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Pope's Sunday Angelus: "The devil always divides us, but Jesus thirsts for our unity"


A people that will not believe in God must live under the Tyranny of the Now...
Mark Shea
I have a lot of sympathy for New Age folks. Not sympathy with their ideas (if one can use such a strong word as “idea” for the quicksilver emotionalism and muddy mixture of suburban folk religion that is the New Age), but sympathy with the elemental movements of the heart that seem to animate much of the New Age. I myself was a pagan at one time...


The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant as told by kids and acted out by adults...
Tony Rossi
First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, Texas, started a video series in which they record five kids retelling Bible stories as they remember them. Then they have adults act out the kids’ version. Here is the first in the series featuring the parable of the unmerciful servant from Matthew 18:21-34. Note: it’s probably a little funnier than you remember it...


Did you know that Edgar Allen Poe once penned a hymn to Our Lady?
Kathy Schiffer
Poe, the tortured poet of the American Romantic Movement, is best known for his stories of mystery and the macabre–stories like “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and famous narrative poems like “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.” His onomatopoeic poem “The Bells...


The Prime Minister of China who became a Benedictine abbot...


Octopus squeezes its way to freedom through impossibly small opening...


Is the Angel of the Lord the Pre-Incarnate Christ?
Taylor Marshall
The Church Fathers held an unwavering belief that the Second Person of the Trinity appeared frequently in the Old Testament in a variety of forms: the Angel of the Lord, the Burning Bush, the Son of Man, and the one like a Son of God in Daniel. Today we'll look at a debate regarding the Angel of the Lord...


Pope Francis says: GO TO CONFESSION!...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Pope Francis is nothing if not interesting. When he goes off text or speaks off the cuff, anything can happen. The usual result is that we are left stopped in our tracks and scratching our heads, trying to figure out what he is talking about. Sometimes he seems to contradict Catholic teaching or practice (he doesn't)...


St. Paul and the Liar’s Paradox...
Jimmy Akin
Epimenides was a native of Knossos on the island of Crete. He was apparently a poet and was regarded by some as a prophet. There are a lot of legends about his life, and we don’t actually know that much about him, but he is famous for having said: Cretans, [are] always liars, evil beasts, idle bellies. Being a Cretan himself...


The "Mummy Mark" fragment: Major find or modern post-it note from Morton Smith?
Michael Barber
Last week, LiveScience.com ran an interview with Craig Evans in which he spoke about the discovery of what is claimed to be the earliest copy of a text from Mark's Gospel. According to Evans, the text was retrieved from an ancient Egyptian mummy mask. Apparently, Evans is referring to the same fragment Daniel Wallace referenced in a public debate with Bart Ehrman and then wrote about on his blog...


Four changes to English so subtle that we hardly notice they're happening...


Forget the Apple Watch, guys. Leatherman is going to debut a wearable multi-tool this summer...


We live in a time of great events and little men, but God made us to be better than that...


‘Fantasia’, the Sistine Chapel of Disney animation, is now on Netflix...


On re-reading St. Francis de Sales...


The Christians in the first century abhorred abortion, and here's proof...


Why do so many journalists use labels from only one side of the abortion debate?


How Ayn Rand, Jean-Paul Sartre and Roe v. Wade made me a Christian...

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Video: Hippos can be ornery. They can also swim very, very fast...


Padre Serra’s canonization will be a beautiful day in the life of the United States...
Archbishop José Gomez
America's next saint will be the man who evangelized California and is associated with the beginnings of Los Angeles. Pope Francis announced last week that he intends to canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, OFM, when he comes to the United States next September. This is great news and I am grateful to our Holy Father for this gift to California and the Americas...


Weapons for battling Lucifer in Lent...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Lent is coming up and I’m finally getting down to Paul Thigpen’s excellent Manual for Spiritual Warfare. This little book is the best I’ve found on the subject. Paul launches into the subject of spiritual warfare with clear explanations, solid research and simple language. This is an area where both cynicism, sensationalism and superstition usually take over...


Matthew 25 in a nutshell: First you love the King by serving His brothers, then you get a crown...


Truth, beauty, goodness and all that jazz: Peter Kreeft as you've never heard him before...


Worldliness 'stuns more than grappa on a fast,' Pope tells new cardinals...


Dear Oxford University...


Just in time for the Super Bowl: A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL 2015...


Virtual is NOT the same as real, as seen on TV...
Msgr. Charles Pope
For most people, the word “virtual” has become a synonym for the Internet or the computer world, as in “occurring or existing primarily online.” But the word virtual has an original meaning that is actually quite descriptive of a modern problem. Prior to its application to the computer world, the word virtual meant being something in effect...


Money makes you less sad, but not more happy...


The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of "jaywalking"...


I’m not proud about the fact that we rarely speak about the sixth and ninth commandments...
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Sexual love is so sacred, so noble, so awesome, that it actually reflects God’s personal, passionate love for us. So, human sexual love should have the same traits as divine love. That means, it is forever, it is faithful, it is life-giving. So, the creator intends that sexual love takes place only within the lifelong, creative...


Pope Francis completes new Vatican office to address clergy abuse...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope Francis on Wednesday completed the membership of a new Vatican body with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse, marking a further step in providing adequate procedures to insure justice for all the victims. The body is a specific office within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that will deal with delicta graviora (grave offenses)...


Drop what you're doing and come now! Readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time...


Will a future pope be forced to flee Rome?
William Kilpatrick
Where will the Pope live when Rome falls to Islam? It’s not an idle question. For one thing, there is historical precedent. Popes have been forced from Rome in the past. For another thing, numerous Islamic authorities have explicitly targeted Rome for conquest. Rome may be the Eternal City, but it has seen rough times. In 846...


Pope Francis shoutout to March for Life: 'Every Life is a Gift'...


Cardinal O'Malley: "We need to be the field hospital, not Judge Judy"...
Rocco Palmo
Forty-two years since abortion was legalized in the US by the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, the defense of the unborn remains the paramount public cause of the Stateside church. Yet even as the annual March for Life in Washington to mark tomorrow's anniversary of the ruling has always provided the most significant platform on the issue both for the movement's base in the trenches and the horde of hierarchs on-hand to lead them...


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