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Gunmen attack Coptic Christian convoy in Egypt, killing at least 26


Pope taps Bishop Angelo de Donatis as new Vicar of Rome...


A word to those being confirmed...
Bishop Robert Barron
One of the greatest privileges I have as a bishop is the opportunity to preside at the sacrament of Confirmation. A drawback, however, is that I am obligated to conduct over forty Confirmations in roughly a two month period—which means that I become tired, rather quickly, of my own homily! As a result, I’m frequently shifting gears...


Let's face it: Catholicism is weird...
Patrick Coffin
Let’s face it. Catholicism is weird. This is true for ignorant outsiders and for dissenting insiders. Like the Hebrews of old, Catholics are a peculiar people, a people set apart (Deuteronomy 14:2; Psalm 4:3; 1 Peter 2:9). The ethno-hyphenated Catholics (“My sainted grandma was born in Galway and my son is at Notre Dame – so of course we’re Catholic”) are not so weird...


Why Melania and Ivanka Trump wore black to meet the Pope...


What to see while visiting Niagara Falls...
Kevin Di Camillo
If you are going to visit Niagara Falls, there’s one more stop every Catholic-traveller must make: The New York Power Authority on Route 104 between Niagara Falls and Lewiston, NY. It’s right between the Lower Niagara River and the Vincentian Niagara University. You must see this because, by all standards of current political correctness...


Ancient Roman slingshot was as deadly as a .44 Magnum, researchers find...


U.S. First Lady Melania Trump is Catholic, spokeswoman confirms...


Jesus, who loves you, warned frequently about hell...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell...


Liturgical music is a prayer, not a performance...
Stephanie Mann
I have purchased and listen often to many recordings of liturgical music: Gregorian chant, English Recusant polyphony, the great Counter-Reformation polyphonic works of Victoria, Palestrina, Gesualdo, Lassus, and Josquin de Prez; Mass settings by Mozart, Beethoven, Cherubini, Bruckner, and others; motets, sequences, the propers of the Mass for various feast days...


To renew the Church, we have to make parishes central again...


Federal lawsuit over under-filled Whoppers and Reese’s Pieces boxes goes forward...


In North Carolina, there are now more home schoolers than private school students...


Benedict XVI's impact on history will far surpass his successor's, because he echoes the apostles...


President Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican...


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...

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19 points of advice for fighting the devil...
Patti Armstrong
The exorcists I consult occasionally for articles have personally seen a lot of the devil’s theatrics: levitation, room temperature suddenly and drastically dropping, people knowing foreign languages they never studied, foul odors, objects flying and other antics intended to intimidate the exorcist. Yet, we are told not to fear evil...


Before-and-after photos of the California landslide that cut off the New Camaldoli Hermitage...


SDG reviews ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Even skeptics of the franchise must admit, I think, that the Pirates of the Caribbean films have generally aimed higher and been smarter than might have been expected. The 2003 original, subtitled The Curse of the Black Pearl, was an unexpected critical and popular hit that holds up remarkably well — improbably so for a film in an unfashionable period-swashbuckling genre with the same theme-park branding roots as The Haunted Mansion...


On “Collection Thursday” (or “Fauxcension Sunday”) the song remains the same...
Rocco Palmo
To one and all in the Northeast, Nebraska, The Vatican (yet not Italy) – and the handful of other places where this is still Ascension Day – a blessed and buona festa with all its joys and graces... ...to everyone else, no news for you. At least, not 'til the weekend. Given the unique patchwork of how American Catholicism observes this 40th Day of Easter (or...


The First Lady is Catholic? It would appear this story may have been hiding in plain sight...
Terry Mattingly
What we have here is a strange story about a missing news story. To say that the press has dedicated a large amount of ink to Citizen Donald Trump over the past two years would be the understatement of the century. Under normal circumstances, when a man runs for president, the press also does quite a bit of digging into the life and times of the woman who would become the First Lady...


New study: Eastern meditation may trigger fear, anxiety, other ‘distressing’ experiences...


Sean Spicer snubbed? White House press secretary left out of visit to Vatican...


Melania Trump is the first practicing Catholic in the White House since Kennedy, spokeswoman confirms...


A pope and a president and his family in Rome...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Wednesday morning was the first time I woke up, turned on the television, saw Donald Trump, and was at complete peace. (Truth be told I’ve taken to watching cable news as infrequently as possible in recently months.) This morning was his visit to the Holy See to visit with Pope Francis. And it was a supremely civilized one. Such a visit is an official one of heads of state...


Blunting Caesar's Sword: A history of discomfort with killing...
Mark Shea
As we saw last time, the approach of Jesus to the death penalty (and his own radically unjust execution) transforms Christian understanding of our relationship to the state. Jesus’ murder at the hands of men who say, “We have no king but Caesar” (John 19:15) sears into Christians the understanding that the state, while necessary to keep order...


The Donald meets Pope Francis: What did your news sources tell you about common ground?


The gospel tells people who they really are, and what their lives are for...


‘State of emergency’ in the Philippines: Muslims terrorists take hostages in church, behead police officer...


Do you fear the right thing? A meditation on the story of Chicken Little...


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?


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