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Personal conversion needed to confront Satan’s lies, Pope Francis says in Lent message


Dioceses in northern Italy suspend Mass during coronavirus outbreak...


Sin is first in the will: a brief lesson in morality from Lady Macbeth...
Mark Langley
Of all the authors we should compel our students to read, surely no one is so foolhardy as to demand a reason for reading Shakespeare. I can forgive the one who asks, why should students read Aeschylus? Or why do you force them to read Thucydides? But this is only because these authors are ancient Greeks and therefore might appear (at first glance) to be so remote...


The confessional seal, the Pope and progressives, and more...
Phil Lawler
A week after its release, Querida Amazonia—or, to be more accurate, the reaction to the papal document—remains the top news story of this week. But it shouldn’t be. The most important story, in my view, is the law that took effect in the Australian state of Victoria, requiring priests to break the confessional seal if they are told about abuse of children...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: Ask God for the strength to love your enemies...


The cycle of hatred and revenge ends with me...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger and retribution to a higher level. Most likely...


7th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Turning the other cheek...
John Bergsma
This Sunday’s Readings include some of the best known—and hardest to practice—passages from the Gospel, including Jesus famous command to “turn the other cheek.” Biblical scholarship can only go so far in elucidating some of Jesus’ challenging commands; beyond that, we need the saints. Our Readings start off showing the continuity between Jesus’ teachings and the Old Testament...


Is coffee good for you? Yes! But it depends on the kind of coffee and the quantity...


Atheist Twitter account unwittingly admits God’s power and Christians respond...


Jean Vanier and total depravity...


Pope Francis: Canon law revision project is concluding...


Are your kids difficult in Mass? What every Catholic parent of young children needs to hear...


“Greater love hath no man” — 89-year-old crossing guard fatally struck by car at Kansas parochial school while saving two kids ...


A test for pridefulness...


Storms over the Emerald Isle...


Do not underestimate the power of your love to do something real in the people you love...
John Cuddeback
The power of will is astounding in what it can effect in us, and in others, every day. Human life is always about presence. And presence cannot be taken for granted. As Thomas Aquinas notes, absence is opposed to presence. Often we are separated in some way or absent from those that we love. Certain kinds of absence we cannot remove...


A well-stocked pantry and a shriven soul: Why you should always be prepared for disaster...
Fr. Victor Feltes
On October 9th, 1859, the first Marian apparition in the United States (since approved by the Catholic Church as “worthy of belief – although not obligatory”) occurred near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Adele Brise, a 28-year-old Belgian immigrant, was walking eleven miles home from Sunday Mass when she saw a beautiful lady with long...


Bari trip gives Pope a chance to help save Christianity in the Middle East...
John Allen
During the Roman Empire, the entire Mediterranean region was known as Mare Nostrum, “Our Sea.” It was an imperial assertion of dominance, of course, but it also reflected the idea that the peoples of the Mediterranean are linked by geography and destiny, sharing a common fate. In a nutshell, that’s the same intuition that will carry Pope Francis to the Italian costal city of Bari on Sunday...

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Tim Tebow says he’d rather be known for saving babies than winning Super Bowls...


On losing one’s faith without even knowing it...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
There is a memorable character in the Graham Greene novel A Burnt Out Case named Rycker who is a former monk who has left to get married. He is living in mortal sin, but he thinks the dryness of his spiritual life is because he is going through “the dark night of the soul.” So deluded by his own spiritual pride he imagines that he is a great saint who is suffering for Jesus...


Batman, Ash Wednesday and the power of symbols...


What do Oprah and Michelle have that Bernie and Bloomberg need?
Terry Mattingly
Let’s say that you are the leader of a social-service program operated by African-American activists at a Pentecostal or evangelical megachurch in the Bible Belt. Or maybe you are the leader of a non-profit religious school operated by evangelicals, Catholics or Orthodox Jews. What did you learn about religious liberty disputes that are crucial to the future of your faith-based work...


Where in the world: The biggest ‘diocese’ you have never heard of...
K.V. Turley
The Catholic Church in the British Overseas Territories of the southern Atlantic Ocean is governed by two ecclesiastical jurisdictions: the Apostolic Prefecture of the Falkland Islands and the Ecclesial Mission sui iuris of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Both of these are directly responsible to the Holy See. From the 18th century onwards this large ecclesial territory was a mission field for the French and then the Spanish...


Why are most airplane seats blue?


This Sunday, the hard teaching that changed the world...
Tom Hoopes
“Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus says in the Gospel this Sunday, the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). If you look at that injunction the wrong way, it can look like God wants “perfectionism” or that we will always fall short of God’s ideal. But for 2,000 years of Christianity, it has not been taken that way — instead...


Patron saint of the internet? Carlo Acutis to be beatified...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Ven. Carlo Acutis is the ideal candidate for the patron saint of the internet. He created a database of Eucharistic miracles on a website so people could find out about them all while he was still a teenager. If you’ve seen a traveling exhibit with displays on different Eucharistic miracles, this is based right off his site. On Friday...


L’Arche reports multiple counts of sexual misconduct by founder Jean Vanier...


The clerical cassock: A black badge of courage...


At private ad limina meetings, Pope Francis talks euthanasia with U.S. bishops, says “he felt he’d been used” after Fr. James Martin photo op...


4 ways of thinking that will drive you (and other people) crazy...


Diocese of Harrisburg files for bankruptcy amid new sex abuse lawsuits...


Assisted suicide bills are driven by contempt for disabled people...


How rapidly is the universe expanding? The growing crisis in cosmology...


The broomstick hoax and the truth about Galileo...


A diagram of the 100 most-spoken languages in the world...


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