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Body of third kidnapped Mexican priest found


Why colonial America was so afraid of Catholic Quebec...
Stephanie Mann
In describing the conversion of Sister Frances Margaret Allen, I concluded my last blog post: “Like all converts, Fanny Allen had to overcome many obstacles, including the almost inbred fear and hatred of Catholicism of her family and her state.” I also noted that her mother had Fanny baptized in the Episcopal Church before she went to Montreal...


Deseret News: What 'Star Trek' teaches us about faith 50 years later...


Tens of thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico...


Cardinal Parolin to the nuncios: No concession with China...
Sandro Magister
In mid-September, cardinal secretary of state Pietro Parolin held a meeting with all the apostolic nuncios gathered in Rome to celebrate the jubilee. And during this meeting, as in other informal conversations, when asked about the status of negotiations with China he gave them some information of great interest. He confirmed that the negotiation underway concerns only the question of the appointment of bishops...


What Argentina’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ guidelines really mean...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
When Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released in April, it was already clear that an unusual moment in the life of the Church had been reached. The September disclosure of guidelines formulated by Argentinian bishops — and explicitly endorsed personally by the Holy Father himself in a very peculiar manner — has served to reinforce how misunderstood this unusual moment has become...


Cosmas and Damian, the amazing twins who both became saints...
Fr. Damian Ference
I was born in 1976, the same year the film “The Omen” was released. My parents decided to name me Damian, not knowing that Damien was the name of the boy-demon in the popular movie. It could have been worse — my dad actually wanted to name me Fabian, but thankfully my mom would have none of it. Needless to say, you can imagine that I got my share of demon and devil jokes as a kid...


Is this Marian apparition a bridge between Lourdes and Fatima?


Holy Father beatifies Bl. Engelmar Unzeitig, killed “in hatred of the faith” in Dachau...


Christians ‘hung on a cross over fire’, steamrollered and crushed to death in North Korea...


A whiff of schism: when different Catholics hold radically different beliefs...
Phil Lawler
At a Catholic parish in Athy, Ireland, a lesbian couple who resigned from parish ministry after entering a legal marriage has returned to active participation—and to loud applause. So now everyone is welcome in St. Michael’s parish, right? Wrong. Anthony Murphy, the editor of Catholic Voice—the man who objected to the lesbian couple’s prominent role in parish life—has received so many threats that he is...


Pope Francis to catechists: Never tire of witnessing to the Resurrection...


God lifted up Bl. Herman the Cripple to scatter the proud in their conceit...
Angelo Stagnaro
I have a great fondness for the saints. And anyone who's sat down and read a hagiography of these blessed people will be overwhelmed, alarmed and grateful at finding a brother- or sister-in-arms. In my research, one particular saint caught my attention. His name is Blessed Herman the Cripple. Yes. Blessed Herman ... the Cripple...


After my mastectomy, how do I dress my new body?
Rebecca Hamilton
This problem of dressing after a mastectomy is becoming increasingly common as more and more women opt out of the additional surgeries and pain of reconstruction, or learn that they aren’t good candidates for it. There are a lot of women like me out there, trying to figure this out. My only wish is that the world would catch up with us...


Tell the truth when it might hurt you...


Does quitting social media make you happier? Yes, say young people who have done it...


How to be charitable in a cutthroat work environment...


Pope Francis receives families of Nice terror attack victims...

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In search of Joseph Pearce’s England...


‘The Loser Letters’ debuts at Catholic University of America...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Olympic gymnast Chellsie Memmel is “on stage in a completely new way” (as she puts it) later this month in the nation’s capital. She’s starring in The Loser Letters, a creative response to “the new atheism” and to a radical secularism that would make religion seem irrational and unworthy of respect, never mind protection...


Who's behind the mysterious Eye of the Tiber?


Jesuits prepare for general congregation, election of new leader...


Of interrupted Rosaries and Guardian Angels...
Rick Becker
When I’m driving to work, I have a choice. I can either turn on the radio and listen to my friends on NPR go blah, blah, blah about whatever – or I can pray a rosary. I confess I don’t always choose to pray, and sometimes I feel justified in that if there’s something hot in the news I want to get the latest on – especially if it pertains to my local community or the Church...


A biblical meditation on the difficulties of old age...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Today I would like to go back to the Gospel from last Saturday morning’s daily Mass. For indeed one of the more beautiful passages in the Old Testament is the 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes. It is a melancholy but soulful meditation on old age. Its poetic imagery is masterful as it draws from the increasingly difficult effects of old age such as hearing loss...


Here are some perfect prayers for before and after Mass...


On Communion debate, Pope Francis opts for decentralization...
John Allen
Towards the end of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s document on the family, the pontiff writes that when priests have to make judgments in concrete cases such as pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, they are to do so “according to the teaching of the Church and the guidelines of the bishop.” One wonders if he knew at the time just what a conflicting welter of responses that injunction would elicit...


4 manuals of spiritual combat: Scupoli, Robinson, Thigpen, Arminjon...


Ignoring the poor is a damnable sin: A homily for the 26th Sunday...


Police officer who saved 5-year-old boy from drowning meets him as a grown man...


Hundreds of thousands of migrants at sea owe their lives to one number saved on a satellite phone...


Chris Pratt reminds rude cross-wearing fan to represent...


Jesus is waiting for you just around the corner...


Mass is a pure and holy sacrifice, not a form of entertainment...


A glimpse of our true enemy, as seen in a commercial...


Canadian ethicists urge: Ban conscientious objection by doctors, screen out pro-life medical students...


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