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Pope responds to violence in Munich and Kabul with call for more prayer


How to win new converts...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, winning converts to our Faith should be a constant concern for all Catholics: “The true apostle is on the lookout for occasions of announcing Christ by word, either to unbelievers. . .or to the faithful.” [905] How should we go about it? With the knowledge that people are brought to the Church one by one...


‘Toy Story 3’ and our national naiveté...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
In Toy Story 3, the boy Andy is ready to go off to college. His room is being tidied, and his toys are about to be boxed up and stored in the attic. Then Mom makes a mistake and Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang are packed off to a kiddie daycare center called “Sunnyside.” Remember: The toys live to be played with and loved by a child...


Hipsters, coffee, and Jesus: What we can learn about prayer from cups brewed one at a time...


Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics, study says...


The true reason for the greatness of St. Mary Magdalene...
Brantly Millegan
It takes a lot of passion to be a great sinner. It takes even more passion, and a hefty dose of courage, to be a great lover. Mary Magdalene was both. The Church honors her as a saint because she allowed the power of God’s merciful love to invade the depths of her wounded heart and transform it. In fact, she has so much to teach us that this year Pope Francis elevated her liturgical memorial to a feast...


Pope Francis issues new Apostolic Constitution on women's contemplative life...


The enduring value of Catholic media...
Greg Erlandson
In September 2014, a committee of six international Catholic media experts along with five Vatican officials began a series of meetings to review the Vatican’s hydra-headed, highly siloed media operations. Our appointment came from the Council of Cardinals, and our mandate from Cardinal George Pell of Australia laid out three priorities—a more effective embrace of new media...


What is Amazon.com’s bestselling book of all time?
John Clark
What is Amazon.com’s Bestselling Book of All Time? And Why Does It Matter? It is said that you become like those with whom you associate. Honesty would force us to admit that the same is true of books. That thought is a bit less than edifying when we consider that Amazon.com’s bestselling book of all time is Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy...


The problem of evil and the privilege of listening to Haydn...


Ultra-rare Pokémon “god” Arceus rumored to be hidden at Vatican in PokémonGO...


Memo: Apostolic Nuncio curtailed investigation of Minnesota archbishop...


As the faith fades in Munich-Friesing, Archdiocese piles up $6.1 billion from Church tax...


The last VCRs ever will be made this month...


What happens in Krakow, doesn’t stay in Krakow...


Bishop Paprocki: Don't be misled, Archbishop Chaput got it right on marriage...


Is it a sin to laugh or joke when in need of confession?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Aristotle points out that man is the only animal that laughs. Critters might look like they are “laughing”, but they aren’t. So, it’s human to laugh. Mark Twain points out that man is the only animal that blushes... or needs to. Hence, because we are sinners, it’s human to blush. It doesn’t help us to mope around all long-face before confession...


The Ostpolitik failed. Get over it...
George Weigel
In the 1960s, Popes John XXIII and Paul VI initiated a new Vatican approach to the countries behind the iron curtain, the Ostpolitik. According to its chief architect and agent, Archbishop Agostino Casaroli, the strategic goal of the Ostpolitik was to find a modus non moriendi—a “way of not dying”—for the Catholic Church in the countries of the Warsaw Pact...

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Can we stop kidding ourselves about “I'm personally opposed, but”?
Carrie Gress
In 1984, after much interior laboring over the thorny issue of abortion, Catholic Governor Mario Cuomo delivered the speech that would free Catholics from being swaddled in Church teaching while liberating them to cuddle up to pro-abortion policy. The New York Governor conceived the hair-splitting notion that amounted to – “I’m personally opposed to abortion...


How the hook-up culture is damaging women...


Three teachings from the Lord on prayer...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We must be careful to understand that in giving us the “Our Father,” the Lord Jesus is not simply providing us with words to say. More than this, He is giving us a pattern for prayer; He is “teaching us to pray.” He does this in response to the disciples, who did not ask to be given words to say, but to be taught how to pray...


Why are Pakistani Muslims building a Christian church?


Vatican asked to mediate in Venezuela crisis talks...


A review of ‘Star Trek Beyond’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Early in Star Trek Beyond is a striking sequence that offers a vision of something Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland strained for but failed to deliver: It gives us a wondrous sci-fi conception of a community of tomorrow — a community unbound from the normal limitations of planetary gravitational conditions, with a roughly horizontal foundational plane and a perpendicular third dimension in which up and down are virtually parallel everywhere you go...


The only way to restore public confidence in Catholic bishops...
Phil Lawler
The revelation that the apostolic nuncio in Washington quashed an investigation into the alleged misconduct of an American archbishop is another damaging blow to the wounded credibility of the Catholic hierarchy. Nearly fifteen years after the sex-abuse scandal destroyed public confidence in the bishops’ integrity, that confidence has still not been restored—precisely because stories like this one keep bursting into the headlines...


That time Jesus appeared in the sky of Mexico...


Materialism is the false god of modern science...


The godlessness of cultural uniformity...
Matthew Sewell
A story in Florence, Italy recently caught the attention of many around the world. It was big news when public outcry caused Florentine city officials to backtrack from an agreement to let a McDonald’s open in the historic Piazza del Duomo, not far from Florence’s historic fifteenth-century cathedral. It would harm the identity of the city...


Instead of rejoicing under Pope Francis, liberal Catholics are fretting about the future...


Why is original sin called the “Sin of Adam”?


Our most primal fear and the source of our bondage...


Video: Skip Rodgers' “Ride for Hope and Mercy”...


The Land O’ Lakes Statement has been devastating the Church for 49 years...
Patrick Reilly
In hindsight, what they did was appalling. But when several Catholic university leaders gathered in the summer of 1967 at a remote retreat in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, did they fully anticipate the consequences of their vision for “modern” Catholic education? Hopefully not. It was 49 years ago, on July 20-23, when Notre Dame’s Father Theodore Hesburgh...


Along this year's route of the Tour de France, saints and Catholic history were made...


You can’t be having too much grace...
David Mills
“You can’t be having too much grace for me,” said a friend, who had grown up in a form of Catholicism that was big on sin and guilt, plus punishment. Priests would interrogate you in the confessional like a detective grilling a serial killer trying to deny his crimes, and sometimes refuse you absolution if they decided you weren’t repentant — which is to say guilt-stricken — enough to deserve it...


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