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Pope Francis: "If the world sees our divisions and backbiting, how can we evangelize?"


Autism is a Cross for many families worldwide...
Pope Francis
Everyone should be committed to promoting acceptance, encounter and solidarity through concrete support and by encouraging renewed hope. In this way we can contribute to breaking down the isolation and, in many cases, the stigma burdening people with autism spectrum disorders, and just as often their families. This must not be an anonymous or impersonal accompaniment...


In all things I have joy, which comes from God, Who is love...


America loves Catholicism, as seen in place names everywhere...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The video below boasts "America loves Italy" and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names. If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints and and Catholic themes and objects. Consider: In California: San Diego...


Top 10 books for fallen-away Catholics...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I have just started some of the publicity for my new book, The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church and I have found that a lot of people want to buy the book to give to their fallen-away loved ones. I don’t think this is a bad idea. I actually think my book would be helpful for fallen-away Catholics who are open and lingering around the door...


Juveniles plead 'not guilty' in suspected face painting incident, may face suspension of juice privileges...


Rocker Patti Smith's tangled road to Rome...
Dawn Eden
Veteran Daily News rock critic Jim Farber made a rare venture into Godbeat yesterday with a story on Patti Smith's response to criticism over her planned performance at the Vatican's Christmas concert. Although Farber bases his piece upon a report in The Guardian ...


Praying for those who pray for us...
Elizabeth Scalia
As our friends in Summit are reminding us, Pope Francis says today, November 21, is a day to thank God for cloistered religious: At the end of today's general audience, Pope Francis noted that this Friday, Nov. 21, is the liturgical Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Noting the Church will celebrate ...


May you sleep the sleep of the just: A short meditation on the burden that sin brings...


Part of being a Catholic is to live in the past in the present...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Think about it. At Mass the priest comes out robed like a Roman senator. Did you know that’s where the vestments first originated? The liturgy transcends time because even the Novus Ordo (sometimes derided by traditionalist Catholics) is deeply derived from a the liturgy of the ages. It is firmly rooted in the words and works that have been alive for 2000 years...


Did you know that Mary was raised in the Temple and made a vow of virginity?
Fr. Ryan Erlenbush
Though it is related nowhere in the sacred books, ancient tradition tells us of the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple when she had been weaned from her mother at the age of three. This presentation is quite diverse from that of our Lord in his fortieth day – for Blessed Mary was given over to the Temple for her rearing and education...


The future, as foretold in the past...


Vatican concludes three-day 'Humanum' conference in defense of family...


Reflections on my '60 Minutes' interview...


Using Pope Francis to share the Catholic Faith in 4 steps...


The “Humanum” videos: Extraordinary short films on marriage and the family...


What’s up with the false English translation of the Synod’s Final Report?

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Here's further proof that atheists and fundamentalists are brothers under the skin...
Mark Shea
It is a metaphysical, not scientific, statement that man is or is not "central" in some Grand Scheme of Things. Science is worthless for determining that. In Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are not central to the story. But in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Hamlet is the one on the periphery and R&G are central...


Four popes, the Synod, and the future: An interview with Vatican expert Andrea Gagliarducci...


Five unlikely celebrity fans (including Bill Murray) of the traditional Latin Mass...


Let us be clear. G.K. Chesterton was a virtuous man, and his goodness drew people to Christ...


Why do children need both a mother and a father?


How to make your parish welcoming to the physically challenged...
Chelsea Zimmerman
Recently Rebecca Frech drew attention to the accessibility problems that many of us still face in parishes throughout the country. What's perhaps most surprising is that it's not just old buildings that are a problem. Even some brand new or newly renovated structures don't seem to take accessibility into account (and...


Today is the 50th anniversary of Lumen Gentium...
Tom Perna
Today, November 21, 2014, we celebrate the 50 th Anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium . Along with this major constitution, we also celebrate the 50 th Anniversary of Orientalium Ecclesiarum ( Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches ) and Unitatis Redintegratio ( Decree on Ecumenism )...


Here's a map of the most-stolen vehicle in every state...


Paranoia is the serious business of Heaven: New horizons in conspiracy cinema...


Pro-life answers to pro-abortion questions...
Jason Jones and John Zmirak
As more and more young people describe themselves as prolife, we see the culture inexorably moving in our direction. So it’s only responsible to plan for what will happen when laws change to offer the preborn protection. We would press for the firm and consistent enforcement of laws against doctors who pervert their medical training to destroy preborn life...


Fr. Jean Buridan and the birth of modern science...
Stacy Trasancos
The people in ancient cultures had the skills to produce a viable science of physical laws and systems of laws, but they held some form of a pantheistic or animistic worldview. The worldview instilled by the Old Testament cultures was founded on the theology of a personal and merciful God who created a universe of order and routine...


Don't be "that guy": 8 personalities to avoid in sidewalk counseling...
Abby Johnson
In the pro-life movement, there are many different personalities and styles when it comes to sidewalk counseling. Some are effective and some are not. Everyone’s heart is in a good place, but that does not mean that everyone is cut out for the sidewalk.


Here in Lincoln, we'll be celebrating the Mass "ad orientem" in some churches this Advent...
Bishop James Conley
Jesus Christ will return in glory to the earth. We do not know when he will return. But Christ promised us that he would return in glory, “as light comes from the east” to bring God’s plan of redemption to its fulfillment. In 2009, Bishop Edward Slattery, of Tulsa, Okla., wrote that “the dawn of redemption has already broken...


In 21st century Catholicism, you can’t ignore Africa anymore...


Revisiting the argument from desire...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: "In our daily tasks, we are all called to become saints"...


How to fold the world-record-setting paper airplane "Suzanne"...


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