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Pope tells 'haggard' Europe that human dignity is key to renewal


Thank God for the little and mysterious pleasure of yawning...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Yawning is an involuntary action that causes us to open our mouths wide and breathe in deeply. It is involuntary since it occurs even before we're born: Yawning is evident even by 11-week-old fetuses. The video at the bottom of the post is a remarkable 3-D video of a baby yawning in the womb...


What are the best graduate programs in Catholic theology? Here are Scott Hahn's picks...


Pope talks ‘state terrorism,’ sex abuse in airborne press conference...
John Allen
Pope Francis said that while the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and other extremist groups represent a real threat, so, too, does “state terrorism” that he said breeds “anarchy of another level.” In remarks to reporters on the papal airplane at the end of a daylong trip to Strasbourg, Francis did not single out any specific state as guilty of terrorism...


Francis and autism and worship: All may be one?
Elizabeth Scalia
Ever since October’s Synod on the Family issued its final relatio — which managed to pay one line of lip-service to single parents, Katrina Fernandez has been feeling all-too-keenly aware of how detrimental it can be for a church to label-and-divide the flock for tailored worship and social events. When the news broke that Pope Francis would be meeting with families living with autism...


Why families and grandparents need each other...
Mitchell Kalpakgian
The art of living well not only depends on the virtues of motherhood and fatherhood and the parents’ commitment to the total well being of children in mind, body, and soul but also on the presence of the extended family. In older cultures and earlier times, the notion of “the nuclear family” was a foreign idea: newlyweds worked and lived near their relatives...


Video: Why you shouldn't try to outrun a grizzly bear (warning: autoplay video)...


Address to the European Parliament (Strasbourg, France)...
Pope Francis
ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT STRASBOURG 25 NOVEMBER 2014 Mr Secretary General, Madame President Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to address this solemn session which brings together a significant representation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe...


Of Flies and Men...
Fr. James Schall
By my calculations, my room, recently renovated, currently contains two flies. Each seems to be of a different make. There are 217 different kinds of flies, a critter with two sets of wings. I do not know to which species these two flies belong. One strikes like a baseball; the other is more flighty. Each, no doubt...


St. Francis Xavier’s body on public display in Goa ‎...


Love of the world fuels the fear of death...


Just when you think you have Pope Francis figured out, he surprises you...


Cardinal Sarah's appointment paves the way for a new Roman Curia...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Cardinal Robert Sarah has been appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments -- a decision that sets a decisive tone for Curial reform. The cardinal's first steps have been announced to the heads of the Vatican's dicasteries during their meeting with the Pope this morning...


At the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Franciscan Polity 101...


We can expect clarity and leadership from Cardinal Sarah...


Watch NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham score a spectacular TD with a one-handed catch...


This week's featured guest in "How I Pray": Jimmy Akin...


For the "new CDW", a new kind of prefect...

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Dealing with the family drug addict or alcoholic at Thanksgiving...
Rebecca Hamilton
I don’t know what it is about the holidays. All I know is that the family alcoholics/drug addicts cannot stand the happiness that might happen at this time of the year. So, they rouse themselves from their self-absorbtion and go to work, manufacturing crises and doing everything in their power to pull the rest of the family into the traumas of their own devising...


Two good choices from the "Vatican film list"...
Steven Greydanus
Among recent home-video releases from the Criterion Collection are a pair of celebrated art films recognized by the Vatican nearly 20 years ago in a remarkable document often called the “Vatican film list.” Released by the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications in 1995 to mark the 100th anniversary of the motion picture...


Ferguson sounds an alarm on the conscience...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Have that awful feeling that comes from a nation seeming to be gawking at evil this morning? It was a bit like tuning into CSI Ferguson last night, as I commented on National Review Online. Archbishop Richard Carlson’s plea for peace to the people in Ferguson — and those who have gathered there — is a ping to the conscience of us all...


Beauty serving truth: The Vatican Museums...
John Zmirak
As Christians we believe a long list of things that seem unlikely, though not impossible. We hold that the human race is more than the accidental byproduct of random selection. That the human mind is more than the side effect of electrochemical fireworks inside our fragile, organic brains. That our actions in fourscore or fewer years on this planet carry significance that will outlast every galaxy...


NFL star walks away from $37 million contract to serve God as a farmer...


Question from an Orthodox reader: Why be Catholic?
Mark Shea
I basically never had any big issues with the papal claims. It seems to me self-evident that papal primacy saturates the NT. Peter is obviously seen, in all four gospels, as the head of the apostolic college. He is clearly the spokesman for the group, asking all the dumb questions, singled out for all the big honors...


Pope to Europe: Get your social and spiritual house in order...


Anglicans wonder why no one comes to church on Sunday...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
An article in the Daily Telegraph ponders why the number of people attending parish churches in England continues to plummet. While attendance at cathedral worship is up, the number of worshippers in the local churches is in free fall. The Anglicans, of course, are not the only ones. All the churches in the Western ...


6 amazing Catholic Thanksgiving facts you need to know...
Taylor Marshall
When you're sitting down for that wonderful feast on Thursday, here are 6 interesting Catholic Thanksgiving Facts you can share with your family. Print them out and read them aloud over some pumpkin (or pecan) pie! Your history teacher probably forgot to teach you that Squanto, the native American hero of the Pilgrim's first Thanksgiving was Catholic...


The preferential option for life...


The Democracy Alliance: How a secretive group of donors helps set the progressive agenda...


Love: Reuniting the objective and subjective...


A couple of notes about the new Prefect of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments...


Today is the Feast of St. Chrysogonus...


Did Adam and Eve really exist?


Pope appoints Bishop Don Hying as shepherd of Diocese of Gary...


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