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Pope Francis honors Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for his 65 years of priesthood


Francis and Benedict: The most exclusive brotherhood on the planet...
Elizabeth Scalia
With the Vatican’s official celebration, today, of the 65th Anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s ordination to the priesthood (which occurs tomorrow, June 29, on the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul) we have heard some very beautiful words, and seen for ourselves a bit of the warm regard Pope Francis and the Pope Emeritus have for each other...


On the eve of his 65th anniversary as a priest, Benedict XVI seeks “transubstantiation of the world”...
Rocco Palmo
Forty months into an unprecedented experience in the modern life of the church, this morning saw another of those moments that still feels a bit surreal: two men in white in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace, as the Pope led a Vatican celebration (fullvid) marking his predecessor's 65th anniversary of priesthood. Having referred to his ordination day in his 1997 memoir as "the high point of my life...


A closer look at Monday's disastrous Supreme Court decision on abortion...


5 reasons you should love (not hate) St. Paul...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
Chances are, you either hate St. Paul or you love him. (If you are indifferent to him, you haven’t been paying attention and need to pick up your Bible.) Paul is the kind of person who demands a strong response, whether it is love or hate, and that is one reason why he is one of my favorite saints. If a Christian elicits nothing more than a shrug of the shoulder from another person...


Connections between two kings and “The Lord of the Rings”...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
For those who are unaware, the Battle of Vienna is on par with the Battle of Lepanto in Christian Europe’s centuries-long struggle to stem the advance of militant Islam. The battle took place on September 11-12, 1683. (Note the 9-11 date.) From July, the forces of the Ottoman Empire, led by Kara Mustafa, had besieged the city of Vienna...


AP reporter confuses Cardinal Reinhard Marx with Karl Marx. At least she didn't call him “Groucho”...
Terry Mattingly
You cannot make this one up. I think we have to rank this one right up there in the top ranks of items that we have ever featured under the heading "From our 'No Comment' department." Let's see if you can spot the error in the top of this Associated Press report, as it ran earlier today. It has since been corrected...


The darkness is deepening in a land overshadowed by abortion...
Msgr. Charles Pope
I cannot say that I am not very alarmed and concerned at the rapid and deepening darkness about us. I will continue to preach and work for the repentance and salvation of us all and of this once great land. But I must say my prayer is increasingly filled with dismay. The Lord promised that the Church would be indefectible, but that promise does not extend to cultures and civilizations...


We must repent of our sins, but we can't apologize for God's truth...


How to write good, like a good writer should...
Simcha Fisher
Every few months, someone asks me how to write better. Here’s my advice, which I sometimes even follow myself: Write almost every day. The more you write, the easier it is to write. You will have feasts and famines — times when you can barely type fast enough to keep ahead of the flood of ideas, and times when you have to strain every muscle to get all the way from the subject to the object; but if writing is part of your routine for long enough...


The key to understanding the Supreme Court decision on Texas abortion restrictions...


U.S. Supreme Court strikes down pro-life Texas abortion clinic regulations...


The unsolved mystery of Mr. Dickens...


Pope Francis at the crossroads of history...


5 Protestants who surprisingly defended Mary's perpetual virginity...


Pope Francis and Armenian Catholicos Karekin II sign joint declaration on family, unity and solidarity...


What a strong bishop can do...


Pope to Armenian Church: “Let us race towards full communion!”...

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The uncertain future of saving priceless art with science (and a lot of trial and error)...


How St. Irenaeus fought the Gnostics...


Michigan’s “wrongful conception” case: I love you, but I wish you'd never been born?
Kathy Schiffer
The Cichewicz case is another sad result of the contraceptive mentality that considers children as commodities, to be ordered up at will or, in some cases, to be avoided altogether–never taken off the shelf. The case still pending, so it’s unclear whether Cichewicz’s complaint against her doctor will be successful. What will happen...


U.S. Supreme Court allows state to force pro-life pharmacists to sell abortion pills...


Pope Francis reveals the prayer he prayers every night before bed...


These photos of a dying nun went viral—and here's why...


What Pope Francis just said about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI...
Matthew Bunson
As is usually the case, Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference created a stir and brought out the typical media obsession with hot-button issues. Somewhat overlooked were his comments about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Francis was asked by Elisabetta Piqué of the Argentinian paper La Nación about the retired pope, specifically to respond to the statements from the prefect of the papal household...


9 things you need to know about the prophecy of St. Malachy...
Jimmy Akin
A significant mark against its authenticity is the fact that it was not published until 1595, though St. Malachy died in 1148. There is no record of the prophecy existing in the intervening 447 years. Allegedly, this was because the prophecy lay, forgotten, in a Roman archive, and it was not rediscovered until 1590. This explanation is possible in principle...


Abortion (still) isn’t healthcare...
Jenny Uebbing
It’s not. And in an ironic convergence of worldviews, I can see why SCOTUS would overturn a Texas law requiring certain minimum medical standards be met by abortion clinics. Because abortion isn’t healthcare. Which is why, I suppose, the Supreme Court refuses to hold abortion clinics to the same standards as other ambulatory surgery centers or...


Video: Pope Francis' answers to 3 questions on the papal plane from Armenia...


Here's how you can tell that the universe is designed...
Stacy Trasancos
Is the universe designed? When it comes to scientific evidence of God to refute atheism, people search for order in nature and for specific cases that demonstrate whether the order was created intentionally and intelligently. Thus, the evidence offered up tends to be truncated, selective based on what qualifies as design to the one posing arguments...


Pope holds in-flight press conference on Brexit, deaconesses, Martin Luther, and “condition” of homosexuality...


Pope Francis shows Armenian Church that unity with Rome “lifts up the lowly”...
John Allen
In theory, at least, size doesn’t matter in Christianity. One’s spiritual dignity is not supposed to correlate with numbers of followers, infrastructure, or bank accounts; as Pope Benedict XVI once put it, “statistics are not our god.” Rarely, however, will you see a clearer demonstration of that principle than what’s unfolded in Armenia during Pope Francis’s June 24-26 trip to this small nation in the South Caucasus region...


As the world grows more crazy and cruel, shun the mob and follow Jesus Christ...
Rebecca Hamilton
Peoples is crazy. And they are getting crazier. They are also getting meaner. And more deadly. California’s euthanasia law locked on recently, allowing medical murder. The support for this law comes from claims that killing people is actually a kindness to them, and those who opposed this killing lack compassion. New York City’s Commission on Human Rights recently released a “guidance” for employers and landlords...


The Pope's prayer in Armenia: “May our communion be complete”...


Catholic priests in Montreal banned from being alone with children...


West Virginia is suffering historic flooding, and Bishop Michael Bransfield is asking for your prayers...


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