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Pope appoints new president of Pontifical Academy of Sciences


43 incredible photos of U.S. UNESCO sites, present and proposed...


The martyr who got overshadowed by St. Thomas More...
Thomas Craughwell
It’s not Thomas More’s fault. His fame is so widespread that he has put in the shade the only English bishop who had the guts to stand up to Henry VIII, and lost his head because of it. That bishop was St. John Fisher (1469-1535). Certainly, most if not all of the Register’s readers will recognize that name. But let’s face it...


This pro-life talk at Google's headquarters was a surprise hit...


The Silence of the Lambs: Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal?


Center for Medical Progress: Criminal charges in California have been dismissed...


What St. Margaret Mary Alacoque said about devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus...


Why do people embrace things like racism and abortion? Because they live in a world of malignant normality...


Ties that bind in Golden State Warriors locker room: Might those game-day Bible studies be important?
Terry Mattingly
Hello, all of you sports fanatics out there in GetReligion reader land! Yeah, right. I realize there may only be a dozen or so of you, based on the digital silence that has followed most GetReligion posts about sports-news topics. However, I (along with Bobby Ross, Jr., the Texas Rangers acolyte) have bravely soldiered on and written quite a few posts about the God-shaped holes found in the coverage at most mainstream sports-news outlets (hello...


How could this happen? A former destroyer captain explains the U.S.S. Fitzgerald and collisions at sea...


‘Killing's bad 'n all, but how much is too much?’...
Mark Shea
Last time in this space we discussed the false understanding of prudential judgment which imagines it to mean, “If you don’t like what the Church teaches, feel free to blow it off.” We learned that the correct meaning of “prudential judgment” refers to how best, not whether to obey the Church’s guidance. And this brings us to our final point about the Church’s guidance with respect to killing vs...


The importance of ‘Humanae Vitae’, a testimony to the truth...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
A bishop attends a lot of worthy public events and fundraisers. It’s part of the job. And supporting good people doing good things is always a source of satisfaction and hope. But once in a while, an event comes along with an unexpected pleasure. The June 17 luncheon on behalf of our Philadelphia Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary was just that kind of event...


In Italy and beyond, all eyes are on Milan...
Rocco Palmo
While late last week was supposed to be given to the Midsummer Classic – eventful as it was for a June meeting – more pressing developments have pushed the bench to the side... at least, the Stateside one. As ever, news has its ways of disrupting the best-laid plans. Still, as sidetracks go, this instance brings the specter of a blockbuster: the most important personnel choice Pope Francis will make...


Pope Francis speaks to priests...
Bishop Robert Barron
I write these words from the Nuremore Hotel in Monaghan, Ireland, where I am conducting a retreat for the good priests of the Dublin Archdiocese. As I look out at these men, I am reminded of so many of my own relatives on both sides of my family (“Gosh, he looks like Uncle Charlie” and “That one is the spitting image of my cousin Terry”)...


3 reasons why Catholic classical education is a tough sell...
Mark Langley
Genuine Catholic education appears to be a product which doesn’t sell itself. That was a bit of a surprise for me when I was a freshly minted teacher. Naturally, I thought that an excellent school would flourish immediately. Word about the school would spread like an uncontrollable grass fire in the American South West or a brush fire through the Gamba grass in Australia...


Please don't ask me about my sex life...


Here's the full text of the dubia cardinals’ letter asking Pope Francis for an audience...


What is sacred music? The history is more complex than you might think...

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St. John Fisher, Cardinal-Martyr of England...
Stephanie Mann
John Cardinal Fisher, the former Bishop of Rochester—Henry VIII had stripped him of that title—was sentenced to death on June 17, 1535. The sentence pronounced against him brought a flush of color to his sunken cheeks, eyewitnesses remarked. As a traitor, he would be drawn to the place of execution on a hurdle, hanged, cut down still alive and then endure vivisection...


Things Mother Teresa didn’t say: There’s a website for that...


Toronto's National Post: The rise of the radical nuns (i.e., orthodox, habit-wearing sisters)...


Monsignor Bux: We are in a full crisis of faith...


Karen Handel, the winner of Georgia's special congressional election, is a pro-life Catholic...


Is religion comforting? Yes. But not in the way the atheists think...
David Mills
“The single most annoying thing a nonreligious person can say,” writes a Hollywood screenwriter, “... isn’t that religion is oppressive or that religious people are brainwashed.” Dorothy Fortenberry is writing in The Los Angeles Review of Books, not a place you’d expect to find a Catholic explaining why she’s Catholic...


How to deal with suicide when it's related to mental illness...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
I was speaking recently to a young woman whose friend had taken her own life. The friend had always been one of those girls with the biggest smile. But one fall she started acting depressed and within a few months the young girl had attempted suicide multiple times, finally succeeding. The family would tell people that their daughter got sick and died...


Engage in the “battle for the eternal salvation for souls”, wherein Fr. Z beats to quarters...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
A young writer at the increasingly helpful – and descriptive – Crisis in a new must-read offering penned: No happy bromides about non-condemnation can erase Christ’s fifteen warnings about Hell. No heady defense of sin, no tangled jargon on “time” and “space,” can theorize the Four Last Things out of existence. How often do I remind you here of the Four Last Things...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: “Invoke the saints; they are always present in our life”...


Love your enemies, says the Lord. I am coming soon!...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a specific depiction of Christ known as Christ Pantocrator. It was widespread in the ancient world and still is today. The title “Pantocrator” is most often translated into English as “The Almighty One” or “The Omnipotent One.” It comes from the Greek words παντός (pantos, meaning all) and κράτος (kratos...


The studies are clear: Religion fosters more stable marriages...


Why are so many babies born around 8:00 a.m.?


Vatican’s auditor general Libero Milone unexpectedly resigns...


Former slave Julia Greeley’s remains exhumed, laid to rest at cathedral in Denver...
Roxanne King
She was a laywoman, a Catholic convert, an ex-slave — and she is the first person to be buried at Denver’s 105-year-old cathedral. The remains of Servant of God Julia Greeley were recently exhumed from a local cemetery. And on June 7, the 99th anniversary of her death, they were transferred to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception...


Neighborhoods change, but the Lord is an everlasting rock...


How the cost of light has fallen by a factor of 500,000...


A Treasury official in 1866 put his own face on U.S. currency...


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