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‘Serve like Jesus’: Pope Francis creates five new cardinals at consistory


Father Solanus Casey beatification set for November 18 at Ford Field in Detroit...


Bishop Paprocki responds to controversy, criticisms over decree on same-sex “marriage”...


The surprising complexity of running a gas station minimart...


A priest's cassock: Work clothes, not a dress uniform...


3 hard sayings that challenge modern sensibilities...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the reasons we are so easily offended today is, frankly, that we lack sophistication. We seem to have lost understanding of simile and metaphor. Metaphors and similes are figures of speech; they achieve their effect through association, comparison, and resemblance. They can highlight hidden similarities between two different things...


Vatican breaks silence on forced disappearance of Chinese bishop...


Burma’s Muslims are facing torture and execution—and one of their bravest defenders is Cardinal Bo...
Daniel Philpott
One of the most impressive voices for justice in the global Catholic Church is Cardinal Charles Bo of Burma, who has recently spoken out against Burma’s Buddhist nationalist government for its atrocious treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority. Unlike few other Burmese, he has been willing to name openly his government’s actions as ones of war crimes...


Are you ashamed of telling the truth?
Marlon De La Torre
When engaged in conversation it’s not out of the ordinary to assume that the discussion would be sensible and truthful. The last thing we expect to hear is a tale so far-fetched that it makes no logical or moral sense. The irony here is that the basic definition of a conversation is to convey truth. In other words, when engaged in any conversation our natural inclination should be to speak honestly and charitably with a fellow human being and avoid “small talk” which in many instances barely amounts to substantive dialogue...


If you don't think missionary discipleship is the cure, you might not grasp the disease...


Learn how to answer the hard questions about Jesus...
Tom Hoopes
vividly remember idling in a Kansas City Shell station waiting to get gas. Plenty of pumps were free — but I wasn’t. I was listening to author Bart Ehrman debunk New Testament passages on NPR and I didn’t want to miss any of it. It was fascinating not because it was an attack on my faith, but because his critique didn’t sound like an attack at all...


Pope names Msgr. Al Schlert as fifth Bishop of Allentown...
Rocco Palmo
For the last twenty years, Msgr Al Schlert has been the closest collaborator to the last three bishops of Allentown. And now, he's the Fifth Bishop of Allentown. Deciding the next chapter of the 280,000-member upstate Pennsylvania fold in just over six months, at Roman Noon this Tuesday the Pope named the 55 year-old native son as successor to Bishop John Barres...


When you have less than a day at an abbey...
Rick Becker
Wide-eyed and wonderful, Katharine was awed by the rocky terrain as we made our way north from Denver to Virginia Dale. “Look at how high those mountains are,” she said. “Actually, we’re hardly in the foothills yet,” I replied. “The mountains are even higher than this – see those snowy peaks over there?” I pointed off to the west and explained that the mountaintops were so high and cold that the snow never melts there...


The paradoxes of evangelization: Why simply imitating worldly marketing schemes may not be the answer...


Stunner: Ashton Kutcher's show shares pro-life message (warning: autoplay audio)...


This man was abused by a priest, but he’s now a champion of the Church...


Catholic Comedian Jim Gaffigan takes kids to gay pride march, tweets support...


Supreme Court rules 7-2 for religious liberty in Trinity Lutheran case...

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She has Down Syndrome but swam the English Channel—and she’s the first to receive an honorary doctorate...


23 dangerous things you should let your kids do...


Italian newspaper reveals confidential U.S. embassy assessments of Pope Francis...


1,600-year-old basilica found underwater in what was ancient Nicaea...


Wandering in the Star Wars galaxy for forty years...
Sean Fitzpatrick
John Senior once wrote, “It isn’t necessary to document how much our music, architecture, poetry, art from Picasso, Stravinsky, and the Bauhaus to the popular stuff like Star Wars, are idolatries of force.” While it is interesting to see Star Wars ranked with the likes of Picasso and Stravinsky, it is even more interesting to think of Star Wars as part of a pantheon of a forced idolatry that has become the destiny of a generation of lost souls...


How global warming could help cool down the global sexual revolution...


Brides and grooms are living symbols of THE bride and groom...
Bishop Robert Barron
Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna. She has been, all her life, a lovely girl, full of joy and good cheer—and eager to give herself in service to others. Her husband, Nelson, is also a fine person, and he took the courageous step of becoming a Catholic in anticipation of his wedding...


5 things you need to know about the great St. Irenaeus...


We taste-tested 10 hot dogs. Here are the best...


The last 10 years of the Church in China: From the Letter of Benedict XVI to the silence on the arrest of Msgr. Shao Zhumin...


Rescued hostages report kidnapped Filipino priest is still alive...


You're a man, not a rat, so don't take your marching orders from your belly...


Learning hospitality with the Sisters of St. Bridget...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
There are six sisters of the Order of the Most Holy Savior in the United States, and not one of them was born in the United States. Also known as the Sisters of St. Bridget, or the Bridgettines, the six hail from India and Mexico, with some time spent time at the motherhouse in Rome. The order, founded by Saint Bridget of Sweden...


Of coddling demons and auricular confession...


Sci-fi writer John C. Wright reminds us of our true home, beyond the walls of the world...


A layman’s advice to anxious young priests...
David Mills
“I am scared and feel deeply inadequate for the task,” wrote my former student, a young man awaiting priestly ordination. I found his worries kind of charming, and reassuring. Having taught at a Protestant seminary with some very talented but very confident graduates, I wished more of them had gone into their ministries with the same hesitation...


Supreme Court agrees to hear case over same-sex wedding cake...


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