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Questions on sexuality loom large in newly-released ‘instrumentum laboris’ for youth synod


Pro-choicers erase the child...
David Mills
Most editors would have let it go. The young writer had described a law “allowing abortion up to 12 weeks.” She believed strongly in the right to life, but she was writing with journalistic efficiency, and her editors evaluated her work by a readability score. She used the phrase most journalists would have used. Short, quick...


The Catholic vision of just immigration reform...
J.D. Flynn
A Honduran woman says that federal immigration authorities took her daughter from her arms as she breastfed the child. When she reached out for her daughter, she says she was handcuffed; she stood powerless as her daughter was taken away. The woman was in a detention center - a jail - in Texas. She was waiting to be prosecuted for illegal entry into the United States...


Mrs. K’s curtain call: A drama teacher’s life and death at a New Jersey Catholic high school...


St. Gregory of Nyssa’s amazing explanation for the Holy Eucharist...
Stephen Beale
If the truth of the Eucharist has ever seemed strange to you, that’s because it should. St. Paul said, “We preach Christ crucified, to the Jews indeed a stumbling block, and to the Gentiles foolishness.” The Eucharist is the enduring testament to the reality of the crucifixion of God Incarnate. So it is fitting that the Eucharist is its own stumbling block for some...


The man who went to the North Korean place that ‘doesn’t exist’...


Mark Twain claimed he got his pen name from a riverboat captain. He may have actually gotten it in a saloon...


The enduring mystery of the Ghent Altarpiece, the world's most-stolen painting...


This soon-to-be-beatified daughter of a Spanish Civil War victim became instrumental for Opus Dei...


Flagging down America's last ‘request stop’ train in Alaska...


Does Jesus forbid self-defense?


The 18 best pocket and folding knives for everyday use...


Why this Baptist’s favorite place to pray is his local Catholic parish church...


The summery gift of ‘The Snowman’...
Rick Becker
Now that the thermometer has popped into the nineties a couple times, it’s summer. Forget the calendar. There’s sunshine and languid afternoons and a blessed freedom to do nothing, to expect nothing. It’s an ideal moment for a tribute to Raymond Briggs’s exquisite picture book, The Snowman (1978). And when I say picture book...


If you can use anything, Lord, you can use me...


Archaeological evidence of Pontius Pilate and his station corroborates Gospel...


Liberal media’s freaky Father’s Day...


Archdiocese of New York to appeal court decision to move Archbishop Sheen’s body...

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Nun stories are back in the secular news...
Carrie Gress
After being dismissed as relics of the past, nuns and women religious have been making a social and spiritual come back over the last several decades. While Catholic media has been watching these women closely, the secular media is finally beginning to take note of these remarkable women. The remarkable tale of starlet actress...


5 essential elements needed for small groups to thrive in your parish...
Marcel LeJeune
Disciples make other disciples. Disciples help other disciples mature. Programs can be avenues for these things to happen, but they still rise and fall based on people! Jesus didn't have a program, but he still had a mission, a vision, and a strategy. It is ok to use programs, as long as we are still using the same mission...


Meet the Catholic man who invented the World Cup...


Chris Pratt boldly professes ‘God is real, God loves you’ at MTV Movie Awards...


Fix me, Jesus, fix me – 3 reasons why even our spiritual life needs fixing...
Msgr. Charles Pope
When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I ever asked admitted that prayer was difficult...


‘He must decrease that I might increase’ — Yoga inflates your ego, say researchers...


Before the current ‘Dixie cups,’ U.S. Navy sailors liked the distinctive ‘flat hat’ and wore it for 111 years...


Canada’s Supreme Court rejects country’s only Christian law school over its LGBT stance...


7 of the world's wackiest interchanges and intersections...


Let’s double down on love — at the beginning of life and at the border...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
There’s long been what friends of mine have fairly called a “lazy slander” against pro-lifers, that we cease to care about a mother and her child after the baby is born. But that ceases to be a slander and becomes a challenge to meet when headlines talk about mothers being separated from their children at the border. Even when it’s a slander...


Fathers' letters full of love and wisdom...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘We need the courage of trust and the humility of abandonment to God’...


This supercomputer can calculate in 1 second what would take you 6 billion years...


‘Incredibles 2’ recalls (but doesn't quite recapture) the brilliance of the original...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
As The Incredibles in its day towered over the Hollywood animation landscape of the last decade, so in some measure does Incredibles 2 in this decade — but what a different and diminished landscape it is today. Those were Pixar’s glory days, but not only Pixar. DreamWorks looked like serious competition for Disney back then...


The real Tag brothers’ story is better than the movie...
Tom Hoopes
The movie Tag, in theaters June 15, may not be worth watching, but the story it is based on is well worth hearing. The movie is a raunchy take on a very sweet tale. It’s about Father Sean Raftis and nine childhood friends who have played an elaborate, coast-to-coast game of tag for nearly 30 years, a game that has meant that...


In his performance at the Tony Awards, Bruce Springsteen praises the wonders of his Catholic childhood...


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