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Pope to Egypt’s Catholics: Our only ‘fanaticism’ should be love


The case of the Prophet Caiaphas...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Caiaphas speaks the wisdom of this world, recommending evil means in hopes of a desired social end. Yet St. John notes that this earthly-minded high priest prophetically reveals the plan of heaven without knowing it — Jesus has come “to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) Like Balaam in the Book of Numbers...


Will the tiny Christian flock in Taiwan defeat same-sex marriage?
Terry Mattingly
There is no question who LGBTQ activists in Taiwan blame for the fact that their drive to legalize same-sex marriage is having problems. It's the Christians. Thus, there is no question who The Washington Post blames for the fact that same-sex marriage faces strong opposition in Taiwan, a nation that LGBTQ activists have been counting on to blaze a progressive trail for Asia...


Video: Flying across the Atlantic, with a cockpit view of the Milky Way...


French Open champion cherishes his Catholic faith...


This woman laughed during her ninth abortion — until she saw her aborted baby...


God is a farmer...
R. Jared Staudt
We are also farmers, who like St. Paul become fellow laborers not only in the harvest of our own lives, but in others as well. Augustine unpacks this reality further. “God is a farmer, and if he abandons man, man becomes a desert. Man is also a farmer and if he leaves God, he turns himself into a desert as well”. What makes it even more interesting is that Augustine says that we cultivate God as well...


Amid threats and bloodshed, in Egypt, Pope pleads for ‘builders of civility’...
Rocco Palmo
Even for his standard aversion to what had been the usual security precautions of papal travel – bulletproof glass, armored vehicles and the like – in his daily homily on Tuesday, the Pope appeared to acknowledge the particular risk of this weekend's visit to Egypt, but turned back any concern over it with his statement that "if a preacher seeks a life insurance policy...


Where are the 12 Apostles now?
Thomas Craughwell
We hear a lot about the apostles in the gospels of the Easter season. And it makes sense—they are our primary witnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. They saw Him, spoke with Him, ate and drank with Him. And in the case of St. Thomas, who we heard about at Mass this past Sunday, even touched His glorified body. And then Christ sent His apostles out from the familiar lands of Galilee and Judah and into the world to teach all nations...


Doing something even though everything is needed...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The commercial below depicts the common problem of feeling overwhelmed by the all of the need we see around us. There is so much neediness, yet we don’t have sufficient resources to help in every effort or to donate to every worthy cause. The commercial rightly concludes that we can address this feeling by doing. In other words...


Special report: Internal documents show split within Knights of Malta...


Jesus’ mysterious prophecy about the Temple...
Jimmy Akin
Skeptical scholar Bart Ehrman argues that the Gospels were written between A.D. 60 and 115. I’d put the beginning of that range a little earlier and say they were written between 50 and 115, so he and I are in general agreement on the broad time frame in which they were composed. Where we disagree is on the part of the range in which they were written...


How the NASA wake-up call went from an inside joke to a beloved tradition...


Disaster. Vocations. Identity. Liturgy. Prayer. Action item and Fr. Z rants...


Vatican reverses decision, allows Festing to take part in Order of Malta election...


Will Francis follow Benedict or Obama when he speaks to Muslims in Egypt?


A cautionary tale about yoga...


Why do Catholics kiss crosses and statues?

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Bill Nye is a dime-store eugenicist...
Mark Shea
An engineer in a lab coat posing as a philosopher does a pop sci show where he asks, “Should we have policies that penalize people for having extra kids in the developed world?” The term for “extra kids” a few decades back was “nutzlose Fresser” or “useless eaters”. Curiously, those who go about deciding who the “extras” are never number themselves in the ranks of excess humanity...


These Chinese firefighters have some impressive jump rope skills...


3 reasons to do an internet detox...


High rent may doom Catholic chapel that survived 9/11...


Beautiful churches are finally making a comeback...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
While the Second Vatican Council has produced great fruit for the Catholic Church, it must be admitted that there have also been some disastrous consequences. One of the most negative results has been the impact of “the Spirit of Vatican 2” on church architecture. For the last fifty years Catholics around the world have abandoned their timeless architectural and artistic traditions and opted for a utilitarian church design...


Order of Malta elects Fra Giacomo Dalla Torre new Grand Master...


Another option for North Korea...
Victor Gaetan
As military tension with North Korea escalates, it is good to listen to those building bridges, quietly, anonymously, knowing God favors the peacemaker. When Pope Francis visited South Korea two years ago, he met with 14 Maryknoll missionaries, including Father Gerald Hammond, 85, who has lived on the peninsula since 1960. “North Korea-tuberculosis...


12 key points from Pope Francis' Al-Azhar address...


On day one in Egypt, Francis delivers his Regensburg speech...
John Allen
Though Pope Francis avoided the incendiary quotation linking the Prophet Mohammed with violence that stirred protest when used by Pope Benedict XVI at Regensburg, Germany, in 2006, he delivered a similar sort of wake-up call for religious leaders in the Islamic world, insisting that violence is a "negation of every authentic religious expression...


Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II sign joint declaration...


Trump names anti-abortion leader Yoest to top HHS post...


Hippos can't swim. So how do they move through water?


What is the wrath of God?


Pope Francis deploys his power over the past...


Why didn't Christ stay continually with His disciples between His Resurrection and Ascension?


Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines tackle the Eternal City...
Kathy Schiffer
This week University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has led his team to Rome, an extraordinary team bonding experience and a unique opportunity for the players, many of whom had never been outside the U.S. On the Wolverines' agenda: three football practices, cultural immersion, a weekly papal audience, and an opportunity to see Pope Francis up-close and personal...


Burning hearts and open Scriptures: Preparing for the 3rd Sunday of Easter...


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