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Concerns over religious freedom help sink LGBT bills


It's official: Diocese approves apparitions of Our Lady in San Nicolás, Argentina...


‘Me Before You’ reveals that many are secretly biased against disabled people...


The hidden science of elevators...


Getting to know Servant of God Fr. Bill Atkinson...
Brian O'Neel
This past Friday, I covered a story for CatholicPhilly.com about an assembly held for the students at Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Upper Darby, PA. The purpose was to help students better know former Bonner Prendie student and teacher, the newly minted Servant of God Fr. Bill Atkinson, OSA, who was an amazing...


Why don't people like mercy?
David Mills
H.L. Mencken famously defined Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” There’s a style of Catholicism that seems haunted by the fear that someone, somewhere, might presume upon Grace. Some Catholics have a problem with mercy. It comes out in the way they react to the preaching of God’s great love and kindness...


“What can I do?” Be a Narnian. That’s what you can do...
John Clark
As Americans, we tend to politicize everything. We say things like: “If only we had a better senator,” or “If only we had a better law.” But neither our root problems nor our root solutions are broadly political; they are personal. Charity—love—is the root solution. The world needs more good works from you and from me...


Be grateful for life's simple joys: The inspiring story behind the “Chewbacca Mask Lady”...
Philip Kosloski
Who knew that a video of a woman hysterically laughing while wearing a Star Wars Chewbacca Mask would attract nearly 150 million views in one week? Candace Payne, the Texas mother behind the mask, certainly did not. Nor did she expect to be invited to appear on Good Morning America and The Late Late Show with James Corden; to be given a basket of gifts from the Kohl’s store where she purchased the mask...


The Virgin Mary was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory...
Mark Shea
Mary's destiny is the sign of our destiny. As she is the icon of the Church, so she is the Model Disciple who shows not only how to follow Christ, but the reward awaiting those who do. The Triune God wills to grant us, as he has already granted her, the ecstatic crowned glory of complete union—body, soul, and spirit—with himself in eternity...


Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was right: The Hiroshima bombing destroyed moral boundaries...
Daniel Philpott
While the arguments against the bomb can be rendered through reason, it is worth noting that those reasoning from the heart of the same tradition as Archbishop Sheen – the Catholic tradition – have reached the same conclusion that he did. Courageously, theologian John Ford, S.J. wrote an article in 1944 – during the throes of the war – explaining why obliteration bombing could never pass moral muster...


Pray the Rosary. The Blessed Mother has asked this...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
What if praying the rosary could bring down Boko Haram? What if it could bring peace the world? What if it could bring Christians closer to Jesus? Would you pray it every day? And would you really truly focus? Before May ends, considering how to make the rosary a priority anew would be a good thing to do. Pray the Rosary...


“Amoris Laetitia” and Vatican II’s project of inculturation...


How Saint Philip Neri anticipated Pope Francis by 500 years...


There's a demon that specializes in attacking the family, says exorcist...


Remembering Corpus Christi and the burial of my mother...


Meet Witold Pilecki, the heroic Polish spy who volunteered to go to Auschwitz...


That crazy time a hijacker demanded that John Paul II release the Third Secret of Fatima...


Evidence of envy? A reflection on the elimination of valedictorians...

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‘The Exorcist’ director William Friedkin says witnessing actual exorcism was life-changing event...
Patti Armstrong
Exorcisms are not something the Catholic Church flaunts yet the world seems to understand, and certainly Hollywood does, that if the devil shows up, your next best move is to call a priest. Even Protestant Pastors will often call a priest. For instance, in April 2012, Fr. Michael Maginot of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Merrillville...


“Me Before You” is about the suicide of a disabled character, and the slow suicide of the West...
Chelsea Zimmerman
Sometimes movie spoilers are a welcome thing. Several months ago I saw a trailer for the movie Me Before You and got a little excited. A modern romance featuring a disabled main character. It looked so positive and promising. I should have known better. Apparently Me Before You, which hits theaters next weekend, was a novel first and many disability rights activists are speaking out about its less-than-romantic ending...


96-year-old Dr. Heimlich saves choking woman with maneuver he invented...


Transubstantiation for the rest of us...


Don't fight a two-front war with sin...


Facebook can turn us into blind Pharisees...
Jason Craig
At creation God looked at man and said he was good. And He is not done seeing us. His beholding holds us in being. Were it possible for Him to look away from us we would not become nothing, but return to nothing. We came outward, out of nothingness, thanks to the emanating goodness of God. We were created with an orientation away from nothingness to God who is something...


Who gave the year's best commencement address? Justice Antonin Scalia...
Tod Worner
“Thirty-six is a lot of graduations.” That’s how he began. It was June of 2015 that the bear of man, Justice Antonin Scalia, leaned his heavy palms on the sides of the podium, peered out at the graduating class and began to speak. Now, to be clear, this wasn’t a commencement address offered at Harvard or Yale, Georgetown or the University of Chicago...


“Outcasts”: New film on Franciscan Friars of the Renewal looks breathtaking...


Four devastating tornadoes hit Moore, Oklahoma, in 16 years. Was it geography or just bad luck?


10 more great movies about Catholic priests...


The Catholic background of England's June 23 referendum on the European Union...


Italian cardinal who was John XXIII’s private secretary dies aged 100...


Vatican liturgy chief urges priests to celebrate Mass “ad orientem”...


How God messed up my happy atheist life...


Until last week, this man had no idea his mind is “blind”...


Watch the Pope let a group of kids ride with him around St. Peter's Square...


4 shocking things I discovered this week...
Shaun McAfee
Just last week my family moved to Japan. Pratty far from our cozy suburbia in Nebraska. We’re not even on mainland Japan; we’re living on an island over 250 miles south of the mainland called Okinawa. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. While I have been in transition I have discovered a few things that have seriously shocked me...


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