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For San Diego, Francis looks left: San Fran auxiliary McElroy plucked for border post


Five truths that might change your views on mental illness...


New rules for Vatican finance offices include protection for whistleblowers...


Why do Catholics call priests "Father"? Here are 10 answers...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
If you have encounters with non-Catholic Christians you might hope that they will ask you questions that really matter like, “Why do you trust church tradition in addition to the Bible?” or “Do you worship the Pope?” or “What is the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary?” Unfortunately one of the most common challenges is “Why do you call your priests ‘Father’ when Jesus clearly says...


Cardinal Wuerl: Catholics should speak up for faith amidst religious freedom attacks...


On financial reform, Pope Francis doesn’t blink...
John Allen
By now, one thing ought to be abundantly clear about Pope Francis: Faced with attempts to hobble his reform efforts through character assassination of his reformers, this pope just doesn’t blink. The latest case in point is Australian Cardinal George Pell, put in charge of leading an historic clean-up of Vatican finances one year ago...


This is why Star Trek, Mr. Spock and Leonard Nimoy matter...
Steven Greydanus
I think my earliest memory of Star Trek is of an episode I watched at my grandparents’ house, a rerun of “Arena” — the original series episode pitting William Shatner’s Capt. James T. Kirk against a hissing, reptilian alien captain of a race called the Gorn. To a young kid in the 1970s, the Gorn was terrifying in the way that the Sleestak on Land of the Lost were terrifying...


Obama administration ties funding for care of child migrants to abortion services...


Vatican police chief confirms ISIS threat to Pope Francis...


Neglected by the media, there is a hidden Vatican...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Neglected by the media, there is a hidden Vatican that is working tirelessly to promote the human being. It is the Vatican of diplomacy, the Vatican that sits at international conferences and mediates for peace, the Vatican that employs its weight and influence in order to foster the defense of every human being . This Vatican is out of the news apparently because it is difficult to report about it...


The message of Jesus at the Transfiguration: Listen and follow, Pope says...


The terror that stalks our world now is diabolic. The time has come to ring the Turkish Bell...


Vatican whodunit: What happened to those books on marriage?


Pope Francis calls money the ‘devil’s dung’...
Inés San Martín
A pope already famous for his attacks on both “savage capitalism” and corruption ratcheted up the rhetorical level on Saturday by bluntly referring to money as “the devil’s dung.” “When it becomes an idol, [it] commands the choices of men [and] makes him a slave,” Francis said. Quoting St. Basil of Caesarea, a fourth-century doctor of the Church...


Two years ago today, we were beginning the interregnum...
Adam Bowers
All of Christendom — and much of the rest of the world — recalls that on February 28, 2013, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI abdicated the See of Peter. The Sede vacante took effect at 8:00 p.m. local time, or 11:00 a.m. here in California. The previous night (February 27), we sat down with Fr. A for a late supper. Mrs. Q had taken the last few days off from work...


17 things to do on Sunday besides surfing the internet...


Must see: Spectacular drone video of Mont Saint-Michel being cut off by the sea...


What an Evangelical church was like for an atheist with anxiety...
Devin Rose
I was the atheist. Suffering from anxiety disorder, clinical depression, panic attacks, and agoraphobia. I didn’t believe in God or Jesus or the Bible. But I was under constant torment from anxiety and fear of being humiliated in front of other people. I had begun reading the Bible and was somewhere in the inscrutable wilderness of the Old Testament when my classmates invited me to come to their Southern Baptist church...

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Breathtaking videos of 11 beautiful Christian sites taken with drones...
Brantly Millegan
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are becoming cheaper and easier to use all the time. Combined with cheap high-quality cameras, and we’re living in a new age of video recording. A drone plus an HD camera can enable a regular person take absolutely breathtaking video from angles never before possible (or at least that were very...


Satanism, Pompeii and the Rosary – a bizarre tale surrounds Francis' next trip...


Admit it. You know the entire Beverly Hillbillies theme song by heart, don’t you?
Richard Becker
If you grew up on Jed and Jethro and Elly May like I did, then you’ll remember that one episode where the banker, Mr. Drysdale, advises the yokel millionaires to “put money in circulation.” The result? Granny tossing out aprons full of cash onto the streets, while Mr. Dreysdale tries to stop her. “Wait, wait,” Mr. Drysdale pleads...


Steve Jobs destroyed the 'follow your passion' myth just before he died...


Does a priest have to wear a stole during confession?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
No, a priest does not have to wear a stole. The stole is a powerful symbol of the authority and power granted by Christ the High Priest through His Church's legitimate shepherds, successors of the Apostles, to forgive sins. The stole is a sign of that the priest is – in your tribunal – sitting in the place of the one who is both Justice and Mercy...


One of the 21 men beheaded was not a Christian, until he saw the deaths of those who refused to deny Jesus...
Marcel LeJeune
One of the 21 men who were beheaded a few weeks ago was not a Christian. That is, he wasn’t a Christian until he saw the faith of the men who refused to deny Jesus and died for it. By their witness, he decided to believe in Jesus too. This is not unlike the thief on the Cross. Lord, may all of us who follow you and profess your name have faith like those who were martyred for being Christian...


The Passion of the Church in the Middle East...


Order! Order in the Universe!...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In a courtroom it is possible to hear the judge bring an unruly out burst to an end by insisting "Order! Order inthe Courtroom! I often feel the same wish in the unruly debates our our time over the debates about God's existence and role in the created universe. It is not so much that the debates In a courtroom...


5 New Testament Promises for the Church today, tomorrow, and forever...
Joe Heschmeyer
The Gospel is timeless and eternal . But the Gospel is also historical . The Gospel is part of history, because Christ entered history in His Incarnation. So we see, in every age, the Church presenting the timeless truths of the Gospel in a way that the surrounding world can understand. She's used different methods...


20 amazing photographs and the stories behind them...


Archbishop Cordileone, Willy Wonka, and the hullabaloo in San Fran...
Matthew Sewell
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, bishop of San Francisco and all around stand-up guy, has a target on his back thanks to a dispute over revisions to the faculty and staff handbooks at the archdiocese’s four Catholic high schools. The revisions mainly include morals clauses clarifying the asking of teachers and staff to uphold Catholic teaching in their public –not necessarily private– lives...


The Vatican’s financial reform: The nasty is back...


There are good ways and bad ways to praise your children...


A virtual Lenten pilgrimage to the Station Churches of Rome...


Savor every moment and never forget what the Lord has done for you...


"A shepherd has to be someone who is afraid of nothing"...


What is science?


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