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Pope appoints new bishops for Nashville and Jefferson City


‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and the theology of murder...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Et voilà. The cold corpse lay in Compartment #2 of the Orient Express, stabbed twelve times, no murder weapon, no obvious motive, victim’s pistol ready under the pillow, door locked and chained from within, mysterious clues (or blinds) littered about, a broken watch, a ghostly intruder, a scarlet kimono, a perfect murder and a perfect crime—even given two unforeseen circumstances for the murderer to navigate: first...


Could Zimbabwe be on the brink of a transformative ‘Catholic moment?’...
John Allen
Looking back over the 20th century, there clearly were certain moments when inspired Catholic leadership, either in Rome or in the trenches, and sometimes both, galvanized the Church in ways that triggered the transformation of entire societies. The role played by key Catholic statesmen in building a new order for Europe after World War II is one example...


Cardinal di Montezemolo, longtime Vatican diplomat, dies at age 92...


America has two Catholic tribes. What to do about it? Not much...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
As I travel around the country visiting parishes and speaking at conferences I am constantly amazed at the reality of two separate Catholic churches existing together with practically no conversation between them. On the one hand we have what might be called the American Liberal Catholic Elite. They occupy most of the academic institutions...


Louis Braille: The blind Catholic musician who invented touch-reading...


Clear doctrine strengthens the Church...
Fr. George Rutler
The Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas has been made a shrine, for the massacre there has left it a hallowed place for mourners. A red rose marks where each of the victims died, and then there is one pink rose. That is for the unborn baby that died in the womb. To the frustration of some, Texas is one of 38 states that recognize an infant in utero as a victim when the mother is assaulted...


“I therefore order the following”: Francis bets even more on the nuncios, including the black sheep...
Sandro Magister
The resolution with which Pope Francis endows the Vatican secretariat of state with a third section on an equal level with the two already existing is in a letter that he wrote in mid-October to cardinal secretary of state Pietro Parolin. The following is the executive part of the pope’s letter: “In the conviction, therefore...


Fr. Solanus Casey, ‘a humble and faithful disciple of Christ,’ beatified in Detroit...


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom...


SDG reviews ‘The Star’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Two of my favorite Bible movies are animated films that came out within a couple of years of each other nearly two decades ago. One is the brilliant 2000 stop-motion Jesus movie The Miracle Maker, co-created by U.K. and Russian animators who also collaborated on a series of Old Testament shorts (Testament: The Bible in Animation)...


Muslims are converting to Christianity in record numbers...
Patti Armstrong
“We are in a time of the first ever mass conversions of Muslims,” Father Mitch Pacwa SJ told me in a phone interview. “God is doing a mighty work among them.” Pacwa is a host for EWTN radio and TV, a frequent pilgrim guide to the Holy Land and is fluent in 13 languages including Arabic. He is considered an expert on the Middle East and produced the DVD Christianity & Islam: Are We at War...


Things really are changing. Prepare for the new Puritanism...


“Nothing will be as it was!”—In the Council and Francis, the Church's “new consciousness”...


The story of an underground Catholic priest in China...


In ‘Justice League,’ DC Comics’ biggest heroes are together on the big screen at last...


It’s summertime in Antarctica, so bask in these 36 photos...


Report: US bishops choose 4 delegates for 2018 Synod...

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The Lord describes Hell with powerful images. But we do well to understand its subtle horrors as well...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Part of what makes Jesus’ teaching on Hell difficult is the severe imagery He uses. In pointing to Hell, he seems to point to its deepest pits. He warns of eternal fire, undying worms, and wailing and grinding of teeth. Rather than lingering on philosophical descriptions or on the more subtle aspects of suffering, Jesus goes to the deepest aspects of the sufferings of Hell...


Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly began its operations Nov. 9. The new section is named “Section for the Diplomatic Staff,” and is tasked with overseeing the Holy See’s diplomatic corps, stationed around the world. Archbishop Jan Romeo Pawlowski has been appointed to helm the third section...


Following poster of St. Peter’s attack, ISIS releases new image of ‘beheaded’ Pope Francis...


DC’s newly-opened Museum of the Bible highlights the Holy Book and time-honored treasures...
Thomas McDonald
Every museum has its controversies, but few topics are more filled with potential pitfalls than the Bible and its history. The Museum of the Bible, which opened to the public Nov. 18, embraces those controversies, creating a multimedia space that explores the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures in all of their many confounding aspects...


Make room at the table and in your heart for your forgotten friends on Thanksgiving...


Hell has to be...


Care for the poor, says Pope Francis, for “they are your passport to paradise”...


The loudest underwater sound ever recorded has no scientific explanation (UPDATE: It was probably an ice quake, NOAA says)...


Live from Friar Field: A Blessed for Detroit...
Rocco Palmo
It's like deja vu – this time, just bigger. Much bigger. Less than two months since the first-ever beatification of a priest on US soil, today in Detroit brings an even more massive moment, as the Church takes over the city's NFL field and a crowd of 75,000 witnesses the rites elevating the beloved local Capuchin Fr Solanus Casey to the step before sainthood...


Have women you love left the faith? Here's why...
Carrie Gress
I recently spoke on Catholic Answers about Mary and the modern woman. A man called in asking about his daughter, saying that although he homeschooled her and taught her the catechism, at 17, she now had little regard for the Church. It was clear he was struggling with how he had failed her. Based on what he told me, this concerned dad was not the problem...


God’s Elect in the First Epistle of Clement...
Jimmy Akin
Calvinist theology places a great deal of emphasis on the concept of God’s elect. The term “elect” is taken from the Greek word eklektos, which means “chosen.” In Calvinist thought, the elect are those that have been chosen by God to be saved on the last day. The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “God hath appointed the elect unto glory” (3:6)...


Father Solanus Casey is still working miracles...


I think I’ve figured out who the Magi are...


Pope Francis addresses Pontifical Academy for Life: “Euthanasia is always wrong”...


Married priests can’t make up for missionary failure...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
It is not quite right to say that married priests are coming to the Catholic Church — they have been here for quite some time. But recent decisions by Pope Francis mean that something new is almost certainly coming in a few years — the ordination of married men to the priesthood for the Amazon region of South America. Whether it will be extended more widely remains to be seen...


A new phone comes out. Yours slows down. A conspiracy? No...


ISIS-linked propaganda poster threatens Christmas attack on St. Peter’s Square...


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