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Pope Francis names Matteo Bruni as director of Holy See Press Office


How did Pope Paul VI watch the Moon landing? And is there religion on the Moon? ...
Brother Guy Consolmagno
As everyone has been told, countless times this month, July 20 – the 21st, in Rome – marks the 50th anniversary of the landing of the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon. Here are a few lunar topics probably not covered by most folks remembering that event. As for Pope Paul VI, world leaders were invited to address the astronauts on a world-wide television link-up...


The victory disclosed in Christian death...
Anthony Lilles
A war has been fought in heaven for the life and dignity of each man and woman so that in death all that is good, noble and true might not be taken from us but definitively restored forever. Indeed, the powers of death and corruption have been cast down and sent away empty. The lowly and those who hunger and thirst for justice have been raised on high...


There’s a yoke to be carried in following Jesus. Make sure it’s Jesus’ yoke, not yours...
Msgr. Charles Pope
What is a yoke? It’s a wooden truss that makes it easier to carry a heavy load by distributing the weight across a wider part of the body or by allowing the weight to be shared by two or more people or animals. In the picture above, the woman is able to carry the heavy water more easily with the weight distributed across her shoulders rather than in her hands...


‘The Lion King’ is the most slavish (and pointless) Disney Renaissance remake to date...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
There are two obvious ways to watch Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. It can be seen, first, as a duller, plodding retread of the original 1994 Disney Renaissance landmark. But it can also be seen as a duller, plodding retread of Favreau’s own The Jungle Book, another photorealistic computer-animated talking-animal Disney remake with a leonine villain...


The truth about political correctness...


3 ways we should read Sacred Scripture...
Mark Langley
In scene two of the third Act of Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence cautions Romeo, Wisely and Slow, they stumble that run fast. Now, even those who have not read the play can guess that Romeo probably did not take that advice. Youth is impetuous and although St Thomas says, Man has a natural aptitude for docility even as for other things connected with prudence...


Small graces can lead to abundant blessings...
Elizabeth Anderson
Evil loves the spotlight. It is exceedingly easy to perceive the chain reaction started with evil: abuse perpetuating abuse, bitterness to bitterness, death to death. For this reason it is easier to count those killed by Nazis, or Communists, than to count those encouraged to holiness by Maximilian Kolbe. Likewise, it seems that only when a marriage falls apart do we see how many are touched by that marriage...


Dear National Catholic Reporter, don’t fudge parish numbers...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Last week, the National Catholic Reporter came out with a story about a parish they see as a model parish. However, the story exaggerated the parish reach and it misunderstood the sacrament of orders. St. William Catholic Church is a parish in Louisville run by a layperson. The archdiocesan website lists a lay “Pastoral Administrator...


“The Hour of Power,” Roman Edition...


For Eritrea’s Christians, government is not the solution but the problem...


I really like this new translation of Mark’s Gospel...


How to take your virtues to new, life-changing heights...


Mark insists that Christ is the Son of God...


Pro-life women deliver semitrailer full of supplies, $72,000 to the border...


What Our Lady asks, she obtains...


Apollo 11’s ‘intrepid adventure’: Catholic reflections on the momentous moonshot...


How liberals went from crusading for same-sex marriage to crusading against the sexes in four short years...

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Here’s something to help you understand the readings (and prepare your homily) for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time...
John Bergsma
This Sunday, as we continue to accompany Jesus on his fateful journey to Jerusalem in the Gospel of Luke, we are confronted with a pair of Readings in which human beings host a meal for God: Abraham for the LORD in the First Reading; Martha and Mary for Jesus in the Gospel. But is it really possible for us to “do God a favor” by giving him a nice meal...


Twitter users celebrate Brazilian Priest’s attack while others strike back...


Apollo 11’s giant leap began with medieval Catholic steps...


Discussion of same-sex attraction should be rooted in God’s love, says Courage speaker Avera Maria Santo...


He is here...
David Mills
It may have been partly the bright light, I admit, after all those crepuscular chapels. As soon as I opened the door, before I saw the altar, or the tabernacle, or the crucifix, when all I could see were pews, I felt at home. “Jesus is here,” I thought with complete certainty. My family and I had been received into the Church at the Easter Vigil three months before...


On fascination and fear before Almighty God...


The church vandalism cases in France are starting to get the journalistic attention they deserve...
Clemente Lisi
Spending two weeks in France earlier this summer was a wonderful experience. While I was there to cover the Women’s World Cup, I did get an opportunity to travel extensively throughout Paris and the northern part of the country. During my travels, I walked into a lot of churches. France is one of the few countries I have ever visited where churches were always open...


Must-read NYTimes presentation: Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved...


225 years ago today, the Carmelites of Compiègne went to the guillotine...
Stephanie Mann
When Bastille Day comes around each summer on July 14, I just can’t bring myself to pop the cork on a bottle of Champagne-style California sparkling wine (the kind I can afford). The Fête Nationale commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and its one year anniversary, Fête de la Fédération, when a new government...


Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen resigns amid internal dispute over mission...


What Neil Armstrong and I did on July 20, 1969...
Tom Hoopes
Which has fared better in the past five decades: The Church or the scientific world? I have been thinking a lot about this because I was baptized on July 20, 1969 — the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon. That Sunday, 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong took his first steps on Tranquility Base, while I took my first breaths as a Christian in Tucson...


When men first landed on the Moon, I was at Fenway Park watching a Red Sox game...
Phil Lawler
Sunday, July 20, 1969. Millions of Americans were in front of their television sets, watching coverage of the historic Apollo 11 mission. But it was a lovely afternoon in Boston, the Red Sox were hosting the Baltimore Orioles, and cheap seats were available in the distant right-field grandstand for impecunious college students. To be honest...


Netflix removes suicide scene from ‘13 Reasons Why’ after dramatic spike in teen suicides...


Cardinal Mueller criticizes ‘false teaching’ on revelation in Amazon synod working doc...


It’s time to decide — A reflection on a question from Elijah...


NASA’s legendary Gene Kranz describes his instrumental role in the Apollo 11 mission...


Our Lady of Carmel, St. Simon Stock, and the Brown Scapular...
Tom Perna
July 16 is the feast day of Our Lady of Carmel, a very important feast day in the life of any Carmelite and really anyone that wears and has a devotion to the Brown Scapular. The story of the Brown Scapular and Our Lady of Carmel begins with a Carmelite saint known as St. Simon Stock. In the mid 13th century, Simon Stock, entered the Carmelite Order in Kent...


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