hospital refuse to treat a patient with a dislodged IUD?


How one pilot's sweet tooth helped defeat Communism...


St. Edmund Arrowsmith was hunted, hanged, drawn and quartered on his way to Heaven...


Holy Eucharist desecrated, Missionaries of Charity assaulted in Argentina...


Apologists, catechists, theologians: Wake up!...
Bishop Robert Barron
After perusing the latest Pew Study on why young people are leaving the active practice of Christianity, I confess that I just sighed in exasperation. I don’t doubt for a moment the sincerity of those who responded to the survey, but the reasons they offer for abandoning Christianity are just so uncompelling. That is to say, any theologian...


The wild goodness of Antoni Gaudí, architect of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona...


Pope Francis said it: Climate change is not a population crisis...


In Norway, 323 reindeer killed by lightning in one fell swoop...


Pope Francis receives Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the Vatican...


A new overview of a contested subject...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
The goal of my column this week is simple: pointing readers to The New Atlantis, one of the nation’s best journals about science, technology and their intersection with ethics. Earlier this week (August 22), The New Atlantis released an important new overview of nearly 200 peer-reviewed studies from the 1950s to the present on issues of sexuality and gender identity...


Is there such a thing as pure evil? Here's what St. Thomas Aquinas says...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We human beings are inclined to thinking categorically and absolutely. But not all (or even most) categories are absolute. Is there such a thing as absolute goodness, with no error admixed? Yes, most assuredly. God is so, as are the saints He has perfected in Heaven. But is there such a thing as absolute evil, in which there is no admixture of goodness...


There's no such thing as an ex-Catholic...
J.D. Flynn
In the post-modern West, well before believers can proclaim revealed truth, they’re forced to combat the epistemological consequences of the dictatorship of relativism—to explain the possibility that truth claims can have real, objective, and unalterable meaning. It is an absurd, but nonetheless real, challenge to defend the idea that “true” and “false” exist...


Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?


Tips for effective Catholic evangelizers: “I was an FBI crisis negotiator for 23 years...” ...


You have to serve before you sit: A homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year...


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