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Pope accepts resignation of Nigerian bishop rejected by priests


10 books that every boy should hazard...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Thanks to the adulterators of children’s literature, the natural anticipations when approaching forgotten classics have been skewed. Everyone expects that everything will be picturesque, nice, and most importantly, safe. For reality is far too dangerous, far too harsh a thing, and children must be protected from it at all costs...


Correcting 5 errors in Fr. James Martin’s latest tweet about homosexual marriage...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Fr. Martin’s charge that straight employees are not removed from their jobs at Catholic institutions for breaking their employment contract over matters of sexual morality is simply wrong. The comments on his Twitter feed provide multiple examples of heterosexual employees being fired for breaking their contract by giving bad moral example and violating Catholic morality...


Why can’t I put my smartphone down? Here’s the science behind it, and some ways to break the mental chains...


Jesus didn’t look the way you thought he did...
David Mills
You know how you picture Jesus? Like most of the pictures at church, right? You’re probably wrong. Let me say right away that doesn’t matter. As long as Christians have made pictures of Jesus, everyone’s made Him look like them. St. Paul told the Christians in Corinth that He became all things to all men, so that He could save some...


What we do with our body affects our soul. That’s why we fast...


How overnight shipping works...


Vatican announces details of March 19-24 gathering of 300 youth to prepare for next Synod of Bishops...


The quiet progress of the Pope’s anti-abuse commission is a hard sell...
John Allen
As President John F. Kennedy famously said after the Bay of Pigs disaster in 1961, more or less paraphrasing Tacitus, “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” The odd thing from a media point of view is that it’s often precisely the opposite way around - failure is a celebrity, success a nobody. That is to say...


Dear regular Mass-goers: The seats at the end of the pew aren’t for you...


3 types of people who secretly enjoy being miserable...


Palestine asks Vatican to defend Jerusalem's status quo...


Congrats to Bermuda for reversing ‘same-sex marriage’...
Edward Peters
Last year a court, as happens so often these days, unilaterally imposed ‘same-sex marriage’ on Bermuda. That judicial fiat has now been legislatively reversed and, while “domestic partnerships” are recognized in Bermuda, some of which partnerships will make it legally easier for same-sex partners to carry on their common life...


Why the Blessed Virgin Mary is the best promoter of culture...
Carrie Gress
In my book, The Marian Option: God's Solution to a Civilization in Crisis, I spent a lot of time talking about how Mary is a unique driver of culture. The insight was certainly not my own, but hails from some unlikely places. The first is from Henry Adams (1838-1918), grandson of President John Quincy Adams, and great-grandson of Founding Father and President John Adams...


When flood waters parted to make way for the Holy Eucharist...
Philip Kosloski
During the 15th century torrential rain fell on the French city of Avignon. The Sorgue and Rhône rivers continued to rise until they flooded the lower part of the city, making it one of the worst floods ever in that region. A group of Franciscan friars were worried that their small church would be destroyed. Even worse, the Eucharist had been exposed in a monstrance on the altar and was not put away before the flood waters came and the Franciscans escaped...


Compared to the giants of old, my Lenten practices look pretty small...


Guy spends almost a year gluing 42,000 matches to make a giant sphere, then sets it on fire...


Pope assures spiritual closeness, prayers to victims of deadly Florida school shooting...

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Mr. Rogers, were you talking to me?
Simcha Fisher
When I was an adolescent, our Catholic girl’s group made a large batch of cards for the residents of a nursing home. “You are loved,” we spelled out over and over again, switching to scented markers when we got bored. We added a few stickers, then we threw all the cards in a bag to be delivered, and we got back to our real lives...


How Blessed John Henry Newman helped to inspire the German anti-Nazi resistance...


Overruling parents’ wishes, judge approves sex change as treatment for teen’s mental illness...


What’s happening in Vatican-China talks? The necessary background...
Phil Lawler
What do we know for sure about the situation? Not much—and that’s the first important caveat that covers much of the information set forth below. Neither the Vatican nor the Chinese government is offering any detailed information about the proposed agreement. That perfectly normal; in any negotiations, both sides ordinarily choose to avoid public disclosure...


When you fast, are you degrading your body?


Sunday Angelus Address: Lent is a time of renewing ourselves according to the grace of our Baptism...
Pope Francis
On this first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel recalls the themes of temptation, of conversion and of the Good News. The evangelist Mark writes: “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan” (Mark 1:12-13). Jesus goes into the desert to prepare himself for His mission in the world...


Pope urges youth to go online and give the Church an earful...


Wood and water work wonders! A homily for the First Sunday of Lent...
Msgr. Charles Pope
On the first Sunday of Lent the readings have a baptismal theme. This makes sense, for it is common that on this day the catechumens report to the Bishop for the Rite of Election, who officially recognizes them as the elect of God in these final weeks before their baptism. In today’s readings there are actually many themes; they seem to form the spokes of a wagon wheel...


Blessed Paul VI to be canonized this year, says Pope Francis...


In London stands a statue of the long-forgotten Lenten king...
K.V. Turley
As Lent starts there is a statue in central London that it would be good to contemplate It is not a religious statue, nor is it well known. Standing in the heart of London, outside the National Gallery, the statue is passed daily by the multitudes, and forgotten just as quickly as it is noticed — if indeed it is registered at all...


Remembering that we are dust, as seen in an eerie video...


In new Tweet, Spadaro pillories Weigel, Chaput; Jesuit suggests conspiracy theory explains opposition to China deal...


In newly-released talk, Pope pillories internet critics, warns Jesuits not to become ‘gossiping old bachelors’ ...


On Cardinal Cupich’s problematic, convenient conscience...


When warrior ants are injured, nurses lick them to health, study shows...


Vatican denies rumors that Benedict XVI has degenerative nerve disorder...


Two bishops at center of China-Vatican developments allegedly have girlfriends and children...


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