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5 possibilities for a grand Catholic experiment in ‘open innovation’...
John Allen
In what could either be seen as a remarkable blow for democracy in the Church, or as a craven ploy for publicity about an asset otherwise consigned to obscurity, the Salesian religious order has thrown open a choice to the public that’s usually reserved to authority. At issue is this: What to do with a property which, not so long ago...


Will everyone go to Heaven?
John Bergsma
I think part of our contemporary struggle with the doctrines of heaven and hell is that we have an inadequate idea of what each place is like. Most Americans probably think of heaven as like a Disney World in the sky, guarded by gates and either St. Peter, or Jesus, or some angels as gate-keepers. You can get into the eternal amusement park if you've done more "good" than "bad" in your life...


Relevant Radio purchases Salem Media stations for $17.7 million, increases reach to 220 million people ...


To found a school...
R. Jared Staudt
I’m joyfully anticipating Bl. John Henry Newman’s canonization on October 13th, a momentous day for the Church and for Catholic education in particular. Newman wrote the most comprehensive and in depth work on the nature of Catholic education in his Idea of a University. The book arose from a series of addresses he gave to the faculty of the university he founded in Dublin...


We are lonely people in search of home. What is missing? From what have we cut ourselves off?


Drawn near to the Real Presence of Jesus Christ...
Anthony Lilles
In the Eucharist, Christ's countenance shines with a personal energy that the Church calls "Real Presence." He is wholly surrendered to us in a way that is meant to bring His passion to bear in our lives. Not passive, He actively enters into our company and knocks at the door of our hearts. He shines on us and evokes the deepest and most tender desires...


Iraqi church formerly defaced by ISIS rededicated on Assumption feast...


Catholic fiction has 3 problems: writers afraid to write, publishers afraid to publish, readers afraid to read...
Elizabeth Scalia
It’s been nearly a decade since poet and USC Professor Dana Gioia wrote an essay urging Catholic writers to “renovate and reoccupy” their own tradition within the literary culture, and it is a discussion that has been ongoing among Catholics since then—part of a broad pondering of what the “Christian imagination” means in the twenty-first century...


The Assumption of Mary is a historical fact with biblical roots...


12 things to know and share about the Assumption of Mary...
Jimmy Akin
August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday). What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? Here are 12 things to know and share...


Legionaries of Christ will publish list of credibly accused priests “soon”...


Meet the almost-100-year-old priest who knew St. Maximilian Kolbe...


A lament on the shrinking of summer...


Visiting G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and John Henry Newman: An England pilgrimage (with photos)...
Brandon Vogt
In June 2019, my wife and I flew to England on a pilgrimage to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. We spent five days in London and three in Oxford. Our goal was to see and pray at all the sites associated with G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and John Henry Newman, who have each massively impacted our faith and family...


This feature about the fired ESPN staffer who became a Catholic priest gets religion — half of it anyway...


Letting weeping spend the night...


Want to be a great storyteller (or homilist)? First, break these bad habits...

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The battle is engaged — choose your sides!...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The readings this Sunday speak of a great cosmic battle that is taking place all around us. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of it vividly and of his own mission to engage our ancient foe and to gather God’s elect back from the enslaving clutches of Satan, who was a murderer and a liar from the beginning (cf John 8:44). As Jesus approaches Jerusalem for the final time...


National collegiate group fans flames of faith in athletes...


The Bishop of Amsterdam explains Mary to Protestants...


5 must-have school supplies to keep kids on the path to Heaven...
Mary Jo Gerd
It’s that time again when moms and dads across this great land finish checking off a mile-long list of obscure, annoyingly specific school supplies. We scour the internet, traipse through aisle after aisle of every big box store and office supply emporium around, trying to find the correct color, brand, and amount, at the right price...


Apologetics vs. evangelization? Argument and witness for the sake of others...
Jeff Mirus
The purpose of evangelization is to make Christ and the Church known to others so that they might receive the gift of faith and choose to convert to Christianity. It is a work accomplished in close collaboration with the Holy Spirit. The purpose of apologetics, on the other hand, is to clear away obstacles to faith by demonstrating that the claims about Christ...


Heroism and priesthood, Dachau and Amazonia...
George Weigel
In late June, I visited the concentration camp at Dachau, located in a wooded suburb a few miles from downtown Munich. The camp site struck me as rather too neat: virtually all of the huts in which hundreds of thousands of prisoners lived, starved, and died are gone, and the atmosphere, despite a blistering hot afternoon, was antiseptic...


What should we do about the loss of belief in the Real Presence?


Italy’s August break recalls that faith may be universal, but Vatican is particular...


Livestreamed DC ‘Theology on Tap’ Q&A prompts investigation of National Shrine rector Msgr. Walter Rossi...


Liberal white Catholic parish vs. new conservative black priest = clumsy Oregonian story...
Julia Duin
I attended college in southwest Portland; my first newspaper reporting job was just south of town; I have multiple friends in the area and my brother was an Oregonian reporter for 36 years. In other words, I know a thing or two about the area, its people and the local media. Religion coverage at the Oregonian has had some definite highs and lows in past decades...


NBC News report: At fertility clinics, abandoned embryos could number in the millions...


An astonishing miracle of Divine Mercy at Auschwitz...
K.V. Turley
I have visited Auschwitz only once. It is not a place to which I wish to return any time soon. Although that visit was many years ago, Auschwitz is a place one does not forget. Whether it is the large silent rooms with glass screens, behind which lie the stacked remains of the confiscated clothes and luggage, spectacles and identity cards or (worse still) the extracted teeth or hair from the inmates of that concentration camp; or...


‘With El Paso a line has been crossed in our nation...’...
Archbishop José Gomez
All week long, I’ve been praying and reflecting on the mass shootings in California, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. El Paso hit me in a personal way. My family is Mexican and American, and we trace our roots back to the early 1800s in what is now Texas; I lived much of my adult life there, including my five years as Archbishop of San Antonio...


15-year-old blocks LGBT pride march in Poland with crucifix and rosary...


Watch Nightcrawler help Wolverine reconcile with God in ‘X-Men: The Animated Series’...


Please, stop talking about ‘values’...


This Sunday’s Mass readings can be unsettling. This will help you get their meaning... ...


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