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Benedict XVI talks resignation, Pope Francis in new book-length interview


Why does God allow violence to exist in the world?


Pope appoints successor to Germany's ‘bling bishop’...


The big news on July 4 could be all about Jupiter...


Washington Post: “As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. And, sometimes, demonic possession...”...


“Hacksaw Ridge”: Mel Gibson's new film about a WWII conscientious objector who won the Medal of Honor...
Kathy Schiffer
“Lord, help me get one more,” he prayed. “One more!” And as bullets flew through the Okinawa air on May 1, 1942, as shells burst around him, Private Desmond T. Doss, a medic in the U.S. Army's 307thInfantry, 77th Infantry Division, lifted first one, then another of his wounded comrades and carried them to safety. Three years later...


Fr. Serra was truly “one of the Founding Fathers of the United States”...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Pope Francis fast-tracked the canonization of Father Serra because the Franciscan friar is an exemplar of faithfulness to responding to the Scriptural mandate to rejoice, an exercise of thanksgiving that reorders priorities and transforms the heart by faithful, loving practice. As Francis is wont to say, living the Gospel in this way...


From the West, the saint of “moving forward”...
Rocco Palmo
It's a fitting kickoff to this holiday weekend: 240 years since Fr Junipero Serra was building his "jewel" mission out West while the Declaration of Independence was signed, for the first time, today the Stateside church marks the feast of the "Apostle of California" as a saint. Thirty years since his beatification...


“The Innocents” is hopeful and life affirming...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
“The Innocents” opens in a Benedictine convent in Poland in 1945, shortly after the event known, not without bitter irony, as the liberation of Poland by the Soviet army. As the nuns lift their voices in song, giving praise to God, a voice is heard making a rather different sound. In response, a young novice slips out of the convent and sets off across the snowy countryside...


Judge blocks Indiana's ban on sex-selective abortion...


Injustice to the poor and the coming Judgment...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Catechism speaks to the theme of injustice to the poor by placing the consideration of this sin in the treatise on 7th Commandment, “Thou shall not steal.” To fail to care for the poor when one can reasonably do so amounts to a form of theft. Our excess belongs to the poor because God intends all the goods of the earth for all the people of the earth...


5 surprising facts from the latest U.S. poll about God and Atheism...
Brandon Vogt
CARA is a national, non-profit research group affiliated with Georgetown University. It conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. Founded in 1964, CARA has three major dimensions to its mission: to increase the Church’s self understanding, to serve the applied research needs of Church decision-makers, to advance scholarly research on religion...


Santa Susanna, the American parish in Rome, puts out the welcome mat for pilgrims to the Eternal City...


How to understand Pope Francis' “apology” to the gay community...


Miracle of technology: Story of Jesus to be released in virtual reality...


“Mercy without works is dead”, Pope says at special Jubilee general audience...

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Interfaith blowback means Francis has hardliners' attention...
John Allen
In general, Pope Francis gets high marks for his inter-religious outreach, which has been a core feature of his papacy from the beginning. Shortly after his election in March 2013, for instance, he went to a juvenile detention center in Rome and included two Muslims among the inmates whose feet he washed. Since then, he’s traveled to Israel and impressed Jews with his commitment to the Jewish/Christian relationship...


Four years after embarrassing China's Communist regime, Bishop Ma Daqin does a mysterious about-face...


How great frigate birds can stay aloft for 56 days without landing...


How to roast the perfect marshmallow...


5 “truth bombs” on obedience from the Catechism...
Matthew Sewell
If our modern society had a list of banned words (heck, we might be close), at the top of the list would probably be obedience. In our world of self-assured decision making and an “I can do what I want” attitude, suggesting the idea that human beings must submit to an authority is basically an equivalent of mortal sin. And yet...


10 inspirations and facts about the First Martyrs of the Church in Rome...


11 things you didn't realize you can wash in the dishwasher...


The dangers of spiritualizing your psychological problems...


Mass-going women are far less likely to commit suicide, new study finds...
Brantly Millegan
Catholic women who attend Mass regularly are far less likely to commit suicide compared to non-religious or even Protestant women, a new study has found. Women who attend religious services of any kind once a week or more are five times less likely to commit suicide than women who don’t. But women who regularly attended Protestant services were still seven times more likely to commit suicide than women who regularly attended the Catholic Mass...


How I came to think differently about Mary...
Mark Shea
It once seemed perfectly obvious to me that Catholics honored Mary too much. All those feasts, rosaries, icons, statues and whatnot were ridiculously excessive. Yes, the gospel of Luke said something about her being "blessed" and yes I thought her a good person. But that was that. People who celebrated her or called her "Mother" or did all the million things which Catholic piety encourages bordered on idolatry...


“You’re acting like a jerk, but...” At the juncture of Justice and Mercy...
Elizabeth Scalia
Writing this week on Pope Francis’ call for the Church to apologize to the gay community, David Mills agrees that apologies must indeed be made. In doing so, he notes that there are Catholics (and other Christians) who are reluctant to say “Amen” to the idea, and — to a point — he understands that reluctance, particularly when some people have lost their livelihoods for the deep social crime of making suitable recommendations to customers while requesting that they take their business elsewhere...


Priest hears confession of man brandishing a gun (warning: autoplay video)...


ISIS claims murder of Coptic priest in Egypt...


Food fight in Florence, Italy, over plans for a new McDonald's near the Duomo...


Meet the man behind the voice of AOL's famous “You've Got Mail” greeting...


Here are the things that Islamists and Secularists agree about...
Tom Hoopes
Many commentators tried to implicate Christians in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando. But might it not be true that Western secularists have more in common with Isis than Christians? The two realities of Islamic extremism and Western consumerism are like shadowy doppelgangers showing up each other’s bankruptcy. Consider


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