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In Memorial Day appointment, Pope names Holy Cross priest as Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee


A French saint for Memorial Day...
Rick Becker
Visiting Pittsburgh’s St. Paul Cathedral on our first date, Nancy and I prayed before a statue of St. Joan of Arc. It’s a moving image, a kneeling girl with her face upraised to heaven, she appears poised in surrender to God. The saint became a special patron in our marriage and family, and we named our first daughter after the warrior maid...


God is real, Christianity is true, and everything you do matters...
Rebecca Hamilton
I’m still waiting for pathology results from my biopsy last week. In the meantime, I want to address an issue raised by one of the commenters to my last post. This individual wrote that they wanted to die and asked if wanting to die, even praying to die, was a sin. I don’t know the person who wrote this. I can’t tell from those few words if they are truly in despair or just writing something in a combox to get a response...


Pope marks Feast of the Ascension at Regina Coeli: ‘The joy of the Church is to announce the Gospel’...


Why Catholics honor the Blessed Virgin Mary...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
The Catholic devotion to Mary has never come easily to me. I know Mary is, for some people, the way they discovered and really developed a relationship with Jesus. But for me, it was the opposite. Jesus is the one who introduced his Mother to me. I knew Jesus for several years before I developed or even saw a reason to develop a relationship with his Mother...


Donald Trump calls for Memorial Day to be a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace after meeting with Pope Francis...


Overdosing from despair: How the Church can fight the opioid epidemic...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
More people are dying than ever from overdosing on painkillers, and the Church is trying to help. Some pain is part of being human: Having no pain is dangerous. Christianity sees pain as both an opportunity for virtue and a union with Jesus: The pain of Christians is far more meaningful, and thus endurable.


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


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...


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...


Blunting Caesar's Sword: A history of discomfort with killing...

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Remembering the first and last American officers to die in World War I...


Love lifted me: A homily for the Ascension of the Lord...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this Sunday. The liturgist in me regrets the move from Thursday, but here we are any way. Let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late! This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for though Christ our head has ascended...


Divine gentleness and contemplative prayer...
Anthony Lilles
Christ offered Himself in death for our sake out of love, to reveal the mercy and gentleness of the Father. Though the absence of love that ought to be stirs regret in the heart of God, the Almighty does not unleash His power to surmount human freedom. Instead, He restrains Himself because He knows His love is more powerful than our evil...


On presidents, princes and popes...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of the most curious things I’ve observed since moving back to my homeland after spending twenty five years of my life in the UK, is what I term America’s emotional instability. Let’s face it, we’re the world’s only superpower. Our military dwarfs every other nations, and even those who have a large military presence are our allies...


When did the decline of the West really begin?
Stephen Beale
A common answer among conservatives is the 1960s. Some conservatives trace the problem back further, to the development of modernism, from the 19th century into the 20th. Distributists might pinpoint the Industrial Revolution, from the 18th into the 19th century. And a good case could be made for the Enlightenment, which spanned 1685-1815...


Pope travels to Genoa, visits workers, religious and youth...


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


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...


Liturgical music is a prayer, not a performance...


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


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


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