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ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings


What does Jesus mean when He tells St. Mary Magdalene not to cling to Him because He was not yet ascended?
Msgr. Charles Pope
As the Easter Octave unfolds, we have in the Gospel this enigmatic statement of Our Lord Jesus to Mary Magdalene: Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God” (John 20:17). There is much to ponder and distinguish here...


What’s the most important question you’ll ever be asked?
John Clark
In a recent interview with the The New York Times, Charles Schwab CEO Walt Bettinger tells the story of the most impactful test he ever took. It was the final exam, for which he had studied diligently and felt prepared to ace. Yet, the business course test contained a question that he was not expecting. In fact, the test contained only one single question: The teacher handed out the final exam...


Sri Lanka attacks: ‘International network’ linked to bombings that killed 290 people...


3 reasons why the Notre Dame blaze broke so many hearts...


Fearful yet overjoyed: The journey to Resurrection faith...


How to understand the readings for Easter Day...
John Bergsma
The Mass of Easter Day is one of the most joyful in the Church calendar, as the Church basks in the afterglow of the most remarkable intervention of God into human history, the resurrection of his own son. The First Reading from Acts is a beautiful summary of the Gospel message and the faith of the early Church. In this synopsis of Peter’s preaching...


“In my life, where am I going? What is the stone I need to remove?”...
Pope Francis
The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulcher. The journey of those women is also our own journey; it resembles the journey of salvation that we have made this evening. At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone: the beauty of creation against the tragedy of sin; liberation from slavery against infidelity to the covenant; the promises of the prophets against the listless indifference of the people...


Here’s what to know about the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka...


Tenebrae: Lamentations of Jeremiah...


Facebook fascism and the slippery slope to tyranny...
Joseph Pearce
Following the recent attack on a mosque in New Zealand by a white supremacist terrorist, I was asked by a national TV network in the UK to appear on a live show to give my perspective as a former white supremacist. (I served two prison sentences for “inciting racial hatred” back in the 1980s.) I was happy to do so. More recently...


A Tale of Two Cities’ Cathedrals...
K.V. Turley
The fires that burned brightly at Notre-Dame de Paris were matched by the vivid resolve of French politicians and civic leaders that from the ashes this great cathedral will rise once more. Across the channel in London, one cannot help but be reminded of another fire and another cathedral that burned equally disastrously. In 1666 what was to become known as the Great Fire of London began shortly after midnight on Sept...


Holy Saturday and the Lord of the Rings...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of Catholicism’s greatest contributions is the great artists it has produced. I have written elsewhere about how the deeply incarnation and sacramental vision of Catholicism helps to inspire art that works at a deeper level than anything the world (and non Catholic Christians) can produce. One of the best examples of this is the comparison between Tolkien and Lewis...


Where is Jesus between His death and resurrection?


Medieval cathedral spires have been at risk from the get-go...


MLB umpires missed 34,294 pitch calls in 2018. Time for robo-umps?


The fire will test the quality of each one’s work...


Almost 100 abortion workers seek to leave industry after seeing pro-life movie ‘Unplanned’...

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The Risen Lord’s victory over death and sin...
Anthony Lilles
In His Divine Person, the New Adam united Himself to the destruction men suffer in death, to vanquish and transform what would most threaten human dignity into a gateway of eternal glory. Sin is our hostility to Life Himself, and death in sin is the destruction of human life. Sin is the source of our guilt and wraps our existence in shame so that death's shadow haunts our lives...


“On the third day he rose again.” Why the third day?


Political style question for tense times: What do you call people killed in church on Easter?
Terry Mattingly
I have been covering the religion beat, to one degree or another, for 40 years and I have never heard “Easter worshippers” used as a replacement for the word “Christians.” Is this a reference to people who worship ON Easter or, well, people who worship Easter? As an Eastern Orthodox Christian, I am well aware that Christians around the world — due to the much-covered clash between the Gregorian calendar and the older Julian calendar — usually celebrate Christianity’s most important holy day at different times...


The death of Father James Schall — a philosopher who dared...
Donald DeMarco
Jesuit Father James Vincent Schall, distinguished political philosopher and author of 30 books, passed away April 17, 2019, at the age of 91. The virtues that Etienne Gilson ascribed to Saint Thomas Aquinas—intellectual modesty and intellectual audacity, each to a high degree—were evident in this gentleman scholar. “No evil can happen to a good man...


Easter brings a ‘new world,’ Pope Francis says in Urbi et Orbi...


Easter attacks on churches in Sri Lanka are tragic, but hardly surprising...
John Allen
Sadly enough, there’s now an ugly and utterly predictable dynamic on Easter Sunday: Somewhere in the world, full churches will be attacked and some number of Christians will die for no other reason than that they chose to attend services to celebrate what is supposed to be the faith’s great celebration of life. Today, it happened in Sri Lanka...


Where, O death, is your victory?
Mary Jo Gerd
For those of you who mourn the death of a loved one, this is the day when we joyfully (yet often with tears in our eyes) anticipate our eventual reunion in heaven. May the powerful hope of seeing our dear ones again, that is made possible by our Lord’s victorious Resurrection, be with you this Easter season and always. Oh, what a glorious day...


The brain that remade itself...


3D scans of Notre Dame could prove pivotal in its reconstruction...


“Three days and three nights?”...
Jimmy Akin
In Matthew 12:40, Jesus says: Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. This has widely—and correctly—been understood as a reference to the period he spent in the tomb, between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection...


Heaven is real...


Holy Saturday: “He descended into hell”...


Palm Sunday and the spiritual logic for the Pope’s sound of silence...


Niccolò dell’Arca’s lament for the dead Christ...
R. Jared Staudt
“God is dead and we have killed him.” Nietzsche is right once a year. The horror of the death of Christ for our sins, marred beyond recognition, and the responsibility we bear for this suffering, should touch us deeply. Although the terror of the death of God gives way to the joy of the Resurrection, the the enduring evidence of the distortion wrought by our sin on the dead Christ continues to move us (as Dostoevsky portrays in The Idiot)...


Did the rooftop bees of Notre Dame survive?


In the image of a fire-gutted Notre Dame, I see myself, and I see the whole Church...


Fr. Fournier performing benediction inside the burning Notre-Dame? That gave me chills...


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