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"Great Pope, courageous Christian, tireless apostle": Pope Paul VI beatified at Synod's closing Mass...


Study: Elephants may know when it's raining 150 miles away...


The Antichrist is dead set on destroying fatherhood...
Jason Craig
Joseph Ratzinger, I think, will go down in history as the best cultural physician of our day not because he fixed everything, but because he correctly diagnosed the ailments. The seminarian and scholarly readers out there will no doubt be familiar with his solution to the many problems of modern scholarship...


Did the papacy exist while St. John the Apostle was still alive?
Joe Heschmeyer
For my money, one of the strongest arguments against the papacy (or at least one of the most interesting) is that the Catholic view requires us to hold that the first few popes after Peter had authority over St. John the Evangelist, even though these popes weren't Apostles, and John was. So how do we answer that?


U.S. Marines engage in drum battle with the Republic of Korea Army Band...


Believe it or not, Alaska has never been mapped to modern standards...


God and God alone: A homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Gospel today contains lots of interesting juxtapositions: Hatred for Jesus, but grudging respect for him, real questions, versus rhetorical questions, politics and faith, duties to Caesar and duties to God. The word “juxtaposition” is from the Latin juxta (meaning “near”) and positio (meaning “place or position”).


Synod of Bishops releases final "Relatio", rolls back controversial language from midterm report...


Closing speech for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops...
Pope Francis
With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit. From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with them I thank the Relators...


10 things to know and share about St. Luke...
Jimmy Akin
Acts covers the earliest history of the Church after the earthly ministry of Jesus. It covers a period stretching from A.D. 33 to A.D. 60. Without Acts we would be able to deduce few things about this period from the letters in the New Testament (e.g., that churches existed in the cities that the letters were sent to...


It's probably better if you don't read this story on public WiFi...


Asia Bibi's death sentence sparks outrage from Pakistan's Christians...


Romano Guardini: Lingering on Mary in the Rosary...


Do atheist and agnostic filmmakers make the best religious movies?
Steven Greydanus
Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven” might be the atheist director’s most sustained effort at an even-handed treatment of religion — but Scott is far from the only nonbelieving filmmaker to take an interest in thoughtfully exploring religious themes. On the contrary, many of the best cinematic treatments of religious themes come from filmmakers who are nonbelievers...


French soldier’s room unchanged 96 years after his death in World War I...


10 incredible craters, holes and canyons around the world...


The true story of the Synod: Directors, performers, assistants...
Sandro Magister
“The spirit of the Council is blowing again,” Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle has said, a rising star of the worldwide episcopate as well as being a historian of Vatican II. And it is true. At the synod that is about to conclude there are many elements in common with what happened at that great event.


The 'sensus fidelium' doesn't include people who clearly don't know what they're talking about...

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In Texas, the “Kiss of Peace” becomes "meaningful eye contact" to protect against Ebola...
Kathy Schiffer
With Ebola now claiming more than 4,500 lives, the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas has taken steps to reduce exposure to potential Ebola cases in their parishes during liturgical celebrations. As of October 14, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...


How Pope Paul VI's most controversial work led me from atheism to the Catholic Church...
Jennifer Fulwiler
When I was first exploring Catholicism after a life of atheism, it never occurred to me that I would accept the Church’s teachings against artificial contraception. Like most other people of my generation, I understood contraception to be a universal good. From high-school health classes to messages in popular media...


5 phenomenal science stunts (like "cryogenic napalm") done with dry ice...


Would you not honor the man who saved your life?


The beatification of Paul VI is a fitting coda to a stormy fortnight...
John Allen
Pope Francis today concluded a tumultuous Synod of Bishops by beatifying one of his predecessors, Pope Paul VI, who presided over the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s, and it’s hard to imagine a more fitting coda to the past two weeks.


"The Pope's duty is to guarantee the Church's unity": In the Aula, Francis brings down the curtain...
Rocco Palmo
While the vote on this Synod's final report (Italian fulltext) was the expected business at tonight's closing session, even the crucial summary text was overshadowed by one last speech from the Pope, containing some of his strongest language to date as he reflected on the several "temptations" he saw at play over the last two weeks.


Read the final "Relatio" here (Italian; use Google Translate for rough English version)


What the Synod of Bishops isn’t talking about...
Inés San Martín
When the Synod of Bishops on the family ends Sunday after an intense two-week debate, attention will likely be focused on how the summit’s big battles are resolved — how much of an opening to same-sex unions remains, and what line is adopted on allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion.


Synod concludes two-week Assembly with final message to world, final report to Holy Father...


Synod's small group reports released by Vatican...
Andrea Gagliarducci
After the synod’s small groups released their reports Thursday asking for a substantial rewriting of the meeting's mid-term report, the Vatican has said the synod's final report will be prepared, and voted upon on Saturday morning. Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office...


Man takes midnight walk in South American rainforest, sees spider the size of a small puppy...


The letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch glow with an otherworldly light and joy...


Pentin on Kasper: I did tape the talk, didn’t mention Zenit...
Elizabeth Scalia
National Catholic Register reporter Edward Pentin has released a statement in response to Cardinal Kasper’s assertion that he never spoke to Zenit or made some rather inflammatory remarks on African Bishops. Writes Pentin: His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper spoke to me and two other journalists, one British, the other French, around 7.


New technique helps find consciousness in coma patients...


Why do marriages fail? Here's one often-overlooked root...


Synod bishops revolt against leadership and get their way...


Heaven is for real and forever...


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