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Cardinal Kasper slams fellow cardinals for "fundamentalism", says "that's how politicians operate"...


The Jesuits are "brave and expert rowers" in the Barque of Peter...
Pope Francis
In times of trial and tribulation, dust clouds of doubt and suffering are always raised and it is not easy to move forward, to continue the journey. Many temptations come, especially in difficult times and in crises: to stop to discuss ideas, to allow oneself to be carried away by the desolation, to focus on the fact of being persecuted...


12 promises from the Sacred Heart of Jesus...
Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
As a small child, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, 1647-1690, preferred prayer and contemplation over childish play, owing perhaps to the extraordinary virtue of her parents. However, she had heavy burdens from her earliest years. She lost her father to pneumonia when she was only eight years old.


Nazarenes at home and abroad...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Father Benedict Kiely is pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Stowe, Vt., and director of continuing education for clergy in the Diocese of Burlington. He’s also urgently concerned about his brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria and has started a website — www.nasarean.


What's that strange new thing on Saturn's biggest moon? NASA's orbiter is trying to figure it out...


Ugly churches are starting to return to their former glory. Look at these before-and-after pictures...


Conservatives to synod: Don’t go soft on marriage...


What Cardinal Kasper should have remembered before saying that a typical annulment 'makes no sense'
Edward Peters
Misunderstanding—sometimes seasoned with plain ignorance—about canon law, annulments, and tribunal work is common among Catholics and pervasive among non-Catholics. What is unnerving to see, however, in the wake of Cdl. Kasper’s call for holy Communion to be administered to those living in “public and permanent adultery” (CCC 2384)...


Behind the scenes of the Chicago appointment...
Sandro Magister
While still reeling from the news of the imminent removal of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the more conservative and traditional Catholicism of the United States - and historically the more “papist” - has been dealt another blow with the appointment of the new archbishop of Chicago. Francis’ selection of Blase J.


Some say that man is nothing more than a smart ape. To which I reply, nonsense...
Msgr. Charles Pope
It is true that we have many similarities to primates and really to all mammals. But the similarities stop there. At the level of the soul the differences could not be greater! Animals do not compose symphonies, they do not write great works of literature or create magnificent art. They do not build cities or form bicameral legislatures, legislate...


Ransoming for Christ: The story of two daring religious orders...


Report: Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn under Vatican investigation...


Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael put the ANGEL in evANGELization...
Marlon De La Torre
As children many of us were brought up to pray to our guardian angels. Somehow our parents would invoke our angels to protect us and guide us in our daily life. It almost became synonymous that when we dared to defy our parents rule they would say; “you better pray that your guardian angel will protect you.” Other than calling upon our guardian angels to protect us...


Pope Francis has shown an iron hand against priestly pedophilia. How will the international community react?


7 things to know and share about the holy archangels...


UK bishop steps down over 'being unfaithful' to vows...


Cupich was a timid bishop in Spokane. He'll need the help of robust Catholics to succeed in Chicago...


In rare joint appearance, Francis and Benedict celebrate old age with 40,000 elderly...

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You're kind of a big deal...
Christopher Stefanick
You're small in this world, but spiritually, you're massive. Can an ocean love, a mountain know, or a galaxy chose to change directions? No, but you can. And you'll still be around long after all this has passed.


Rome, we have a problem. We need a synod of affirmation...
George Weigel
Pope Francis has called a special session of the Synod of Bishops, which will meet from Oct. 5-19 and prepare the agenda for the ordinary session of the Synod that is scheduled for the fall of 2015; both sessions will focus on the family. In my view...


The Pope’s most important step on sex abuse may come in Kansas City...
John Allen
News yesterday that the Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, first reported by Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter, is potentially a prelude to the most significant step Pope Francis may ever take with regard to the church’s child sexual abuse scandals. Francis has already met with victims...


5 ways J.R.R. Tolkien has influenced my faith...
John Carswell
Tolkien was a passionate devotee of the Eucharist, which the Catholic Church teaches is “the source and summit of the Christian faith.” Furthermore, he viewed it as “the one great thing to love on earth” (Letters 53). He recommended daily reception of the Eucharist if possible as a cure for the spiritual doldrums. Tolkien called Pope St.


8 things I think I've figured out about the Oklahoma beheading...
Rebecca Hamilton
I think our local newspeople here in Oklahoma have done a fine job of presenting the news about the recent atrocity in our state. They have reported in a straightforward and factual manner. I actually put trust in what they are telling me to be the facts as they know them.


Go to Confession! Because Hell really exists, and people can go there for doing things like this...


Latin is not a dead language. This article from the 'tela totius terrae' proves it...


More confusion about sacramentality, and then some...


3 secret spiritual benefits of bringing your children to Mass...
Jennifer Fitz
At ladies’ Bible study this past week we were talking about our prayer lives, and one of the moms worried that with small children in tow, she just wasn’t “getting much out of Mass.” This is a common worry, but it’s unfounded. Yesterday as I watched the mom in front of me do her best with a pair pew-scramblers...


Here's what I tell Catholics who ask me which books they should read...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
I reply simply: 1) the best version you can find of the New Testament, and 2) almost as important, the latest version of The Catechism of the Catholic Church – this later being arguably the greatest product of the Second Vatican Council. Although it was very long in coming (St. John Paul II promulgated it in 1992...


Where Is the Archangel Raphael in the Scriptures?


Pope Francis: "Satan is trying to destroy mankind. The task of the angels is to do battle and win"


Do not be deceived! A meditation on a constant theme of Scripture...


6 Bible verses to help you survive game day...


Homily for the Mass for the Elderly at St. Peter's Square...


CFRs ask for prayers for Father Benedict Groeschel, injured in a fall...


Are you a faithful Catholic? Beware these three common pitfalls of the pious...


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