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Pope begins answering priests from troubled Nigerian diocese


Was the ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ really a miracle?


Unlocking the secrets behind the hummingbird’s frenzy...


Exactly fifty years ago, fads ran wild at the “Land O’Lakes Conference” in Wisconsin ...
Fr. George Rutler
William Inge (1860-1954), Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University and Dean of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, was frequently in the literary crosshairs of G.K. Chesterton for his anti-Catholic polemics and strident promotion of eugenics. Fortunately, Chesterton also rejected his advocacy of nudism. Given Dean Inge’s eclectic version of progressivism...


Venezuelan bishops offer day of prayer, fasting as riots continue...


Pope donates €25 thousand to East Africa famine relief efforts...


‘Dunkirk’ (Rotten Tomatoes 93%) is an improbable wonder of a film...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Dunkirk is the first film Christopher Nolan has made that feels bigger than the director’s preoccupations and obsessions. There is something ironically liberating about this sprawling yet frequently claustrophobic war movie about soldiers trapped by the sea, crowded in long queues on a great concrete and wooden jetty waiting for ships...


What you shouldn’t do in a disaster...


Catholic cathedral shelters 2,000 Muslims as violence flares in Central African Republic...


Is Catholicism too casual about sin, salvation and mercy?
David Mills
In the Protestant world of my youth, nearly everything was a matter of life or death. The Evangelicals made your salvation a drama that depended on you making a decisive commitment. They loved the drama of a sobbing sinner stumbling forward at the altar call. The mainliners didn’t sweat salvation the same way, but they made your social conscience almost as crucial...


Land O’Lakes at 50: Catholic universities have caved to the culture...
Anthony Esolen
Fifty years ago this summer, a group of prominent Catholic university presidents and professors put forth a “Statement on the Nature of the Contemporary Catholic University,” now commonly known by its provenance as the “Land O’Lakes Statement.” As is typical of the work of committees, the statement consists wholly of vague abstractions...


Look up! For the next month, this new Russian satellite will be the second-brightest object in the sky...


Charlie Gard and his parents granted U.S. permanent resident status to fly him to America for treatment...


All those mysteriously banned Catholic pages have now been restored by Facebook...


Visualizing how marriage trends have changed in the last century...


How much of the Earth can you see at once?


Report finds hundreds of abuse instances spanning six decades in famous Regensburger Domspatzen choir...


On the necessity of friendship and the loss of it in our times...

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Adoring Christ with St. Mary Magdalene...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
We celebrate Saint Mary Magdalene as a feast day on July 22, a liturgical dignity Pope Francis made official last year. Explaining her significance to a good Catholic life, Father Sean Davidson, with the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, presents her as “a true model of adoration” who “provides us with examples of the four pillars of Eucharistic prayer...


Fifty years ago, a “declaration of independence” in Catholic education transformed the Church (and not for the better)...
Bishop James Conley
Fifty years ago this month, in July of 1967, a group Catholic university presidents and administrators met together at a retreat center in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, in Wisconsin’s northern forest, along the border with the upper peninsula of Michigan. There were 26, invited by Father Theodore Hesburgh, then the president of Notre Dame...


Did you know Disney animated a beautiful prayer to Our Lady?


’Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony of humility...
Rick Becker
One night at dinner ages ago, I abruptly announced that I wanted to go to nursing school. Nancy, my beloved, looked up from feeding our infant daughter and said, “You’re crazy.” She added, “You have no background in science or healthcare, and nursing school is really hard.” I shrugged and replied, “How hard can it be...


Cathedral of Córdoba in Spain targeted for reversing the Reconquista...
Matthew Bunson
The Cathedral of Córdoba, officially titled the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and also commonly known as the Mosque-Cathedral, has been the ecclesiastical heart of the Diocese of Córdoba since 1236. Ranked as one of the most impressive architectural wonders of the world, and honored since 1984 as part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and visited by more than 1...


Greed: A meditation on an underreported sin...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not. But honestly, does any one of us ever come to a point in our life when we say...


How my branch of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family converted to Catholicism...


As the latest Vatican trial opens, is it time to dust off the 'About Doctrine'?
John Allen
As the latest Vatican trial opened on Tuesday for alleged criminal shenanigans, it occurred to me that you really have to go all the way back to the 1800s to find the last time the “courthouse beat” formed any part of covering the Vatican for most reporters in Rome. In that era, the pope still ruled over a swath of territory in central Italy known as the “Papal States...


Hopes rise as Yemen confirms kidnapped Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is still alive...


Robert George on US society: ‘Our divisions are very deep’...


It's time to decide—A reflection on a question from Elijah...


How to keep your soul intact while investigating Planned Parenthood: An interview with David Daleiden...
John Zmirak
Yesterday I had the pleasure and privilege of stepping in for Eric Metaxas. I guest-hosted his deservedly popular national radio show on Salem. I’ll be recording six segments this week, each with a guest whom I’ve chosen. I didn’t pick them lightly. Because each has something important to say, I’m devoting the next few columns to unpacking what they offer...


El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz pens pastoral letter on immigration—first from a U.S. bishop since 2008...


How a group of Hare Krishnas came to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament ...


“Allow your kid to experience the world”: How exposure to dirt and dog spit can make children healthier...


What's in the sky this week: Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and a waning crescent Moon...


There are interesting parallels between Jewish synagogue services and the Catholic Mass...


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