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President Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican


Do you fear the right thing? A meditation on the story of Chicken Little...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Fear is a complex passion. On the one hand, there are things that we ought to fear such as grave physical and spiritual dangers. The fear of being near the edge of a cliff might well save our life. The fear of serious sin and the punishment we might experience or the offense to God (who loves us) is both appropriate and holy. Sadly...


The 65 best photos of the 2017 ‘Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’...


A member of the Medjugorje Commission explains the Pope’s skepticism...


What is a spiritual director, and why should you get one?


Dear Time editors: The Kremlin is not a church...
Terry Mattingly
I have been on the road for almost a week, joyfully busy with family life. I kept glancing at news email and, let's see, what was there to talk about? That would be: Russia. Russia. And more Russia. Oh, and lots more Russia. Among my fellow Orthodox Christians, there was lots of laugh-to-keep-from-crying chatter about a certain magazine cover...


Retiring NFL official Butch Hannah recounts apology he received from Peyton Manning...


Why did St. Paul get arrested at Philippi?


Diocese of Wichita (with only 115,000 Catholics) to ordain 10 new priests, 10 transitional deacons this month...


My finest hour in New York...
Rick Becker
It’s complicated, but decades ago I lived in Manhattan with a bunch of Mennonites. I had a room in their Gramercy Park townhouse for a few months, and the rent was cheap-cheap-cheap. The room was no bigger than a closet – actually, it originally had been a closet – but I only slept there, so it didn’t matter. The rest of the time I wandered around the city...


How to read the Bible: Slowly, and sport with the words...
Nicholas Frankovich
We would value the written word more if we didn’t have so much of it. Street signs, product labels, instruction manuals, tax forms, blog posts, e-mails, text messages . . . What would Gutenberg say? “That’s not what I had in mind”? The pace at which we produce and consume writing is out of control. A speed-reading tactic that we adopt often without realizing it is to refrain from mentally vocalizing the words as we push our eyes to devour chunks of text as big as possible...


Thousands march for life in Rome...


Living the lessons of love: A homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter...


This dinosaur is the most impressive fossil we've ever seen...


6th Sunday of Easter: We are simultaneously risen, rising, and about to rise...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Allow me to digress a little about the concept of “memory”. St. Augustine of Hippo (430) makes a connection between recordatio and memoria in a letter to his childhood friend and fellow convert Nebridius (ep. 7). For Augustine, memory was the place of encounter between the self and God in what he calls beata vita, the “blessed life”...


If St. Thomas Aquinas were alive today, he would surely inquire into quantum physics, relativity, genetics...


The holiness of tomorrow: The extended form of the Vigil Mass for Pentecost in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal...


Cardinal Caffarra: Satan is hurling at God the “ultimate and terrible challenge”...

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Survey: What do you want/need from the Church in order to “live” NFP?
Jenny Uebbing
Last week’s guest post struck quite a nerve for many of my readers (something to the tune of 30,000 views on Facebook, which is a substantial nerve!) As I read through the dozens and dozens of thoughtful, sometimes heartbreaking comments, I wanted to reach through the screen and ask every single one of you: What do you need? What do you need to help you continue in this radical...


This viral video of an adorable, funny toddler is so entertaining! Why do I hate it?
Elizabeth Scalia
I mean, no 2-3 year old, no matter how bright, does this without a LOT of prompting. And little Mila is a great little actress, but still...the video makes me uncomfortable. The camera cuts, the angles, the changing hairstyle tells us that this took hours of time to produce. This is an intentional marketing of the child — not a spontaneously “cute” moment captured on camera and shared — which is troubling enough...


Don't let a foolish idea go unchallenged...
Anthony Esolen
Father, I must confess: I have made comments on social media. There is at least one thing that social media illuminate, and that is the unwillingness or the incapacity of people to reason. I attribute it in part to “critical thinking,” which turns otherwise intelligent people into perpetual sophomores, ready to play what they think is the ace of trumps...


Padre Pio and the miracle man of Belfast...


Real renewal starts from below...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I remember as an Anglican priest Archbishop George Carey launched a big initiative called “The Decade of Evangelism.” It was more like “The Decay of Evangelism.” It was a big flop. From time to time in every church the leaders feel they must give evangelism and renewal the old college try. They form committees and the committees form working parties and the working parties form action teams and the action teams form focus groups and the focus groups organize deanery meetings and the deanery meetings promote parish surveys and the parish surveys recommend parish discussion groups and the discussion groups decide that the diocese should do more to promote evangelism...


In praise of the only Vatican dicastery not involved in reform right now...
Andrea Gagliarducci
The Pontifical Council for Culture turned 35 years old on May 20. It is perhaps the only among Vatican dicasteries not to be involved in projects of reform. Yes, it was thought that it was going to be merged in a single department with the Secretariat for Communications, but that plan until now came undone. The truth is that 35 years later...


Church, world Leaders condemn Manchester attack and pray for victims...


Meet the Catholic mother raising 15 children alone...


Newsflash: Just because you know what virtue is does not mean you are virtuous...
Mark Langley
Now I know that there are many of you who are just naturally charitable. You easily empathize with the suffering of others and you have a spontaneous instinct to do anything you can to help others carry their crosses and lighten their burdens. Whether sheltering and feeding the rest of us in our travels, lending money to us in times of need...


A joyful pregnancy announcement in a culture that doesn't approve...
Denise Renner
I didn’t expect the same level of excitement after announcing this pregnancy. After all, we had an ample dose of the cultural and medical perspective with the birth of our second child: You have a healthy girl and boy, you can be done now. Your family is “complete.” But we have always been open to new life, have prayed for more children...


The custom of giving the ‘manutergium’ to priests' moms is making a comeback...


Another scarlet jolt: With firsts all around, Pope adds 5 more red hats...


51 spectacular pictures from National Geographic's ‘2017 Travel Photographer of the Year’ contest...


An image of dying and rising in a touching animation...


Pope Francis calls June 28 consistory to create 5 new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos, El Salvador...


Trump chooses Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, White House confirms...


Greg Maddux, Jesus Christ and the Sword of the Spirit...


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